Jenny Ly

HarperCollins Children's

My Manuscript Wish List

Hi there! I'm an assistant editor looking to acquire picture books through YA, including graphic novels, with a specific emphasis on submissions from BIPOC and marginalized creators.

For MG and YA, I am open to all genres and stories with a captivating voice, heart, humor, adventure, action, but I am particularly drawn to:

  • realistic contemporary like Kelly Yang's Front Desk series, From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks, Finding Junie Kim by Ellen Oh
  • fantasy like The Ogress and the OrphansNightbooks, and Witchlings 
  • magical realism like A Snake Falls to Earth
  • a mix of contemporary and fantasy graphic novels like New Kid, Measuring Up, Miss Quinces, Himawari House, The Magic Fish, Check, Please, This Was Our Pact, and Garlic and the Vampire
  • adaptations of adult nonfiction for younger readers like Born a Crime, Stamped, and Making of Asian America

I am interested in stories about immigration, the first-generation experience, Asian American identity, intersectional representation, as well as books about coming-of-age, making friends, growing pains, and adventure.

For picture books, I'm looking for:

  • Uplifting, celebrating identity and culture like Watercress, When Aiden Became a Brother, Bodies Are Cool, and In My Mosque 
  • Funny and weird, like Mina, On the Account of Gum, Memory Jars  
  • select nonfiction (STEM topics or history from a fun, accessible angle, not so much pb bios)


Fun facts about me:

I like to bake and I play recreational soccer

I have a soft spot for summer camp/boarding school/finishing school/spy stories starring badass girls

Submission Guidelines

HarperCollins does not accept unagented submissions.

Agents, please email your pitch and manuscript to me at HarperCollins.

Vital Info

Fiction: Children's, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Historical, Middle Grade, Picture Books, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: Illustrated

Favorite sub-genres: Action-Adventure, Children's Nonfiction, Contemporary YA, Diversity, Historical Fiction, Literary MG, contemporary MG
I'd like the next...

A diverse Gallagher Girls series

My favorites include...

Movies: Little Women (2019), Into the Spiderverse, Mitchells vs the Machines, Pride and Prejudice, Knives Out

TV shows: Bob's Burgers, Abbott Elementary, Kim's Convenience, Great British Bake Off, Our Flag Means Death


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