Jonah Heller

Peachtree Publishing

My Manuscript Wish List

I acquire exclusively fiction across picture book, middle grade, and young adult audiences. I am not the best match for board books, graphic novels, nonfiction, serious historical fiction, or verse, but I am the right editor for the following . . .

Picture Books:

Child-centered, social-emotional learning themes of compassion, friendship, self-esteem, imagination, and developmental/life-changing moments, told with playful language and inventive story structure.  Fictionally-driven STEAM, early-learning concepts for the preschool audience, fractured fairy tales, and a handful of parent-child focused titles.

I almost always acquire something based on its read-aloud / story time potential: again, inventive, playful language is important. I enjoy stories featuring mischief makers, grumpy curmudgeons, lovable fools, and the strong-willed. Characters with attitude a major plus.

Will  entertain pitches for picture book series proposals geared toward the preschool audience.

Middle Grade:

Stand-alones or series: action-adventure, magical realism, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary narratives. Character and voice-driven with coming of age themes, substantial life-changing moments or discoveries, and diversified points of view. Escapist stories that take readers away from their own day-to-day norm, including modern settings featuring varied lifestyles and alternative points of view.

I'm afraid I sometimes have the attention span of gnat, so strong voice, likable character, and a smooth page-turning plot are vital. Catch my attention with rule-breakers, socially awkward characters, and diversified points of view.

Young Adult

Voice-driven works with strong character-building, literary writing, and commercial appeal. A mix of contemporary, magical realism, a touch of non-gimmicky crime/thriller/mystery, and a ton science fiction & fantasy. Exploring identity-focused themes and consequential, life-changing character moments that offer cathartic arcs of healing or discovery. Generally standalone, but if the writing is Oh yeah! then I’ll start entertaining companions and series outlines.

While I have worked on many a contemporary rom-com, I prefer fantasies with stellar world building and magic systems that come with limitations. Love to root for the outcasts and underdogs.

Typically marginalized stories, LGBTQ+ content, and neurodiverse protagonists especially welcome across all categories.  

Submission Guidelines

Peachtree is closed to unsolicited submissions. We are only accepting agented or requested materials at this time.

Vital Info

Editor
Fiction: Action/Adventure, Children's, Crime, Fantasy, Horror, Humor, LGBTQ, Literary, Middle Grade, Mystery, Picture Books, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres: Neurodiversity
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Zombie fantasy-mystery-thriller. I said what I said. >:D


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