Peter Knapp

Park & Fine Literary and Media

My Manuscript Wish List

I am a literary agent at Park & Fine Literary and Media, where I represent middle grade and young adult fiction and graphic novels. Previously, I worked at Floren Shieh Productions, a literary consultancy that advises Hollywood studios and producers on the publishing marketplace and on book adaptations for the screen. I remain passionate about the film and TV side of representation and Park & Fine's work in this space has resulted in over a dozen films and TV programs, with many more in active development.

 

The word that I'd use to describe my clients' books is sharp: they have strong points of view, are smartly written and compulsively readable. Some are commercial, some are literary, but all of them have a bit of edge: they stick out, demanding to be noticed. My clients include the New York Times bestselling authors Soman Chainani, Lindsay Cummings, Brenda Drake, and Sara Holland, and critical darlings like Emily Bain Murphy (whose debut was an ALAN Pick, among other accolades) and Julia Drake, whose debut has received six starred reviews and counting. I love to work with both established voices and up-and-coming talent, and also represent Daniel Aleman, Adi Alsaid, Francesca Flores, Maiya Ibrahim, Rebecca McLaughlin, Sarena and Sasha Nanua, Kate O'Shaughnessy, Crystal Smith, Will Walton, and Amélie Wen Zhao, among others.

 

I am eager to find and develop more new voices as part of my growing list in the middle and young adult space. I look for clients whose books have a strong perspective on their subject -- whether it be a romantic comedy with a queer point-of-view or a sweeping fantasy that examines socioeconomic disparities, such as Francesca Flores's DIAMOND CITY. With my background in film and television and my love of action and speculative films, I gravitate toward highly cinematic and high-concept stories, but I also can never resist a simple but brilliantly told coming-of-age story in both YA and middle grade (as exemplified by clients such as Will Walton, Kate O'Shaughnessy and Julia Drake). I also love slow burn romances, and I can never get enough of romantic comedies and love stories in YA. And in middle grade contemporary, I love it all, and am especially always on the look out for stories about complicated family relationships.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to queries@parkfine.com

Park & Fine Literary and Media submissions guidelines

PFLM currently welcomes queries only by email.

For novels:

  • Send query to queries@parkfine.com
  • Put "Pete Knapp" as well as the category and genre of your submission  in the subject line of the email (i.e.: “Pete Knapp – YA Fantasy”)
  • Put your query letter and the first 10 pages of your book in the body of your email.
  • All materials must be in the body of the email.
  • I currently aim to respond to all queries within 12 weeks of receiving them. Please only follow up if it has been more than 12 weeks and you haven't received a reply, or if you have an offer of representation

 

For Graphic Novels:

  • Send query to queries@parkfine.com
  • Put "Pete Knapp" as well as the category and genre of your submission  in the subject line of the email (i.e.: “Pete Knapp – YA graphic novel - fantasy”)
  • Put your query letter and a synopsis in the body of the email. Attach low-res sample art from the graphic novel (finished and thumbnails okay) or send a link to the artwork.
  • I currently respond to all queries within 12 weeks of receiving them. Please only follow up if it has been more than 12 weeks and you haven't received a reply, or if you have an offer of representation.

Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Agent
Fiction: Action/Adventure, Children's, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Historical, Horror, LGBTQ, Middle Grade, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres: MG, YA
I'd like the next...

YA: The Hate U Give, Imaginary Girls, Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, The Raven Boys, The Sun is Also a Star, Caraval

MG: Fish In a Tree, Three Times Lucky, Mysterious Benedict Society

Graphic Novels: Spinning; Smile; Awkward; El Deafo


My favorites include...

YA: The Sun Is Also a Star, The Raven Boys, Imaginary Girls, The Hate U Give, Bone Gap, Six of Crows, Caraval, Ember in the Ashes, We Were Liars, Imaginary Girls, Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

MG: Hello Universe, The Thing About Jellyfish, The Thing About Luck, Fish In a Tree, Three Times Lucky, Holes, City of Ember, Greenhouse Glass, One Crazy Summer, The Mysterious Benedict Society, The Westing Game, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

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