Sarah Homer

HarperCollins Publishers

My Manuscript Wish List

I’m always looking for stories by authors from marginalized communities. 

I love stories that have a fresh and immersive voice, unexpected twists, a vivid setting, a strong sense of urgency, and a balance of heavy themes with humor and poignancy. Above all, I look for stories that evoke a strong emotional response, whatever that emotion may be.

I focus on traditional middle grade and young adult novels. Thematically, I love stories about the joys and complexities of family and friendship, finding community, emotional explorations of identity, and anything that I feel like I can’t put down. 

In MG, I’m looking for heartfelt and sweet contemporaries about family and friendship, stories with a fun touch of magic set in our world, and grounded, accessible fantasy, especially retellings of or spins on mythology or folklore. 

In YA, I’m drawn to contemporary and magical realism (less speculative, more grounded), and looking for characters who learn from their mistakes and grow into their strength and their true selves, depictions of complex families and friendships, a plot full of tension that shocks and surprises me (more psychologically intense than gorily gruesome, please!), and fun romances with a strong and unique hook.

I’m not the best editor for stories about eating disorders. Please note that I’m not currently looking for picture book or chapter book submissions.


Fun facts about me:

For the last decade, my family's annual Christmas card has been a spoof of a classic rock album cover. We've covered such classics as Abbey RoadQueen II, and Ramones.

Submission Guidelines

Unfortunately, HarperCollins doesn't accept unagented submissions.

Agents, please email your pitch and the manuscript to me at Harper. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Vital Info

Editor
Fiction: Children's, Middle Grade, Young Adult

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Among many, many others, favorite books include:

  • Butterfly Yellow by Thanhhà Lại
  • Allegedly and Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiley
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
  • Heroine by Mindy McGinnis
  • With the Fire on High and Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen
  • This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
  • Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy
  • Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
  • Train I Ride by Paul Mosier
  • Right as Rain by Lindsey Stoddard
  • The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz
  • Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley
  • Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow
  • Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory
  • When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole

movies:

  • Ratatouille
  • Booksmart
  • How to Train Your Dragon trilogy
  • Eighth Grade
  • Spirited Away
  • Disney’s The Princess and the Frog
  • Coco

TV shows:

  • Bob's Burgers
  • Chef's Table, Somebody Feed Phil, and pretty much any food docuseries
  • Derry Girls
  • Steven Universe
  • Agatha Christie's Poirot 
  • Schitt's Creek

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