Martin Literary & Media Management
My Manuscript Wish List
I represent middle grade and young adult fiction and graphic novels, as well as very select picture books. I’m especially interested in inclusive narratives and authentic representation. I welcome queries by children’s authors and illustrators who identify as BIPOC, LQBTQIA+ and other underrepresented and marginalized identities and cultures.
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I’m specifically looking for:
Young Adult: fast-paced, compelling, and mind-bending stories with unreliable narrators; stories that incorporate setting as a character (such as Stolen by Lucy Christopher) and twisting plots with endings that are surprising yet inevitable (such as They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera; Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chboksy). I’d love to see contemporary stories that tackle tough topics, especially if they incorporate a magical element to them (such as We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson); horror (no demonic possessions); psychological thrillers; speculative fiction, including magical realism, ghost stories, and fantastical worlds (no high fantasy).
Middle Grade: voice-driven contemporary fiction; stories that tackle tough topics (such as From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks; Melissa’s Story by Alex Gino); adventure stories; horror (no demonic possession); speculative fiction, including magical realism, ghost stories, and fantastical worlds (no high fantasy).
Graphic Novels (author/illustrator only): I’d love to represent more graphic stories in all genres of the children’s market, especially stories with a parallel imaginative or magical world to them (such as Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani).
Select Picture Books: I’m only looking for specific picture books in the following categories: tough topics (such as Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me by Daniel Beaty and Bryan Collier; The Breaking News by Sarah Reul); horror—author-illustrator only for horror (such as Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown; Bone Dog by Eric Rohmann); and authentic stories about historically excluded identities, communities, and histories.
Submissions should be emailed to https://querymanager.com/query/serarivers
For novel submissions, please include your query letter and the first ten pages of your manuscript.
For graphic novel submissions, please include your query letter and the first ten pages of your script. Please attach any sample pages of art or character designs that you have or send a link of sample pages; please send a link to your portfolio.
For picture book submissions, please include your query letter and the full manuscript. For author/illustrators: please attach sample pages of art, or send a link of sample pages; please send a link to your portfolio.
PLEASE NOTE: I only accept queries via Query Manager. I'll do my very best to reply to queries within 30 days and full manuscript requests within 8–12 weeks.
Guidelines & Details
I'd like the next...
I'd like a modern BIPOC retelling of The Westing Game.
My favorites include...
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Behind the Attic Wall by Silvia Cassedy
Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
We Don't Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
Beautiful by Amy Reed
They Both Die At the End by Adam Silvera
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
Sadie by Courtney Summers
13 Going on 30
The Giant Mechanical Man
I Am Legend
The Iron Giant
Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Pursuit of Happiness
Straight Out of Compton
Stuck in Love
Favorite TV Shows:
The Morning Show
Orange Is The New Black
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