Catherine Laudone, Editor at Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster
Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster
My Manuscript Wish List
Catherine Laudone, Simon & Schuster
**I am actively acquiring picture books and middle grade novels with a special focus on finding stories featuring underrepresented voices. I am especially passionate about stories featuring neurodiverse and disabled characters in both the picture book and middle grade categories. I am NOT acquiring young adult novels at this time.
Fiction Picture Books: I am drawn to classic-feeling, character-driven stories with a strong hook. I love clever twist endings, fresh spins on timeless themes, and characters that make you laugh or cry. I would specifically like to find stories about friendships, learning to be self-confident and embrace one's uniqueness, and fun sibling and parent-child relationships. I am open to both text only submissions and illustrated projects from author-illustrators.
Some picture books I've worked on:
Share Some Kindness, Bring Some Light by Apryl Stott (New York Times bestseller)
Swim, Jim! by Kaz Windness
Tiny Feet Between the Mountains by Hanna Cha
Nonfiction Picture Books: I am looking for kid-accessible narrative nonfiction and biographies featuring positive role models and untold real-life legends.
Some nonfiction picture books I wish I had acquired:
Middle Grade: I am particularly drawn to coming of age stories with lots of heart, strong friendships, and sibling and intergenerational relationships. I am also open to some historical, light fantasy, or magical realism middle grade, graphic novels, and novels written in both prose and verse formats.
Some middle grade novels I've worked on:
Muffled by Jennifer Gennari
The Dream Weaver by Reina Luz Alegre
Fun facts about me:
I'm an avid tea drinker and chocolate lover. I also enjoy making pottery. 🙂
Submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that I am only considering agented submissions, unless I've requested to see unpublished work after a conference.
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