Sophia Jimenez

Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster

My Manuscript Wish List

I'm a children's editor looking to acquire young adult, middle grade, and select picture books for Atheneum Books for Young Readers, a division of Simon & Schuster. I am mainly looking for fiction in all three categories but am also open to voice-driven nonfiction.

My genre tastes are eclectic, but across the board I love voice-driven and character-driven books with tons of atmosphere and beautiful line-level writing, and am always looking to spotlight marginalized perspectives. I'd particularly love to see submissions by Latine authors and illustrators, and I'd also love to see submissions that are bilingual or have some Spanglish sprinkled in! When in doubt, anything with a strong voice and a whip-smart sense of humor is a good bet.

I love children’s books for their potential to tackle life's big questions in a fun and hopeful way—and I also love them just for the FUN! So I’m not necessarily the best fit for a book that’s message-driven or straightforwardly educational, but I don’t mind when a book tackles serious themes, as long as there’s some light at the end of the tunnel.

I am NOT the best fit for:

  • straightforward educational books
  • super message-driven books
  • board books
  • chapter books
  • STEM books
  • World War II books
  • YA romances that revolve entirely around the romance (I need other plot threads!)
  • paranormal romance
  • horror
  • the witchy aesthetic (I respect it, just not my thing!)

Fun facts about me:
  • I once got a job interview by writing a song about my love for ice cream.
  • I’ve sung with choirs in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.
  • I'm half-Mexican, half-Dutch-Scottish-Texan.
  • I read Spanish fluently and am an enthusiastic language dabbler.

Submission Guidelines

I can only accept agented submissions at my Simon & Schuster email address.

Vital Info

Editor
Fiction: Children's, Fantasy, Historical, Literary, Middle Grade, Picture Books, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: Biography, History, Memoir

Favorite sub-genres: Contemporary YA, High Fantasy, Magical Realism, Narrative Nonfiction, Speculative Fiction, contemporary MG
I'd like the next...

My favorites include...
  • I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
  • Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
  • The First Rule of Punk by Celia Pérez
  • Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
  • From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon
  • Queer, There, and Everywhere by Sarah Prager
  • The War Outside by Monica Hesse
  • Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger
  • Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante

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