Ladderbird Literary Agency
My Manuscript Wish List®
I joined Ladderbird Literary Agency in April 2021 after spending my early career advocating for marginalized folks in publishing as a technical editor at a national laboratory, senior editor at the literary journal F(r)iction, and book coach and editor for women of color. I am one-half Mexican, one-quarter Japanese, and one-quarter Irish. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, both from the University of California at Davis. Aside from reading, I enjoy hiking, swimming, baking strange new things, and playing the piano. My favorite place in the world is Yosemite National Park. You can find me on Twitter @fiction_tech or Instagram @bake.by.the.book.
I am primarily looking for BIPOC stories, inclusive of intersectional identities (LGBTQ+, disability, mental illness, neurodiversity…). I am exclusively taking on clients who have been systemically excluded from publishing.
In all genres, I adore stories that incorporate food, animals, the outdoors, and intergenerational relationships. I also love when stories explore “messy” feelings like rage, fear, guilt, grief, etc. in empowering ways. Please don’t send me books where the protagonist dies at the end or that revolve around abuse, suicide, or self-harm (though they can be in a character’s past). If your story mentions these topics but does not revolve around them, please include a content warning.
In picture books, I’m looking for heartfelt stories about family, facing your fears, and/or finding your place in the world. I especially love brave, quirky heroines. I’m also interested in humor that can be enjoyed by both kids and adults, with plenty of wittiness, wordplay, and silliness.
I’d also love retellings of traditional folktales from all cultures, including stories that somehow reflect the oral storytelling tradition.
MG and YA:
I like contemporary and urban fantasy, coming-of-age, mystery, and thriller. I am also open to (but extremely picky about) high fantasy, character-driven horror*, and YA romcom.
I’m looking for romcoms, mysteries, thrillers, urban or contemporary fantasy, and character-driven horror*. I’m also open to historical fiction that empowers BIPOC individuals and communities. In general, bonus points for a steamy love story, either front and center or as a subplot.
I am open to cookbooks and baking books authored by BIPOC. A strong voice is a must. I love cookbooks and baking books that highlight fusion cuisines and culinary traditions with rich history. On the sweet side, I’m looking for indulgence and creativity. On the savory side, grab me with colorful dishes that strike a balance between approachability and elegance (think somewhere between easy weeknight meals and dinners with ingredients you have to buy online).
I’m interested in finding a cookbook or baking book framed by an intuitive eating approach to health. Please do not send me “diet” cookbooks (e.g. keto, whole30, etc.).
Recent favorites include COOK REAL HAWAII (Sheldon Simeon), MOONCAKES AND MILK BREAD (Kristina Cho), and FILIPINX: HERITAGE RECIPES FROM THE DIAPSORA (Angela Dimayuga).
Old favorites include FRESH MEXICO and MEXICAN MADE EASY (Marcela Valladolid), CHOCOLATIQUE (Ed Engoron) and CRAVINGS (Chrissy Teigen).
Not For Me:
I am generally not a fit for portal fantasy unless it’s a very different take on the genre. I do not want books where the protagonist dies at the end. I am not a fit for nonfiction or fiction that centers Christianity, and not a fit for nonfiction or fiction that centers diets.
Please don’t send me books that center abuse, suicide, or self-harm (although they can feature briefly or be in a character’s past).
*I absolutely do not want body horror, gore, psychological horror, or true crime. I have only recently discovered an interest in horror. Please go easy on me!
Fun facts about me:
I’m a pianist and saxophonist (alto and tenor). I love running, volleyball, and swimming (I used to race butterfly!). I’m an avid baker and food is my love language. It is possible that I am a dog in a human body!
For fiction, please submit at http://queryme.online/stefaniemolina.
For cookbooks and baking books, please submit at QueryManager.com/stefaniemolina/cookbooks, which will allow you to upload your full proposal. Fiction submitted using this link will NOT be considered.
Response times vary, but all queries and fulls will receive a response regardless of how much time has passed. For this reason, I ask that you always let me know if you have an offer.