Stephanie Guerdan

HarperCollins Children's Books

My Manuscript Wish List

  • a YA book with the humor and high fantasy action and powerful queer energy of Thor: Ragnarok
  • The Night Circus for teens
  • An intersectional version of Robin McKinley
  • Old Testament stuff like the story of Esther, Judith beheading Holofernes, a romance with David and Jonathan, etc. retold as commercial YA
  • Queer YA based on Gilgamesh
  • Books with fairies or elves of color
  • A heroine who channels Zendaya's "Heavenly Bodies" Met Gala look or Janelle Monae's 2020 Oscars look
  • This tweet, idk
  • A book about unions/unionization (either historical or contemporary)
  • A graphic novel with the character complexity and unique storytelling methods (but not the length, ha) of Homestuck
  • Queer retellings of basically everything, but especially fairy tales or classic literature
  • Books with flawed, antiheroic female leads
  • Books that capture the queer vibes of Mulan in her Wreck-It Ralph 2 outfit
  • Queer middle grade in literally any genre
  • Books about cryptids!!
  • Books that feature American folklore/urban legends, especially in subversive ways
  • Cat Sebastian or K.J. Charles-style historical queer romance for teens
  • Books featuring non-European/Western mythology


Submission Guidelines

Unfortunately, HarperCollins doesn't accept unagented submissions.

Agents, please email your pitch and the manuscript to me at HarperCollins.


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Vital Info

Fiction: Action/Adventure, Children's, Commercial, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Horror, Humor, LGBTQ, Middle Grade, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: Biography, History, LGBTQ, Science, True Crime

Favorite sub-genres:
I'd like the next...
  • The Cruel Prince
  • An Enchantment of Ravens
  • Nimona
  • The Raven Boys
  • Backstagers
  • Damsel
  • We Set the Dark on Fire
  • The Bear and the Nightingale
  • The Queen's Thief series by Meghan Whalen Turner
  • TBH series by Lisa Greenwald
  • The Wrath and the Dawn
  • Ocean's 8

My favorites include...
  • The Machineries of Empire trilogy
  • Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Ward
  • Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
  • Howl's Moving Castle (the book and the movie)
  • Audacity by Melanie Crowder
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
  • Giant Days
  • Steven Universe
  • Everything by Tamora Pierce and Holly Black
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra
  • My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness
  • NBC's Hannibal
  • Brooklyn 99
  • NK Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy
  • Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry
  • Everything by Rick Riordan
  • Cat Valente's Fairyland series
  • Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History by Bill Schutt
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty

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