I’m looking for YA and middle-grade fiction in a variety of genres, as well as select graphic novel and nonfiction projects. I am focused on building an inclusive list, and am always looking for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ creators and underrepresented voices in any genre.
In YA, I look for smart, high-concept books with a killer voice and a deeply immersive atmosphere. I’m a fan of slow-burning romantic tension, snappy banter, the complexities of friendship and family and sisterhood, and retellings--if they bring a new (gender-swapped, feminist, queer, etc.) twist to the table. My first love is YA fantasy, where I look for unique magic and worldbuilding that feels essential to the story, complex moral dilemmas, and compelling characters whose goals are at odds.
In middle grade, I’m interested in multi-layered humor that kids of all ages can enjoy, a great puzzle or mystery, and magical stories with a hopeful lens. I am always looking for more LGBTQ+ representation across all MG genres, and I love fantasy of all stripes and contemporary coming-of-age stories that will make me cry, then put my heart back together by the end.
Please note I am not the best fit for chapter books, very young middle grade, novels in verse, or horror/thrillers (unless they have a strong fantasy element).
A few specific projects I'd love to see in my inbox:
Commercial fantasy/adventure with big series potential
New Classic fantasy—literary writing with commercial appeal, in the vein of Christina Soontornvat or Kelly Barnhill
Any book with a “witch in training” setup, with or without an entire magical school setting
Emotionally grounded contemporary fiction that will break my heart, then put it back together again
Contemporary coming-of-age stories with a slight twist of magic
A conspiratorial voice and quirky sense of humor
A protagonist or adventure with big Artemis Fowl flair
Something with the humor and attitude of the Untitled Goose Game (I mean it!)
A puzzle/mystery story in the tradition of The Westing Game and The Parker Inheritance
Corey Ann Haydu
Sweeping, star-crossed fantasy romance (think Serpent & Dove)
Contemporary fantasy, especially reinterpretations of paranormal creatures, mythology & folklore, witches, or magical undercities/hidden worlds
I am especially dying for some YA magical school and/or dark academia books!
Fun, funny, joyful contemporary fiction, especially from marginalized authors
Smart YA contemporary with a commercial hook and an elevated execution
A 24-hour whirlwind romance
High-concept, genre-bending contemporary fiction with a slight speculative bent (think They Both Die at the End)
A serious YA treatment of one of the "soulmate" tropes common in fanfiction (soulmate timers, name tattoos, etc.)
A smart, savvy, fresh retelling (think Brittany Cavallaro’s Charlotte Holmes series)
Witty, romantic historical romps (think My Lady Jane or A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue)
I’m also interested in serious queer historical fiction from all eras
I would love an anthology that is a strongly interconnected series of stories (i.e. centering on solving one mystery or entrants in one competition, or similar—think The Grimoire of Grave Fates)
If you have “a YA version of” NK Jemisin, Naomi Novik, Madeline Miller, or Casey McQuiston—send it my way! ?
Cozy fantasy (think Ghibli movies, Hilda, or The Tea Dragon Society)
Contemporary/realistic fiction or graphic memoir with a sparer art style
YA with paranormal/fantasy elements and a sharp point
The Magic Fish
Across the board:
I love a book with a structural “gimmick”: Epistolary elements, interstitial chapters, countdowns, alternating Now and Then timelines, lists, or any device that breaks the fourth wall!
Stories about The Power of Stories
Competitions: think The Inheritance Games as well as sports tournaments, TV shows, etc.
Ghosts! (I am not usually the best fit for the “paranormal investigations” framing of this, but yes to horror, romance, magical realism, and/or ghosts functioning as a metaphor.)
Fun facts about me:
Former Southern Californian, barista, and World of Warcraft player who still can't figure out winter, drinks too much coffee, and stays up too late playing video games.
Agented submissions only, but unagented writers may book consultations (see below).
Agents, please email your pitch and the manuscript to me at HarperCollins.
Due to the high volume of submissions we receive, HarperCollins editors are not able to accept unsolicited manuscript submissions directly from authors. If you are an agented author with a manuscript that matches what I've listed here, please have your agent submit it via email. If you are an author who is currently looking for an agent, best of luck; I hope your agented manuscript submission crosses my desk one day!
Favorite sub-genres: Contemporary YA, Contemporary Young Adult, Epic Fantasy, Fantasy, Feminism, LGBTQIA, Literary Middle Grade, Magical Realism, Speculative Fiction, YA Fantasy, YA Historical Fantasy, contemporary MG, historical, science fiction
I'd like the next...
The Hazel Wood
Serpent & Dove
To All the Boys I've Loved Before
When Dimple Met Rishi
A Gentleman's Guide to Vice & Virtue
Before I Fall
Code Name Verity
a YA The Song of Achilles
a YA Red, White & Royal Blue
Alan Cole Is Not a Coward
A Wolf Called Wander
The Fourteenth Goldfish
School for Good & Evil
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
My favorites include...
Books: Legendborn by Tracy Deonn, The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Uprooted and Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik, The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, anything by Terry Pratchett
Graphic novels: Lumberjanes;Check, Please!; The Tea Dragon Society; Hilda
TV: What We Do in the Shadows, The Good Place, Gentleman Jack, Russian Doll, The Bold Type, Jane the Virgin, Fleabag, Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies, Orphan Black, Doctor Who, The Great British Bake-Off