T.S. Ferguson

JIMMY Patterson

My Manuscript Wish List

At JIMMY Patterson we're looking for books with clear, distinct hooks and addicting readability. If you can pitch your book in one or two sentences and I can't put it down until I've finished, it's a JIMMY Patterson book. I'm acquiring Young Adult and Middle Grade at the moment and am open to the rare picture book.

On a personal level, I am always interested in finding books that feel fresh and unique to the market (I don't want to just acquire more of the same). I love anything fairy tale or mythology related, interesting spins on old classics, darker/edgier stories, and I will always light up for stories from LGBTQ and other under-represented voices across any genre or age-group.

On a more specific level, I am looking for the following:


-Fantasy (esp. fantasy with queer main characters or fantasy inspired by non-white cultures---think Tomi Adeyemi or Natasha Ngan)
-Light or grounded sci-fi (think Adam Silvera or We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson)
-Contemporary stories that feel new and fresh.

Middle Grade:

-Older middle grade/tween
-Action Adventure/Fantasy (a la the Rick Riordan list or the Kiranmala series by Sayantani DasGupta)
-Darker stories or middle grade horror (in the vein of NIGHTBOOKS by JA White, The JUMBIES by Tracey Baptiste, DOLL BONES by Holly Black, or the works of Dan Poblocki)
-Quirky, commercial concepts, a la INKLING by Kenneth Oppel.


Submission Guidelines

JIMMY Patterson is currently accepting agented submissions only. Agents, please submit partial (with synopsis) or complete manuscripts via email.

Vital Info

Fiction: Children's, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres: Action-Adventure, Commercial YA, Contemporary YA, Contemporary Young Adult, Diversity, Fairytale Retellings, Feminism, High Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Issue Books, Magical Realism, Middle Grade Adventure, Middle Grade Horror, Middle Grade Humor, Middle Grade Mystery, Multicultural, Psychological Thrillers, Retellings, Southern Gothic, Speculative Middle Grade, Supernatural Elements, Urban Fantasy, YA fantasy/light sci-fi, commercial, commercial middle grade, contemporary middle grade, horror, light Sci-Fi
I'd like the next...

...book you can't put down until you finish

...marginalized/under-represented voices (POC, LGBT, disabled, etc.)

...book that dares to shake things up

...book written successfully in a unique format

...big bestselling fantasy!

My favorites include...


Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Three Dark Crowns (and sequels) by Kendare Blake
Dorothy Must Die series by Danielle Paige
Circe by Madeline Miller
Monuments by Will Kostakis
Classic Stephen King (anything that came out before Desperation & The Regulators)
The Color Purple by Alice Walker


Rat Queens
The Wicked + The Divine
Locke & Key
Paper Girls
Zodiac Starforce


Avatar: The Last Airbender
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Veronica Mars
How I Met Your Mother
Orphan Black
The Walking Dead
RuPaul's Drag Race
Game of Thrones
Fresh Off the Boat

Movies: Anything geeky



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