Thao Le

Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

My Manuscript Wish List

Thao represents picture books and graphic novels by author-illustrators, Middle Grade fiction, and Young Adult across genres, as well as Science-Fiction/Fantasy and Romance for adults.

In the picture book realm, she's excited to work with illustrators who write their own picture books and is most drawn to art that is emotive and vivid. Her tastes tend towards stories that are character driven, witty, progressive, and ends with a twist.

In Middle Grade and YA, whether in prose or graphic novel format, she’s currently seeking contemporary stories that are witty, heartfelt, and authentic. She's especially drawn to stories about family and friendships from the POV of diverse protagonists. She’s a fan of young characters who are passionate about the arts, sports, STEM, activism, and geeky fandoms. She adores stories with a touch of magic and whimsy, and is a fan of mythology and fairytales.

In the Adult SFF realm, she’s a fan of character driven contemporary fantasy, near future science fiction, and romantic fantasy. She is particularly excited about stories with fresh twists to tropes.

Her favorite romantic tropes are: hate-to-love/enemies-to-lovers, slow burn, forbidden/doomed romance, fake dating/marriage of convenience, grumpy/sunshine, mistaken identities, and she is a sucker for beta second male leads who steal the show (and hopefully the heroine’s heart!).

Thao’s clients include New York Times and Indie bestselling authors such as Ali Hazelwood, Dustin Thao, Roshani Chokshi, Sandhya Menon, Jessie Sima, Jessica Kim, and more...

Thao is NOT looking for: non-fiction, adult literary fiction, adult general fiction, mystery/thriller/suspense, memoirs, poetry, religious/spiritual books, screenplays, or short stories.


Fun facts about me:

I'm currently most keen to acquire more Middle Grade and Adult Speculative, Fantasy, and Romance. My picture book and YA list is currently very selective.

My current MSWLS are:

  • I'm a big fan of board games and escape rooms, so I'm usually drawn to stories that are a little puzzle-y and wraps up logically.
  • I also like murder mystery, but not mystery as the main genre/market.
  • I'm a huge fan of The Bear (Hulu) and would love to see an adult romance featuring a sensitive yet tough and tatted Chef hero or other similar type of sensitive hero/love interest who is in an equally demanding career.
  • I am a Jane Austen fan and my favorite is Emma. I'm always a sucker for a unique take on Austen such as a retelling through the POV of an unexpected character or a new setting.
  • I'm also a fan of ships that have the vibe of the Princess Mononoke knife scene. 😉
  • My favorite fanfic AUs are: Coffeeshop, Flower Shop, and Soulmates

While I enjoy GRRM and Tolkien, I'm not the best agent for adult epic fantasies. I'm also not the best fit for any military, alien invasion stories, or hard science fiction. I'm also not the best person for most action thriller stories involving cops, spies, corporate espionage.

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Fiction: Action/Adventure, Children's, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, LGBTQ, Middle Grade, Picture Books, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult

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My favorites include...

Books:

To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

TV Shows:

Cobra Kai

Sailor Moon

The Bear 

Stranger Things

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Vincenzo

Hometown Cha Cha Cha

The Rise of Phoenixes 

Goodbye My Princess

Movies:

Princess Mononoke

Spirited Away

Your Name

The Mummy

Star Wars: Last Jedi

Mad Max: Fury Road

Knives Out

The Batman

Everything Everywhere All At Once

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