Tova Seltzer

Holiday House Publishing

My Manuscript Wish List

I'm an editorial assistant at Holiday House, working with the Neal Porter Books and Margaret Ferguson Books imprints specifically. I'm a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course, and a former developmental editor and sensitivity reader.

My primarily passions are picture books and YA fiction, although I dabble in other spheres. First and foremost, I generally look to be surprised by an unfamiliar premise or an approach I haven’t seen before.

In picture books, I value a poetic approach to prose, in the sense that every word is chosen with purpose; and of course, gorgeous, colorful art (I have a pipe dream of a kidlit tattoo sleeve someday!) I always appreciate a book that tackles social issues in a way that can help prepare young readers to be changemakers and critical thinkers, without skewing preachy or sacrificing story and artistry. Just-for-fun books can grab my heart, too.

On the YA side, I'm a sucker for a good rom-com. I also enjoy character-driven fantasy and sci fi when the take is fresh. Books that feature the asexuality spectrum will always have my attention. I prefer life-affirming stories with bittersweet-at-worst endings. Please don't send me tragedies, I am too soft. I'm also not the ideal reader for horror.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to tseltzer@holidayhouse.com

Submissions from this site can be sent to my primary email address.

Please include #MSWL in the subject line of your email and include a short summary in the body of your email. Submissions can be attached as a Word document or a PDF. Please send the full manuscript.

Vital Info

Editor
Fiction: Children's, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Humor, LGBTQ, Literary, Middle Grade, Picture Books, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: Biography, Humor, Illustrated, Journalism, LGBTQ, Pop Culture

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Picture Books:

POKKO AND THE DRUM by Matthew Forsythe

WHEN AIDAN BECAME A BROTHER by Kyle Lukoff and Kaylani Juanita

THE LITTLE WOODEN ROBOT AND THE LOG PRINCESS by Tom Gauld

Novels:

DASH AND LILY'S BOOK OF DARES (and all the other collabs) by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

JULIET TAKES A BREATH by Gabby Rivera

RADIO SILENCE by Alice Oseman

THE LUNAR CHRONICLES by Marissa Meyer

BEYOND THE BLACK DOOR by A.M. Strickland

THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern

MEXICAN GOTHIC by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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