Note:

If you have a submission that doesn't fit the categories below and you think we might be a match, I'd love to see it.

My wishlist

Getting down to business

First and foremost, I'm building an inclusive list with a variety of voices and genres. I love working with #OwnVoices authors, and I'm looking for voices from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds, regardless of genre, even if it's "tropey," "overdone," or "outdated." I want to see it all!

In a nutshell, I am looking for fresh voices and fresh takes in the following categories:

Picture Books

Funny and quirky books!

  • I'm a sucker for puns and clever rhymes. Kids want to laugh, and I do too! :)

Family

  • Cultural and family traditions and how they shape us
  • Celebrating the messiness and complexity of family

Creative books that pique curiosity and imagination

  • Think Ish or The Book with No Pictures

Author/illustrations

Middle Grade

Contemporary fantasy

  • Give me a story with a magical school where the MC is a POC. Something with humor and heart and, duh, magic!
  • Stories inspired by myths, folklore, or legends, particularly those that are non-western in origin

Humor

  • A novel that will make adults and kids alike laugh while they read (think Shrek-type humor but a little more immature)

Adventure

  • I would love to find a MG version of The Mummy (the Brendan Frasier version, of course)
  • Characters that are on the spectrum, but their story is not centered on that; it's just who they are. Because characters on the spectrum can fight dragons and save the world too!

Animals

  • I’m a giant animal lover and a total sucker for beautiful emotional stories that involve animals like Pax and The One and Only Ivan

Nonfiction

  • Narrative nonfiction focused on historical events or figures that history has overlooked
  • STEAM-focused topics for students and young readers

Young Adult Fiction

Fantasy

  • My first love is character-driven fantasy (urban, contemporary, high — all of it!). <3 A new retelling of an old trope? A mythical setting inspired by a non-European culture? A reluctant hero who inevitably shouts, “I never asked for any of this!”? Sign me up! I'm looking for strong world-building, strange magic, empathetic villains, morally gray heroes, and subversive fantasy tropes

Contemporary horror/thrillers

  • Creeptastic thrillers with a tightly-knit, well-paced plot, clever and nuanced characters, and a twist that readers will never see coming. I generally steer clear of excessive on-page violence.
  • Dystopian and paranormal are some of my subgenres. Ghosts, vampires, and contagions are very much welcome in my inbox
  • A heist narrative like a YA Ocean’s Eleven

Contemporary

  • High concept contemporary fiction aimed at all genders. Bonus points if it makes me laugh and/or cry. Evergreen themes: self love, coming of age, girls supporting girls, friendship and friendship breakups, and slow burn romances.
  • Topical contemporary fiction addressing real issues that teens face

Science Fiction

  • Accessible science fiction. Think Star Wars or superhero movies. I'm looking for a strong grounded story in which you do not need to understand the ins and outs of time travel and quantum physics in order to follow along

Young YA

  • Fiction aimed at younger YA audiences to fill the space where MG ends and traditional YA begins. Great writing is a must. Great character development and an unforgettable voice really drive it home.

New Adult/Adult

Horror

  • Dark and devious stories like Leigh Bardugo's Ninth House. Paranormal aspects welcome!
  • Stories that are gothic and witchy!

Fantasy

  • The key for adult fantasy, for me, is accessibility and intrigue. More Patrick Rothfuss than J.R.R. Tolkien. I'm looking for a well-developed world and magic system with very real stakes. Bonus points if your MC isn't the typical "Chosen One."

Commercial women's fiction and chick lit

  • I’m particularly interested in the adventures of twenty-something women navigating the start of professional life after college. Think a younger version of Sex and the City
  • I’m on the lookout for cozy mysteries with a strong female MC and humorous writing style
  • Romantic comedies! A story that will make me laugh and swoon at the same time

Nonfiction

  • Powerful personal stories and memoirs, especially from those with marginalized backgrounds. A platform can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes from social media, past publications, or expertise in your subject
  • Essay collections on a unified and relevant theme

Children's Graphic Novels

Young readers through young adult, fiction, and nonfiction

  • Characters that leap off the page, relatable stories, and stunning illustrations always welcome

Can't wait to hear from you!