One Writer’s Journey

August 7, 2015

Agents Dreaming Aloud

After a lengthy hiatus Agent and Editor Wish List ( has finally been updated.  Here are some wishes of interest to those of us who write for children of teens.

Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency:

Wants pieces that are heavy on the science whether science fiction or science thriller for adults, YA, and MG.

Leon Husock of the L. Perkins Agency:

Would love to see a YA revenge fantasy or science fiction novel.  Maybe an “over-the-top crazy contemporary.”  What does he mean when he says revenge?  Think Kill Bill.

Sarah LaPolla of the Bradford Literary Agency:

Wants to see a new spin on “the sad white boy contemporary YA.”  Stronger stories and quit “pining over a manic pixie dream girl.”  Diverse characters.

Bibi Lewis of the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency:

Wants dark humor in both YA and MG.

Penny Moore of Fine Print Literary Management:

Wants YA historical fantasy that is well-researched.  Wants strong world building and cultures not often represented in commercial fiction.

Beth Phelan of the Bent Agency:

Wants a YA disaster novel in which the disaster is a tight, short timeline, something like a blackout.  Keep it “character driven, timeless, and lyrical.”

Elana Roth Parker of Red Tree Literary:

Note:  This agency only represents work for children and teens so even if you don’t see something that sounds like your work on her wish list, check out the site.

She wants MG and YA including SF, fantasy, speculative fiction, and magical realism.  That said, she does not want post-apocalyptic or dystopian.

Magical realism for MG or YA that is Jewish but not hokey or cliche.  Any Jewish children’s fiction but not about anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, or an awkward bar/bat mitzvah.

Alex Slater of the Trident Media Group:

Wants material that is diverse, especially if it has the “confidence and color of Drown by Junot Diaz and Good Lord Bird by James McBride.  Needs to see this more especially in YA and MG.

YA horror set in abandoned locations such as Six Flags Jazzland or an overgrown section of China’s Great Wall.

Rebeca Sherman of Writers House:

Contemporary MG with themes built around friendship and family whether set at school or during the summer.  Diverse protagonists.



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