Senior Vice President and Publishing Director, Roaring Brook Press, Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, First Second Books
firstname.lastname@example.org . 646-600-7878
Works on: Picture books, middle grade fiction, young adult fiction
Looking for: I'm involved in the acquisition of all titles for Roaring Brook Press, Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, and First Second Books. My hope is to publish books that make you laugh and think, and to feel understood.
email@example.com . 646-307-5187
Works on: Picture books, middle grade novels, young adult novels.
Looking for: Books from authors and illustrators of color; novels about someone going through something challenging and coming out on the road to okay; literary, contemporary, realistic novels; stories about characters standing up for their beliefs; picture books featuring strong female characters; witty, irreverent, kid-friendly picture books.
Recent Titles: All the Ways the World Can End by Abby Sher; A New Friend for Sparkle by Amy Young; Where You’ll Find Me by Natasha Friend; Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity by Kristin Elizabeth Clark; The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater.
firstname.lastname@example.org . 646-307-5673
Works on: Picture books through young adult projects.
Looking for: I love books about kids who are up against it yet forge ahead with humor and pluck. I’m delighted by outrageous comedy and books that make waves. Please think of me for middle grade humor, offbeat material not too quirky for its own good, as well as stand-alone and series mysteries, survival stories, and thrillers. My dream projects are both the books that end up on kids’ reading lists for school and the books they sneak-read during class.
Recent Titles: Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz by Michael Bornstein and Debbie Bornstein Holinstat; Terror at Bottle Creek by Watt Key; Soldier Boy by Keely Hutton; A Whole New Ballgame by Phil Bildner, illustrated by Tim Probert; Hazy Bloom and the Tomorrow Power by Jennifer Hamburg, illustrated by Jenn Harney; This Is My Home, This Is My School by Jonathan Bean.
email@example.com . 646-307-5598
Works on: Picture books, middle grade, and YA.
Looking for: Books that raise awareness and foster empathy and compassion. I’m eager to find a dog character-driven picture book series; fun or sweet picture books; literary middle grade; middle grade or YA with a touch of magic or magical realism; a literary love story about falling in love (or having your heart broken) for the first time à la Jandy Nelson and Nicola Yoon; narrative nonfiction or fiction about the refugee and/or immigrant experience; and YA fantasy with rich world-building, romance, and intrigue.
Recent Titles: The Pout-Pout Fish series; If Animals Said I Love You by Ann Whitford Paul and David Walker; Wish by Barbara O’Connor; The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski; A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhatena.
firstname.lastname@example.org . 646-307-5681
Works on: Picture books, chapter books, middle grade, young adult, nonfiction.
Looking for: My books tend to exhibit one or all of the following qualities. Complex truths: our world is not simply black and white, so I love it when characters and narratives explore competing or difficult realities. Context: I prefer stories that have social, political, or cultural stakes—stories that hook into a broader conversation about humanity. Big Questions: great books should implicate the reader in some way, asking them to question things about themselves, their families and communities, or the world around them. In terms of execution, across the board I love bright humor, elegant yet muscular literary writing, vibrant settings, and broad reader appeal. I acquire all genres, with a focus on #ownvoices creators.
My specific wish list includes a great coming-of-age graphic novel (middle grade or young adult), a commercial LGBTQIA love story (young adult), or a snappy fun character-driven picture book featuring a child from a marginalized background (picture book).
Recent Titles: Hug It Out! by Louis Thomas (picture book); the Jasmine Toguchi series by Debbi Michiko Florence (chapter book); Gertie's Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley (middle grade); Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz, with Renée Watson (middle grade); You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins (young adult).
Trisha de Guzman
email@example.com . 646-438-6170
Works on: Picture books through young adult projects, fiction and nonfiction, and select graphic novels.
Looking for: Books from #ownvoices creators, especially Asian/Asian American, immigrant, LGBTQ+, and neurodiverse authors and illustrators. I acquire across all genres, but am most drawn to realistic settings, and prefer my fantasy and science fiction grounded in our world.
In picture books, I’m looking for character-driven, quirky and stories with offbeat humor; contemplative, insightful and beautifully illustrated projects; and books that highlight little known animals with wit and affection. I would love a MG coming of age story about a protagonist in a multi generational household who must reconcile his/her conflicting cultural identities; a heartwarming story about a group of misfits who befriend each other through a shared niche interest; and a novel featuring girls who are empowered to participate—and excel—in a traditionally masculine sport or hobby. In YA, I am hungry for a novel that captures the thrill, and sometimes heartache, of first love; a biting, witty, girl-focused thriller or psychological horror; a speculative fiction novel that addresses current political or social themes through allegory; and an eerie, atmospheric novel based on a myth from Latin America or Southeast Asia.
Feiwel & Friends
Senior Vice President and Publisher, Feiwel & Friends, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, Swoon Reads, Square Fish
firstname.lastname@example.org . 646-307-5825
Looking for: I am involved in the acquisition of all titles for Feiwel & Friends and Henry Holt Books for Young Readers and looking for distinctive voices in picture book and outstanding commercial middle grade, teen fiction, and nonfiction. When I read something I want to feel like I have to have it.
Recent Titles: Jimmy Fallon's Your Baby's First Word Will Be Dada and Everything Is Mama; You're All Kinds of Wonderful by Nancy Tillman; Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary by Martha Brockenbrough; the Missy Piggle-Wiggle series by Ann M. Martin, with Annie Parnell; Way of the Warrior Kid by Jocko Willink; Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout; As She Fades by Abbi Glines.
Associate Publisher, Feiwel & Friends
email@example.com . 646-307-5824
Works on: Fiction, picture books through YA, and select nonfiction.
Looking for: Picture books and fiction by new and established talent, featuring strong, unique, and unexpected voices/characters, and destined to be "new classics." Commercial, literary, romance, humor, adventure, or all of the above, any genre (surprise me!). Commercial nonfiction for middle grade and teen readers.
Recent Titles: Heartless and the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer; The Novice by Taran Matharu; Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig; Into White by Randi Pink; Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate; Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin; Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell; I Wonder by Doyin Richards; and Don't Blink! by Tom Booth.
Editor, Swoon Reads and Feiwel & Friends
firstname.lastname@example.org . 646-307-5818
Works on: Young adult novels, including contemporary, fantasy and magical realism, romance, and mystery/thriller/horror.
Looking for: Young adult novels with a strong sense of voice, empowered female characters, and diverse authors writing about diverse characters, across all genres. In terms of fantasy and sci-fi, I'm drawn to manuscripts mostly rooted in this world; think Minority Report rather than Star Wars.
Recent Titles: When the Moon Was Ours and The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore; new Fear Street books by R. L. Stine; Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn; In Real Life by Jessica Love.
email@example.com . 646-307-5828
Works on: Middle grade and young adult novels as well as select picture books and nonfiction projects.
Looking for: I’m open to all genres and tend to gravitate toward distinctive voice-driven projects, particularly stories that can make the reader laugh, cry, think, or see things in a new light. I’m a firm believer that sometimes you don’t know what you’re looking for until it’s in front of you.
Recent Titles: How to Find a Fox by Nilah Magruder; Cat Knit by Jacob Grant; Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year by Demi Lovato; Shark Week by Discovery, with Martha Brockenbrough; The Infinity Year of Avalon James by Dana Middleton; Flawed by Cecelia Ahern; Love and Other Alien Experiences by Kerry Winfrey; The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski.
Editor, Feiwel & Friends and Swoon Reads
firstname.lastname@example.org . 646-307-5826
Works on: Young adult fiction, middle grade fiction, and chapter books. I also do some nonfiction, usually related to technology or the internet in some way.
Looking for: Smart protagonists who make me laugh, adventures that make my heart race, and worlds I can get lost in. As a giant geek and fangirl, I love fantasy, sci-fi, and snark. I’m excited about books that embrace the diversity of the world without presenting it as a problem that must be overcome. And if you can find me a female orphan thief who solves problems by being clever and sneaky instead of just stabbing people, I will love you forever!
Recent Titles: Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout; All the Feels by Danika Stone; Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller; These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas; The Ministry of SUITs by Paul Gamble; Game On!: Video Game History from Pong and Pac-Man to Mario, Minecraft, and More by Dustin Hansen; the My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish series by Mo O’Hara.
First Second Books
Editorial & Creative Director
email@example.com . 646-307-5296
Works on: Graphic novels only—all age categories, children, teen, adult.
Looking for: Ambitious storytelling and nonfiction.
Recent Titles: This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki; Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld, illustrated by Alex Puvilland; The Dam Keeper by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi; California Dreamin’ by Pénélope Bagieu.
firstname.lastname@example.org . 646-307-5386
Works on: Graphic novels for readers of all ages.
Looking for: Adult literary fiction and nonfiction; children’s fiction and nonfiction.
Recent Titles: The Nameless City trilogy by Faith Erin Hicks; The Divine by Asaf Hanuka, Tomer Hanuka, and Boaz Lavie; Hippopotamister by John Patrick Green.
email@example.com . 646-438-6136
Works on: Fiction and nonfiction graphic novels for middle grade and young adult readers (and adults too!).
Looking for: Educational nonfiction, memoir and biography, and fiction that doesn't easily fit into a genre.
Recent Titles: The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo by Drew Weing; Star Scouts by Mike Lawrence.
Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Editorial Director, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
firstname.lastname@example.org . 646-307-5742
Works on: Fiction and nonfiction across all formats.
Looking for: Middle grade and YA novels that deal with timely issues in a commercial, speculative, and/or allegorical way; a middle grade action-adventure series; a romantic comedy; a YA novel in the vein of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk or War of the Encyclopaedists; novels that I could comp to David Mitchell’s works.
Recent Titles: Because I Was a Girl: True Stories for Girls of All Ages edited by Melissa de la Cruz; Legends of the Lost Causes by Brad McLelland and Louis Sylvester; Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi; Hoot and Olive by Jonathan D. Voss; Girls on the Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller.
Publisher, Godwin Books
email@example.com . 646-307-5284
Works on: Picture books and middle grade, fiction and nonfiction.
Looking for: Debut novelists, new illustrators, and old-timers looking to do something new.
Recent Titles: Hand in Hand by Rosemary Wells; Bravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael Lopez; the Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet series by Jacqueline Kelly; Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard; Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman; Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution by Bernie Sanders.
Publisher, Christy Ottaviano Books
firstname.lastname@example.org . 646-307-5274
Works on: Picture books, middle grade, and YA, with a special focus on picture book biography and middle grade fiction.
Looking for: Picture books: preschool, humor, child milestones, biography, curriculum-focused, author-illustrator driven. Novels: adventure, mystery/suspense, urban fantasy, coming-of-age, humor, character-driven fiction; illustrated fiction; books with a strong voice/point of view; narrative nonfiction.
Recent Titles: Ten Rules of Being a Superhero by Deb Pilutti; Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines by Jeanne Walker Harvey, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk; Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? by Tanya Lee Stone, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman; Edward Hopper Paints His World by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Wendell Minor; Same, Same But Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw; the Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut series by Laurie Keller; the My Life series and Sticker Girl by Janet Tashjian; the Masterpiece Adventures series by Elise Broach; the Book Scavenger series by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman; The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry; Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel by Kimberly Willis Holt; The Finest Hours by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman; Jack London and the Klondike Gold Rush by Peter Lourie; Jumped In by Patrick Flores-Scott.
email@example.com . 646-307-5270
Works on: Primarily YA fiction but also picture books, chapter books, and middle grade fiction.
Looking for: Voices that are funny, poignant, and unpredictable. Stories that communicate the emotional truth of what it's like to be four or fourteen.
Recent Titles: The Remnant Chronicles (The Kiss of Deception, The Heart of Betrayal, The Beauty of Darkness) by Mary E. Pearson; This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills; I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios; The Nerdy and the Dirty by b. t. gottfred; Flashfall by Jenny Moyer; Ninja! Attack of the Clan by Arree Chung; How Do You Say? / ¿Cómo Se Dice? by Angela Dominguez; Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman.
firstname.lastname@example.org . 646-307-5275
Works on: Middle grade and young adult novels as well as select nonfiction with a pop culture emphasis.
Looking for: I’m looking for middle grade and YA fiction of all stripes, with a particular love for sci-fi and fantasy. I’m especially drawn to a hook-y concept, characters that breathe on the page, and unique world-building. On the nonfiction side, I’m keen on publishing bold, distinctive voices with a strong point of view. With every project, I want something fresh, surprising, and unique—even unusual—in either theme, format, or scope.
Recent Titles: Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword by Henry Lien; Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.
email@example.com . 646-307-5006
Works on: Middle grade and young adult novels, plus select graphic novels as well as nonfiction about little-known aspects of history and inspiring biographies.
Looking for: Action-packed, high-stakes fantasy featuring unique magic systems, fresh worldbuilding, and strong prose; affecting, beautifully-written contemporary middle grade; contemporary YA (both the gritty and dark variety as well as quirky and poignant novels); stories about overcoming adversity and prejudice; novels about morally complex characters, including antiheroines/antiheroes
Recent Titles: The Bone Garden by Heather Kassner; Thieves of Weirdwood by William Shivering; Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai; Epic Athletes by Dan Wetzel
firstname.lastname@example.org . 646-307-5276
Works on: Middle grade and teen fiction, narrative nonfiction.
Looking for: Adventures of the fantastical or real-life variety, character-driven historical fiction, exciting nonfiction.
Recent Titles: The Voyage to Magical North by Claire Fayers; The Left-Handed Fate by Kate Milford; Gorillas Up Close by Christena Nippert-Eng
email@example.com . 646-438-6139
Works on: Commercial teen fiction, middle grade fiction, and picture books.
Looking for: Surprising plot twists and original voices; fresh takes on genre tropes; creative dynamos open to collaboration; opportunities to develop original content for licenses and brands.
Recent Titles: The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo; the X-Files Origins series by Kami Garcia and Jonathan Maberry; The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia; How to Break a Boy by Laurie Devore; the Fix-It Friends series by Nicole C. Kear, illustrated by Tracy Dockray; the Super Happy Party Bears series by Marcie Colleen, illustrated by Steve James; Everywhere, Wonder by Matthew Swanson, illustrated by Robbi Behr; Honeysmoke by Monique Fields, illustrated by Geneva Benton.
firstname.lastname@example.org . 646-307-5229
Works on: YA, middle grade, chapter books, and sometimes picture books, graphic novels, and adult, plus specialty licensed books.
Looking for: High-concept young adult, middle grade, and chapter book fiction with mass appeal. Most interested in fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and thriller. Also looking for humor, pop nonfiction, and unusual formats/approaches (puzzles, a game element, a digital component, and creative layouts).
Recent Titles: Shadow State by Elyse Brayden, the Prince Not-So Charming series by Roy L. Hinuss.
Roaring Brook Press
email@example.com . 646-307-5465
Works on: Picture books, middle grade, young adult, graphic novels, and nonfiction.
Looking for: Hilarious, smart, diverse, and uniquely beautiful voices; illustrated middle grade and young adult novels and graphic novels; anything that breaks existing formats or expectations; debut authors and artists.
Recent Titles: Caldecott Honor book Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol; After the Fall by Dan Santat; Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire by Susan Tan; Real Friends by Shannon Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham; Undefeated by Steve Sheinkin; The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood.
firstname.lastname@example.org . 646-307-6157
Looking for: Smart, character-driven books, from picture books to young adult, fiction and nonfiction, with an emphasis on middle grade and teen novels.
Recent Titles: John Ronald's Dragons by Caroline McAlister, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler; Wet Cement by Bob Raczka; A Patron Saint for Junior Bridesmaids by Shelley Tougas; Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu.
email@example.com . 646-307-5226
Works on: Nonfiction (all genres), picture books, middle grade, YA (contemporary).
Looking for: Science-driven narrative nonfiction (all ages); nonfiction for all ages; character-/voice-driven middle grade novels; picture books with a different perspective.
Recent Titles: Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper; Coyote Moon by Maria Gianferrari, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline; The Doll’s Eye by Marina Cohen; If Sharks Disappeared by Lily Williams; Hello Goodbye Dog by Maria Gianferrari, illustrated by Patrice Barton; Shawn Loves Sharks by Curtis Manley, illustrated by Tracy Subisak; The Inn Between by Marina Cohen.
firstname.lastname@example.org . 646-307-5674
Works on: Picture books, chapter books, middle grade, young adult, and nonfiction projects
Looking for: Heart and humor above all else; compelling characters with fresh and unique voices; stories that are both timeless and timely and don't shy away from difficult or uncomfortable topics. Middle-grade stories (contemporary and speculative) with a commercial hook and literary feel; Contemporary sci-fi/fantasy YA that's smart and unpredictable; YA coming-of-age stories that have both hijinks and heartbreak, but not necessarily in equal measure; Narrative and pop culture nonfiction telling unheard stories from a bold point of view. I acquire across all genres, and I am especially interested in seeing projects written by and featuring marginalized and underrepresented voices.
Recent Titles: The Epic Fails series by Erik Slader and Ben Thompson (nonfiction chapter book)