About: Lindsay grew up by the ocean in San Diego and studied English at Bowdoin College. After college, she taught fourth-grade as a member of the Teach for America program and spent a great deal of time trying to find the perfect book for each child in her class. She began her publishing career in the children’s marketing department at Harcourt before joining the West Coast office of Writers House as Steven Malk’s assistant. She soon began representing her own picture books, middle-grade, and young adult titles and helped launch the careers of several bestselling authors. After taking time off to start a family, Lindsay has now re-joined Writers House and currently divides her time between the UK and the US. She has always been passionate about children’s and young adult literature. Growing up, she loved stories by Roald Dahl, Madeleine L’Engle, Philip Pullman, Katherine Paterson, E. L. Konigsburg, Lois Lowry, Beverly Cleary, and Judith Viorst.
She is seeking: Picture book, middle-grade, and young adult manuscripts. She particularly loves mystery, fantasy, adventure, historical fiction, nonfiction from a fresh perspective, and stories with humor—light or dark or both.
How to query: For submissions, please send a query and the first 10-15 pages of your book to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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