New Agent Actively Seeking Middle Grade and Young Adult

Emily Keyes, an agent at the L. Perkins Agency (as of 2013 with Foreword Literary), has posted that she is “avidly” seeking good children’s writing – young adult and middle grade works.

Here is her post from the
L. Perkins agency blog:

“I’m tired of getting queries from authors who don’t currently read YA, never read YA, say books published today are terrible, but they heard that Harry Potter lady made more than the Queen, and hey, they can do that! Writing for kids is easy, right?

“I love YA books. I loved them when I was a kid and I still love them now. I want to see manuscripts from people who love it as much as I do. I want to find the books that kids are going to remember with fondness. I inhaled Lois Duncan, LJ Smith, Babysitter’s Club, Sweet Valley, etc, etc. These days I’m excited by the writing done by Suzan
ne Collins, Kristin Cashore, Claudia Gray. I’m also into the teen novels by people like Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, Barry Lyga and others. I’m looking for smart middle grade and teen novels. (No picture books, please.) I like fantasy and paranormal, and other odd things. Zombies are pretty big at the moment, and I’d also like to see witches, psychics, time travel and superheroes. As far as non-genre, I like strong, female heroines and books with fresh voices and a quirky sense of humor. I’m really sick of knock-off ‘Harry Potters’ and ‘Twilights’.”

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2 thoughts on “New Agent Actively Seeking Middle Grade and Young Adult

  1. Adam Frayle

    YA is certainly not something I’m into (or would be very good at I’m sure, especially since I’m well past that sell-by date), but to my mind it’s quite wrong to belittle it since, like almost any other genre, it requires real skill and talent to do it well – I surely wish I had the ability to do what the great YA writers do so magnificently.


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