Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Molly Jaffa of Folio Literary) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.
About Molly: She is thrilled to be part of the recent launch of Folio Jr., a division within Folio Literary dedicated to developing and nurturing the careers of YA and children’s authors.
She is seeking: middle grade and young adult fiction. “I’m looking for books that challenge the reader intellectually and emotionally, from the high-concept and fantastical to the frank, fresh, and contemporary. I love fiction set in another country, time, or place (real or imagined!) that opens up a rich new world for the reader to discover. Stories featuring characters with strong passions, talents, or smarts—or characters in search of theirs—resonate with me. I’d also like to see: Edgy YA that’s not afraid to explore complex social issues, historical fantasy, smart adventures (I’d love a modern-day Indiana Jones with a female protagonist!), dystopian fiction, and—most importantly—books with a voice that makes the reader think, ‘This narrator gets me.’ ”
Nonfiction: “I’m looking for books that explore social issues relevant to women of all ages.”
How to contact: E-mail queries at molly[at]foliolit[dot]com. Please include your query and the first ten pages of your manuscript in the body of the email. “I will always respond within 2 weeks with a pass or a request for more material. If you haven’t heard from me in that time, please resubmit, as your query may have been lost.”
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