Elana Roth Parker

@ElanaRoth

Children’s and YA literary agent, bourbon lover, weekly challah baker, heretic, Trekkie, Ravenclaw, mom. Still not Elena.

Detroit, MI

Laura Dail Literary Agency

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · Jul 26

For YA, same kind of deal. Strong voice. Strong concept/plot. Escapism, fantasy, sci-fi, speculative, magical realism—all awesome. Not crazy about depressing, issue-heavy books. No horror/thriller for me. #mswl #ya

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · Jul 26

Middle grade! I have like...one MG author on my list right now and he's lonely. Voicey but high-concept would be super. Clever. Magic. Adventure. Mystery. Just no grief/sicklit books for me. #mswl #mg

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · Jul 26

👆🏻I'd also love younger PBs for the 1-3 set: rhythmic, lyrical, bed-time appropriate books for non-verbal kids. For the older PBs, something as smart as THE MONSTER AT THE END OF THIS BOOK is my holy grail. #mswl

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · Jul 26

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth

Okee dokee—the time has come to reopen to queries. (Hooray!) Since round numbers are nice, let’s say I’ll reopen on August 1st! Here's some stuff that I'd especially be excited to see in my inbox. #mswl

Picture books from author/illustrators (correct): modern art styles, whimsical-with-heart stories, light humor, and simple prose. Would love books that comp to MAX THE BRAVE, WE FOUND A HAT, and Emma Dodd. +100 for women and POC author/illustrators. #mswl #pb #Illustrator

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 12 Sep 2017

Also, I see almost no Latinx submissions. Can apply to literally any category I mention today. So let's get on that. #MSWL

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 12 Sep 2017

A mini #MSWL princess thread: I really do love princess stories, but be INVENTIVE. But go forward, not backward. Maybe some SF princesses?

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 12 Sep 2017

I hesitate to say this, but I’d be up for ambitious and imaginative retellings of some cool, deep-dive Bible source material. (1/2) #MSWL

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 12 Sep 2017

Contemporary YA romances that feel MODERN. Hungry for any cute, swoony romances with great chemistry. Straight and LGBTQ. #MSWL

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 12 Sep 2017

I always always love contemporaries (YA/MG) with splashes of extra (sci-fi, fantasy, etc). Just good, commercial hooks. #MSWL

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 12 Sep 2017

My overarching #MSWL: Timeless + timely. Writers who deeply understand literary tradition and and know where to adapt it for modern readers.

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 12 Sep 2017

General #MSWL notes for me. PB, MG and YA only. I try to keep these perennial and less grocery list. No rush to query *today*.

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 22 Aug 2017

Louder for the kids in the back: These are the books I read on vacation. These are the kind of books I want more of in my queries. #MSWL

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 4 Aug 2017

Really hungry for some funny, heartfelt, non-issue-heavy MG, with great family relationships. My list has nothing but room for MG. #mswl

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 28 Jul 2017

I’m always up for epic romances and princesses, but I need some new spins on the theme. #mswl