Susan Hawk

@susanhawk

Children's Book Agent at Upstart Crow Literary, repping picture books, MG and YA. susanhawk.blogspot.com

Brooklyn

Upstart Crow Literary

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Aug 6

I love how a funny book can operate in a kid's world. They're a pleasure to read - score one for reading. Plus, if I (the grown-up) get the joke, and the kid also gets the joke, that's a way of saying, hey, you're pretty smart, kid. Score many, many more for reading. #MSWL

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Aug 6

I'm in awe of truly funny writing. It's harder than it seems, and I love seeing it work on the page. #MSWL

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Aug 6

Susan Hawk @susanhawk

So, time for another #MSWL, in the run-up to tomorrow's #askUpstart session. HUMOR, people! I love books that make me laugh, in every category; PB, CB, MG, YA. Here's a couple reasons why:

Life is messy, and nothing is colored in the lines. It's often in a dark moment that things feel funniest. I like books that capture the messy complexity of life, including how humor crops up. #MSWL

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Aug 6

So, time for another #MSWL, in the run-up to tomorrow's #askUpstart session. HUMOR, people! I love books that make me laugh, in every category; PB, CB, MG, YA. Here's a couple reasons why:

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Aug 3

Here's my #MSWL for today: If you’re writing the book that YOU want to read – you’re my kind of writer. Query me! #MSWL

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Aug 2

Susan Hawk @susanhawk

It's also time for more #MSWL! Generally, I rep all categories of children's and YA books, both fiction and nonfiction. At the moment I'm most hungry for MG and YA fiction.

I'm looking for fiction for kids and teens that relates to issues happening in our world right now: the refugee crisis, the opioid epidemic, the Flint, MI water crisis. #MSWL

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Aug 2

It's also time for more #MSWL! Generally, I rep all categories of children's and YA books, both fiction and nonfiction. At the moment I'm most hungry for MG and YA fiction.

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Aug 1

I love ambitious, literary YA, and would especially like one that's lushly, unabashedly romantic. #MSWL

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Aug 1

Stories that are piercingly true to their characters, revealing their layers and deepest feelings -- this goes for every category of children's and YA books. #MSWL

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Aug 1

In advance of our #AskUpstart session 8/7, I promised a few new #MSWL notes. I’m looking for “Activist Non-Fiction” (shout-out to @_GinaGagliano!), NF that explores a current issue, engages readers deeply, and calls them to action. YA, MG & Graphic Novels like this – all welcome!

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Jul 19

Last year, I made a plan to tweet monthly about what I’m looking for. Life got in the way shortly after that, and then I was closed to queries for awhile. Happily, I’m now open again and bringing my mid-month wishlist post back to life! (thread) #MSWL

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Jul 9

Overall, I want gorgeously written, emotional, surprising stories that resonate deeply with the reader. #MSWL

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Jul 9

Immersive historical fiction, particularly in non-Western settings; I’m very interested in the post-WW II period. #MSWL

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Jul 9

I love YA fantasy, and want to see worlds and characters that are fresh. #MSWL

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Jul 9

Books for kids and teens that capture the current spirit of resistance, fiction or non-fiction. #MSWL

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Jul 9

I'm actively looking for Author-Illustrators, and love work that's witty and warm-hearted. Some of my fav illustrators are Sophie Blackall, Zachariah O'Hora, Frann Preston-Grann, Emily Hughes and George Marshall. #MSWL

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Jul 9

I'm looking for fresh chapter books with a diverse protagonist and possibly some magical realism. #MSWL