Susan Hawk

@susanhawk

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

Brooklyn

Upstart Crow Literary

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Nov 1

I'm esp looking for bks that center marginalized voices & are intersectional. I don't see enough religious diversity. I’m fascinated by ritual & faith; how these intertwine to create belief. What does belief feel like? What's it like to want to believe, but find you can't? #MSWL

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Nov 1

As I said, open to all genres, but some I particularly love are fantasy and mystery. Humor is frequently a key element of the books I fall in love with. #MSWL

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Nov 1

Voice and world-building are also important. I think voice and character are really connected -- if you really know who you're writing about, their voice is probably distinctive as well. And I want to be swept into a singular, immersive world/place. #MSWL

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Nov 1

Howdy, writers! Here's your reminder of our upcoming #AskUpstart session, 11/7 at Noon EST. And, in preparation for that, a note about the kind of manuscripts I'm hungry to see. First, MG and YA is where my head is these days. #MSWL

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Oct 24

It’s just a week until Halloween and I’m in the mood to read something spooooky! If you’re writing a heart-stopping horror story for MG or YA, I’d love to see it. #MSWL

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!