Jordan Hamessley


Literary agent at @NewLeafLiterary representing PB, MG, YA, and adult genre fiction. Horror & SF geek who loves books. Musical theater nerd. - she/her/hers -

Berkeley, CA

New Leaf Literary

Jordan Hamessley @thejordache · Sep 17

I saw #ASimpleFavor last night knowing very little about it. I highly recommend going in like that. If you have seen it, I now want a YA with the same level of tension and comedy. Thriller comedies, please! #MSWL

Jordan Hamessley @thejordache · Sep 12

I tweet out #MSWL thoughts pretty regularly so you can always search those. That said, my list is pretty full of contemporary YA right now. I'd love a great YA thriller or horror novel to add to my list!

Jordan Hamessley @thejordache · Sep 8

Thor Stenhaug @ThorStenhaug

My 13-year-old brother has been cast in his school production of Mamma Mia. It’s him and 16 girls. He’s playing all three dads. I’m dead.

This is hilarious. Will he switch back and forth between characters Jekyll & Hyde-style? Switch hats?

Also, this is totally the kind of story I’d add to my #mswl. I’m super picky about theater stories these days, but I love this idea.

Jordan Hamessley @thejordache · Jul 23

I've been saying it for years, but I desperately want a YA novel about a male ballet dancer. OR a memoir by a male ballet dancer about his experiences growing up in ballet. Give me the YA Billy Elliot I've been dreaming of! #MSWL…

Jordan Hamessley @thejordache · Jul 14

My query inbox is longing for MG and YA narrative non-fiction. Exploring history from a new angle? Finding fun ways to discuss STEM topics? Please send them my way! I want more non-ficton! #MSWL

Jordan Hamessley @thejordache · Jun 1

Britni de la Cretaz ⚾️ @britnidlc

I dug through hundreds of obituaries & spoke to gay ballplayers from the 1940s up through the 1990s to find the queer history of women in baseball that we stand to lose if it isn't documented.…

This piece on the queer women of baseball is brilliant and worth a read to start off #Pride. Also, if anyone's writing a queer take of A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, please send it my way! I'd love to find a F/F historical YA sports project. #MSWL

Jordan Hamessley @thejordache · Apr 23

I'm still on the hunt for a middle grade that just makes me sob and fills my heart with FEELINGS with maybe a touch of magical realism? #MSWL

Jordan Hamessley @thejordache · Apr 23

Everyone is looking for non-fiction across all ages PB-YA. I would love to find some great MG and YA narrative non-fiction or memoir. Untold stories and POVs throughout history or STEM! #MSWL

Jordan Hamessley @thejordache · Apr 23

I would love to find a teen pregnancy YA project in fiction or NF. I went to a HS with a daycare for student babies and teen pregnancy was a reality for students at my school. I want to see those stories. #MSWL

Jordan Hamessley @thejordache · Apr 23

I’m in the mood for a YA romance with an amazing first kiss. Girls kissing boys, girls kissing girls, boys kissing boys. Any combo of gender and sexual identity works for me. I just want to swoon. #MSWL

Jordan Hamessley @thejordache · Mar 9

I agree with everything in this piece on Jane the Virgin, particularly talking about the visuals. Honestly, if you have a book that will make me laugh, gasp, and cry like Jane the Virgin, with complete with diverse rep, send it my way. #MSWL…

Jordan Hamessley @thejordache · Feb 12

In honor of the #alayma this morning, here is a #MSWL of the awards I'd love to have a client receive someday. The Schneider Family Book Award and The Stonewall Book Award. Even better if it's in one book! So send me your LGBTQAI+ and disability rep.

Jordan Hamessley @thejordache · Jan 11

Jordan Hamessley @thejordache

I'm obsessed with #Chopped and #MasterChef. I love the teen/kid competitor episodes. A YA foodie novel would be a ton of fun. #MSWL

What happens to the kids AFTER they win Masterchef or Top Chef Junior and they go back to real life after being on tv for three months? Do they feel pressure to go to culinary school when they are 17 after spending months saying that's their dream at 11? #MSWL

Jordan Hamessley @thejordache · Jan 11

Jordan Hamessley @thejordache

Also putting it out there that I am DYING for a sexy YA ballet book from a boy dancer's POV. My working title: FOUETTES FOR DAYS. #mswl

It's been nearly four years and I'm still dreaming of this project. Someone please write me FOUETTES FOR DAYS. I'd love the teen male POV on ballet with some drama and romance. #MSWL

Jordan Hamessley @thejordache · Jan 4

I would love to find something in my queries that gives me those Friday Night Lights and Parenthood feels. Some contemporary YA that tugs at my heartstrings, makes me cry, and then smile to wash away the tears. #MSWL