Elana Roth Parker

@ElanaRoth

WHAT ARE YOU DOING? STAY HOME. And wash your hands. Lit agent w/ @LDLiterary , bourbon lover, challah baker, Trekkie, Ravenclaw, stepmom, mom. Still not Elena.

Detroit, MI

Laura Dail Literary Agency

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · Jun 13

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A century ago in New York, a very large wedding took place — not in spite of the Spanish flu epidemic ravaging the city but precisely because of it nyti.ms/2AxaMdp

This is the kind of obscure Eastern European Jewish superstition content I am here for. (Though this is pretty macabre.) And if you managed to weave it into a YA novel with the actual magical part? Yes. #mswl

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · Apr 22

And I will most assuredly miss lots of pitches today (yay kids at home!). My queries are open regardless of today's event. I'm always looking for funny, madcap adventures in MG and big sweeping escapist stories in YA (all genres, but not the bloody ones). #DVpit #MSWL

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · Feb 27

In our constant struggle over car music, I introduced the 5yo to "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" today. And now I want that MG or YA graphic novel. #MSWL

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · Jan 23

Fantasy is a tough one right now for me. I think I'm more game for fantastical elements in MG/YA rather than "capital F Fantasy." Weave something speculative into something ordinary. Riff. Innovate. Iterate. #MSWL

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · Jan 23

I'd be interested in seeing MG or YA that explores step-families in an interesting, nuanced way. I have step-parents, step-siblings, a former step-parent, former step-siblings, a new "step-mom" i.e. dad's third wife. It's rich. #MSWL

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · Jan 23

I really have more room for PBs, MGs and perhaps some graphic novels on my list. I'm generally hungry for more illustrated work. Author/illustrators only for the PBs. I like a whimsical, quirky book. Not too over-the-top. Has to have an emotional core. #MSWL

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · Jan 23

I've been toying with adding more witches for both MG and YA, but not standard New England/Salem brand stuff and not cutesy like we see in MG a lot. It has to offer something fresh to the trope. #MSWL

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · Jan 23

All things being equal, I'm *not* looking for murdery/thriller YA books right now. I have two incredible clients writing in that category, and my list is small. #MSWL

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · Jan 23

On the whole, I'm looking for page-turning, escapist, transporting MG and YA fiction. Light on trauma. Big on feelings—humor, romance, friendship, family connections. #MSWL

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 24 Sep 2019

I read for FUN. Swooning and rapid-page-turning and feeling all the feels is part of that! Get me out of my head for a little while. #MSWL

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 24 Sep 2019

I do NOT want books that make me feel like this: #MSWL

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 24 Sep 2019

Okay. Here it is. For reals. I want books that make me feel like this: #MSWL

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 24 Sep 2019

In this vein, I am always up for books that have interesting family dynamics with kids who have to figure out who they are in that context, especially in contrast to their parents. How they fit into the fabric and how they can also be themselves. #MSWL

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 24 Sep 2019

Thing I’ve noticed: my YA list skews more girl, and my MG list more boy. I’d like to balance that, but still maintaining my overarching tastes: high concept, good plots, not-issue-books, joy and exploration and fantasy (both literal and just escapism). #MSWL

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 24 Sep 2019

My MG #MSWL is basically this: if Rick Riordan Presents would publish it, I want it. Epic fantasy adventures that I haven’t seen million times already. With humor and loads of imagination.

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 24 Sep 2019

Ah #MSWL day. My perennial list is here, with some updates at the bottom: elana.me/wish-list. I’ll try to tweet some more “specific” things today, but I try not to be too laundry-list-y on this stuff. Just try me!

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 4 Sep 2019

Also I’m certainly not saying parents NEEEEEED to be alive to query me. But if you spent any time in my queries, you’d wonder if there were any other launching points besides major trauma. Kids can be interesting AND come from intact families. Is all I’m saying... #MSWL

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 4 Sep 2019

Does anyone write MG or YA without dead parents? With alive, loving parents? With semi-functional families? Anyone? #MSWL