Elana Roth Parker

@ElanaRoth

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

Detroit, MI

Laura Dail Literary Agency

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · Mar 13

It's been a minute (or 8,000) since I worked on my own website, but...I did! I finally added client info (always in progress) and an #MSWL page. And gave it a visual update. Killed the blog (because...ugh, blogs). Give it a look (if you care😜)... elana.me

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · Jan 29

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth

I feel like every single query I read tonight had a car crash and dead people in it. Is everyone okay? Do we need to talk?

So jumping off last night’s tweet…my threshold for suffering is pretty low. I’d love to see less punishing stuff in my inbox. More escapist. Fanciful. Fantastical. Inventive. Romantic. Just loads less…death? MG/YA. #mswl

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · Jan 3

I *really* want to do more author/illustrator picture books and illustrated projects in general. For a sense of my taste, these are my clients: ldlainc.com/illustrators #MSWL

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 12 Sep 2018

I just tweeted some #MSWL stuff recently. I’m not sure I have any updates, so here’s my profile again: manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/elan…

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 30 Aug 2018

If I were to sign a YA right now, and it's tight, it would have to be really unique. As always...commercial, readable, inventive, aspirational, romantic and/or strong-relationship driven, "knows where it comes from but knows where it's going" type stuff. #mswl

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 30 Aug 2018

I really do need more MG. @JoshuaSLevy needs friends. (I mean, he has friends. Just not on my list.) Voicey, plot-driven, strong concepts, heaps of fun or cleverness. Nothing depressing. Heartfelt, yes. But not depressing. #mswl

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 30 Aug 2018

For the older PBs, something smart like THE MONSTER AT THE END OF THIS BOOK is my holy grail. But also things in the camp of MAX THE BRAVE, WE FOUND A HAT, etc. #mswl

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 30 Aug 2018

I'd love to see younger PBs for the 0-3 year set: rhythmic, lyrical, bedtime-appropriate books for babies/non-verbal kids. Like Emma Dodd's books. Sweet, simple, short. #mswl

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 30 Aug 2018

For PBs: author/illustrators only. (I know that stings a little. Sorry?) I like modern art styles, whimsical-with-heart stories, light humor, honest kid emotions, and simple prose. +100 for women and POC author/illustrators. #mswl

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 30 Aug 2018

I nuked a bunch of tweets, so I'm going to re-up a bunch of my #MSWL wants and needs. I'm pretty full-up on YA right now, and much hungrier for PBs and MG. But here's some more deets...

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 26 Jul 2018

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 · 26 Jul 2018

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 · 26 Jul 2018

👆🏻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 · 26 Jul 2018

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