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 · Apr 4

I want books that are a true pleasure to read – that are a hymn to the power of friendship, family and love; that look at the world with eyes wide-open, but are still big-hearted and optimistic. #MSWL

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Apr 4

What I look for in MG, regardless of genre: great storytelling; layered, appealing characters; literary quality writing, matched to a page-turning pace. #MSWL

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Apr 4

HUMOR, HUMOR, HUMOR. Smart and funny – I always want this, but especially in a MG novel. #MSWL

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Apr 4

Contemporary MG novels with a speculative element, or touch of magic – very much up my alley. #MSWL

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Apr 4

MG fantasy or sci-fi that’s gloriously imaginative, and introduces me to a world I want to dive right into. #MSWL

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Apr 4

Definitely want to see illustrated MG and novel-GN mash-ups. #MSWL

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Apr 4

Time for more #MSWL! In terms of categories, I am really hungry for MG. Stand-alone or series, classic-feeling or not, contemporary or historical, mystery, fantasy, sci-fi, adventure - I’d like to see more MG!

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Apr 3

I’m also very interested in stories that explore all the dimensions of gender and identity. #MSWL

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Apr 3

#OwnVoices writers and illustrators, especially POC creators, please send me your work! I’m very eager to see and would especially love to see stories, and writers, based in Africa. #MSWL

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Apr 3

My family is inter-faith, so this is another particular area of interest for me. #MSWL

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Apr 3

I’m fascinated by ritual & faith - how these intertwine to create belief - and don't see enough religious diversity in my queries. Especially books that explore what belief feels like and/or what it is to want to believe, but find you can't. #MSWL

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Jan 28

Some favorites: Rita Williams-Garcia’s Gaither Sisters series, Laurie Halse Anderson’s Seeds of America, MT Anderson’s Octavian Nothing, or The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. #MSWL 3/3

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Jan 28

Especially interested in HistFic that takes place during the second half of the 20th C, in a non-Western setting, though I’m open to all places and periods…#MSWL 2/3

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Jan 28

Hi all! I’m open to queries after a break and would love to find gripping, immersive historical fiction that centers the experience of a marginalized person… #MSWL 1/3

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · 20 Nov 2018

What am I hungry to find in my queries, you ask? Creepy, psychological (not gory) horror, MG or YA. Give me something strange with a gradual, gripping sense of unease -- make my spine shiver! #MSWL

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · 1 Nov 2018

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 · 1 Nov 2018

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 · 1 Nov 2018

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