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 -

SoCal, CA

New Leaf Literary

Jordan Hamessley @thejordache · Mar 24

I am still very much on the hunt from MG and YA non-fiction! I am always on the hunt for great queer books of all ages and I would love to add some more queer illustrators to my list! #MSWL

Jordan Hamessley @thejordache · Mar 18

Something I've been doing this week is look for trans, nonbinary, and genderqueer illustrators. So many of the books I represent are written by and tell the stories of those identities and it would be great to have the covers illustrated by queer artists. Hit me up! #MSWL

Jordan Hamessley @thejordache · Jan 26

I’m also really hungry for science and math non-fiction in middle grade and YA. My picture book list is really strong in NF these days and I want older kids to be inspired by math and science, too! #mswl

Jordan Hamessley @thejordache · Jan 26

I am really hungry for some non-fiction middle grade and YA in my queries and for the right topic (pop culture, feminism, theater/music/dance), I’m open to adult non-fiction projects. For ex: I’m an avid fan of @EggcellentPod, @WestWingWeekly, @GilmoreGuysShow, and #Cheer. #mswl

Jordan Hamessley @thejordache · 14 Nov 2019

If you have a YA project that has a break up scene that could be scored with @TheRocketSummer’s
“Goodbye Waves and Driveways”, send it to me. Man, I love that song. I like to travel back to 2005 now and then in my music. It was my jam then and now. #mswl

Jordan Hamessley @thejordache · 24 Sep 2019

I had this thought yesterday: LEGALLY BLONDE but Emmett is Emma. #queeritup #MSWL

Jordan Hamessley @thejordache · 25 Apr 2019

Mornings with a slight breeze always instantly take me back to early summer mornings on the marching field with the band. I’m still desperate for a marching band YA. This Texas band geek and former drum major misses the field. #MSWL

Jordan Hamessley @thejordache · 14 Mar 2019

If you have middle grade or YA project that feels like #OneDayAtATime with all of that amazing diverse representation, please send it my way. I’ll need to fill the hole created by its cancellation. #mswl

Jordan Hamessley @thejordache · 17 Sep 2018

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 · 12 Sep 2018

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 · 8 Sep 2018

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 · 23 Jul 2018

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 · 14 Jul 2018

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