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 · May 8

Was just chatting with @mer_barnes about BILLY ELLIOT and now I'm crying over "Electricity" again. I will say this until I get it, but I desperately want a YA project about a male ballet dancer in HS. What was Billy's life once he got to the academy? #mswl…

Jordan Hamessley @thejordache · May 1

I absolutely loved #TheHalfOfIt. Such pure queer high school feels. I'm sure I'll be rewatching. And it goes without saying that if you have project that feels like this movie, send it to me. #mswl

Jordan Hamessley @thejordache · Apr 24

I've been watching a lot of ballet videos while self-isolating. Just a reminder that I am still on the hunt for a great ballet YA project from the POV of a male dancer. Billy Elliot grown up. Or this moment from Center Stage. #mswl

Jordan Hamessley @thejordache · Apr 17

Kyle Lukoff @Shekels_Library

It looks like there are a bunch of trans kidlit writers coming out with books in the next couple years, which is great, but...I'm not sure if there are any trans women? Which is the opposite of acceptable.

My client list is super queer but I am definitely on the lookout for stories by trans women, both in fiction and non-fiction! We need these stories. I represent all ages, but primarily focus on childrens, picture books through YA! #mswl

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