Stephanie Stein

Editor

Harper Teen

Harper Kids

Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒˆ

Stephanie Stein
@stephlystein
Editor
Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒˆ
198 MSWL
34 AskAgent

In the middle of @CatSWrites's new book and deeply wishing for YA historical romance to become More Of A Thing. Agents, if you've got one coming up, send it my way! #mswl

Stephanie Stein
@stephlystein
Editor
Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒˆ
198 MSWL
34 AskAgent
Stephanie Stein
@stephlystein
Editor
Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒˆ
198 MSWL
34 AskAgent

While it's still pitch dark outside by 5:30, I'd be extremely down for a middle grade ghost story, agent friends #MSWL

Stephanie Stein
@stephlystein
Editor
Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒˆ
198 MSWL
34 AskAgent

Mainlined all of Lupin last night & this afternoon, and it is SO EXTREMELY MY SHIT! A kind-of retelling where the source material exists in-universe and the characters are consciously riffing on it? Meta af, sign me up. Also an eternal #mswl

Stephanie Stein
@stephlystein
Editor
Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒˆ
198 MSWL
34 AskAgent

10) Surprise me! No, really. I'm looking to acquire widely this year and I want the thing I did not already know I was looking for. Send it my way! โœจ

Stephanie Stein
@stephlystein
Editor
Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒˆ
198 MSWL
34 AskAgent

9) I am always a sucker for stories with what one agent friend spot-on named "a gimmick": epistolary novels, frame stories, timeline shenanigans, mixed formats, text messages, etc. Yes, I am that girl who wrote her college thesis on frame stories.

Stephanie Stein
@stephlystein
Editor
Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒˆ
198 MSWL
34 AskAgent

8) Yes, I do graphic novels! In addition to cozy fantasy, looking for MG fantasy/adventure more broadly and for moody, literary-feeling YA coming-of-age stories (the queerer the better).

Stephanie Stein
@stephlystein
Editor
Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒˆ
198 MSWL
34 AskAgent

7) An outrageously, wryly funny historical romp or rom-com.

Stephanie Stein
@stephlystein
Editor
Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒˆ
198 MSWL
34 AskAgent

6) Competitions, tournaments, puzzles, and mysteries! Give me those sweet aha! moments and high stakes.

Stephanie Stein
@stephlystein
Editor
Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒˆ
198 MSWL
34 AskAgent

(I would straight-up sell my soul for a YA in the vein of Song of Achilles or Circe. Just sayin'.)

Stephanie Stein
@stephlystein
Editor
Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒˆ
198 MSWL
34 AskAgent

5) Savvy, inventive retellings, from Baba Yaga to the Thousand and One Nights to Oscar Wilde, and beyond

Stephanie Stein
@stephlystein
Editor
Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒˆ
198 MSWL
34 AskAgent

4.3) Cozy MG fantasy that feels both literary and commercial. Think Studio Ghibli, Halloweentown, a touch of Anne Ursu. (I am also extremely looking for this in graphic novels!)

Stephanie Stein
@stephlystein
Editor
Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒˆ
198 MSWL
34 AskAgent

4.2) Historical or contemporary fantasy with a sharp, fresh, feminist twist on old folklore. Looking for my Holly Black or YA Alix Harrow ๐Ÿ™

Stephanie Stein
@stephlystein
Editor
Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒˆ
198 MSWL
34 AskAgent

4.1) Commercial MG fantasy/adventure that could launch a 5-book series. I am ready to pick some fights with editor friends at RR Presents and Scholastic! ๐Ÿ‘€

Stephanie Stein
@stephlystein
Editor
Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒˆ
198 MSWL
34 AskAgent

4) Who's the next big thing in YA or MG fantasy? I want to help them get there, and I want them in my inbox. โค๏ธ Specifically:

Stephanie Stein
@stephlystein
Editor
Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒˆ
198 MSWL
34 AskAgent

3) High-concept YA contemporary or contemporary-with-a-twist, especially if it comes with an irreverent, self-referentially funny voice. Sarcastic or endearingly self-deprecating humor to the front of the line. I love a protagonist who feels like a co-conspirator.

Stephanie Stein
@stephlystein
Editor
Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒˆ
198 MSWL
34 AskAgent

2) Whoever brings me a queer YA read-alike to Casey McQuiston's Red, White, & Royal Blue and/or One Last Stop will win my heart forever (and more to the point, a lot of money ๐Ÿ˜‡)