Joanna Moult
@JoannaMoult
Literary Agent
Co-founder of Skylark Literary, a specialist children's & YA literary agency & creative consultancy. Trying not to drink too much tea. (She/her)
7 MSWL
40 AskAgent
Catherine Laudone
@CatherineLaud
Editor
Editor at Paula Wiseman Books and freelance editor on the side. Author rep’d by @DorianMaffei . Lover of all things chocolate.
56 MSWL

#MSWL: Agents, I’d love to find a picture book that is both charming and funny. So many sad submissions in my inbox lately that I’m in need of a good laugh. #PictureBooks

rebecca kuss
@reebsthereader
Editor
senior editor @ rick riordan presents+disney hyperion. 🇰🇷✡️. she/her.
51 MSWL
7 AskAgent

for RRP MG, i want snarky, funny, action-adventure 📚 featuring young BIPOC & deeply rooted in ✨mythology & magic ✨

here too i'd love to see even more intersectional protagonists & stories that subvert the typical RRP formula, like the upcoming SERWA BOATENG! (4/6)

#mswl

Andrew Nurnberg Associates
@nurnberg_agency
Literary Agency
International literary agency with a distinguished list of fiction, non-fiction, and children’s authors, specialising in foreign rights. Linktree bit.ly/3wlWswc
5 MSWL
Linda Epstein
@LindaEpstein
Literary Agent
Senior Agent @EmeraldCityLit Author of Repairing the World (S&S 2022) linktr.ee/LindaEpstein New School MFA alum Repped by @renarossner she/her 🏳️‍🌈
169 MSWL
81 AskAgent
63 Queries
52 Tips
Replying to @LaurenGraceBFYR

I like funny but I like substance. There needs to be a big hook and layers, multiple ways in to what makes it something that will stand out in an overcrowded picture book market. #picturebooks #MSWL

Linda Epstein
@LindaEpstein
Literary Agent
Senior Agent @EmeraldCityLit Author of Repairing the World (S&S 2022) linktr.ee/LindaEpstein New School MFA alum Repped by @renarossner she/her 🏳️‍🌈
169 MSWL
81 AskAgent
63 Queries
52 Tips

I would jump through hoops for submissions by Jewish #BIPOC authors, for picture books, chapter books, middle grade and YA. I'd love joyful stories, romances, fantasies, quirky and funny, and... whatcha got? #MSWL #writingcommunity

Heather Cashman
@HeatherCashman
Literary Agent
all things wordy generally nerdy literary agent, agent mentor @StormLiterary motorcycling | kayaking | writing
53 MSWL
28 AskAgent
19 Tips
Aneeka Kalia
@neeks_kalia12
Editor
Associate Editor at @vikingchildrens , PRH. Indian-American. Expert slice-and-bake cookie maker. Amateur soccer player. Opinions are my own. She/her.
8 MSWL

Agents, I love picture books (please keep sending them to me) but I'd love to add some funny, contemporary middle grade to my upcoming lists! #mglit #MSWL

Maggie Rosenthal
@RosenthalMaggie
Editor
Reader + eater. Editor @ Viking Children's Books. Find me where the snacks are. She/her.
5 MSWL

I'm in the mood for MG! Please send me something spooky, send me something funny, send me something full of adventure, send me something that makes me think. And as always, would love to see subs by marginalized creators across genres. Ready to fall in love with some MG! #MSWL

Alice S-H
@alibelle
Literary Agent
Founder & Literary Agent at @ASHliterary . Dogs & books, mostly. Never knowingly out-lipsticked. Views my own. She/her. It's Alice, never Ali. No DM queries.
86 MSWL
21 AskAgent

I’m really craving joyful and funny stories at the moment. Would love to see more in my queries, particularly from marginalised voices. Romance, friendships, adventure, all with a side of LOL. #mswl

Lisa Green Editor
@LisaGreenEdito2
Editor
Associate Editor for the Mystic Owl line & City Owl Press. Currently closed to cold queries.
69 MSWL
14 Tips

Where's my hot, dark, and funny PNR? Do you have it? If it's got an HEA or HFN and is under 75K Send it here, please: QueryManager.com/LisaGreenQueri… #MSWL

beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
she/her. mg & ya literary agent. founder of 501c3 NPO @_DiverseVoices (#DVpit/#DVart, DVcon & more). submissions: bethphelan.com/submissions
118 MSWL
125 AskAgent
27 Tips

2. Older YA, especially if you have a story about a teen who elects not to go to college
3. Hopeful, funny, romantic
4. Emotionally-fraught, grounded thrillers and mysteries
5. Paranormal!!
6. Experimental, inventive storytelling

#mswl cont ⬇️

Ashley Herring Blake
@ashleyhblake
Literary Agent
Agent | Author of books | IVY ABERDEEN, GIRL MADE OF STARS, etc. | Up next: DELILAH GREEN DOESN’T CARE, Berkley 2.22.22 | she/her 💖💜💙
115 MSWL

💫 Paranormal adult rom com. I’m still on the hunt for a vampire or witchy rom com, and queer it if you got it. I’m talking charming, quirky, funny, steamy, tropey, just add witches and/or vamps. Easy peasy. 🤩🧛🏻‍♀️🧙🏻‍♀️#MSWL

P.S. Literary Agency
@PSLiterary
Literary Agency
Representing a diverse list of internationally published, award-winning, bestselling and debut creators.
2261 MSWL
71 AskAgent
3 Queries
179 Tips

“Actively seeking fun / funny gift books, especially with a lifestyle twist to them. Open to a really wide range of topics on this one, so be creative!” @claire_m_harris #MSWL psliterary.com/submissions/

Alice S-H
@alibelle
Literary Agent
Founder & Literary Agent at @ASHliterary . Dogs & books, mostly. Never knowingly out-lipsticked. Views my own. She/her. It's Alice, never Ali. No DM queries.
86 MSWL
21 AskAgent

I am really craving some laugh-out-loud children's books. I want to see hilarious picture books, side-splitting chapter books and MG, and funny, cute YA. Also includes graphic novels!

QueryManager.com/ASH_Literary

#mswl

Léonicka
@leonicka
Literary Agent
she/her 🇭🇹. Christian ✝️. JD Candidate 2024. Literary Agent @TransLitAgency . Closed to queries.
85 MSWL
51 AskAgent
5 Tips

I REALLY want chapter books (for age 6 - 8 ) about funny, clever, creative, mischievous, active kids getting into all manner of high kinks and shenanigans. #mswl

Megan Carroll
@MeganACarroll
Literary Agent
Essex Girl feat. Ireland, Burma & India. Literary Agent at @watsonlittle , @GoldsmithsUoL Alum, TV binge watcher & compulsive reader 👩🏼‍🦰 (she/her)
20 MSWL
Rachel Mann
@rachelphilippa
Literary Agent
Editor turned agent at Jo Unwin Literary Agency - currently on maternity leave and closed to submissions.
12 MSWL

Rachel Mann @rachelphilippa

While we're all locked up reading and writing / glued to social media, I thought I might do a thread about the kinds of submissions I'm looking for, because it worked pretty well last time...

My submissions are now reopen – #mswl below. Could be v. crudely summarised as: minoritized voices & stories/ creepy/ funny/ weird/ playful/ radical/ internationalist/ commercial middle-grade/ bold YA/ non-white genre fic/ bold adult non-fic/ anything else you like. Send away!

Stephanie Stein
@stephlystein
Editor
Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. 🎮🏒📚🌈
213 MSWL
34 AskAgent
Stephanie Stein
@stephlystein
Editor
Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. 🎮🏒📚🌈
213 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.