Elizabeth Lee
@EleeReads
Editor
☁️ Editor at Penguin Workshop, an imprint of @penguinteen and @penguinkids ☁️ Opera singer & stress baker ☁️ Author as @elshenwrites She/her #WNDB #POCinPub
25 MSWL

YA:
- BIPOC and queer romcoms with depth and heart!!!!
- Speculative thrillers
- Contemporary, literary stories, with hints of magical realism

Ash Stann 🌙
@ashtynwrites
Editor
Freelance Editor for @fluxbooks and @jollyfishpress | Writer | Retired Book Blogger and bookseller | Lover of Happily Ever Afters 💗 Tweets are my own. she/her
6 MSWL

-YA contemporary that brings ALL the emotions

I would also *love* to see a novel-in-verse in any genre!

Ash Stann 🌙
@ashtynwrites
Editor
Freelance Editor for @fluxbooks and @jollyfishpress | Writer | Retired Book Blogger and bookseller | Lover of Happily Ever Afters 💗 Tweets are my own. she/her
6 MSWL

-YA historical that features underrepresented experiences/time periods
-Unsettling YA horror/thrillers, especially with unreliable narrators
-YA high fantasy with innovative or unusual magic systems
-YA sci-fi, especially if it crosses genres (sci-fi horror/thriller/mystery)

Ash Stann 🌙
@ashtynwrites
Editor
Freelance Editor for @fluxbooks and @jollyfishpress | Writer | Retired Book Blogger and bookseller | Lover of Happily Ever Afters 💗 Tweets are my own. she/her
6 MSWL

Exciting news! @fluxbooks is open to submissions and I can’t wait to dive in 🥳 I’m looking for hard-hitting YA books in any genre! An engaging voice, fresh premise, and stand-out characters is what really draws me in. More info below! 🧵

Saba Sulaiman
@agentsaba
Literary Agent
Senior agent at Talcott Notch Literary. Eternally recovering from maternity leave. Probably hiding somewhere eating cake. Closed to unsolicited queries. @pocpub
131 MSWL
7 AskAgent
2 Queries
47 Tips

the best YA feels
✨specific enough that it's speaking to teens now, using their lexicon, understanding their concerns, but also
✨universal enough to evoke a sense of nostalgia, a yearning to comfort your past teen self

(from BEATING HEART BABY by @EmoOcean, soo good) #MSWL

Meg Gaertner
@MEGaertner
Editor
Senior editor @fluxbooks + @jollyfishpress . YA fantasy/sci-fi writer. Swing dancer. Music lover. Philosophizer. Tweets are my own. she/her. meggaertner.com
28 MSWL

In any YA genre:
-LGBTQIA+ representation
-neurodiversity
-racial or cultural diversity
-male lead characters who subvert toxic masculinity
-found families and diverse ensemble casts
-strong friendships / platonic love stories
-protagonists as changemakers and activists
#mswl

Meg Gaertner
@MEGaertner
Editor
Senior editor @fluxbooks + @jollyfishpress . YA fantasy/sci-fi writer. Swing dancer. Music lover. Philosophizer. Tweets are my own. she/her. meggaertner.com
28 MSWL

I accept all sub-genres of YA fantasy, but I’m really picky! I’m looking for unique magic systems that feel real and novel, stakes that haven’t been explored before in the genre, and a premise that is truly fresh. #mswl

Meg Gaertner
@MEGaertner
Editor
Senior editor @fluxbooks + @jollyfishpress . YA fantasy/sci-fi writer. Swing dancer. Music lover. Philosophizer. Tweets are my own. she/her. meggaertner.com
28 MSWL

-high-stakes YA sci-fi w/ strong themes + character development
-YA contemporary that addresses relevant/timely social themes
-YA thrillers/suspense
-YA horror, especially of the uncanny/unsettling kind
-YA historical that highlights excluded or underrepresented experiences #mswl

Meg Gaertner
@MEGaertner
Editor
Senior editor @fluxbooks + @jollyfishpress . YA fantasy/sci-fi writer. Swing dancer. Music lover. Philosophizer. Tweets are my own. she/her. meggaertner.com
28 MSWL

-“out-of-the-box” YA stories that combine social commentary with a killer voice and a fresh premise
-strong emotional arcs and themes—I want to see characters evolving in ways that feel earned
#mswl

Meg Gaertner
@MEGaertner
Editor
Senior editor @fluxbooks + @jollyfishpress . YA fantasy/sci-fi writer. Swing dancer. Music lover. Philosophizer. Tweets are my own. she/her. meggaertner.com
28 MSWL

@fluxbooks is now open to agented and unagented submissions, and I am eagerly seeking my next favorite novel! I’m looking for well-crafted YA fiction with engaging plots and one-of-a-kind characters. I accept all genres of YA. More specifics of what I’m looking for below. #mswl

Marietta B Zacker
@AgentZacker
Literary Agent
obsessions: 📚🍦💃🏽, representation in books & in all of life matters to this unabashed Latinx; co-owner & literary agent at @galltzackerlit ; author (she/her)
16 MSWL
44 AskAgent

In MG & YA (incl GNs by Author-Illustrators):
•Diverse contemporary stories and romcoms
•Grounded sub-genres like horror or mysteries
•Novels by marginalized writers w/ stories yet told
•Stories that take you on an adventure and an emotional roller coaster all at once
5/7

Kristie Choi
@minjipatterson
Editor
Acquiring EA @ Atheneum (S&S) | she/her 🌈💗💛💙 최민지, Korean-Am, cottagecore meets a punky morbid grandma, waterbender, sex/kink-positive leftist Christian
9 MSWL

YA historical featuring a trans/NB mc w/the gorgeous evocative prose of The Last Night at the Telegraph Club. A sense of angst, discovery, desire, a bit of complexity. If I'd had TLNATTC when I was younger, I'd have understood myself earlier. I want that for trans/NB teens #mswl

Masha Gunic
@masha_gunic
Literary Agent
Associate Agent at Azantian Literary Agency / Open to queries / Always looking for new experiences
49 MSWL
10 Tips

I am very much needing more magical realism in my inbox. Please and thank you!

#MSWL #YA #MG

P.S. Literary Agency
@PSLiterary
Literary Agency
Representing a diverse list of internationally published, award-winning, bestselling and debut creators.
2357 MSWL
71 AskAgent
3 Queries
179 Tips

"I want stories that celebrate neurodiversity, from authors who are themselves neurodivergent, both in fiction and nonfiction, middle grade, young adult, and adult."
@ericsmithrocks #MSWL

psliterary.com/submissions/

P.S. Literary Agency
@PSLiterary
Literary Agency
Representing a diverse list of internationally published, award-winning, bestselling and debut creators.
2357 MSWL
71 AskAgent
3 Queries
179 Tips

"I love diverse and inclusive young adult novels that reflect the world, and what the world could be."
@ericsmithrocks #MSWL

psliterary.com/submissions/

✨Caroline J. Trussell is open to queries✨
@carolinejtrulit
Literary Agent
junior literary agent with @metamorphlitag , mental health advocate/warrior, reader, indie/self pubbed author. INFJ & Capricorn😇 (she/her)
12 MSWL
Thalia Leaf
@Thalia_Leaf
Editor
Associate editor at Calkins Creek (Astra). US history and historical fiction for kids and teens. Formerly at Princeton University Press. Views are my own.
3 MSWL
Daniele Hunter
@DanieleDHunter
Literary Agent
Junior Agent, @mcintoshandotis , KidLit!! Queer, disabled. Wife/cat lady; she/her. Ambidextrous optimist. #WeNeedDiverseBooks #BrainTumorSurvivor #Endometriosis
27 MSWL

In YA and MG, I’m sparingly open to other genres, too:

Daniele Hunter
@DanieleDHunter
Literary Agent
Junior Agent, @mcintoshandotis , KidLit!! Queer, disabled. Wife/cat lady; she/her. Ambidextrous optimist. #WeNeedDiverseBooks #BrainTumorSurvivor #Endometriosis
27 MSWL

YA and MG contemporary fantasy: My second love! I’m interested in the same topics, and will look foremost for lyrical writing and character focus, with unique but very grounded magic systems. Example: THE NATURE OF WITCHES by Rachel Griffin.

Daniele Hunter
@DanieleDHunter
Literary Agent
Junior Agent, @mcintoshandotis , KidLit!! Queer, disabled. Wife/cat lady; she/her. Ambidextrous optimist. #WeNeedDiverseBooks #BrainTumorSurvivor #Endometriosis
27 MSWL

Daniele Hunter @DanieleDHunter

Here’s what I’m looking for, with examples—and I’m open to any intersections between these topics as well!

YA and MG contemporary will be my first priority! Lyrical prose, novels-in-verse, “dark and gritty,” “issue-driven,” character-driven, voicey. I want to feature LGBTQIA+ voices, BIPOC voices, disability and chronic illness, mental health and neurodivergence, grief.