The stories I’m in search of are those predominantly suited to the US market. Books that are as as ambitious and exciting as the scale of that market demands. This means I’m looking for stories that have an epic quality – in imaginative ambition, unrelenting plot or in originality of concept.
The stories I’m chasing will have a brilliant hook and then a first line, page and chapter that keeps me reading, right until that final full stop.
I am focusing on middle grade and young adult writing at the moment but will consider exceptional picture books and new adult stories.
As much as I want brilliant writing, I am a sucker for a story with heart. I want a book that packs an emotional sucker punch. Whether that’s tentative first love, epic romance or hideous heartbreak – make me feel something and I’m all yours.
If you have something that doesn’t feel like it fits neatly into any particular box than I am looking for genre bending originality. A horror romance? Sign me up! A family story with a thriller twist – yes please! If your story has got hook and heart, then I want to see it.
A new and exciting way of looking at the world is something I’m always on the search for and particularly so if this story is coming from an underrepresented perspective. I would love to find LGBTQ+ love stories that cover the spectrum of age and experience, from first crush to spicy college romp. I am working to ensure my list is as diverse as the real world and is a true mirror to the readership that we are working to serve. I would particularly like to work with more Jewish creators and on stories that explore identity and ethnicity from across the spectrum of Jewish culture and religion.
YA contemporary fiction has my heart. Particularly stories with a gentle humour that represents the breadth and complexity of the teen experience. I want books that are best in show. In romcoms and romance I am all about cosy vibes and a meet cutes. I want stories that are warm hugs and hot chocolates. On the other hand if you have a spooky scare-fest I love nothing more than a haunted house and a proper jump-scare.
More than anything else I want page turners. Stories that have an unrelenting forward momentum and demand just… one… more… chapter….
In MG I’d love to find more stories that explore what friendship and family means. Quirky narrators, interesting protagonists and furry best friends. I’d love a series set in a stables or school that has offers compelling drama, whether that’s a mystery, murder or magic.
Voice is everything in younger stories and I’m looking for iconic protagonists that will resonate with readers.
I would love to see more work by illustrator authors across all age ranges, from illustrated fiction for first readers to more complex ideas in the YA space.