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A bit about Kayla's tastes
Kayla is seeking everything from heartfelt or humorous picture books (she has a soft spot for animal protagonists) to dynamic, unpredictable YA (she loves a good murder mystery or a clever rom-com). Kayla’s taste lies squarely in that sweet spot between commercial and literary, and she is looking for captivating voices and rich worldbuilding—whether it’s a seaside town in Maine or a fantastical other world. Kayla welcomes dark humor, suspense, magical realism, awkwardly adorable romance, and everything in-between. She is not seeking sci-fi, horror, or high fantasy. Kayla is also open to representing illustrators. Some of her favorite illustrators include Mike Boldt, Amber Ren, Vashti Harrison, and Eliza Wheeler.
Some favorite titles that provide a sense of her tastes:
Picture book: Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon; Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown; I Don’t Want to be a Frog by Dev Petty; Bad Dog by Mike Boldt
Middle grade: Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina; Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi; Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed; The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Young adult: The Sea is Salt and So Am I by Cassandra Hartt; Nine Liars by Maureen Johnson; Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
Adult: Seven Days in June by Tia Williams; The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang; Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal;
Kayla's submission email is: email@example.com. Thank you for submitting your work!
Any agents not listed above are CLOSED to submissions. Manuscripts sent to them will be discarded unread.
We respond to most queries within twelve weeks. Unfortunately, due to the overwhelming number of submissions received, personal responses are only very rarely possible. But if we are interested, we will request your full manuscript.
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Thank you for trying us, and all good luck! We’ll try to get back to you as quickly as possible.