Manuscript Wish List
Are you a writer and/or illustrator with a picture book or graphic novel that you would like to submit to me? I’d love to take a look! Here are some things I’m looking for (or not) . . .
in broad strokes:
Character-driven emotional journeys
Stories that are deep, thoughtful, thought-provoking, gritty
Stories that are goofy, silly, and full of heart
Family units that have minimal mainstream representation (siblings/grandparents as guardians; positive depictions of single dads; mixed race families, etc.)
Creators who are BIPOC, LGBTQ+, genderqueer / non-binary, disabled
Disclaimer: After suffering through 13 years of schooling, I do NOT want to feel like I’m back in a classroom. If I catch a whiff of a message or moral, I’m ditching!
In picture books:
Specific stories (rather than sweeping texts that offer glimpses into different kinds of experiences), with an emphasis on BIPOC characters
Fiction and select non-fiction
Complex, conflicting emotions (I Hate Everyone written by Naomi Danis, illustrated by Cinta Arribas)
LGTBQ+ characters (ie boys in dresses, queer fairy tales, nonbinary kids)(Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love; When Aidan Became a Brother, written by Kyle Lukoff, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita)
Stories that make me CACKLE
MURDERRR I love it when characters eat other characters (I Want My Hat Back / This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen; I Just Ate My Friend by Heidi McKinnon; A Hungry Lion or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins)
Stories that deal with heavier topics like abuse, sexual assault, depression, loss (Angry Man written by Gro Dahle, illustrated by Svein Nyhus; The Funeral by Matt James; Maybe Tomorrow written by Charlotte Agell, illustrated by Ana Ramírez González)
In graphic novels:
Funny, witty adventure stories for the 4-8 age group
Contemporary realistic slice-of-life stories for the 8-12 age range
Navigating mixed-race identity
Fantasy with some grounding in reality (think Spirited Away, Pan’s Labyrinth, Beasts of the Southern Wild…)
Please do not send me any YA! I survived teenhood once and have no desire to relive it.
HOW TO SUBMIT
Send a query letter with a short summary of your work, a few lines about yourself and your favorite children’s book that was published in the last couple years, and attach your manuscript (.doc) or dummy (.pdf) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to inbox avalanche, I’m afraid I do not guarantee a response.