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 kfeldmann@scholastic.com. Due to inbox avalanche, I’m afraid I do not guarantee a response.