It’s time again for the Monthly Wishlist! Here’s the ONE project that each TBA agent would love to see in their submission inbox. If you have something that fits with the below, please check out our submission guidelines and send it over. We can’t wait to read!
Animals and anthropomorphic characters—I love stories with either animals as the main character, or with a close bond with a child. Examples: PAX, A DOG CALLED HOMELESS, THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN. Or what about historical fiction seen through the eyes of an animal—major events in history with a dog or cat or pig or…etc. — Gemma Cooper
I’m looking for hooky MG or YA that’s set in this world, but has some magical/fantastical element to the story. Think David Levithan’s EVERDAY or BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver. Definitely want romance, but other elements too: this could be a friendship or sibling story, or mother-daughter relationships, etc. — Susan Hawk
Strong emotional bookclub fiction with a high concept pitch. Put #bookclub in subject line and all queries will be considered even though I am closed. – Jenny Bent
Character-driven YA fantasy with vivid worldbuilding and twisty political intrigue, please! – Molly Hawn
YA version of The History Channel’s VIKINGS; battle-ax boys and warrior girls – with clan dynamics, raiding, warfare, and religion. – Heather Flaherty
Something set in or around a small town funeral home. Think MY GIRL for teens.
And fiction or non-fiction about a nanny/governess/tutor or a nanny squad. – Louise Fury
A literary collection of love stories like the ones found in the Modern Love podcast. Aziz’s MODERN ROMANCE meets Emma Straub’s OTHER PEOPLE WE MARRIED. – Victoria Lowes