Nicola Barr
Jenny Bent
Victoria Cappello
Gemma Cooper
Heather Flaherty
Louise Fury
Molly Ker Hawn
Rachel Horowitz
Sarah Manning

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Currently Closed to Queries

Please send me:

  • Chapter Books (fiction for 5+)
  • Middle grade fiction
  • Young adult fiction
  • Author/Illustrated picture books only
  • Children's non-fiction

I'm not currently considering queries in the following genres:

  • Adult fiction
  • Adult Non-fiction
  • Picture Book Texts

Gemma Cooper

Gemma is currently closed to unsolicited materials.
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Gemma Cooper represents authors and author/illustrators who write for children, from picture books to young adult, fiction and non-fiction.

I started my publishing career in New York, spent several years working in London, and now live in Chicago, where I work with authors based in the U.S., the U.K., Canada and Australia. The best part of my job is getting to be the first fan of an unpublished book and then champion this book — nothing beats being able to talk up your passions to other book fanatics!

My client list is typified by character-led stories, and voice is the most important thing I look for in submissions. I love younger fiction, and have a soft spot for funny chapter books aimed at 7+ with series potential. For middle-grade, I'd love to see a good mystery or adventure, but really any MG with a strong voice will get my attention, whatever the subject matter or setting (historical, fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary, thriller). For young adult fiction, I prefer a contemporary setting and I'd love a standout YA romance or something with strong friendships or sibling relationships. For picture books, I am only looking for author/illustrators and not just picture book texts. Author/illustrators writing for any age will get my immediate attention, particularly in the chapter book and MG market. For non-fiction, I'm interested in history and science, but want very accessible books with an obvious hook. I’m looking for diverse voices, illustrators and stories across my list, but particularly for chapter books and MG.