Gemma Cooper

Gemma Cooper

Literary Agent

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  • Middle grade fiction
  • Young adult fiction
  • Chapter books (fiction for 5+)
  • Children’s nonfiction
  • Children’s illustrated fiction and graphic novels
  • Commercial narrative nonfiction
  • Humour graphic novels or comics
  • Adult fiction
  • Picture books

About Gemma

I started my publishing career ten years ago in New York, and have been lucky enough to live and work in Chicago and London since then, an experience that has given me a global approach to agenting. I’m now back in London, where I work with authors all over the world, selling directly to publishers in the US, the UK, Canada and Australia. The best part of my job is getting to be the first fan of an unpublished book and then its champion — nothing beats talking up your passions to other book fanatics.

My list is typified by big-concept, commercial series fiction. If you can describe your book in one line, or in an ‘X meets Y’ elevator pitch, I want to read it!

My sweet spot is middle-grade fiction, especially a good mystery, fantasy, historical, funny or adventure, but really any middle-grade with a strong voice will get my attention. For young adult fiction, I’d love a standout romance or something with strong friendships or sibling relationships – contemporary, paranormal or fantasy based in the real world. I’m not the agent for YA high fantasy. I also work on a lot of younger fiction, and have a love of high-concept funny chapter books aimed at 7+ with series potential. Author/illustrators in the chapter book, graphic novel and middle-grade markets will get my immediate attention. I’m not currently looking for picture books. For children’s nonfiction, I’m interested in history and science, and anything that can be published in an interesting format. I’m looking for diverse voices, illustrators and stories across my list, but particularly for chapter books and middle-grade.

A few more things about me: I love Christmas, travel, 90s movies, Agatha Christie, animal POV, cinematic world building and Red Dwarf. I’m also a very chipper person and I tend to connect to characters who are the same.

I’m also open to selective adult nonfiction in the areas of humour and popular, accessible narrative nonfiction.

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