Rachel Horowitz

Rachel Horowitz

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  • Young adult fiction
  • Middle grade fiction
  • YA/Crossover fiction
  • Pop-Culture nonfiction
  • Adult nonfiction
  • New Adult (18-25)
  • Picture books
  • High fantasy or Sci-Fi
  • Historical romance

About Rachel

I’ve spent nearly two decades in publishing, most recently as a children’s literary scout at Maria Campbell Associates, and before that, as the Director of Rights & Co-Editions at Scholastic. While at Scholastic I helped build many successful author franchises including Maggie Steifvater, Blue Balliet, Brian Selznick and Walter Wick. I graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and was a two-time writing fellow at the Breadloaf Writing Conference at Middlebury College in Vermont.

My first love is children’s books: I particularly admire the way Suzanne Collins, Philip Pullman and JK Rowling celebrate the underdog and show that appearances can often be deceiving. For YA fiction in particular, I appreciate authors like Rainbow Rowell, Elizabeth Lockhart, and Teresa Toten, for the way they touch on class and social dynamics in a smart compelling way that’s also authentically teen. I’d also love to find a good contemporary teen romance, and/or an epic YA fantasy.

On the middle-grade side, I’m looking for well-crafted stories that have heart, humor and adventure.

Most of all, I love to laugh out loud – if your story can mix pathos with humor, if it’s beautifully told and cinematic, and I can think of five people that should read it right now – we could be a great team.

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