Sunday, May 1, 2016

TBA Monthly Wishlist - April 2016

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!

I would love a MG or YA novel that deals with growing up in an interfaith family -- how comfortably, or not, two different religious traditions co-exist in one family, and what that's like for a child or teenager - Susan Hawk

YA or MG with a unique way of telling your story - nonlinear narrative, novels in verse, multi POV’s, letters, illustrated novels, or something else really creative! Be different - Gemma Cooper

Especially as May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage month, I’m very interested in seeing more YA and MG of any genre with AAPI authors and protagonists. Show me high fantasy inspired by cultural mythology and legends, non-issuey contemporaries, and, of course, anything that feels strange and weird and creepy. Would be extra, extra happy to see more intersectional diversity as well - Beth Phelan 

Any fiction or non-fiction about a nanny/governess/tutor - Louise Fury

A YA or MG novel with a setting few (if any) books have used before. Surprise me! - Molly Ker Hawn

Honest, lovely, possibly sad, Middle-Grade - like PAX, or WOLF HOLLOW - Heather Flaherty 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Happy Publication Day to Christopher Baldwin's LITTLE DEE!

What a very good day Tuesday, April 5th is – after all, it is the publication day for Christopher Baldwin’s utterly charming Graphic Novel, LITTLE DEE! 

If you know a fan of Zita the SpacegirlPhoebe and Her Unicorn, or Dan Santat’s Sidekicks, then you’re going to want to tell them about LITTLE DEE.  Here’s what School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews have to say, in two starred reviews, no less!

“Baldwin’s crisp, bright art and clever text create a noteworthy tale. The characters have distinct personalities, and…draw readers into an emotionally well-rounded story with a satisfying conclusion. This full-color, laugh-out-loud work has an abundance of adventure, charm, and notable characters. VERDICT: A feel-good offering about friends, family, and love, this book is a winner for middle grade graphic novel fans.” – School Library Journal, starred review

A fun-filled, zany story with a serious message about belonging…Those who love travel, adventure, learning about animals in remote parts of the world, and comics will enjoy this laugh-out-loud graphic novel.  Baldwin's full-color illustrations appeal to all of the senses and keep the story moving.  A must-read for all would-be adventurers.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review

If you like laughing, a rollicking adventure story, and you don’t mind having your heart stolen, then you need to get a copy of LITTLE DEE immediately!

To buy copies of LITTLE DEE, click here:

To say hello to Christopher, visit him on twitter!  @chris_j_baldwin

Friday, April 1, 2016

TBA Monthly Wishlist - March 2016

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

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Susan is looking for YA/MG interns - CLOSED

UPDATE: Many thanks for your response!  I received so many wonderful applications.  The application period is now closed (as of Thursday, April 14th) and I will be in touch with everyone who applied over the next few weeks.

I have openings for two interns, both to focus on MG & YA reading.  Publishing experience isn’t necessary; I’m looking for passionate, thoughtful readers, whose taste is similar to mine.  Familiarity with YA and MG fiction is a requirement, and especially important is knowledge of recent award-winners and New York Times bestsellers. 

To see if our tastes are a match, please take a look at my client list here: http://susanhawk.blogspot.com/p/my-clients.html.  In addition, here’s a list of some writers and books that I particularly enjoy (but don’t represent).  If you see your favorites on these lists, I encourage you to apply! 

MT Anderson, Jack Gantos, Polly Horvath, Rainbow Rowell, Laura Amy Schlitz, Gary Schmidt, Rita Williams-Garcia.

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
Chime and Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley
What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
A Brief History of Montmaray (The Montmaray Journals) by Michelle Cooper
Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge
The Knife of Never Letting Go series by Patrick Ness
The Riverman by Aaron Starmer
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

Here are the details:
• The internships are remote, so you can work from anywhere.  A treehouse, in your pajamas, in the middle of the night, for instance.
• Typically, interns read and report on a manuscript every two weeks.
• The internship is unpaid, however TBA holds regular intern discussion sessions with our agents on a variety of industry topics.  In addition, I plan periodic phone calls to discuss books we’ve been reading, and answer any other questions about the publishing process that I can.
• I ask for a six-month commitment, however, many of my interns have stayed on for longer – some of them for over a year.

The internship is a great way to learn more about an agent’s work and decision-making process. Past interns have been writers for children, children’s librarians, elementary school teachers, MFA students.  All of them have been passionate readers.

I value a range of experiences and perspectives from my interns, and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds.

To apply, send an email to kidsintern@gmail.com with the following information:
• Tell me why you’d like the position.
• Include a bit of information about yourself, including any relevant experience you have.  Attach a resume if you’d like to, though it’s not necessary. 
• List the last 10 books you’ve read in YA/MG, and a brief note – one line – on what you liked, or didn’t, about the book.
• List your 10 all-time favorite books in either YA/MG.  

Usually, I receive quite a few applicants and the application period will close fairly quickly; watch this space and twitter (@susanhawk) for more announcements.

Thank you! 

Susan