Friday, May 13, 2016

Heather is looking for YA/MG interns

I have openings for YA/MG interns! 

I represent YA/MG fiction across the board, but make sure you have a look at my bio to see if our tastes align!

You do not need to have any kind of publishing experience, but you should love to read and be familiar with all sorts of fiction in these categories, particularly with books on the New York Times bestseller lists. The internship is a great way to learn more about an agent’s work and decision-making process. Past interns have been writers, librarians, teachers and educators, MFA students, and passionate readers. You do not need to live in New York—this is a remote internship. We ask for a ten-hours-a-week commitment.

While this internship is unpaid, TBA values our interns' contributions, and holds monthly educational chats for all of our interns, led by a different agent/on a different topic each time. And in between those events, I answer as many questions about the publishing process that I can. I ask for a six-month commitment, but most of my interns stick around for a lot longer!


To apply for the YA/MG Intern position, send the information below to:, with subject line YA/MG Intern.

-       Tell me why you want the internship, and a little about yourself, including relevant experience. Feel free to attach a resume if you feel it would help – though it’s not necessary.
-       List your top 10 favorite books of all time
-       List the last 10 YA/MG books you've read

If you've applied in the past, you're absolutely welcome to apply again. I usually receive quite a few applicants, so the application period could close fairly quickly; watch this space and @HeddaFlaherty on Twitter for details!

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