Friday, July 24, 2009

Agent EK is Avidly Seeking Middle Grade and YA

I'll post about Necon and RWA shortly, but while you're waiting for my reports, I thought you'd be interested to know that one of our junior agents at L. Perkins Agency has declared her love of YA and is aggressively seeking new authors, so tell you friends and family!!

Below is EK's description of what she's looking for:

"I’m tired of getting queries from authors who don’t currently read YA, never read YA, say books published today are terrible, but they heard that Harry Potter lady made more than the Queen, and hey, they can do that! Writing for kids is easy, right?

I love YA books. I loved them when I was a kid and I still love them now. I want to see manuscripts from people who love it as much as I do. I want to find the books that kids are going to remember with fondness. I inhaled Lois Duncan, LJ Smith, Babysitter’s Club, Sweet Valley, etc, etc. These days I’m excited by the writing done by Suzanne Collins, Kristin Cashore, Claudia Gray. I’m also into the teen novels by people like Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, Barry Lyga and others. I’m looking for smart middle grade and teen novels. (No picture books, please.) I like fantasy and paranormal, and other odd things. Zombies are pretty big at the moment, and I’d also like to see witches, psychics, time travel and superheroes. As far as non-genre, I like strong, female heroines and books with fresh voices and a quirky sense of humor. I’m really sick of knock-off “Harry Potters’ and “Twilights.”

Lori told me to list some of my favorite TV shows to give a better sense of my taste. I liked Buffy, Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars, How I Met Your Mother, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Justice League, Firefly, True Blood, Project Runway, Top Chef.... As I kid I loved Jem and the Holograms (magic earrings = always good) and Get Smart."

Send queries directly to EK at EKlperkinsagency@yahoo.com.

17 comments:

Joy D. Wilson said...

Thanks for the tip! I sent in my query! It is so refreshing to know there are agents out there who love YA!

Anonymous said...

Could you post EK's name so we could address a query to her properly? Thanks.

Natalie Aguirre

K. M. Walton said...

Thanks - just sent her a query!

Ravenous Romance said...

Just send it to EK: She's fine with that.

Shesawriter said...

Question:

Would this agent be interested in a YA with a male protagonist? It's in his POV, first person.

Anna C. Morrison said...

I plan to send her a query. Thank you!

Ravenous Romance said...

Male protagonists are fine.

jessjordan said...

This post excites me. I love to see agents passionate about their work, especially when it coincides with the genre I love as well.

Best of luck, EK, in finding inspiring/amazing new YA writers.

And can I say that I LOVE--and terribly miss--Buffy? I may have to pull out the old boxset for a third spin through the series ...

SBiglow said...

Can I Just say...she has my vote for being a whedonite? And Vernocia Mars? I love her just for her TV watching habits! I think I might send on a query for my middle grade novel.

Lindsay said...

I work at Barnes & Noble and am a constant crusader for YA! They have some of the best stories and some of the most passionate fans (including myself). I'm very excited to hear about a literary agent who speaks so passionately about this genre. Sending a query as we speak!

Rebecca Ryals Russell said...

Yay! An agent who really and truly loves YA! I can't wait to get my MS to you.

Anonymous said...

I sent a query to EK on July 31st and she has yet to respond. Has she caught up on her queries to this date or did mine simply get lost in cyberspace? Should I send it again?

Ravenous Romance said...

She received more than 300 submissions in two weeks, so she is culling through them.

Carey_Corp said...

Thanks for posting! Hopefully EK is getting caught up. I queried and would really love for her to consider my work before I accept another offer. Especially in YA it is so important to find the right advocate.:)

Brittany said...

I sent a query to EK on Aug. 20th. Is she still overloaded with queries or is it possible mine got lost in the internet abyss? Does she answer all queries?

Thanks!

Ravenous Romance said...

I know a month seems like a short period of time, but it's a blink of an eye in the publishing workload. Be patient.

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