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agent : brent@triadaus.com
Brent Taylor
Triada US, Inc.
P.O. Box 561, Sewickley, PA 15143
http://triadaus.com
twitter: http://www.twitter.com/btaylorbooks
illustration
February 2018

Triada US was founded in 2004 by Dr. Uwe Stender. Over the last 13 years, the agency has built a list of high quality fiction and non-fiction for kids, teens, and adults. Our books are consistently critically acclaimed and translated into multiple languages.

After years of interning in trade book publishing, I joined Triada US in 2014 to assist Uwe Stender while building my own list of fiction and non-fiction for readers of all ages. I was promoted to associate agent in November 2015 and to agent in April 2017. In addition to my role as an agent, I manage the agency's subsidiary (audiobook + foreign) rights.

I describe my taste as upmarket: I'm passionate about books that are extremely well-written, robust with emotion, and appeal to a wide, commercial audience.


GENRES & SPECIALTIES
Picture books, Middle grade, Young adult, Graphic novels for kids and teens
MOST RECENT SALES/ FORTHCOMING BOOKS
Picture Books:
Author-illustrator Monique Bonneau's SEVEN BAD CATS, a picture book about a little girl and a band of bad cats who stow away on her ship and wreak havoc on their voyage, to Annie Berger at Sourcebooks, at auction, for publication in Summer 2018, by Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency (World).

Daniel Haack's debut PRINCE & KNIGHT, a picture book about a noble prince and a brave knight who come together to defeat a terrible monster and in the process find true love in a most unexpected place: each other, to be illustrated by Stevie Lewis, to Charlie Ilgunas of Little Bee Books, for publication in Summer 2018, by Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency for the author (World).

Dee Romito's PIES FROM NOWHERE: HOW GEORGIA GILMORE SUSTAINED THE MONTGOMERY BUS BOYCOTT, about a hidden figure of history who played a critical role in the civil rights movement and used her passion for baking to fund the Montgomery Bus Boycott, illustrated by Laura Freeman, to Charlie Ilgunas of Little Bee Books, for publication in Fall 2018, by Brent Taylor on behalf of Uwe Stender at the TriadaUS Literary Agency for the author (World).

Middle Grade:
#WeNeedDiverseBooks team member Sayantani DasGupta’s debut THE SERPENT'S SECRET, the first book in a series that draws from the traditional folktales of West Bengal, India and follows the interdimensional adventures of a 12-year-old girl who finds out she’s an Indian princess destined to slay blood-thirsty rakkhosh demons, to Abigail McAden and Patrice Caldwell at Scholastic, at auction, in a significant deal, in a two-book deal, for publication beginning in Spring 2018, by Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency (NA).

Eric Bell's debut ALAN COLE IS NOT A COWARD, about a gay 12-year-old boy who must win an epic, high-stakes competition or else risk being outed to the whole school after his older brother discovers his secret crush, to Ben Rosenthal at Katherine Tegen Books, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication beginning in Fall 2017, by Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency (NA).

NOBODY BUT US and EVERY LAST PROMISE author Kristin Halbrook writing as K.D. Halbrook’s SMOKE AND MIRRORS, about a girl who loses faith in her culture, family, and friends when bullying at school becomes overwhelming and she must embark on a quest to discover the roots of a curse that plagues the magical cirque where she’s grown up, to Sylvie Frank at Paula Wiseman Books, for publication in Fall 2018, by Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency (NA).

Author of the forthcoming SMOKE AND MIRRORS K.D. Halbrook’s SILVER BATAL AND THE WATER DRAGON RACES, about a young desert-dweller whose dreams of becoming a water dragon racer come true when she discovers and befriends a rare dragon that can swim and fly, to Tiffany Liao at Holt Children’s, at auction, in a good deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in Spring 2019, by Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency (World).

Author-illustrator Whitney Gardner’s graphic novel FAKE BLOOD, about an 11-year-old boy who pretends to be a vampire to impress his vampire-obsessed crush, only to discover that she’s not a Bella, she’s a Buffy, to Liz Kossnar at Simon & Schuster Children’s, for publication in Fall 2018, by Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency (World).

THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING and DON'T VOTE FOR ME author Krista Van Dolzer's DON'T SOLVE THE PUZZLE, a murder mystery set at a math camp with built-in logic puzzles that readers can solve alongside the main character, to Brett Wright at Bloomsbury Children's, at auction, for publication in Winter 2019, by Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency (World).

Author of the forthcoming DON'T SOLVE THE PUZZLE Krista Van Dolzer's EARTH TO DAD, about an 11-year-old boy who spends his days waiting for transmissions from his Mars-colonizing dad until the daughter of a dead astronaut moves in across the street and he risks missing a transmission for a shot at real friendship, embarking on a journey exploring life, death, and wonder, to Alison Deering at Capstone, for publication in Fall 2018, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency (World English).

THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER author Cynthia Ellingsen's THE GIRLS OF FIREFLY CABIN, about four tween girls, their individual struggles, and the bonds they forge during an unforgettable summer at camp, to Eliza Swift at Albert Whitman, for publication in Spring 2019, by Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency (World English).

Young Adult:
Juleah del Rosario's debut novel in verse 500 WORDS OR LESS, in which a high school senior attempts to salvage her reputation by writing her Ivy League-obsessed classmates' college admissions essays after being ostracized for betraying a beloved classmate, while she struggles with a moral compass that no longer points north, to Jennifer Ung at Simon Pulse, in an exclusive submission, for publication in Fall 2018, by Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency (World English).

Author-illustrator of the forthcoming picture book SEVEN BAD CATS Monique Bonneau’s debut YA novel THE PURSUIT OF MISS HEARTBREAK HOTEL, about two teen girls, once best friends but now estranged, as their connection is rekindled and tested in their common struggle with identity and sexuality, to Kate Farrell at Holt Children’s, for publication in Spring 2019, by Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency (World English).

PERFECT TEN author L. Philips's SOMETIME AROUND MIDNIGHT, pitched as #AlexFromTarget meets queer Prince Charming, about a teen music prodigy who questions love and his life plan after becoming an internet sensation when the handsome socialite he met at a concert shares his photo on social media, to Alex Ulyett at Viking Children's, for publication in Summer 2018, by Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency (World English).

YOU’RE WELCOME, UNIVERSE author Whitney Gardner’s CHAOTIC GOOD, about a cosplay wunderkind who finds the power she needs to combat the trolls in her inbox, comic shop, and tabletop D&D game by disguising herself as a boy, to Stephen Brown at Knopf Children’s, for publication in Spring 2018, by Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency (World).

Kaitlyn Sage Patterson’s debut THE DIMINISHED, a fantasy duology about two teens who lead separate lives in an imperialistic world where everyone is born in pairs, and what happens when they join forces against a cruel system that breaks the backs of the indentured, to Lauren Smulski at Harlequin Teen, in a two-book deal, for publication beginning in Spring 2018, by Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency (World English).

Non-Fiction:
Gender studies professor Robyn Ryle's GENDER: CREATE-A-PATH, an intersectional approach to the topic of gender that allows the reader to wander through different pathways determined by how they answer questions about gender and sexuality, to Grace Menary-Winefield at Sourcebooks, for publication in Fall 2018, by Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency (World English).

MOST RECENT RIGHTS SALES
German rights to Sayantani DasGupta's THE SERPENT'S SECRET, to Dennis Wohlfeil at Carlsen, in a two-book deal, by Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency.

U.K. rights to Laura E. Weymouth's THE WEIGHT OF WORLDS, to Barry Cunningham at Chicken House, at auction, by Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency on behalf of Lauren Spieller.

French rights to Laura E. Weymouth's THE WEIGHT OF WORLDS, to Pocket Jeunesse, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, by Donatella d'Ormesson at Donatella d'Ormesson Literary on behalf of Lauren Spieller and Brent Taylor.

World Spanish rights to Laura E. Weymouth's THE WEIGHT OF WORLDS, to Edward Benitez at HarperCollins Español, in a two-book deal, by Lola Esquina at IMC Literary Agency on behalf of Lauren Spieller and Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency.

French rights to L. Philips's PERFECT TEN, to Castelmore, by Donatella d'Ormesson at Donatella d'Ormesson Literary on behalf of Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency.

German rights to Eric Bell's ALAN COLE IS NOT A COWARD, to Almut Werner at Fischer, by Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency.

Catalan rights to Eric Bell's ALAN COLE IS NOT A COWARD, to Bromera, by Lola Esquina at IMC Literary Agency on behalf of Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency.

Latin American Spanish rights to Shaun Harris's THE HEMINGWAY THIEF, to Ediciones B Mexico, by Lola Esquina at IMC Literary Agency on behalf of Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency.

Turkish rights to Shaun Harris's THE HEMINGWAY THIEF, to Paris Yayýnevi, by Sedef Ilgic at Kalem Agency on behalf of Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency.

Turkish rights to J.C. Lane's TAG, YOU'RE DEAD, to Bilgi, at auction, by Göksun Bayraktar at Kalem Agency on behalf of Uwe Stender and Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency.

Simplified Chinese rights to Stacy Tornio and Ken Keffer's THE SECRET LIVES OF ANIMALS, to Publishing House of the Electronics Industry, by Claire Feng at Big Apple Agency on behalf of Uwe Stender and Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency.

Simplified Chinese rights to Stacy Tornio and Ken Keffer's THE TRUTH ABOUT NATURE, to Publishing House of the Electronics Industry, by Claire Feng at Big Apple Agency on behalf of Uwe Stender and Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency.

North American audio rights to Shaun Harris's THE HEMINGWAY THIEF, to Ron Formica at Tantor Audio, at auction, by Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency.

World English audio rights to J.C. Lane's TAG, YOU'RE DEAD, to Anne Fonteneau at Blackstone Audio, by Uwe Stender and Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Send a query letter and the first ten pages of a manuscript pasted in the body of the message to brent@triadaus.com. Put "query" somewhere in the subject line.