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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

Triada US was founded in 2004 by Dr. Uwe Stender. Since then, the agency has built a list of high quality fiction and non-fiction for readers of all ages. 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 aged 0-18. 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 rights, licensing our titles around the world and attending international rights fairs.

I describe my taste in books as upmarket: I'm passionate about projects 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).

Daniel Haack and Isabel Galupo's MAIDEN & PRINCESS, about a maiden who goes to the prince's royal ball and doesn't quite enjoy herself until she meets and falls in love with the princess, to be illustrated by Becca Human, to Charlie Ilgunas of Little Bee Books, for publication in spring 2019, by Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency for the authors (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).

Paul Czajak's THE BOOK TREE, the story of a reactionary mayor who bans all the books in his town, and the imaginative boy who shows him that suppressing people's stories only encourages them to blossom more beautifully than ever, to Lisa Rosinsky at Barefoot Books, for publication in Fall 2018, by Uwe Stender and Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency for the author and Carrie Hannigan at Hannigan Salky Getzler for the illustrator (World excluding Iran).

Middle Grade:
Rajani LaRocca's debut MIDSUMMER'S MAYHEM, pitched as inspired by A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and following an eleven-year-old Indian-American girl whose dream of winning a celebrity chef-judged baking contest stirs up trouble when she bakes with a mysterious boy from the woods and people around her start acting loopy, to Charlie Ilgunas at Yellow Jacket, at auction, for publication in Summer 2019, by Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency (World English).

#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).

THE SERPENT'S SECRET and the forthcoming GAME OF STARS author Sayantani DasGupta's THE CHAOS CURSE, the third book in the Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond series, in which a 12-year-old demon slayer and her friends must stop the Serpent King from destroying the multiplicity of the multiverse and reducing the many parallel dimensions to a single story, to Abigail McAden at Scholastic, in a six-figure deal, for publication in February 2020, by Brent Taylor at 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).

I DISSENT author Debbie Levy’s BECOMING RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Journey to Justice, a graphic novel biography that follows RBG’s evolution as a feminist and legal powerhouse along her path to becoming the second woman on the Supreme Court, illustrated by Whitney Gardner, to Liz Kossnar at Simon & Schuster Children's, for publication in Summer 2019, by Caryn Wiseman at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency for the author and Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency for the illustrator (World).

Author-illustrator of the forthcoming FAKE BLOOD Whitney Gardner's SPACE CAMP, in which a 12-year-old girl is upset to move from Portland to Seattle, leaving her only friend behind, and when her parents enroll her in a space-themed summer camp she finds that the camp—and long-distance friendship—might be more out of this world than she bargained for, to Liz Kossnar at Simon & Schuster Children's, for publication in summer 2020, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency (world).

THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING and DON'T VOTE FOR ME author Krista Van Dolzer's THE MULTIPLYING MYSTERIES OF MOUNT TEN, 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 THE MULTIPLYING MYSTERIES OF MOUNT TEN 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:
Debut author Aleksandra Ross's DON'T CALL THE WOLF, pitched as inspired by Polish folklore, following an enchanted queen fighting to protect her forest from a legendary dragon, and the journey that unfolds when she saves a dragon slayer with secrets of his own and discovers just how dark the woods really are, to Stephanie Stein at Harper Teen, for publication in winter 2020, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency (NA).

Phil Stamper’s debut THE GRAVITY OF US, about two teen boys who find love amid the drama of a NASA mission to Mars, to Mary Kate Castellani at Bloomsbury Children’s, in a two-book deal, for publication beginning in Winter 2020, by Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency (World English).

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 of the forthcoming 500 WORDS OR LESS Juleah del Rosario's TURTLE UNDER ICE, a novel-in-verse following the relationship between two teen sisters after one of them goes missing during a snowstorm, to Jennifer Ung at Simon Pulse, for publication in spring 2020, by Brent Taylor at 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).

Fiction:
Literary agent Rena Rossner’s debut THE SISTERS OF THE WINTER WOOD, a retelling of the 19th-century narrative poem Goblin Market set against the backdrop of the 1903 pogroms against the Jewish people in the shtetl of Dubossary, which draws on Hassidic/Yiddish and Russian/Ukrainian folktales to tell the story of two sisters — one that can transform into a bear, the other into a swan — and what happens when a troupe of men selling strange fruit come to their town and people start to disappear, to Lindsey Hall at Redhook and Anna Jackson at Orbit UK, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in Fall 2018, by Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency (World English).

THE HEMINGWAY THIEF author Shaun Harris's THE OLD IRISH EXIT, a new novel following an author who finds himself embroiled in a murder investigation at the University of Notre Dame involving a secret society and old friends who aren't what they seem, to Dan Mayer at Seventh Street, for publication in spring 2020, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency (NA).

Non-Fiction:
Gender studies professor Robyn Ryle's SHE/HE/THEY/ME, 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
Rights to Rex Ogle's EAST EMERSON series, to Ediciones B in Spain, in a pre-empt, by Anna Ascolies at IMC Literary Agency, to Il Castoro in Italy, at auction, by Maura Solinas at Piergiorgio Nicolazzini Literary Agency; to Mamania in Poland, in a pre-empt, and Storytel for Polish audio, by Piotr Wawrzenczyk at Book/lab Literary Agency; to Pena in Turkey, by Goksun Bayraktar at Kalem Agency; all in three-book deals on behalf of Brent Taylor.

Rights to Sayantani DasGupta's THE SERPENT'S SECRET, to Carlsen in Germany, in a two-book deal, to Fontini in Norway, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, both by Brent Taylor, to La Galera in Spain for Spanish and Catalan, in a two-book deal, by Anna Ascolies at IMC Literary Agency, and to Siyah Kitap in Turkey, in a two-book deal, by Goksun Bayraktar at Kalem Agency.

Rights to Laura E. Weymouth's THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS, to Chicken House in the U.K., at auction, by Brent Taylor on behalf of Lauren Spieller, to Pocket Jeunesse in France, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, by Donatella d'Ormesson at Donatella d'Ormesson Literary, and to HarperCollins Español, in a two-book deal, by Lola Esquina at IMC Literary Agency.

Serbian rights to Rena Rossner's THE SISTERS OF THE WINTER WOOD, to Vulkan, by Vuk Perisic at Plima Literary Agency, on behalf of Brent Taylor.

Rights to K. D. Halbrook’s SMOKE AND MIRRORS, to Kirmizi Kedi in Turkey, by Goksun Bayraktar at Kalem Agency, and world English audio rights to Audible, by Brent Taylor.

World English audio rights to K. D. Halbrook's SILVER BATAL AND THE WATER DRAGON RACES, to Audible, in a two-book deal, by Brent Taylor.

Rights to Krista Van Dolzer's EARTH TO DAD, to Beijing White Horse Time in China, by Claira Cai at Big Apple Agency, and to Prunsoop in Korea, by Jully Lee at Eric Yang Agency; both on behalf of Brent Taylor.

Rights to Eric Bell's ALAN COLE IS NOT A COWARD, to Fischer, by Brent Taylor, to Bromera in Spain for Catalan, by Lola Esquina at IMC Literary Agency, and to Foksal in Poland, by Piotr Wawrzenczyk at Book/lab 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.

Rights to Shaun Harris's THE HEMINGWAY THIEF, to Ediciones B Mexico, by Lola Esquina at IMC Literary Agency, to Paris Yayýnevi in Turkey, by Sedef Ilgic at Kalem Agency, and North American audio rights to Tantor, by Brent Taylor.

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, and world English audio rights to Anne Fonteneau at Blackstone Audio, by Uwe Stender and Brent Taylor.

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.

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.

French rights to Mark SaFranko's THE SUICIDE, to Actes Sud, for publication in Spring 2019, by Donatella d'Ormesson at Donatella d'Ormesson Literary on behalf of Brent Taylor and Uwe Stender.

World English audio rights to Jen Wilde's THE BRIGHTSIDERS, to Pamela Lorence at Forever Young Audiobooks, by Brent Taylor on behalf of Lauren Spieller.

KEY PERSONNEL
Uwe Stender, President
Brent Taylor, Agent/Subsidiary Rights Manager
Laura Crockett, Associate Agent
Lauren Spieller, Associate Agent
Amelia Appel, Assistant Agent
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.