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agent : brent@triadaus.com
Brent Taylor
Triada US, Inc.
P.O. Box 561, Sewickley, PA 15143
https://www.btaylorbooks.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. I am incredibly proud of my list—my clients’ books have won major awards, collected starred reviews, and hit the bestseller lists. In addition to my role as an agent, I manage the agency's subsidiary rights, licensing audiobook and foreign rights to our titles around the world and attending international rights fairs.

I describe my reading tastes as upmarket: I'm passionate about books for young readers 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:
Jason June's NEVER FORGET ELEANOR, about a young elephant who loves the stories his grandma tells him, but when her memory starts to fade, he will need to become the storyteller himself, illustrated by Loren Long, to Nancy Inteli at Harper Children's, with Megan Ilnitzki editing, for publication in winter 2023, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency for the author, and by Steven Malk at Writers House for the illustrator (world).

Jonathan Hillman's BIG WIG, about a child drag queen and her trusty sidekick, Wig; it's the night of the Big Wig Ball, and there's one problem: Wig is not very big; so when the big wigs hit the stage, Wig wigs out, embarking on a hair-raising journey to rediscover her confidence, illustrated by Levi Hastings, to Sylvie Frank at Paula Wiseman Books, for publication in spring 2022, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency for the author, and by Charlie Olsen at Inkwell Management for the illustrator (world).

Eric Geron's POULTRYGEIST, about a chicken that crosses the road and ends up on the other side—in the spirit world; other ghost animals encourage the poultrygeist to embrace its dark side to scare the reader, but it may be too chicken, illustrated by NYT bestselling illustrator Pete Oswald, to Mary Lee Donovan at Candlewick, at auction, for publication in fall 2021, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency for the author, and by Kirsten Hall at Catbird Productions for the illustrator (world).

Animator and storyboard artist Louie Zong's TEST THIS BOOK, in which two scientists, a bear and a frog, conduct hands-on, fearless experiments answering the age-old question of how books work, to John Morgan at Imprint, for publication in summer 2020, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency (World English).

Rajani LaRocca's I'LL GO AND COME BACK, a tribute to long-distance family relationships and cross-cultural connections, illustrated by Sara Palacios, to Andrea Tompa at Candlewick, at auction, for publication in spring 2022, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency for the author, and by Kendra Marcus and Minju Chang at Bookstop Literary for the illustrator (World).

Rajani LaRocca's WHERE THREE OCEANS MEET, in which a girl travels with her mother and grandmother to the tip of India and learns about the strength, love, and family bonds that women pass down to their daughters across borders and oceans, illustrated by Archana Sreenivasan, to Courtney Code at Abrams Children's, for publication in spring 2022, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency for the author, and by Stephanie Fretwell-Hill at Red Fox Literary for the illustrator (World).

Rajani LaRocca's SEVEN GOLDEN RINGS, a STEM-focused picture book that uses the story of a boy and his chain of seven golden rings to teach the basics of binary numbers, illustrated by Archana Sreenivasan, to Cheryl Klein at Lee and Low, for publication in 2020, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency for the author, and by Stephanie Fretwell-Hill at Red Fox Literary for the illustrator (World).

Author of MIDSUMMER'S MAYHEM Rajani LaRocca's THE SECRET CODE INSIDE YOU, a rhyming picture book introduction to DNA that explains the idea of genetics, but also touches on the limits of genes and how our choices also determine who we become, illustrated by Steven Salerno, to Charlie Ilgunas at Little Bee Books, for publication in fall 2021, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency for the author (world).

Middle Grade:
MIDSUMMER'S MAYHEM author Rajani LaRocca's RED, WHITE, AND WHOLE, a novel-in-verse about the 13-year-old daughter of Indian immigrants torn between the worlds of her parents and her school, her immigrant community and 1980's pop culture—until her mother falls ill, and she's torn in a different way, to Alexandra Cooper at Quill Tree, in a significant deal, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, for publication in winter 2021, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency (world English).

New York Times-bestselling author of THE SERPENT'S SECRET Sayantani DasGupta's FORCE OF FIRE, which follows a fire-clan rakkhoshi who wants nothing to do with revolutions or do-goodery, but only wants to finally learn how to control her magical flames; when she makes a secret deal with Prince of Snakes to try to do just that, she finds herself becoming the reluctant leader of her country's fight for freedom from the serpent empire, to Abigail McAden at Scholastic, for publication in summer 2021, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency (NA).

Jason June's MERMICORN ISLAND, a chapter book series following the underwater adventures of a mermicorn and his friends as they unlock the power of magic seashells, to Anna Bloom at Scholastic, in a four-book deal, for publication in spring 2021, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency (world).

Rex Ogle's FREE LUNCH, a memoir about the author's experience as a sixth-grader on the free lunch program and coming-of-age while dealing with poverty, racism, and domestic violence in Texas, to Simon Boughton at Norton Children's, in an exclusive submission, for publication in fall 2019, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency (NA).

Young Adult:
Phil Stamper's THE VALEDICTORIANS, the first entry in a rom-com duology following four queer teens during an unforgettable summer; as senior year approaches—with the real world looming just beyond—these lifelong friends try to stay close when their futures seem to be forcing them apart, to Mary Kate Castellani at Bloomsbury Children's, in a two-book deal, for publication in winter 2022, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency (world English).

YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award winner Rex Ogle's PUNCHING BAG, a memoir centered on the author's experience with domestic violence, to Simon Boughton at Norton Children's, in a very nice deal, for publication in fall 2021, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency (world English).

Jason June's JAY'S GAY AGENDA, which follows a teen boy after he moves to Seattle from his rural high school, introducing him to other queer teens for the very first time, and allowing him to finally cross items off his gay romance to-do list, to Megan Ilnitzki at Harper Teen, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in summer 2021, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency (world English).

Graphic Novel:
Eric Gapstur's SORT OF SUPER, about a boy whose accidental superpowers become the first clue in solving his mother's disappearance, to Liesa Abrams at Aladdin, in a six-figure deal, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, for publication in spring 2022, by Uwe Stender and Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency (world).

Tori Sharp's debut graphic memoir JUST PRETEND, about growing up in the multiple households of a divorced family and the imaginary worlds Tori cultivates to help make sense of her situation, to Andrea Colvin at Little, Brown Children's, for publication in spring 2021, in a six-figure deal, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency (world).

FAKE BLOOD author-illustrator Whitney Gardner's LONG DISTANCE, 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 2021, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency (world).

Rey Terciero's NORTHRANGER, about a 16-year-old who loses himself in horror movies to escape reality until the summer he's forced to confront the feelings he's hiding from, both romantic and familial, illustrated by Bre Indigo, to Andrew Arnold at Harper Alley, for publication in fall 2022, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency (world).

Jeremy Whitley's THE DOG KNIGHT, in which a non-binary kid must balance the real life troubles of middle school with the chance to face down the forces of chaos alongside a council of dog superheroes, illustrated by Bre Indigo, to Holly West at Feiwel and Friends, in a three-book deal, for publication in early 2021, by Moe Ferrara at BookEnds for the author, and by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency for the illustrator (world).

Fiction:
Suzanne Park's LOATHE AT FIRST SIGHT, an #OwnVoices hate-to-love rom-com set in the video game industry, about a Korean-American producer who is tasked with launching a feminist video game while being antagonized by everyone around her, especially the company's new MBA intern, to Carrie Feron at William Morrow, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in summer 2020, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency (world English).

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).

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
UK rights to Chloe Gong's THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS, pitched as a ROMEO AND JULIET retelling by way of THE GODFATHER, about rival gangs in 1920s Shanghai coming together to face a monster before the outbreak of the Chinese Civil War, to Molly Powell at Hodder & Stoughton, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, for publication in November 2020, by Brent Taylor and Laura Crockett at TriadaUS Literary Agency.

Nina Moreno's DON'T DATE ROSA SANTOS, to Vergara & Riba in Argentina, at auction, by Anna Ascolies at IMC Literary Agency; also to Vergara & Riba in Brazil, by Camila Marandino at Riff Agency; to AST in Russia, by Igor Korzhenevski at Alexander Korzhenevski Agency; and to Maxim in Hungary, in a pre-empt, by Diana Matulic at Corto Literary Agency; on behalf of Laura Crockett and Brent Taylor at Triada US.

Rights to Rex Ogle's EAST EMERSON series, to HarperCollins Germany, by Bastian Schlueck at Thomas Schlueck Agency; 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 two- to three-book deals on behalf of Brent Taylor.

Rights to Rex Ogle's FREE LUNCH, to Mamania in Poland, by Piotr Wawrzenczyk at Book/lab Literary Agency, and to Huy Hoang in Viet Nam, by Winnie Waropas at Arika Interrights Agency, on behalf of Brent Taylor.

Aleksandra Ross's DON'T CALL THE WOLF, to MAG in Poland, at auction, by Piotr Wawrzenczyk at Book/lab Literary Agency, and to Eksmo in Russia, by Igor Korzhenevski at Alexander Korzhenevski Agency; on behalf of Brent Taylor.

KayLynn Flanders's SHIELDED, to Eksmo in Russia, in a two-book deal, by Igor Korzhenevski at Alexander Korzhenevski Agency on behalf of Brent Taylor and Laura Crockett.

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 Rajani LaRocca’s MIDSUMMER’S MAYHEM, to Roca Editorial in Spain, by Anna Ascolies at IMC Literary Agency, and world English audio rights to Addi Black at Blackstone Audio, by Brent Taylor.

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.

Rights to Laura E. Weymouth’s A TREASON OF THORNS, to Chicken House in the U.K., by Brent Taylor and Lauren Spieller; to CBJ in Germany, by Kathrin Nehm at Thomas Shlueck Agency.

Rights to Rena Rossner's THE SISTERS OF THE WINTER WOOD, to Vulkan in Serbia, by Vuk Perisic at Plima Literary Agency, and to Eksmo in Russia, by Igor Korzhenevski at Alexander Korzhenevski Agency.

Rights to Wendy Heard's HUNTING ANNABELLE, to Swiat Ksiazki in Poland, by Piotr Wawrzenczyk at Book/lab Literary Agency.

Rights to Mara Rutherford's CROWN OF CORAL AND PEARL, to Vulkan in Serbia, by Vuk Perisic at Plima Literary Agency; to Emas in Bulgaria, by Diana Matulic at Corto Literary Agency; to Piper in Germany, by Kathrin Nehm at Thomas Shlueck Agency; to Marti in Turkey, by Nazlican Kabatas at Kalem Agency.

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 Phil Stamper's THE GRAVITY OF US, to Emily Parliman at Listening Library, at auction, for publication in February 2020, by Brent Taylor.

World English audio rights to Adiba Jaigirdar's THE HENNA WARS, to Emily Parliman at Listening Library, for publication in May 2020, by Brent Taylor on behalf of Uwe Stender.

World English audio rights to Juleah del Rosario’s 500 WORDS OR LESS, to Emily Parliman at Listening Library, by Brent Taylor.

World English audio rights to Juleah del Rosario's TURTLE UNDER ICE, to Emily Parliman at Listening Library, by Brent Taylor.

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.

World English audio rights to Mary Fan's STRONGER THAN A BRONZE DRAGON, to Ron Formica at Tantor, at auction, by Brent Taylor on behalf of Uwe Stender.

World English audio rights to Clarissa Harwood's BEAR NO MALICE, to Catherine Wallach at HighBridge, by Brent Taylor on behalf of Laura Crockett.

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