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Danielle Chiotti
Upstart Crow Literary
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Danielle has worked in publishing for eighteen years. Formerly an editor, she joined Upstart Crow when it was founded in 2009, specializing in young adult and middle grade fiction, as well as cookbooks, select nonfiction, and literary and upmarket fiction for adults. Thanks to her extensive editorial background, she enjoys working closely with authors to develop projects. She welcomes first-time authors with a unique voice and point of view.

FOR YA AND MIDDLE GRADE: She is actively seeking fresh young adult and middle grade fiction across all genres. She is drawn toward gorgeous writing and strong, flawed characters. Her dream project for young readers is one that challenges and inspires, with a compelling voice that will make her stay up all night reading.

Recent books that she's read and loved in this category are: A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti, Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, Chime by Franny Billingsley, Swing by Kwame Alexander, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly, Still Life With Tornado by A.S.King, The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma, The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor, When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.

FOR ADULT FICTION, Danielle is seeking upmarket commercial fiction. She prefers books that explore deep emotional relationships in an interesting or unusual way.

Recent books she's read and loved in this category include: The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea, Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill, My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh, The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal, Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer, The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty, and A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki.

For nonfiction, she is looking for compelling, voice-driven projects that shed a humorous or thought-provoking light on a previously unknown topic in the areas of narrative nonfiction/memoir, lifestyle, relationships, humor, current events, food, wine, and cooking (think Cool Beans by Joe Yonan, Cook Something: Recipes to Rely on by Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer, and Drinking French by David Lebovitz). Recent favorites include Margaret Renkl’s Late Migrations, Coventry by Rachel Cusk, and H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald. She is also interested in healthy living, lifestyle, culture, parenting and select self-help topics (think Quit Like a Woman by Holly Whitaker).

She is NOT CONSIDERING the following adult categories: romance, mystery/suspense/thriller/political thriller, science fiction, horror, or erotica.


years experience: 18
GENRES & SPECIALTIES
General fiction, Fantasy/science fiction, Juvenile fiction, Mind/body/spirit, Lifestyle, Cookbooks, Children's books, African-American, Science
LEADING CLIENTS
Jacqueline West, author of LONG LOST (Greenwillow/Harper 2021), THE COLLECTORS (Greenwillow/Harper 2018, 2019), NYT bestselling BOOKS OF ELSEWHERE (Dial)
Beth Hautala, author of WAITING FOR UNICORNS and THE OSTRICH AND OTHER LOST THINGS (PRH/Philomel)
Adam Smyer, author of KNUCKLEHEAD and YOU CAN KEEP THAT TO YOURSELF (Akashic)
Brian Broome, author of PUNCH ME UP TO THE GODS (Houghton MIfflin Harcourt)
BEST-KNOWN PROJECTS
THE COLLECTORS by Jacqueline West (Greenwillow/Harper, a Schneider Family Honor Book)
DRINKING LIKE LADIES by Kirsten Amann and Misty Kalkofen (Quarto)
THE NEW ENGLAND KITCHEN by Jeremy Sewall and Erin Byers Murray (Rizzoli, James Beard Award nominee)
THE OSTRICH AND OTHER LOST THINGS by Beth Hautala (Philomel, Christopher Award winner))
MOST RECENT SALES/ FORTHCOMING BOOKS
THE ORDER OF THE MAJESTIC: THE LOST KINGDOM by Matt Myklush (Aladdin/S&S 2020)
THE BREAKUP HAIR HANDBOOK by Jenna Luecke (Andrews McMeel 2020)
YOU CAN KEEP THAT TO YOURSELF by Adam Smyer (Akashic 2020)
THE SECRET LIVES OF CHURCK LADIES by Deesha Philyaw (WVU Press 2020)
JUST RIGHT JILLIAN by Nicole D. Collier (Versify/HMH 2021)
PUNCH ME UP TO THE GODS by Brian Broome (HMH 2021)
LONG LOST by Jacqueline West (Greenwillow/Harper 2021)
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Query and first 20 pages of the project, pasted into the body of the email. Send to danielle.submission@gmail.com. Full submissions guidelines can be found at www.upstartcrowliterary.com/submissions.
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