Folio Jr., the division of Folio Literary Management devoted exclusively to the representation of today’s most stellar children’s book authors and artists, is wholly committed to offering our clients impeccable, individually-tailored care. We strive not only to discover and cultivate the most compelling new voices and the most original and memorable styles of illustration, but also to indefatigably and strategically support our established writers and illustrators as they thrive and develop their careers in the publishing industry.
As Senior Content Development Editor-At-Large at Folio Jr., I selectively edit picture books, middle grade, and young adult, and while I don't represent any books directly, I work in tandem with Emily van Beek, Partner/Literary Agent. Over the last decade,I've been working as an editorial consultant and developmental editor with established authors, many of whom are bestsellers and award winners as well as writers looking for clear and incisive feedback. While I'm committed to supporting published authors, I've also developed a keen eye for new talent and a deep passion for working to bring a fresh perspective to their work and assist them as they move toward publication confidently and with the highest level of artistic creativity.
In order to submit work, please send a query letter and the first five pages of your manuscript to email@example.com. I honor each submission and do my best to answer everyone, but due to volume am not always able to do so. I will answer within four weeks if I'm interested in seeing more. Thank you so much for considering working with me.
WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR:
MIDDLE-GRADE: I’m currently on the lookout for stellar, fun, expansive, bright, fantastical, joyful, adventurous middle grade. I’m open to almost anything within this genre and I’m eagerly looking for something new. Please send me your diverse, epic, cinematic, action-packed, adventuresome, mysterious, and fast-paced novels! I always bear in mind that readers in this age group are looking for fun and mischief, to learn something about life, and to escape and romp. Favorites include: FAR FROM HOME by Jasmine Warga, AMARI AND THE NIGHT BROTHERS by B.B. Alston, THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate, FREEWATER by Amina Luqman-Dawson, KEEPER by Kathi Appelt, and PET by akwaeke emezi.
YOUNG ADULT: I'm eager to find novels that are high concept, diverse, fantasy or magical realism, and am open to anything conceptually unique. Give me something bold and fresh with a voice that’s impossible to put aside. I’m probably not the best choice for "message” or hard science-fiction books. What I’m really looking for is the intersection between stellar writing and plot, something that leaves me puffy eyed or laughing out loud. I, like most teenagers, am looking for emotional connection, for drama, for hope. Oh! Something else--I would love, love, LOVE to discover a FUNNY manuscript like RAYNE & DELILAH'S MIDNITE MATINEE by Jeff Zentner. Other favorite YA includes (takes deep breath): TYRELL by Coe Booth, I WILL SAVE YOU by Matt de la Pena, I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson, THE FIREKEEPER'S DAUGHTER by Angeline Boulley, STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor, MOSQUITOLAND by David Arnold, GIRL IN PIECES by Kathleen Glasgow, DAMSEL by Elana K. Arnold, TOKYO EVER AFTER by Emiko Jean, A MILLION JUNES by Emily Henry, THE BELLES by Dhonielle Clayton, THIS SAVAGE SONG by Victoria Schwab, DIG by A.S. King, KILL THE BOY BAND by Goldy Moldavsky, ALL BOYS AREN'T BLUE by George Michael Johnson, and FABLE by Adrienne Young.
PICTURE BOOKS: At this time, I am exclusively interested in AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATORS. I’m especially looking for award-worthy artwork, character-driven series, and work by diverse creators featuring diverse stories.
I am not looking for board books, novelty, picture book texts, and chapter books at this time.