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agent : hmann@writershouse.com
Hannah Mann
Writers House

Writers House is a full-service literary agency that was founded in 1973. I interned in the New York offices before starting in our CA branch in 2013. Since then, as Steven Malk's assistant, I've had the privilege of working closely with a variety of extraordinarily talented bestselling and award-winning authors and illustrators of works ranging from very young picture books to middle grade and young adult, and I'm now a junior agent seeking clients who work in primarily those genres.

Young Adult:
I especially love realistic and witty YA (that includes drama, romance, comedy, thrillers, mystery—or hybrids of these!), but I’m open to low fantasy and magical realism that doesn’t account for too much happenstance. I’m a sucker for unique line-by-line writing and (flawed!) character and relationship driven plots--true-to-life fiction with larger-than-life personalities.
Setting is secondary to characters and relationships for me, but I love when it’s almost a character in itself. Seamlessly incorporated cultural bytes (music, food, art, language, books, and specific family traditions) are always good. I also love innovative modernizations and re-tellings of Shakespearean and other classics (including John Hughes movies).

Middle Grade:
I look for funny and dramatic (or both!) MG novels about friendships (including those with animals), and the complexity of individual families. Brave or whimsical adventure stories starring unlikely characters and underdogs are great, and I look for honest, funny, and unique voice here, full of heart, smarts, and humor.

Picture Books:
While I'm presently focusing on acquiring older formats, in general, I look for artful, human, and/or humorous stories and artwork driven by expressive characters. I seek illustration with something fresh going on (or that pays homage to a classic with its own modern layering). I'm additionally a fan of tender/gentle picture books.


years experience: 5
GENRES & SPECIALTIES
Fantasy/science fiction, Juvenile fiction, Children's books
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
I accept email queries only at hmann@writershouse.com. Please include a letter that explains why your book is special, along with any credentials, and paste up to the first ten pages of your project below the note in the body of your email. Please do not include attachments on the initial query, but if you are an artist, a link to a website or filesharing service (such as Dropbox) is great. I look forward to hearing from you, and please feel free to follow up if you have not heard from me within 8-12 weeks.