I work with Peter Knapp at Park & Fine Literary and Media, where we focus on young adult, middle grade, and adult SFF and general fiction. I am interested in diverse storytellers and vivid, detailed worldbuilding across genre, and fiction with a strong, high-concept hook. While I appreciate sharp prose, I'm primarily looking for pace and sense of voice that leans more commercial than literary. Before PFLM, I was at Raven Quill Literary, assisting founder Jacqui Lipton, and have also held positions at Orbit Books and Transatlantic Literary.
WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR
In YA, I'm interested in all kinds of fantasy, especially books featuring marginalized perspectives. In high fantasy I like detailed, immersive settings and premises as in VESPERTINE by Margaret Rogerson or THE GIRL WHO FELL BENEATH THE SEA by Axie Oh, and characters to remember like in Joan He's STRIKE THE ZITHER or Maiya Ibrahim's SPICE ROAD. In contemporary fantasy I love a bit of edge, as in Krystal Sutherland's HOUSE OF HOLLOW or Holly Black's MODERN FAERIE TALES, and a standout premise as in Ann Liang's IF YOU COULD SEE THE SUN. I'm looking for that transporting, escapist feeling even when a fantasy is set in our world. In mystery/thriller, the darker the better, like Kara Thomas or Courtney Summers, or a YA Tana French.
I am more selective with contemporary YA, but any story with a strong one-line pitch and lots of humor and heart will grab my attention, like I KISSED SHARA WHEELER or THIS MAY END BADLY. And a compelling voice, as in THE LAST TRUE POETS OF THE SEA by Julia Drake and SLINGSHOT by Mercedes Helnwein, is always key.
I'm also more selective with middle grade, where I'm looking for fantasy, mystery, and adventure specifically with charm and complicated main characters — kids who are trying their best, and maybe stumbling a little along the way. I am not the best fit for contemporary or historical MG with no other genre elements.
On the adult fantasy side, my tastes are broad: I'm looking for gorgeous storytelling in the vein of Alix E. Harrow and worldbuilding as expansive as the GREEN BONE SAGA by Fonda Lee and Tamsyn Muir's THE LOCKED TOMB; I am always on the lookout for gritty contemporary fantasy like NINTH HOUSE or THE ATLAS SIX; I love magical historical fiction from Zen Cho to H.G. Parry. In sci-fi I'm drawn to unusual, complex premises like Yoon Ha Lee and Arkady Martine's novels, and speculative fiction that movingly explores what it means to be human in the vein of Jon Bois's 17776. And I love stories that are difficult to categorize, like Sarah Gailey's MAGIC FOR LIARS or Quan Barry's WE RIDE UPON STICKS.
In mystery, once again I'm looking for psychological thrillers like Tana French and Gillian Flynn, with a literary bent and a strong sense of place and character. In romance and women's fiction, I like the freshness and heart of Helen Hoang, Kate Clayborn, and Emily Henry; I'm always drawn in by celebrity-focused fiction in the vein of Taylor Jenkins Reid and THE VIEW WAS EXHAUSTING by Mikaella Clements & Onjuli Datta.
If you're querying middle grade, young adult, or adult genre fiction, I'd love to hear from you! You can learn more about Park & Fine online, and you can find our latest submission guidelines at the bottom of our website. I do not currently consider nonfiction, screenplays, graphic novels, chapter books, picture books, or poetry.
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