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Brent Taylor, TriadaUS

Middle grade:
I’m probably most actively looking for something fairly light with a commercial voice, or a classic-feeling story. I love retellings, especially of familiar plotlines like THE PARENT TRAP, THE LITTLE PRINCESS, etc. Some MG books I’ve recently read and loved: THE WITCH’S BOY by Kelly Barnhill, RED BUTTERFLY by A.L. Sonnichsen, and A SNICKER IN MAGIC by Natalie Lloyd. I absolutely loved HOOK’S REVENGE by Heidi Schulz.

Young adult:
I’m mostly looking for contemporary stories, romances, and friendship stories. When I say romance, though, it would have to be in the vein of ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven, which I think is brilliant. Offbeat, voicey, engaging, and well-written. YA is probably where my tastes are the most diverse. Some of my favorite authors: Nova Ren Suma, Sarah Dessen, John Corey Whaley, Lauren Oliver, Andrew Smith, and Barry Lyga. I also really like YA that rides the line of being adult. I love it when a YA novel is so sophisticated that I get to simultaneously shop it to adult editors.

In mysteries/thrillers I go for upmarket and literary, so something like GONE GIRL that a book club could read. For women’s fiction, I’m particularly fond of friendships, heartbreak, and novels set in the south. In literary fiction I tend to go for coming-of-age stories, like SWAMPLANDIA! or TELL THE WOLVES I’M HOME.

Graphic novels:
I’m looking to build a strong list of author-illustrators and am especially eager to find graphic novelists. GNs for kids and teens are my soft spot.

Please send your query and first ten pages in the body of the message to brent at
Submissions email : brent at
Twitter handle: @NaughtyBrent

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