Five things I'd LOOOOVE To find in the slush pile:
1) Something really super fun and funny. Like a high school comedy movie, but you know, as a book. Like Robin Mellom's debut, DITCHED, which was pitched as The Hangover for teens.
2) A historical with intrigue and romance, a la THE LUXE or THE SEASON or whatnot. Bonus points if it A) has any royalty or titled people in it, and B) is based on a real historical figure. I just read PRISONERS OF THE PALACE, and would love something like it. I also LOVED Alisa Libby's THE KING'S ROSE, based upon King Henry the VIII's fifth wife.
3) A book dealing with Anorexia. Or on the flipside, obesity and a teen struggling to overcome it.
4) A total tearjerker, aka, a "weepie." Think: BEFORE I DIE (Downham) or SING ME TO SLEEP (Morrison).
5) A suspense or mystery.
5 1/2) (Yes I am cheating) A great middle grade set in the real world, but with some fun magical realism elements.
Remember-- I only represent Middle Grade and Young adult, so all of the above would need to be for those audiences.
Query letters + first five pages pasted into email go to: Mandy@D4EO.com