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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


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Oct. 29th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
Gah! I'm working on a MG that fits your #5 1/2...too bad it's still a WIP. ;)
Oct. 29th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
I will be querying you with #1 on your list within the next week!
Kelley Vitollo
Oct. 29th, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
I think I'm NaNo-ing a #4 - we'll have to see how it goes *grin*
Oct. 29th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
Woot!! Good luck, I hope it rocks so we can sell it. :-)
Oct. 29th, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
Sasha, I'm working on #5 LOL

Good luck with Nano too!!
Oct. 29th, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
First of all, hi :) Found your blog today (via YA Highway).

That's a great list. I'd love to read something like #1 or #3 soon :)

Um, by the way, I just wanted to ask: would you be interested in YA Sci-Fi? (That's more YA than Sci-Fi, by the way). It's my second novel, but I'm still working on it. My first is going to be released Jan. 2011.

Yeah, awkward. Ummm..

Love the topics on the blog :) I'm a new follower.


Oct. 29th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
Sure, i would consider a YA sci-fi. :-)
Oct. 29th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
Query Wish List
I think I've got a #1 for you, but it's in rough draft stage.

How about something similar to 13 going on 30?

My MC gets dumped the night before her wedding and decides to go to the bar to drown her sorrows where she runs into her ex boy from hs and after hearing her story he suggests marrying him. She says yes, but as shes ready to get married she slips, smacks her head and blacks out. When she comes to she thinks she's 14 and still in high school.
Oct. 29th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Query Wish List
That's not a YA novel, though. Becuase even in her 14 year old body, she'd have the wisdom/voice of her grown-up self.
Nov. 11th, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Query Wish List
If she gets stuck as a 14-year-old and gradually reverts to her teenage mindset, that would be compelling and make it fit the YA market (if "gradually" happens fast-LOL). Kinda scary, too, because she's losing her adult memories quickly and will have to relive all of high school if she doesn't find a way to get back. Just a fun thought.

I love the rough draft stage. So malleable!
Oct. 30th, 2010 12:04 am (UTC)
Hi. :)
I was reading your wish list and I have a #5 (or I rather hope you see it as a #5). It deals with some fairly heavy crimes though, kidnapping and several murders. It's sort of a 21st century R.L. Stine meets a YA Stephen King... yeah awkward. Would this still be considered a #5? *please say yes, please say yes, please say... oh fiddlesticks you'll say what you want to say* :)

Thanks for your time.

Oct. 30th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
I think that one of my possible plot points for some WIP can fit into #3. We'll see how it goes.
Oct. 30th, 2010 05:41 am (UTC)
Ooooh, I might have a MG that fits your 5.5... I'll have to query you with it! <3
Nov. 3rd, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Thank you for mentioning my book. You've made my day!

Nov. 11th, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC)
I love the wishlist idea!
I'm working on something that fits what you usually rep (and write) but isn't exactly listed here. I'll be keeping my eye on this Friday feature as I get ready to query the new WIP, several months from now.

As a reader, I'd like to see something #4 and something #5 1/2. :)
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