I haven't done a submissions/slushpile update in awhile-- so here it is.
I have been reading some FANTASTIC material lately! I'm almost entirely up to date on queries. My oldest query is from July 12th. If you queried prior to July 12 and do not have a response, please requery. I'll have all of my queries requested/rejected in the next 24 hours, so I'll have a clean slate.
I have three fulls from May and then everything skips into July. Working diligently to get through the TBR stack!
To give you a flavor of what I've requested lately, I have in my TBR stack:
Contemporary YA: 7
Contemp MG: 2
Fantasy MG: 3
Fantasy YA: 5
Fantasy YA with a dystopic or sci-fi bent: 3
A note on my response times in general: I do have an intern sorting queries into various folders for me, and that's why sometimes folks who queried after you do may have a response already. She knows my tastes very well, as well as my current client list, so sometimes she may send a rejection becuase she knows it conflicts with a current client, doesn't fit what I rep (it's adult, a chapter book, etc), etc. I respond to all queries, so if it has been more than 6 weeks, simply requery.
On an FAQ: If I reject your work, you are free to query the other YA/MG specialist here at D4EO, Kristin Miller.
We cannot consider your material simultaneously, but if one of us has passed, you are free to try the other. Our tastes differ quite a bit, so you never know. :-)
Lastly, I'm still definitely building my list and there are a ton of things I'd love to see:
A) A novel in verse that knocks my socks off. I came close on one this week... still looking!
B) A genre-blending fantasy or sci-fi. Bring on the alternate histories, strange sci-fi experiments, paranormal capabilities, crazy creatures, time travel, steampunk, gravediggers, dystopian-esque worlds, alternate realities.... blend a couple of those things together, and I'm yours. A steampunk thriller! And alternate history with crazy goblins! Something!
C) Romance, Romance, Romance. This has been, and will be, on every list I ever make. If you compare yourself to Jennifer Echols, Simone Elkeles, Stephanie Perkins... wherein the story IS the romance, (as opposed to a romantic subplot), I'm your agent. Query me! :-)
D) Thriller/Suspense/Mystery: After sweet valley high, I moved straight into a Mary Higgins Clark phase. I read 20+ of her novels. If you have a whoodunnit with a heart-thumping pace, I want to see it.
E) Something beautifully lyrical and literary that emotionally wrecks me.
F) Something so insanely dark, you're not sure it could possibly sell. Like LIVING DEAD GIRL.
G) A girly MG with a fantastic hook that lends itself to a series-- a fantastic voice, and relatable MC is a must.
H) That hard-to-find MG that apeals equally to boys and girls, preferably with a fantastical twist.
If you have any questions, please do let me know!