Jennifer comes from a theatrical background, and began her career in agenting after working as a long-time children's bookseller and buyer. She joined the Andrea Brown Literary Agency in 2007. Jenn loves quirky, warm illustration, and projects for all ages that have illustrated elements. Always on the lookout for sparkling YA and middle grade fiction with unusual and unforgettable characters and vivid settings, she is drawn to nearly all kinds of books, whether realistic comedies or richly imagined magical adventures. However, the common thread in her favorite stories is an offbeat world-view. Jennifer loves funny books, thrilling books, romantic books, books that make her cry, and all-around un-put-downable books ... and her true favorites are all of the above.
She spends most of her free time ... well, reading, what else?!
Jennifer is currently seeking:
Middle Grade and YA fiction from perspectives that may often feel left out of publishing, including stories from LGBTQIA and BIPOC creators
Kids/teen Graphic Novel and Picture Book illustrators and author-illustrators whose art has wit, heart, style and flair—art may BE digital, but doesn't LOOK digital
Great writing is a must, high concept is a plus, and diversity in all ways is welcome.
Jenn prefers upbeat stories. Bring her your queer, weird, funny, heartfelt, beautiful, nerdy SHENANIGANS.
She is not the best fit for:
Unrelentingly sad or traumatic stories.
Dramatic and complicated High Fantasy.
Gore or intense horror.
Kate Messner's picture book biography DR FAUCI: HOW A BOY FROM BROOKLYN BECAME AMERICA’S DOCTOR, including a timeline of Dr. Fauci's life, a list of recommended reading, a spread of facts about vaccines and how they work, and five tips for future scientists that Dr. Fauci shared with the author, illustrated by Alexandra Bye, to Simon & Schuster Children's
Maggie Tokuda-Hall's graphic novel THE WORST RONIN, about two women samurai, one running from the grief of her past and the other hoping for glory, illustrated by Faith Schaffer, to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's.
Jennifer Torres's picture book LOLA OUT LOUD, about stepping up, speaking out, and building a community, based on the childhood of labor leader Dolores Huerta, illustrated by Sara Palacios, to Little, Brown Children's.
TWO MANY BIRDS author-illustrator Cindy Derby's picture book BLURP'S BOOK OF MANNERS, about a sentient paint blob who desperately needs some etiquette lessons, to Roaring Brook Press.
Marti Dumas's middle grade THE WILDSEED WITCH, about a YouTuber who inadvertently unleashes magic powerful enough to draw the attention of witches, who recruit her into an ultra-exclusive charm school where she will find there are things about witchcraft that can never be taught in a classroom, to Abrams Children's.
THINGS I LOVE:
Year-round iced coffee