Saritza Hernández

Agent

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Known as the first literary agent to represent marginalized creators in the digital publishing space, Saritza is a self-proclaimed geek with a passion for all things Star Wars, Star Trek, and tabletop gaming. Her love of great storytelling is what has driven her work in the publishing industry for the past 17 years and her passion for amplifying queer and BIPOC voices is what continues to drive her today. An avid romance and science-fiction reader, and strong advocate of the LGBTQ+ community, she enjoys fresh voices in YA and adult genre fiction. She specializes in romance and young adult fiction by and for diverse audiences.


She also represents writers and illustrators for picture books, middle grade, young adult, and adult (fiction and nonfiction) and is actively building her list in the following categories:

• Adult fiction—romance, science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

• Adult narrative nonfiction—cooking books (not cookbooks), parenting, humor.

• Young adult and middle grade fiction—contemporary/realistic fiction, romance, science fiction, fantasy, mystery and horror.

• Young adult and middle grade nonfiction—cookbooks, humor, queer narratives, queer history.

• Graphic novels—adult, young adult, middle grade (including nonfiction).

• Illustrators—middle grade to adult categories


RECENT DEALS
Creators and hosts of the Dungeons and Dragons podcast Shelly Mazzanoble and Greg Tito's WELCOME TO DRAGON TALK, a collection of essays reflecting on the various guests of the podcast of the same name highlighting the diversity of the Dungeons & Dragons community and the positive impact individuals and groups within the community make every day, from therapists who use it in their practices to Hollywood creatives who credit the game with honing their creative skills, and educators who implement the game into their curriculums to inspire a lifelong love of reading and writing in their students, to University of Iowa Press.

CNN special projects producer Mayra Cuevas and founding cochair of El Refugio Marie Marquardt's DOES MY BODY OFFEND YOU?, a coming-of-age story told in two points of view, about a Puerto Rican teen who seeks justice after running afoul of her school's sexist dress code, and the white girl who wants to help her lead "the bra-bellion" but must first learn how to become an effective ally; exploring themes of implicit bias, social activism, and female friendship, to Knopf Children's, in a significant deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in spring 2022 and fall 2023 in conjunction with Folio Literary Management.

Raquel Reyes's debut MAMBO AND MURDER, a new culinary cozy mystery series set in and around Miami, in which a Cuban American food anthropologist uses her knowledge of Caribbean ingredients to solve a series of murders while juggling a toddler and a new career as a cooking show star, to Crooked Lane.

Corrina Lawson's ABOVE THE FOLD, in which a hard-nosed crime reporter in 1980s New York City stumbles across a new love and byline when she agrees to help an ex-FBI private security contractor solve the murder of his security guard and a stolen museum exhibit, to City Owl Press, in a two-book deal, for publication in 2023.
THINGS I LOVE:

Romance novels
All things sci-fi
Tabletop gaming
Latinx culture
Family time!

I’d love to find a MG rom com! I know but hear me out … that first crush, those awkward moments where you start to see your friend as more than a friend and you end up going together to the Spring Dance at the end? Tell me you don’t love that!
REPRESENTATIVE TITLES
I always look to work with people who inspire me, nurture my passions, and ignite a fire in my belly
to BE more!
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