I am an Associate Agent with the Seymour Agency and I am actively seeking MG and YA of all genres, Adult SFF, Romance, and select nonfiction.
MG: In Middle Grade, I’m most especially drawn to voice—the perfect blend of whimsy and magic. Though I tend to lean more SFF, I will not turn down a good contemporary that explores the world through an authentic, diverse lens.
Contemporary YA: I’m looking for twisty, dark tales with compelling protagonists—give me your mysteries and your thrillers! I’m especially drawn to found-family stories and stories that emphasize and explore female friendship. Additionally, I am seeking stories that explore what it is like to grow up outside of the typical white, straight, affluent experience.
Historical YA: I love a good historical YA but I am particularly interested in stories that explore what queer people and people of color were doing in that time (or, even more shockingly, queer people of color! Yes, we did exist).
YA and Adult SFF: In both YA and Adult SFF, I’m looking for vibrant worlds that draw from traditionally underrepresented cultures. Though I’m not best fit for hard sci-fi, I’d love to see an expansive, high-stakes space opera that has the feel and heart of Mass Effect. I’m particularly excited to see fresh takes on common tropes and would love to see epic fantasy that explores the variety of roles and power that women seize. (Give me your Sansas and your Aryas and your Cerseis and your Margerys)
Romance: In romance, I’m open to all categories. My favorite romance tropes include: hate-to-love/enemies-to-lovers, STEM heroines, religious angst, and soft male leads. In paranormal, I am less interested in alpha/beta dynamics and more interested in the exploration of the human and the monstrous.
Cookbooks, Coffee table and Gift books: For cookbooks, I’m particularly interested finding books of traditional recipes with a modern flair and would love to connect with bloggers who have a strong platform. In coffee table and gift books, I’d love to see something that’s fun and geeky or that explores unique and odd topics.
In all areas, I am looking for new, fresh voices from traditionally underrepresented communities. I seek stories that represent the diversity of the world we live in (including, but not limited to, all ethnicities, sexual orientations, mental and physical health, and socio-economic statuses).
I am not looking for:
Picture books, non-fiction, adult literary fiction, adult general fiction, adult mystery/thriller/suspense, memoirs, poetry, religious/spiritual books, screenplays, or short stories.
Books about sports. Sorry, but I’m just not a good fit for them and you’d be better off with literally anyone else.
Sweet, fluffy, contemporary YA.
Fun facts about me:
I’m a huge comics and video game nerd. Just say the words “Bioware” or “X-Men” and we’ll be new best friends.
I am the daughter of a Filipina immigrant and an American father and I am always looking for stories that explore the diaspora experience, as well as the experience of growing up between two cultures.
I have a cat named Zuko. Yes, after Prince Zuko from A:TLA. Make of that what you will.
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