Alice Sutherland-Hawes: What I’m Looking For
Actively looking for: BAME and #ownvoices authors across all ages and genres; BAME picture book illustrators; tween stories to fit between MG and YA; a YA retelling of The Snow Maiden; graphic and quirky picture book illustrators; non-rhyming picture book texts; brilliant world-building.
Alongside my role as Rights Agent, I am also growing a Children’s, YA and picture book list. I’m looking for talent across all ages, from picture books to Young Adult, and am particularly keen to find new voices for readers aged 10-13.
There is definitely less choice for that age group now, which is a huge shame, and I’d love to have some talented writers to fill the gap. In particular, I’m looking for funny books along the lines of Karen McCombie and Louise Rennison, but fantasy such as Artemis Fowl will also go down very well.
For illustrations, I’d love to see something a little different. My favourite styles are usually graphic and quirky, but I’m always on the lookout for interesting faces, backgrounds and stories. I’m not necessarily looking for author/illustrators, so don’t worry if you’re not a writer. I’m not looking for rhyming picture book texts so I would love to find a writer who uses engaging prose to tell an exciting story in 1000 words or less.
In YA I’m looking for interesting issue-driven stories that haven’t been told and are firmly set in our reality. I’m not actively looking for cross over but if you’ve written a fantasy book with world building as good as Pierce Brown, Naomi Novak, Zen Cho and V.E. Schwab, I’m interested.
Across all ages, I’m very keen to find diverse storytellers and #ownvoices, and am particularly interested in books from diverse authors which aren’t about diversity issues. I’d love to see diverse stories across all genres including romance, fantasy and dystopia.
Ten of my favourite children’s and YA books
THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas
AM I NORMAL YET by Holly Bourne
EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR by E K Johnston
BELZHAR by Meg Wolitzer
THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon
ALLY’S WORLD series by Karen McCombie
PIG HEART BOY by Malorie Blackman
ARTEMIS FOWL series by Eoin Colfer
THE EDGE CHRONICLES by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH by Norton Juster
Ten of my favourite picture books / illustrators
IT’S A BOOK by Lane Smith
HOW TO HIDE A LION by Helen Stephens
THE BEAR AND THE PIANO by David Litchfield
STUCK by Oliver Jeffers
RAIN by Sam Usher
SMELLY LOUIE by Catherine Rayner
THE KING OF SPACE by Jonny Duddle