Alice Sutherland-Hawes: What I’m Looking For

Actively looking for: Diverse and marginalised authors across all ages and genres; tween stories to fit between MG and YA; 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 in a similar vein to Artemis Fowl will also go down very well. I’d love to find some “clean teen” and am very much open to Middle-Grade submissions.

I think YA readers can handle more than we give them credit for and I would love to find something which talks to them as though they’re adults, not children. Something like The Hunger Games, for example.

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.

Across all ages, I’m looking to champion diverse and marginalised storytellers. Send me your romance/fantasy/dystopia/contemporary book! It doesn’t have to be a brand new, never-before-seen idea. If your story hasn’t been told, I want to hear from you.

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 MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST by Emily M. Danforth

THE HOUSE WITH CHICKEN LEGS by Sophie Anderson

PIG HEART BOY by Malorie Blackman

CRONGTON KNIGHTS series by Alex Wheatle

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

Emily Gravett

Sarah Warburton

Chris Riddell