Category Archives: Young Adult Agents

New Agent Alert: Kristina Pérez of Zeno Literary Agency

New literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Kristina Pérez of Zeno Literary Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.

Kristina Pérez is a half-Argentine/half-Norwegian native New Yorker who has spent the past two decades living in Europe and Asia. Before joining the Zeno Literary Agency in London at the end of 2019, she worked as a journalist, academic, and author. This breadth of experience enables her to serve her clients in a variety of fields and she is a very editorial agent.

Kristina Pérez

Kristina holds a PhD in Medieval Literature from the University of Cambridge and has taught at the National University of Singapore and the University of Hong Kong. As a journalist, she's written for many international news outlets including the Wall Street Journal Asia, Condé Nast Traveler, and CNN.

She is the author of the YA Fantasy Sweet Black Waves trilogy (Imprint/Macmillan), the YA Sci-Fi, The Tesla Legacy (Tor Teen), and the academic monograph, The Myth of Morgan la Fey (Palgrave Macmillan).

Currently Seeking

With her diverse background, Kristina's tastes in books are equally eclectic. She is actively building her list in both fiction and nonfiction, and particularly encourages submissions from marginalized writers.

On the adult side, she is looking for fantasy, romance, sci-fi, and nonfiction. Kristina loves lush historical fantasy like Tasha Suri's Empire of Sand and well-researched historical romance along the lines of Joanna Shupe or Courtney Milan. She is a huge Battlestar Galactica fangirl with a soft spot for light space opera, but she's not the right agent for hard/military SF. 

For nonfiction, she is primarily looking for current affairs, cultural history, and popular science. Recently, she's enjoyed Latinx, by Ed Morales, and Invisible Women, by Caroline Criado Perez.

Kristina is open to all kinds of MG and YA, but does not represent picture books or chapter books. She adores retellings with a twist, whether it be contemporary or fantasy, especially LGBTQIA+ and those that draw on non-Western folklore and mythology. She also has a penchant for novels-in-verse. Favorite MG reads include The War that Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley; The Unicorn Quest, by Kamilla Benko; and The Storm Runner, by J.C. Cervantes.

How to Submit

Email queries only to perez@zenoagency.com. Please email your query letter with the first chapter of your manuscript pasted into the body of the email. No attachments will be opened.

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New Agent Alert: Pam Gruber of Irene Goodman Literary Agency

New literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Pam Gruber of Irene Goodman Literary Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.

About Pam:

Pam Gruber began her career in publishing as an editor, working for over 10 years at Hachette Book Group with a number of acclaimed authors and illustrators. From there, she went on to serve as the editorial director at the children’s media startup Rebel Girls, where she saw firsthand how a great book can expand into other entertainment mediums.

Pam joined Irene Goodman as a literary agent after realizing her favorite part of the publishing business was working directly with authors and artists, helping them to shape not only their stories, but also their careers.

She looks for work that is gripping from page one, whether it makes her break out in a smile or gives her goosebumps (from excitement, not fear!). She loves complicated female protagonists, innovative twists on classic tropes, and getting swept away by fully realized worlds—be it the next town over or an imagined universe unlike our own.

Originally from Philadelphia, Pam knew she wanted to work in publishing from a young age. She brings an inscrutable eye for detail to every book she gets her hands on, and her experience at a publishing house gives her insight into how editors think and what they’re looking for.

Currently seeking:

Pam is looking for adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction with literary voices and commercial hooks. She is particularly interested in layered fantasy, speculative fiction, fantastical realism, rom-coms, and coming-of-age stories with a twist. She is also open to realistic middle grade and YA graphic novels, as well as select narrative nonfiction on lesser-known subjects. Pam would not be the best fit for prescriptive nonfiction, anthologies, potty humor, paranormal, or erotica.

How to submit:

Please send your query letter to pam.queries@irenegoodman.com along with the first 10 pages of your manuscript, a brief synopsis, and your bio in the body of the email.