I know we're not supposed to talk about submitting, and I won't really, I'll only say that it's a trying process for the somewhat sensitive and deranged creative types. To keep myself sane, I remind myself that publishing is subjective. What's right for one isn't right for another. So I started thinking about what I would want to find in my slush pile if I were an agent. And a lot of people will be glad that I am not an agent.
Rachel Menard - Literary Agent with Completely Made-Up Agency
Rachel Menard received her degree in marketing from Arizona State in 2001 and after a decade-long career in web marketing and product design, published her first YA novel, MY FIRST NOVEL, which went onto great success in Japan. She joined the Completely Made-Up Agency in January of 2014 and is actively building her client list.
She is looking for young adult paranormal romance, thriller and speculative fiction with strong heroines who have a great voice. She is not looking for girls who constantly find themselves in peril and need to be rescued. She does not want heroines who are gorgeous, but don't seem to know it. She wants characters who are gray, not good or bad, not smart or foolish, but a little bit of both, characters who are REAL.
If there is a romance, no love-at-first-sight or borderline abusive boyfriends. Love triangles are acceptable as long as the feelings aren't forced. Do not bother submitting epic fantasy, dystopia, vampires, werewolves, vampires, angels, or fairies. She is looking for new. If your book fits into these very limited categories, you may email her your query.
That's my agent wish list. What would yours be?