Posted by: Kathy Temean | December 15, 2015

Agent Looking for Clients

A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy……

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Thought I would share illustrator hans Wilhelm’s backyard pig with all you Star Wars fans. You can follow his pig at:

Peter knapp agentPeter Knapp joined New Leaf as an agent in July 2015. Previously, he worked at The Park Literary Group, where he represented authors of middle grade and young adult fiction, and prior to that he was a story editor at Floren Shieh Productions, consulting on book-to-film adaptations for Los Angeles-based movie and TV entities. He graduated from NYU summa cum laude and lives in Brooklyn.

At New Leaf, Peter will continue to represent authors of middle grade and young adult fiction across all genres, and he’s also seeking out smart, high-concept adult fiction. He is genre-agnostic, as long as the writing is great—meaning a standout voice, complex characters (not just the protagonist), and plotting that keeps the reader hooked from the first page through to the very end. In middle grade, he likes literary award-contenders, epic adventures (fantastical or not) and everything in-between. He has a special place in his heart for middle grade that is spooky, funny, irreverent—or all three. In YA, he wants character-driven contemporary, magical realism, epic fantasy (but it must feel fresh), and realistic stories with some type of twist (speculative, fantastical or otherwise—such as THE RAVEN BOYS, BONE GAP, WE WERE LIARS, etc). For adult fiction, he wants high concept, voice-driven stories, ranging from the highly commercial (such as THE MARTIAN or Blake Crouch’s books) to the more literary (THE AGE OF MIRACLES, THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS). For all ages, Peter is always on the lookout for character-driven horror and suspense.

Peter says, “Right now, I want stories with great emotional range. Nothing that’s too one-note; I want stories that make me laugh, then make me cry, them make me laugh-cry. I’m also eager for some straight-up comedies. And finally, I am still on the look out for any contemporary stories with a speculative twist: they’re grounded in the here-and-now, but they have a bit of sci-fi, fantasy, magic, what-have-you.” 

To learn more about Peter’s favorite books, clients and wish list, or to ask questions, visit him at: or follow him on twitter.

Talk tomorrow,


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