Posted by: Kathy Temean | February 6, 2018

Emerald City Literary Agency: Mandy Hubbard


Emerald City Literary Agency launched at the end of 2015, by agency founder Mandy Hubbard.

Mandy began her publishing career on the other side of the desk–as an author. Her debut novel, Prada and Prejudice,was published by Penguin’s Razorbill books imprint in 2009, and went on to appear in TIME magazine and Entertainment Weekly. She has since written 10 other novels, published by Harlequin, Flux, and Bloomsbury. Her work has been translated into a half dozen languages and optioned for film.

Soon, Mandy found that she was just as drawn to the business side of publishing as she was the creative one. She considered a career as a literary agent, and tested the waters by interning for an established New York City agency. The internship confirmed she’d found her passion, and soon after she sought out an agency interested in adding a new agent to their roster.

Mandy joined D4EO Literary Agency in February of 2010, where she began building her list. A few months later she sold her first book in a 4-way auction. The following year, she brokered her first six figure deal. By the end of 2015 she’d sold nearly 70 novels to major publishers, and was ready to launch Emerald City Literary Agency.

Mandy still juggles writing with agenting, and wouldn’t want it any other way.

Mandy maintains a Goodreads list for all of the titles she’s sold. You can view her bookshelf here.


Mandy will consider anything within MG, YA, and genre romance (NOT adult fiction with a “love story.”)

Some of her current “gimme” items are:

-Epic fantasy and Sci-Fi for teens

-Contemporary romance (dark or light) with a great hook for YA

-Historical or Contemporary romance for adults, the sexier the better. (Including Erotica!)

-Unreliable narrators, mysteries and thrillers

-Historical MG or YA inspired by or based on real life tragedies/historical events (Example: BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY, CHAINS, etc).

-Anything with royalty

-MG or YA with unusual formats or timelines

-MG or YA survival stories a la Oblivion Road, Hatchet, Etc.

When in doubt, simply send a query letter! Mandy will let you know if it’s right for her.


Mandy represents only Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Genre Romance.

Do not query for children’s books, non-fiction, screen plays,  short stories/novellas, or books for adults which would not be published into the romance section.

Mandy is actively looking for projects by POC authors or with LGBTQ+ themes.


Send your query letter + the first five pages of your novel pasted into the body of an email to:

Mandy responds to every query received. If you do not have an answer to your query after 12 weeks, feel free to status query by forwarding the same query and leaving the body of the original email unchanged.

If Mandy requests your full manuscript, please allow up to 12 weeks for response before emailing for a status check.

If your receive an offer while Mandy has your query or your manuscript under consideration, please notify her at the same email address and give us one week to request/read your material.


Talk tomorrow,



  1. Thanks for sharing.


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