Posted by: Kathy Temean | June 20, 2018

Sky Pony Press Editor Becky Herrick Likes and Dislikes

Becky Herrick editor at Sky Pony Press is looking for YA, middle grade, and chapter books in most genres — She likes reading and working on a wide variety of books, and is actively seeking diverse characters, authors, and stories. She tends to like more commercial books that she can’t stop reading and aren’t bogged down by heavy description.

Becky’s wish-list includes:

  • Contemporary friendship and coming-of-age stories (like Roller Girl and This One Summer — though I’m not looking for graphic novels!, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants)
  • Contemporary romance in YA (like Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins)
  • Fresh/unexpected and accessible fantasy and magic (like Graceling, Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle, Neil Gaiman, Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles)
  • Quirky mysteries with a relatable narrator (like Veronica Mars, Kirsten Miller’s Kiki Strike books, The Westing Game)
  • Humor (like Louise Rennison’s Georgia Nicolson books; Better Nate Than Ever)
  • For chapter books, fun series with great characters/high concept (like Geronimo Stilton, Clementine)

She is NOT looking for stories that involve fake (or real) celebrities, anything involving angels, or very serious “issue” books.

Submission Guidelines

Agents: please email your pitch and the manuscript to me at Skyhorse.

Authors: to submit a manuscript or proposal to Sky Pony, please send an email to

Please note that Becky only works on children’s/YA.

Attach all material as Word documents—or as a jpeg if art is involved. Include relevant information about yourself, a summary of your project, your publishing history (if any), any relevant associations you have, and, for informational books, your qualifications as an expert in your subject area.

Please note: do not mail hard copies to our office unless requested. Unrequested hard copies will be returned unopened.

Talk tomorrow,


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