Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 10, 2018

Editor Alex Sanchez – Razorbill/Penguin Random House

I’m always on the lookout for YA and MG fiction with diverse and memorable voices, interesting hooks, and vivid settings, as well as non-fiction in the areas of pop culture, lifestyle, and humor.

Some things I would love to see:

  • More contemporary YA novels set during freshman year of college. I want more books like EMERGENCY CONTACT and WE ARE OKAY that explore identity/friendships/relationships and the experience of leaving home for the first time.
  • I’m also on the hunt for fresh and fun non-fiction related to humor, pop culture, art, beauty, and fashion. I’m specifically interested in non-fiction about beauty and fashion from a marginalized perspective, perhaps exploring the politics of these topics as well (how beauty/fashion is appropriated, beauty/fashion as activism, etc.).
  • I grew up on a steady diet of rom-coms, and my first YA loves were Meg Cabot and Sarah Dessen, so I’m definitely looking for contemporary romance, but with more diverse voices and MCs. Watching TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE and SET IT UP on Netflix only made me hungrier for warm/fuzzy/funny stuff!
  • I’m generally not a match for high fantasy, but I love a good accessible, character-driven fantasy, or one inspired by unexpected periods/places (like 1920s America or 1980s Japan). I also love stories about fantasy worlds bleeding into our own world à la THE HAZEL WOOD or STRANGER THINGS.
  • GHOSTS!!! Ghost and supernatural stories are my absolute favorite. Lately I’ve been dreaming about a poltergeist comedy, but I’m also just very into the idea of being haunted, whether by a supernatural being, past trauma, an embarrassing thing you said at a party two years ago, etc.
  • Multi-generational stories, specifically those like UNBECOMING by Jenny Downham, that explore mother/daughter relationships. And, being one of four girls, I really enjoy stories about sisters as well!
  • Voice-y/quirky contemporary with speculative/sci-fi elements like LEARNING TO SWEAR IN AMERICA and GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE or magical realism elements like A MILLION JUNES and BONE GAP.
  • I really enjoy adventurous, fast-paced middle grade novels with smart and spunky protagonists. I especially like stories that take mundane tasks and transform them into thrilling, hilarious adventures.

Other things I’m into:

  • 90s teen movies
  • Showing people pictures of my plants
  • Reality TV
  • Ice cream
  • 80s interior design
  • Rihanna
  • Collecting shark teeth
  • The Museum of Natural History
  • Ghost hunting

Submission Guidelines

Agented submissions only.


Fiction: Action/Adventure, Children’s, Commercial, Family Saga, Graphic Novel, Horror, Humor, LGBTQ, Literary, Middle Grade, Romance, Young Adult

Non-Fiction: Crafts/DIY, Humor, Pop Culture

Favorite sub-genres: Horror Comedy, Magical Realism, Speculative Fiction, YA Contemporary Romance

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Okay, this cracked me up: Other Things I’m Into…”Showing people pictures of my plants”


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