Posted by: Kathy Temean | June 10, 2019

Agent Claire Draper – Inkwell Management

I joined InkWell Management in June 2016, after studying Queer Diversity in Children’s Literature at NYU Gallatin. Diversity matters to me in a big way, especially if it’s an own voices work. I am interested in representing young adult, middle grade, picture books, graphic novels, or a feminist memoir/collection of essays. I am looking for stories with happy endings; no unnecessary deaths, violence, or darkness. I am incredibly interested in stories with a character having mental health as part of their identity, but not part of their story arc. I want a kid with bipolar disorder fighting crime but the mental health aspect isn’t the reason for the story. Otherwise it’s just a bit too dark for my tastes and a bit triggering.

I’m craving more YA queer romances with much more going on than the romance, like lesbian witches avoiding persecution, or your everyday trans crime-fighting teen, though both characters in the relationship need to be lovable for their own reasons, so please make sure your characters are as lovable as we want them to be. I love twists and turns in my books, so please surprise me. Again, I’m very much looking for YA books that handle mental illness well.

I lean more towards action, adventure, romance, fantasy, and sci-fi, and don’t love thrillers and mysteries in YA, but I am definitely looking for middle grade mysteries, especially a good detective story.

Fiction: Action/Adventure, Children’s, Family Saga, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, LGBTQ, Middle Grade, Picture Books, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: LGBTQ, Memoir

Submission Guidelines
Submissions should be emailed to
Queries should be emailed to:

In the body of your email, please include a query letter and a short writing sample (1-2 chapters), and address the email to me either at the beginning of the e-mail, or put it at my attention in the subject line.

I’m behind on my reading so though our website says 1-2 months, it’s closer to 2-3 months for now.

Talk tomorrow,


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