Posted by: Kathy Temean | July 2, 2019

Agent Building List – Brent Taylor


Triada US was founded in 2004 by Dr. Uwe Stender. Since then, the agency has built a list of high quality fiction and non-fiction for readers of all ages.

After years of interning in trade book publishing, Brent joined Triada US in 2014 to assist Uwe Stender while building my own list of fiction and non-fiction for readers aged 0-18. Brent was promoted to associate agent in November 2015 and to agent in April 2017. In addition to his role as an agent, he manages the agency’s subsidiary rights, licensing audiobook and foreign rights and attending international rights fairs.

He is seeking joyful books, for big-hearted young readers, that are extremely well-written, robust with emotion, and appeal to a wide, commercial audience.

I’m Brent Taylor, a literary agent and subsidiary rights manager at Triada US. For more information about my background and the projects I work on, visit my Publishers Marketplace page. In terms of what I’d love to see from querying writers, I describe my taste as upmarket: stories that are extremely well-written, robust with emotion, and appeal to a wide, commercial audience. In other words, books that feel both literary and commercial, gorgeous writing with brilliant plots and high stakes.

Picture books: I have a fondness for author-illustrators but am open to text-only manuscripts. I love fresh, zany, off-the-wall picture books, like The Day the Crayons Quit (written by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers) and Seven Bad Cats (written and illustrated by Moe Bonneau) (a book I sold myself!). I love art that feels simultaneously quiet and big: vibrant colors, off-beat but strong lines. I’m a big fan of picture books that subvert tropes, like Worm Loves Worm(written by J.J. Austrian, illustrated by Mike Curato) and Prince & Knight (written by Daniel Haack, illustrated by Stevie Lewis) (another one I’m immensely proud to have sold!). To sum it up in a sentence, I’m looking for picture book stories and art kids have never seen before, projects that will turn children into life-long readers.

Middle grade: My middle grade tastes are extremely eclectic, from first kisses to dragons to graveyards and summer camps. I want to represent middle grade novels that make kids feel seen and heard. I love realistic, coming-of-age stories but I also go bonkers for dragons, vampires, and demons! I would love middle grade novels with a ton of voice, heart, and big emotions that also use unconventional narrative structures, like Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss or Don’t Solve the Puzzle by Krista Van Dolzer (here I go again, raving about my own books!), which both include puzzles in the story that readers can solve alongside the characters. I love well-written fantasy with a lot of action but dealing with circumstances or creatures that feel fresh and unique. On my client list, The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta (rakkhosh demons!) and Silver Batal and the Water Dragon Races by K.D. Halbrook (water dragons!) are perfect examples of this. I would have loved the opportunity to represent something like The Whisper in the Stone by Kamilla Benko, a fresh fantasy about a classic creature (unicorns!).  All that aside, I fall in love with voice first and foremost.

Young adult: I want the young adult fiction I represent to help teenagers find their place in the world. I’m looking for stories about the weird space in between craving independence and feeling bittersweetness in leaving youth behind. I love books that show teenagers that there’s not one true experience or path. In young adult my tastes are more oriented toward realistic fiction, but I love stories with small twinges of magical realism or strangeness. Some of my favorite YA novels are The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King, and Every Day by David LevithanI have a soft spot for novels-in-verse, but I’m a sucker for any sort of beautiful sentence or passage.

Graphic novels: I have a strong preference for author-illustrators when considering graphic novel projects, but I’m looking for all of the same things as above in the graphic novel category.

Non-fiction: I’d love to see all sorts of non-fiction in the categories that I represent, including but definitely not limited to picture book biographies, particularly about hidden figures of history, memoir, narrative stories on a wide range of topics, and how-to.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

Send your query letter and first ten pages pasted in the body of the message to brent [at] triadaus [dot] com. Put “Query” in the subject line.

You can find Brent on Twitter:

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Thanks, Kathy!


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