Posted by: Kathy Temean | October 21, 2019

Agent Looking for Clients – Brent Taylor – Triada US

Brent Taylor is a literary agent and subsidiary rights manager at Triada US. He focuses on books for kids and teens and describes his as upmarket: He falls in love with books that are extremely well-written, robust with emotion, and appeal to a wide, commercial audience.

Here is Brent talking about what he is looking for:

Picture books: I am seeking picture book projects from authors and author-illustrators. My taste in this category covers a wide range: I love picture books that are fun and bonkers, as well as ones that are more literary. I’m open to fiction, non-fiction, and picture books in unusual formats or styles—verse, rhyme, comics, etc. Some of my favorite picture books are Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love, Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal, My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña, The Dress and the Girl by Camille Andros and Julie Morstad, and The Sound of Silence by Katrina Goldsaito and Julia Kuo. Some of the picture books I’ve worked on include Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack, Seven Bad Cats by Moe Bonneau, and Pies from Nowhere by Dee Romito. Some forthcoming picture books on my list include Poultrygeist by Eric Geron, Test This Book by Louie Zong, and I’ll Go and Come Back by Rajani LaRocca. I’m looking for picture books with an energy that pops off the page, that kids have never seen before, and that will turn them into life-long readers.

Middle grade: My middle grade list covers first kisses, demon-slaying, water dragon races, magical baking competitions, and everything in between. I love a wide range of middle grade, and the best way to describe what I’m looking for is to tell you about my favorite middle grade novels: Keeper by Kathi Appelt, The Best Man by Richard Peck, Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhhà Lại, The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall, and The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. Some of the middle grade projects I’ve worked on include the Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond series by New York Times-bestselling author Sayantani DasGupta, Free Lunch by Rex Ogle, and Smoke and Mirrors and the Silver Batal series from K. D. Halbrook. Being between the ages of 8 and 12 is so difficult. Kids are on the cusp of what feels like a vast, overwhelming, and unwelcoming world. I want to represent middle grade that enlightens kids to all the love and joy that the world has to offer.

Young adult: Though I lean more toward realistic/contemporary fiction, my interests encompass high fantasy and lightly speculative projects too. I love YA that captures the dichotomies of being young—how, as a teen, you yearn for freedom, but at the same time it’s incredibly scary for so many parts of your life to be changing. My favorite YA novels are bittersweet, authentic portrayals of what it’s like to be figuring out who you are, what this world is, and how those two things fit in with one another. Some of my favorite YA novels are The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd, Dig by A. S. King, Ordinary Girls by Blair Thornburgh, and Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Neal Shusterman’s novels (particularly the Arc of a Scythe series) are a great example of the type of smart, commercial, and high-stakes YA that I love. Some YA novels I’m proud to have worked on include Whitney Gardner’s Schneider Family Book Award-winning You’re Welcome, Universe, 500 Words or Less by Juleah del Rosario, The Pursuit of Miss Heartbreak Hotel by Moe Bonneau, and Perfect Ten by L. Philips. I’m passionate about young adult fiction that helps teen readers discover, love, and live as their most authentic selves.

Graphic novels (for kids or teens): I’m open to both text-only graphic novel scripts and author-illustrated projects. My favorite graphic novels include The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang, Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks, and Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol. Some of my graphic novel clients include Whitney Gardner, Tori Sharp, Rex Ogle, and Bre Indigo.

Non-fiction (for kids or teens): I’d love to see all sorts of non-fiction in the categories that I represent, including but not limited to biographies, memoir, narrative, history, science, and how-to.

For more information about me and my list, visit my website, my Twitter, or my Publishers Marketplace page.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to brent@triadaus.com

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.

MOST RECENT SALES/ FORTHCOMING BOOKS
Picture Books:

Eric Geron’s POULTRYGEIST, about a chicken that crosses the road and ends up on the other side—in the spirit world; other ghost animals encourage the poultrygeist to embrace its dark side to scare the reader, but it may be too chicken, illustrated by NYT bestselling illustrator Pete Oswald, to Mary Lee Donovan at Candlewick, at auction, for publication in fall 2021, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency for the author, and by Kirsten Hall at Catbird Productions for the illustrator (world).Animator and storyboard artist Louie Zong’s TEST THIS BOOK, in which two scientists, a bear and a frog, conduct hands-on, fearless experiments answering the age-old question of how books work, to John Morgan at Imprint, for publication in summer 2020, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency (World English).Rajani LaRocca’s I’LL GO AND COME BACK, a tribute to long-distance family relationships and cross-cultural connections, illustrated by Sara Palacios, to Andrea Tompa at Candlewick, at auction, for publication in spring 2022, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency for the author, and by Kendra Marcus and Minju Chang at Bookstop Literary for the illustrator (World).

Rajani LaRocca’s WHERE THREE OCEANS MEET, in which a girl travels with her mother and grandmother to the tip of India and learns about the strength, love, and family bonds that women pass down to their daughters across borders and oceans, illustrated by Archana Sreenivasan, to Courtney Code at Abrams Children’s, for publication in spring 2022, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency for the author, and by Stephanie Fretwell-Hill at Red Fox Literary for the illustrator (World).

Rajani LaRocca’s SEVEN GOLDEN RINGS, a STEM-focused picture book that uses the story of a boy and his chain of seven golden rings to teach the basics of binary numbers, illustrated by Archana Sreenivasan, to Cheryl Klein at Lee and Low, for publication in 2020, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency for the author, and by Stephanie Fretwell-Hill at Red Fox Literary for the illustrator (World).

Alex Kahler’s PLAYING WICKED, in which a young boy loves playing make-believe, but doesn’t always want to be the dashing prince—sometimes he likes being the fabulous wicked queen, illustrated by Ben Whitehouse, to Annie Nybo at Albert Whitman, with Christina Pulles editing, for publication in spring 2020, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency for the author, and by Frederica Dawson at The Bright Group for the illustrator (World).

Middle Grade:
Rajani LaRocca’s MUCH ADO ABOUT BATTING, following a 12-year-old girl and boy, math competition rivals who are on the same summer baseball team, and who try to help their team win by eating unusual snacks and solving mysterious math puzzles, which cause confusion and calamity in their town, to Charlie Ilgunas at Yellow Jacket, for publication in summer 2021, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency (world English).

THE SERPENT’S SECRET and the forthcoming GAME OF STARS author Sayantani DasGupta’s THE CHAOS CURSE, the third book in the Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond series, in which a 12-year-old demon slayer and her friends must stop the Serpent King from destroying the multiplicity of the multiverse and reducing the many parallel dimensions to a single story, to Abigail McAden at Scholastic, in a six-figure deal, for publication in February 2020, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency (NA).

Rex Ogle’s FREE LUNCH, a memoir about the author’s experience as a sixth-grader on the free lunch program and coming-of-age while dealing with poverty, racism, and domestic violence in Texas, to Simon Boughton at Norton Children’s, in an exclusive submission, for publication in fall 2019, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency (NA).

Author of the forthcoming SMOKE AND MIRRORS K.D. Halbrook’s SILVER BATAL AND THE WATER DRAGON RACES, about a young desert-dweller whose dreams of becoming a water dragon racer come true when she discovers and befriends a rare dragon that can swim and fly, to Tiffany Liao at Holt Children’s, at auction, in a six-figure deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in Spring 2019, by Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency (World).

Young Adult:
Suzanne Park’s THE PERFECT ESCAPE, an #OwnVoices rom-com in which a Korean-American teen meets his dream girl at the zombie-themed escape room where they both work, and when they realize they each have a critical need for money, they team up for a survivalist competition with a huge cash prize, finding love along the way, to Eliza Swift at Sourcebooks Fire, in a two-book deal, for publication in spring 2020, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency (NA).

Debut author Aleksandra Ross’s DON’T CALL THE WOLF, pitched as inspired by Polish folklore, following an enchanted queen fighting to protect her forest from a legendary dragon, and the journey that unfolds when she saves a dragon slayer with secrets of his own and discovers just how dark the woods really are, to Stephanie Stein at Harper Teen, for publication in winter 2020, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency (NA).

Phil Stamper’s debut THE GRAVITY OF US, about two teen boys who find love amid the drama of a NASA mission to Mars, to Mary Kate Castellani at Bloomsbury Children’s, in a two-book deal, for publication beginning in Winter 2020, by Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency (World English).

500 WORDS OR LESS author Juleah del Rosario’s TURTLE UNDER ICE, a novel-in-verse following the relationship between two teen sisters after one of them goes missing during a snowstorm, to Jennifer Ung at Simon Pulse, for publication in spring 2020, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency (World English).

Graphic Novel:
Tori Sharp’s debut graphic memoir JUST PRETEND, about growing up in the multiple households of a divorced family and the imaginary worlds Tori cultivates to help make sense of her situation, to Andrea Colvin at Little, Brown Children’s, for publication in spring 2021, in a six-figure deal, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency (world).

FAKE BLOOD author-illustrator Whitney Gardner’s LONG DISTANCE, in which a 12-year-old girl is upset to move from Portland to Seattle, leaving her only friend behind, and when her parents enroll her in a space-themed summer camp she finds that the camp—and long-distance friendship—might be more out of this world than she bargained for, to Liz Kossnar at Simon & Schuster Children’s, for publication in summer 2020, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency (world).

I DISSENT author Debbie Levy’s BECOMING RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Journey to Justice, a graphic novel biography that follows RBG’s evolution as a feminist and legal powerhouse along her path to becoming the second woman on the Supreme Court, illustrated by Whitney Gardner, to Liz Kossnar at Simon & Schuster Children’s, for publication in Summer 2019, by Caryn Wiseman at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency for the author and Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency for the illustrator (World).

Fiction:
Suzanne Park’s LOATHE AT FIRST SIGHT, an #OwnVoices hate-to-love rom-com set in the video game industry, about a Korean-American producer who is tasked with launching a feminist video game while being antagonized by everyone around her, especially the company’s new MBA intern, to Carrie Feron at William Morrow, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in summer 2020, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency (world English).

Literary agent Rena Rossner’s debut THE SISTERS OF THE WINTER WOOD, a retelling of the 19th-century narrative poem Goblin Market set against the backdrop of the 1903 pogroms against the Jewish people in the shtetl of Dubossary, which draws on Hassidic/Yiddish and Russian/Ukrainian folktales to tell the story of two sisters — one that can transform into a bear, the other into a swan — and what happens when a troupe of men selling strange fruit come to their town and people start to disappear, to Lindsey Hall at Redhook and Anna Jackson at Orbit UK, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in Fall 2018, by Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency (World English).

Non-Fiction:
Gender studies professor Robyn Ryle’s SHE/HE/THEY/ME, an intersectional approach to the topic of gender that allows the reader to wander through different pathways determined by how they answer questions about gender and sexuality, to Grace Menary-Winefield at Sourcebooks, for publication in Fall 2018, by Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency (World English).

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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  1. Great resource here, Kathy! Thanks!

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  2. Thanks! This is a very useful post.

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