Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 27, 2020

Agent Emily Van Beek – FolioJr

Emily van Beek
Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management

Representing an author or artist, whether aspiring or established, is an honor and a commitment I take very seriously. Some of the New York Times bestselling and award-winning clients I represent include Jenny Han, Lois Lowry, Morgan Matson, Siobhan Vivian, Philip & Erin Stead, Sydney Smith, Matthew Reinhart, and Julie Morstad, as well as striking debut and emerging voices. I am an editorial agent passionate about negotiating the best deal possible, working with our esteemed subsidiary and contracts teams to squeeze as much juice out of a property as it will yield, and helping my clients to publish books that will stand the test of time.

Fiction: Children’s, Middle Grade, Picture Books, Young Adult
Favorite sub-genres: Author-Illustrators, Contemporary YA, Contemporary Young Adult, Diversity, Literary Middle Grade, Middle Grade, Middle Grade Adventure, Middle Grade Contemporary, Middle Grade Fantasy, Middle Grade Humor, YA Fantasy, Young Adult, picture books

I’m ACTIVELY building my list right now, particularly in middle grade. If you have stellar, fun, expansive, bright, fantastical, joyful, adventurous middle grade hiding somewhere, PLEASE query me. I’m open to almost anything within this genre and I’m eagerly looking for something new. I always bear in mind that readers in this age group are looking for fun and mischief, to learn something about life, and to escape and romp.

For YA, I’m eager to find novels that are high concept, diverse, fantasy or magical realism, and am open to anything conceptually unique. In the realm of paranormal, adventure, and dystopian, I’m looking for something entirely unexpected. Give me something bold and fresh with a voice that’s impossible to put aside. I’m probably not the best choice for “message” or hard science-fiction books. What I’m really looking for is the intersection between stellar writing and plot, something that leaves me puffy eyed or laughing out loud. I, like most teenagers, am looking for emotional connection, for drama, for hope. Oh! Something else–I would love, love, LOVE to discover a FUNNY manuscript, a novel to make me LOL as Louise Rennison’s Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging did.

With picture books, I am exclusively interested in AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATORS at this time. I’m especially looking for award-worthy artwork, character-driven series, and work by diverse creators featuring diverse stories.

Submission Guidelines
Submissions should be emailed to
Please send along your query letter and first ten pages of your manuscript in the body of the email to If you’d like to submit a picture book, please attach a PDF of your dummy. Links to online portfolios are always welcome. I would very much like to be able to respond to every query, but unfortunately time doesn’t allow for it. Please be sure to write QUERY in the subject line as this will ensure I do not miss your letter. If you haven’t heard back from me within six weeks, I’m sorry to say I’ve decided I’m not the ideal match for your project. Thanks again for the opportunity to consider your work.

Twitter: @@foliojr

Talk tomorrow,


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