Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 13, 2021

Andrea Brown Literary Agency: Paige Terlip

PAIGE TERLIP: Associate Literary Agent at Andrea Brown Literary

Paige has worked at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency since 2017, an agency consistently ranked #1 in juvenile sales by Publishers Marketplace. First as an Assistant for Executive Agent Laura Rennert, then as an Assistant Agent, and now as an Associate Agent.

Prior to joining ABLA, she worked at Candlewick Press and Charlesbridge Publishing. She has also worked in a variety of jobs outside of publishing, from communications and marketing at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to scooping horse poop at a ranch in the Rockies. She has an MA in Children’s Literature and an MFA in Writing for Children from Simmons University. If she is not reading, you’ll find her practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, rewatching the Great British Baking Show, or hiking with her pup.

Paige Terlip represents all categories of children’s books from picture books to young adult, as well as select adult fiction and nonfiction. She is also actively building her list of illustrators and is especially looking for author-illustrators and graphic novel illustrators.

Across age categories, Paige is drawn to high concept novels with captivating hooks, snarky characters with hearts of gold, creative magic systems, complicated relationships, and found families. She loves well-plotted twists, being a little bit scared, and stories that explore the fluidity of gender and bring queer experiences to light. Regardless of genre, she is seeking inclusive, intersectional voices and gorgeous line-level writing with emotionally compelling narratives.

On the adult side she is open to thrillers/psychological suspense, fantasy/sci-fi, upmarket fiction, cozy mysteries, as well as narrative nonfiction and self-help that centers the mind, body, and spirit. She loves stories that make her feel a range of emotions, even if that means she ugly cries while reading. She wants a narrative that will stick with her long after reading.

Prior to becoming an Associate Agent, Paige was a Senior Assistant for Executive Agent Laura Rennert, and has been with ABLA for over three years. She comes to agenting with a background in marketing, design, and freelance editorial. She’s worked at Charlesbridge Publishing, The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and a ranch in the Rockies. She has an MA in Children’s Literature and an MFA in Writing for Children from Simmons University. If she’s not reading, you’ll find her practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, re-watching the Great British Baking Show, or hiking with her Husky-Shepherd mix.



Picture Book
Clever wordplay
Ugly-cute animals
Wry humor
Narrative nonfiction
​Unexpected expository nonfiction
Single father stories
STEAM themes

Early Reader
Graphic novels
Characters to carry a series
STEAM & creative problem solving

Middle Grade
​Humor & heart
Hijinks & adventure
Spooky & moody
Series potential
Quirky girl detectives
All types of fantasy
Outdoor adventures
​Campy horror
Animal-human friendships
Awesome sidekicks
​Horse stories
Mysteries & puzzles


Fractured fairy tales
Black Girl Magic
Dark & twisty
Warrior girls
Creative worldbuilding

Romantic comedies
Complicated friendships
​Snark & sarcasm
Social justice
Survival stories
Historical Fiction
Little known feminist figures
BIPOC perspectives
LGBTQ+ history
Thrillers & Psychological Suspense
Unpredictable twists
Perfectly paced action & reveals
Boarding school settings


​Accessible high fantasy
Badass women
Innovative technology
Ancestral magic

Upmarket Literary
Mother-daughter friendship Generational stories
Unexpected friendships
Love through food

Commercial Fiction
Cozy mysteries
Romantic comedies

Thrillers & Psychological Suspense
Domestic suspense
Female-driven crime procedurals
Martial arts
Authenticity & street cred

Historical Fiction
BIPOC perspectives
LGBTQ+ history

Non-white travelers & explorers
Mind, body, spirit

Bottom line: I am looking for captivating stories, a strong voice, and authentic characters. An exciting premise hooks my interest, but characters and voice keep me reading. I am also open to being surprised. If you think we’d be a good fit, give it a try!


Please submit your query to Query Manager:

Follow the directions on Query Manager to submit your query. If I am interested in reading more, I will request the full manuscript. Per ABLA policy please only submit to one ABLA agent at a time.

For illustrators submitting art samples only (not dummies), please put “SEEKING ART REPRESENTATION” in lieu of a title. And “0” or “1” for Word Count. In the sample section, simply write “n/a.”

Please be patient! I personally read each and every query, and will respond as soon as possible.

You can find her on Twitter @pterlip and Instagram @pterlip.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Paige sounds like a fantastic agent. It’s great that she represents PB through YA.


  2. Great info! Thanks so much, Kathy. :0


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