Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 22, 2021

Alyssa Eisner Henkin Founder of Birch Path Literary

Alyssa Eisner Henkin founded Birch Path Literary, a full-service literary agency, in January of 2021 after more than twenty years in publishing first as a children’s book editor at S&S Books for Young Readers and then as a literary agent and EVP at Trident Media Group. She is proud to represent a stable of bestselling and multi-award authors including Ruth Behar, Julie Berry, Jen Bryant, Lisa Greenwald and R.J. Palacio, whose #1 New York Times bestseller Wonder was turned into a major motion picture and sparked a movement to #choosekind.

She is passionate about heartfelt storytelling and innovative ideas that fill holes and/ or break new ground in the market. While kidlit will always comprise the bulk of her list, She is alos seeking to represent select upmarket fiction and nonfiction projects for adults.

Fiction: Children’s, General, Graphic Novel, Historical, LGBTQ, Literary, Middle Grade, Picture Books, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres: Graphic Novels (for all ages), Middle Grade, Multicultural, Multiple POV, Upmarket Fiction, Upmarket Nonfiction, Young Adult, Picture books.

Right now, she is on the hunt for the following:

Character-driven YA romcoms that are heavy on the comedy and feature quirky underrepresented voices in the spirit of Never Have I Ever.
Early graphic chapter books by debut author-illustrators—a Dog Man format with a Madeline flair—would be a dream.
Inventive nonfiction for board book through young adult written and/or illustrated by changemakers and experts in their fields.
Upmarket fiction – both historical and contemporary. Books about book lovers and book clubs are especially intriguing.
Not A Fit: category romance, SFF, horror, suspense or inspirational.

Fun facts about Alyssa:

She says, “We have a wheaten terrier named Winnie. Her name was inspired by The Wonder Years, Pooh, and Tuck Everlasting in that order. Clearly, I love alliteration…. When I am not reading manuscripts, I love to be at our kids’ soccer games, on the beach, hiking in National Parks, and enjoying seasonal pastimes. There is nothing as delightful as a sunflower maze in late August except maybe maple sugaring in early March!”

Submissions should be emailed to

All query letters and submissions should be sent via email to

Novel, Non-Fiction, Picture & Chapter Book Authors

Please include a synopsis AND the first 20 pages in the body of the email.  No attachments, please.

Picture Book Illustrators / Author-Illustrators

Please include a low resolution book dummy as an attachment in the email or a password protected link to your project.

Graphic Novelists

Please include a synopsis AND the first 20 pages as an attachment in the email (low resolution) or a password protected link to your project.

You will receive an automated email confirming receipt of your query. I will make every effort to respond to each submission within 60 days.  If you receive an offer of representation from another agent, and I have not yet replied, please let me know.  Thank you in advance for your patience.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Thanks so much for the update. I really appreciate all your updates and other info on agents. It helps me keep my own agent spotlights updated. Natalie @ Literary Rambles


  2. Thanks for sharing, Kathy. 🙂


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