Agenting

As an agent at the incredible Ladderbird Literary Agency, I’m currently acquiring across all age groups. Check out my interests below!

My priority will always be increasing representation for Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities in publishing. I’m an Asian Latina and I have a soft spot for stories about mixed people of color.

I absolutely cannot resist a good redemption arc. (Hey, Zutara stans!)

It’s hard, though not impossible, to sell me on a sad ending.

Picture Books:
I’m most interested in stories that tell the experiences of growing up as a person of color, especially as a mixed person of color. Think Rise and Shine, Mariko Chan!Lucia the LuchadoraGrandma Says My Hair Has FlairWe Are Water Protectors; and Binny’s Diwali.

I’d also love retellings of traditional folktales from all cultures, including stories that somehow reflect the oral storytelling tradition.

Middle Grade and YA

  • Historical fiction and fantasy that explores diverse experiences and cultures (think Percy Jackson or Flame in the Mist)
  • Funny, deep, and heartfelt coming-of-age stories, especially about and by people of color (Never Have I Ever (the TV show), American PandaBecoming Naomi LeonFinding Miracles), bonus if it has romcom elements
  • Fantasy and all its subgenres: emotion- and story-heavy writing with an easily trackable narrative, diverse and inclusive cast, and mindful worldbuilding. Favorites: Song of Wraiths and RuinForest of a Thousand Lanterns.
  • Solarpunk, hopepunk, and silkpunk


Adult
The best books for me combine elements of humor, romance, and adventure into emotion-forward works full of feeling and excitement. I’m looking for:

  • Diverse romcoms, especially starring people of color and featuring interracial relationships between people of color, and starring LGBTQIA+ folks with an emphasis on bi and pan rep
  • Cozy mysteries, especially those that heavily feature dogs (Chet and Bernie, Andy Carpenter)
  • Steamy thrillers (think Sandra Brown)
  • Fantasy and all its subgenres: emotion- and story-heavy writing with a trackable narrative, diverse and inclusive cast, and mindful worldbuilding. (Circe is a big favorite.)
  • Historical fiction and fantasy that explores diverse experiences and cultures (Fifty Words for Rain)
  • Solarpunk, hopepunk, and silkpunk

Memoir/NF:
I’m very selective with nonfiction, but am interested in deeply moving memoirs and business/personal development by people of color. 

I’m also looking for cookbooks and baking books that make rich culinary traditions accessible while keeping them authentic, especially those with recipes that have been passed down through generations. I love fusion cuisines and get most excited about bread and dessert!

What’s not for me:

Please do not query me with manuscripts that heavily or graphically feature abuse or self-harm. If your manuscript contains abuse or self-harm that you do not believe is heavily featured or graphic, please note this in your query. If I request your full, I may ask for more detail.

Check out my Manuscript Wishlist !

Submit to me:  queryme.online/stefaniemolina

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