Here’s Why I Don’t Represent Middle Grade

I get a lot of queries for middle grade because I sell and represent YA and picture books. I have skipped over representing middle grade and I’ll tell you why.

It’s not because there isn’t a terrific market, or great editors, agents, and authors–because there are some great people working in MG and there are some fantastic MG books.

But I suggest you find those agents who do because I’ve never connected with the MG voice, and I don’t think I would recognize a good MG manuscript if I was queried with one.

I don’t request any material from queries that are addressed to me that are in the MG category. So save yourself an email.

To read about the genres and categories I do represent click here.

Published by Carly Watters

Carly Watters is a SVP, senior literary agent and director of literary branding with the P.S. Literary Agency. She is a hands-on agent that develops proposals and manuscripts with attention to detail and the relevant markets. PSLA’s mission is to manage authors’ literary brands for their entire career. Never without a book on hand she reads across categories which is reflected in the genres she represents and is actively seeking new authors in including women’s fiction, commercial and upmarket fiction, select literary fiction, platform-driven non fiction and select memoir. She occasionally represents children's book projects. Carly is drawn to emotional, well-paced narratives, with a great voice and characters that readers can get invested in.

One thought on “Here’s Why I Don’t Represent Middle Grade

  1. What if you found an author you really liked who has been writing in your preferred genres, but his/her next project is MG? Would you “share” the author with another agent? Get someone from your own agency involved? Pass?

    Just curious – thanks!


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