Extract from receommended interview with Steven Malk, of Writers House Literary Agency
What are some current trends you’ve noticed in the children’s publishing world? Do you have any predictions for future growth in the children’s market?
I’ve definitely noted the explosion of graphic novels and heavily illustrated books for older readers, which I find super heartening. There’s a rise in different forms and formats for nonfiction, which for me, as a former history and poli sci major, is very gratifying.
What’s on your manuscript wish list at the moment?
I love coming across a voice I haven’t read before. I love books that open windows into a wide range of experiences. Not many people know it, but I’m a huge fan of mysteries and read them in my spare time whenever I can. I’d love to find a great mystery, especially a mystery with real emotional stakes and a setting we haven’t seen before. I’ve always been a big fan of flawed or unreliable narrators as protagonists.