Beth is the owner and Lead Agent at Ladderbird Literary Agency. She is looking for work from diverse authors with a special focus on underrepresented voices in both Adult and YA. Outside of agenting, Beth, of course, loves to read and has a secret passion for seedy, small press, horror novels, especially ones with psychological flair. She loves the outdoors and is also a certified lifeguard.
What she's looking for?
Beth is actively seeking narrative nonfiction centering around cultural phenomena, hidden histories. or weird histories, and issue-driven books.
Her first love is and always will be literary fiction, where she's looking for work with unusual settings or work that involves clever plots and dynamic characters that bring to light new perspectives on old ideas. Particular areas of interest are stories set in Mexico or Central America. In addition, she's especially fond of magical realism. Think: Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi, The Little Snake by A.L. Kennedy, The Vegetarian by Han Kang, and anything by Haruki Murakami.
Mainstream/Commercial Fiction: Multi-gen family Sagas (ideally multicultural) meets cutes/RomComs (especially LGBTQ+). Women's Fiction: Smart, sharp, and funny, especially centered around F/F relationships, friendship or romantic,
Mysteries: Beth loves unusual settings,
Thrillers: Work about anything other than rich suburban women.
Fantasy: Books that are fast-paced with wonderful (ideally non-European) characters.
Science Fiction: Near future; unusual tech; not focused around the US.
Contemporary: Friendship stories; found family; non-US based settings,
Mysteries: Work with high stakes.
Thrillers: Stories with big twists. No unreliable narrators.
Fantasy: Character-driven and really original.
Beth is starting to acquire a very select list of MG and PB:
She's looking for fun, compelling characters that deal with real problems that middle schoolers face: friendship, divorce, gender identity, budding feelings of attraction or a lack of those feelings, feelings of isolation, and found family stories.
She's dying to find books with really cute hooks like "The Day the Crayons Quit", or nice messaging like "Not Quite a Narwhal". She'd love to find a book that brings parents and kids together with language simple enough for a young child to read, but engrossing enough for and adult to enjoy.
Submit to Beth: queryme.online/bethmarshea
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