Middle-grade, YA, fiction, non-fiction

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rachel ekstrom

A few of the Authors I represent:

About Me:

I was the ten-year-old who didn’t understand why it just might be considered rude to read at the family dinner table. Luckily, I’ve been able to channel my passion for reading into a fifteen-year publishing career.

Before I become an agent, I held managerial and directorial roles at Penguin and St. Martin’s Press, helping debut and #1 bestselling authors promote their books. I love working with writers every step of the way—from finding new talent, selling great stories to the right publisher, and helping authors build a passionate audience of readers throughout their careers.

I’ve also worked as a bookseller selling children’s books, fiction, and poetry, and spent a year teaching fifth grade, where I relished reading The Witch of Blackbird Pond all over again. 


In Middle Grade and Young Adult, I’m looking for polished, voice-driven projects in any genre, including YA and MG nonfiction.

I’m looking for novels that can be conversation--starters, or better yet--conversation changers, but still manage to captivate and entertain readers. I particularly love themes of nature/wilderness, animals, and characters who challenge the status quo. I cherish characters and stories that make me laugh, or cry (preferably both)—such as Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin (which was named an ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection and a Lambda Literary Award Finalist).

I can tell I’m falling in love with a project when I want to stay up all night reading it, and I can’t wait to talk about it with someone. I feel this way about every project I represent. 

HOW TO Submit:

Please send a query letter and the first 20 pages of your manuscript, pasted into the body of your email, to: Due to the volume of queries I receive, I can only respond to those in which I’m interested. Please be sure to write QUERY in the subject line as this will ensure I do not miss your query.