Molly Ker Hawn
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Please send me:
- Young adult fiction
- Middle grade's fiction
- YA/Crossover fiction
- Adult trade fiction with a teen protagonist
- Memoir with a teen protagonist
I'm not currently considering queries in the following genres:
- Adult Non-fiction
- New Adult (18-25)
- Picture books
Rachel represents commercial and accessible literary children’s fiction as well as select commercial women’s fiction.
I’ve spent nearly two decades in publishing, most recently as a children's literary scout at Maria Campbell Associates, and before that, as the Director of Rights & Co-Editions at Scholastic. While at Scholastic I helped build many successful author franchises, including Maggie Steifvater, Blue Balliet, Brian Selznick and Walter Wick. I graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and was a two-time writing fellow at the Breadloaf Writing Conference at Middlebury College in Vermont.
I’m a cultural omnivore and love to binge-watch a new show, devour magazines, see a new artist; I love literature that reflects what’s happening today in an entertaining way. My taste is literary and eclectic--my bookshelves are filled with books by Nora Ephron, Carrie Fisher, Caitlin Moran, Louise Penny, Miranda July, Amy Sedaris and Alice Munro, along with poetry by Mary Karr and Elizabeth Bishop. Yet my first love is children’s books--I believe that children’s literature, more than any other genre, has the potential to influence and change lives for the better. I particularly admire the way Suzanne Collins, Philip Pullman and JK Rowling celebrate the underdog and show children and adults that appearances can often be deceiving. For YA, I appreciate authors like Rainbow Rowell, Elizabeth Lockhart, and Teresa Toten, for the way they touch on class and social dynamics in a smart, compelling way that’s also authentically teen.
I’m looking for well-crafted middle-grade stories that have heart, humor and adventure, and for YA, romance with an authentic voice, and stories that reflect what teens are grappling with today--girl power, body image, family dynamics, race relations. I’m also looking for memoirs and fiction that feature a teen protagonist and can even be read by adults; The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls and The Age of Miracles by Karen Thomas Walker are good examples. Finally, I love to laugh out loud--if your story can mix pathos with humor, if it’s beautifully told and cinematic, and if I can think of five people that should read it right now--we could be a great team.