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ABOUT THE AGENT:
Saribel Pages is a literary agent with Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency.
Spanish Harlem born and bred, Saribel graduated from Kalamazoo College with a B.S in Anthropology, an embarrassingly long to be read list, and a passion for children’s literature. This passion led her to positions at Penguin Random House and W.W. Norton, where she learned about the different sides of the publishing industry. Now at Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency, she is excited to work with a team so dedicated to uplifting marginalized voices. When not reading, you can find her playing various tabletop roleplaying games or explaining roller derby to her friends.
SARIBEL IS SEEKING:
“I am an agent focusing on picture books and graphic novels of all ages. I strongly believe that graphic novels should be seen as a medium, not a genre, and am looking to work with author/author-illustrators who are looking to explore the kinds of stories that can be told. I gravitate to books with strong characterization, with a voice that jumps off the page – characters I love (or love to hate!). That doesn’t mean that world-building means nothing, but I don’t enjoy getting bogged down by complex magic systems.”
“I also want to lift up narratives from BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and disabled communities, but I do gravitate toward Latinx and queer stories, as well as those highlighting invisible disabilities.”
Picture Books – “I love a fun lead protagonist, and books about big ideas, I love stories that highlight friendships, and families in all shapes and forms. I want books that respect the big feelings that kids at all ages feel. I am also loving nonfiction, especially about Nature and science generally. I was raised on Bill Nye and want someone with that same kind of infectious enthusiasm.”
Middle Grade – “Please send me your warm Studio Ghibli feelings! Soft fantasy, magic that tells us more about the world we dream about, as well as the one we live in now. I also love spooky horror, ghost stories to things in the woods, or psychological horror that taps into societal anxieties.”
Young Adult and Up – “I love romance, quippy friendships, and warm feelings. Trope-y, swoon-worthy romcoms are some of my favorites, but the relationship between the two leads has to be believable and something I want to root for. Complicated friendships and messy relationships with your parents. I especially would love to see kids learning that their parents are just as messy and flawed as they are, but are still in their corner (or not!) I am a big fan of speculative fiction, especially horror and sci-fi. Cyberpunk and Solarpunk are genres that specifically interest me at the moment, with an emphasis on the punk. I want your books with Altered Carbon vibes, and stories ready to radicalize.”
Saribel is also interested in: Ensemble Casts, Found family, QPR (queer platonic relationships), Time travel/multiverse jumping, Witch covens as femme solidarity, Non-traditional sports (roller derby, parkour, pro wrestling), Tabletop RPGs (and it doesn’t just have to be D&D!)
HOW TO SUBMIT:
Saribel is open for queries from the 1st to the 7th of each month, please submit your queries to: Query Manager.
For text-only queries: Please send your query letter and the first 20 scripted pages for graphic novels or, the full manuscript for picture books
For illustrators: Please include a link to your portfolio site
For author-illustrators: Please upload a dummy book or graphic novel proposal as a PDF
“In cases where accommodation is needed, you can instead email me your query and first 20 scripted pages (both pasted into the email) or an attached dummy/proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org, and include QUERY in the title of the email.”
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