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Molly Jaffa of Folio Literary Management has been working closely with Folio authors’ projects since 2008, and is now aggressively and selectively building her list of clients. In addition to agenting, Molly utilizes her editorial background, previous work experience in the e-publishing industry, and intimate knowledge of the Folio list in her position as Director of International Rights. She actively pursues sales of international and audio rights and attends all major international book fairs, helping Folio clients’ books reach wide audiences in as many formats as possible. Molly is an avid reader, and when she’s not devouring manuscripts, she can usually be found camped out in the aisles of her local bookstore (until they kick her out at closing time). Her clients include Lana Krumwiede (FREAKLING, Candlewick, October 2012), Pamela Jane (LITTLE GOBLINS TEN, Balzer + Bray, 2011), and Gever Tulley (50 DANGEROUS THINGS, NAL, 2011).
What I’m looking for:
Fiction:I focus exclusively on middle grade and young adult fiction. I’m looking for books that challenge the reader intellectually and emotionally, from the high-concept and fantastical to the frank, fresh, and contemporary. I love fiction set in another country, time, or place (real or imagined!) that opens up a rich new world for the reader to discover. Stories featuring characters with strong passions, talents, or smarts – or characters in search of theirs – resonate with me. I’d also like to see: Contemporary YA that’s not afraid to explore complex social issues, historical fantasy, smart middle grade adventures, and good, old-fashioned YA romance.
My current favorite (non-client) middle grade and YA books include Divergent, Across the Universe, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Moon Over Manifest, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, When You Reach Me, Wintergirls, and Daughter of Smoke and Bone. All-time favorites include The Phantom Tollbooth, A Wrinkle in Time, The His Dark Materials trilogy, Go Ask Alice, Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, The View from Saturday, and anything by Dianna Wynne Jones or Tamora Pierce.
Nonfiction: I’m looking for books that explore social issues relevant to women of all ages. Think Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters; The Purity Myth; Pledged; The Morning After; Enlightened Sexism.
What I’m not looking for:
Adult fiction, memoir, diet/fitness, religious/inspirational, or paranormal “creature” YA.