Send a Query to Miranda Paul at Erin Murphy Literary Agency

Miranda Paul is open to queries for board book, picture book, chapter book, middle grade, and young adult through a referral (please name who has referred you), request from me directly (please name where/how I requested), or through a conference or event (please name which one). Furthermore, I am also open to queries from any/all creators who identify with an underrepresented group/background/identity within children's literature through YA—no referral needed, since I am always open to these diverse queries. (Underrepresented categories include race, ethnicity, nationality, immigrant status, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, chronic illness, neurodivergence, etc. Representation matters!) I am also open to author-illustrators who have at least one prepared dummy and a robust online portfolio geared to illustration of children's/teen books. If your query does not fit one of these scenarios, it unfortunately may slip down in priority or be or deleted altogether. Thank you to all creators for understanding my limitations. I look forward to reading and considering your work.

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Who will want to read your book. For example, girls under 12, fans of John Grisham, etc. (500 characters or less)

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