Representing Children’s and YA Authors

Submissions

Fiona is currently closed to queries. She will reopen on December 1st 2019 for middle grade and graphic novel submissions. Please send your submissions via Query Manager, unless you have a personal referral from a client or you attended one of Fiona’s workshops in the last 4 months. She is looking forward to reading your work.

Wishlist dos: I am hungry for middle grade (especially funny stories and real children in magical worlds)  and feel-good YA, especially romcoms. I’ve recently been successful selling graphic novels and would love more. I like quirky contemporary, humor, unreliable narrators, immigrant stories, stories by diverse writers, sister stories, mysteries and ghost stories. For picture books, I’m interested in writers and author/illustrators who share my animation background.

I love stories that surprise me: If I can predict the ending in the opening pages, it’s probably not for me.  Most of all I love compelling writing that makes me laugh out loud, or makes me love the characters so much that them more than real life. And as Portlander, I’d love a novel with a biking plot!

Wishlist don’ts: I’m not taking on rhyming picture books, poetry, screenplays or faith-based stories, and I don’t usually like sad endings.

Biography

I love the midwifery of being an agent, from getting your debut published to doing the movie deal. I specialize in children’s and YA from picture books to older teenage.

Fiona came to agenting after nearly a decade as VP of Development Acquisition at Laika Studios, creating a development slate of new projects for the animation studio. She worked with major directors and screenwriters, acquiring and adapting children’s books and original scripts into movies, including the Oscar-nominated THE BOXTROLLS and CORALINE. Previously she was a senior publisher in the UK where she published authors including Michael Bond (Paddington Bear), P.L Travers (Mary Poppins) and the Laureate Michael Morpurgo (War Horse) and was UK editor for Beverley Cleary, Lois Lowry, Bruce Coville, Gary Paulsen and Cynthia Voigt. She was nominated for “Editor of the Year” at the British Book Awards. Fiona has been on faculty as a guest speaker on children’s books throughout the US, from Alaska to San Diego, and in the UK and Italy. She taught publishing at Oxford Brookes University and Portland State. She also organized events for the Oxford Literary Festival and is a published author. 

She joined Transatlantic in 2013. Her clients’ recent successes include Vicki Grant’s YA romcom, 36 QUESTIONS THAT CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT YOU (Running Press), which sold in 22 languages and is optioned for TV, and Rosanne Parry’s MG A WOLF CALLED WANDER (Andersen Press/Greenwillow) which spent 8 weeks in the NYT bestseller list and has sold in 11 languages.. 

Clients

  • Alexander-Tanner, Ryan
  • Anelli, Liz
  • Burkhart, Kiersi
  • Casanova, Mary
  • Dooseman, Alexa
  • Eaton, Jason Carter
  • Eggerling, Gabe
  • Ernst, Kathleen
  • Falligant, Erin
  • Fergus, Maureen
  • Fleck, Jessika
  • Freeman-Haskin, Leah
  • Grant, Vicki
  • Holtsclaw, Josh
  • Holtsclaw, Monica
  • Karabaic, Lillian
  • Keyser, Amber
  • Klassen, O.S.
  • Lakin, Patricia
  • Larsen, Andrew
  • Lassiter, Rhiannon
  • Marks, Graham
  • Methods, Bryan
  • Mirk, Sarah
  • Moodie, Craig
  • Odell, Catherine
  • Parry, Rosanne
  • Paul, Ruth
  • Reich, Kass
  • Roth, Roger
  • Schwartz, Virginia Frances
  • Siede, Caroline
  • Sookocheff, Carey
  • Whitford Paul, Ann
  • Young, Stephanie
  • Zick, Bruce