Editors

This directory lists Black editors seeking YA literature.

If there is a Black editor seeking YA literature that is missing from the directory below or you are on this list and there is missing information/information that needs to be updated, please email melanininya@gmail.com with details.

NOTES: Submissions should go through a literary agent. Do NOT email editors directly.

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Foyinsi Adegbonmire

  • Pronouns: She/Her
  • Publisher: Editor at Imprint/Feiwel and Friends
  • Publishers Marketplace: Dealmaker Profile
  • Twitter: @OyinAtiOmi
  • YA Books: Ace of Spades by Faridah Abike-Iyimide

Kwame Alexander

Stacey Barney 

  • Pronouns: She/Her
  • Publisher: Executive Editor at G.P. Putnam & Sons BFYR/PRH
  • Publishers Marketplace: Profile
  • YA Books: Perfectly Parvin by Olivia Abtahi, The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh, Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh, City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson, A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl, Ziggy, Stardust and Me by James Brandon, The Reader by Traci Chee, Wicked Fox by Kat Cho, Jake in the Box by Ryan Douglass, A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy, Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte, The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan, Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Alex Brown

Cassandra Pelham Fulton

  • Pronouns: She/Her
  • Publisher: Executive Editor at Graphix & Scholastic Press
  • Publishers Marketplace: Dealmaker Profile
  • Twitter: @SeaEileen
  • YA Books: Since You Asked by Maurene Goo, The Darkest Path by Jeff Hirsch, The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch

Jess Harold

Alexandra Hightower

  • Pronouns: She/Her
  • Publisher: Associate Editor at Little Brown BFYR/Hachette
  • Publishers Marketplace: Dealmaker Profile
  • Twitter: @lxhightower
  • YA Books: Love Times Infinity by Lane Clarke, The Truth About White Lies by Olivia Cole, We Are Not Broken by George Johnson, Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis, Beyond the Ruby Veil by Mara Fitzgerald, Comes and Goes by Louisa Onomé, Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker, The Other Side of Perfect by Mariko Turk

Maya Marlette

Denene Millner

Sydnee Monday

  • Pronouns: She/Her
  • Publisher: Assistant Editor at Penguin Young Readers/ Kokila
  • MSWL: #MSWL / Instagram Story Highlights
  • Publishers Marketplace: Dealmaker Profile
  • Twitter: @sydneemonday
  • Looking For:
    • Black metropolitan aesthetics from the past, present, & future
    • Black immortality
    • Poetry collections, particularly by black and brown and queer creators
    • Black cheer story
    • Nuanced sports stories about weight, wrestling, winning, white spaces, etc…

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Monique Patterson

  • Pronouns: She/Her
  • Publisher: VP, Editorial Director of Acquisition Outreach at St. Martin’s Press
  • Publishers Marketplace: Dealmaker Profile
  • Twitter: @MoniPatt1
  • YA Books: Sisters of Salem Series by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation: Young Reader’s Edition by Jeff Chang, Chronicles of Nick Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, The League Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Bria Ragin

  • Pronouns: She/Her
  • Publisher: Assistant Editor at Harper Children’s
  • Publishers Marketplace: Dealmaker Profile
  • Twitter: @BriARag

Tiffany Shelton

  • Pronouns: She/Her
  • Publisher: Previously Associate Editor at Wednesday Books/Macmillan
  • MSWL: Profile / #MSWL
  • Publishers Marketplace: Dealmaker Profile
  • Twitter: @tiffanydiahann
  • YA Books: Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood, Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz
  • Looking For:
    • Genres: Contemporary, Historical, Fantasy, Contemporary Fantasy, Science Fiction, Magical Realism, Thriller
    • Historical fiction that doesn’t erase POC
    • Joyful Black teens (falling in love, figuring out who they are, having great friendships, etc…)
    • Voice-driven narratives with dynamic storytelling, immersive worlds, and characters to love (or love to hate)
    • Stories featuring ​ retellings of ancient legends, myths, and fairy tales
    • Stories about female friendships (with the ups and downs that go along with it), friendship breakup stories
    • Sibling stories
    • Road trips
    • Senior year hijinks
    • Self-discovery
    • A revenge story a la the movie, John Tucker Must Die
    • The next Tell Me Your Dreams by Sidney Sheldon
    • A modern, POC, queer Bewitched rom-com
    • Contemporary witches
  • Interviews: Pub Crawl (2018)

Mekisha Telfer

  • Pronouns: She/Her
  • Publisher: Editor at Roaring Brook/Macmillan
  • MSWL: Profile / #MSWL
  • Publishers Marketplace: Dealmaker Profile
  • Twitter: @MekishaTelfer
  • YA Books: May the Best Man Win by Z.R. Ellor, I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest, Dangerous Play by Emma Kress, Daughters of a Dead Empire by Carolyn Tara O’Neil, Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen
  • Looking For:
    • Genres: Contemporary, Speculative, Psychological Thrillers, Fantasy, Mystery, Nonfiction
    • Stories featuring and written by underrepresented and marginalized voices, Own voices with intersectionality, Own voices stories from black trans women
    • Stories featuring brown kids in America: Carefree stories, protest stories, queer stories, monster stories, magic stories
    • Black boys as the heroes. Black Boy Joy and Black Girl Magic
    • LBGTQ+ coming of age stories (not necessarily about coming out)
    • d/Deaf and HoH #ownvoices stories
    • Funny, sex-positive, sex-informative
    • Manuscript sounds like it could be a John Hughes movie
    • A story featuring the adoption of an older kid. Like Finding Forrester, only funnier and with fewer dudes.
    • A story about a sexual late bloomer, prude shaming, femininity and that awful feeling when everyone in the room knows something you don’t
    • Strong and nuanced sibling relationships: Good siblings, bad siblings, murderous siblings, magic siblings, etc…
    • Awkward first relationships
    • Timely “5 minutes into the future” sci-fi
    • Dark magical realism, anything supernatural
    • Fantasy with rich non-eurocentric/pseudo-European world building)
    • Folktale/Fairytale retellings from underrepresented cultures and communities
    • Heartbreaking YA with a happy ending
    • Mysteries, Monsters, and Natural Disasters
    • Funny and irreverent historical fiction
    • True love, Soulmates, and Soulmarks
    • Quirky plots (MG + YA) that explore heavier topics like grief, adoption/foster care, sexuality, disability, abuse, poverty, prejudice, etc…
    • Contemporary stories featuring POC characters that are not centered around race or racial violence
    • Graphic novels
    • Non-fiction (narrative and pop culture based) from a POC/queer perspective
    • Upmarket fiction (well-crafted stories that appeal to a wide audience and straddle the line between commercial and literary fiction)
    • Emotionally compelling and voice-driven, authentic stories
  • Interviews: SCBWI (2019)

Erika Turner

  • Pronouns: She/Her
  • Publisher: Editor at Versify/HMH
  • MSWL: Profile
  • Publishers Marketplace: Dealmaker Profile
  • YA Books: The Invention of E.J. Whitaker by Shawnee Gibbs & Shawnelle Gibbs, Illustrated by Mark Hernandez, Brownstone by Samuel Teer, Illustrated by Mar Julia
  • Looking For:
    • Genres: Romcom, Dark Historical Romance, Mystery, or Fantasy, Contemporary Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels with Magic
    • A moody romantic comedy that feels like it should be set in the 80s/90s  (think My Best Friend’s Wedding)
    • Thoughtful, emotionally engaging books with strong world-building and dynamic characters, sometimes with a moral element to the narrative
    • Books that deal with religion or history in a unique or unexpected way
    • Projects by marginalized creators, and stories that center marginalized voices especially related to queer women and femmes
    • Stories that play with time, history, and science
    • Queer friendship stories
    • Characters who fight to be kind even in the darkness
    • Complicated family relationships
    • Weird ambitions
  • Interviews: SCBWI (Undated)

Weslie Turner

  • Pronoun: She/Her
  • Publisher: Senior Editor at Versify
  • Publishers Marketplace: Dealmaker Profile
  • Twitter: @WeslieTurner
  • YA Books: How Maya Got Fierce by Sona Charaipotra, Vampires Never Get Old Edited by Zoraida Cordova and Natalie Parker, A Crown So Cursed by L.L. McKinney, A Dream So Dark by L.L. McKinney, Take the Mic: Fictional Stories of Everyday Resistance Edited by Bethany C. Morrow
  • Looking For:
    • Creators from underrepresented backgrounds and identities telling revolutionary stories with an identity‐specific perspective on the world, especially (but not exclusively) if they are in the science fiction, fantasy, or speculative fiction genres
    • Sci-fi-and Speculative Fiction with strong immersive world building

Kiara Valdez

  • Pronouns: She/Her
  • Publisher: Assistant Editor at First Second Books/Macmillan
  • MSWL: #MSWL
  • Publishers Marketplace: Dealmaker Profile
  • Twitter: @dezinpub
  • YA Books: Himawari Share by Harmony Becker, Full-Court Crush by Hannah Blumereich, Volta by Dorian Christo & Andy Robles-Valdez, Grimoire Noir by Vera Greentea & Yana Bogatch
  • Looking For:
    • Category: Graphic Novels
    • Stories bout a kid juggling two environments, “code switching”, and seeing their beloved neighborhood changing because of gentrification
    • More Latinx voices
  • Interviews: Childrens Illustrators (Undated), Creator Resource (2019)