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Kristen Terrette, Literary Manager
February Agent of the Month – Kristen Terrette – Martin Literary | Writing and Illustrating (
Kristen represents Women's Crime Fiction, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Picture Books with an Author/Illustrator, and all sub-genres of faith-based books.

She accepts submissions via Query Manager. Submit to her by clicking

Middle Grade (All subgenres except Sci-fi): Kristen hearts Middle Grade. She would love to see books tackling themes like abandonment, bullying, loneliness, comparison, divorce, and body image but done so by instilling hope, growth, and healing. Send her the creepy, horrifying, supernatural, fantastical, historical, and contemporary. She is ready to see it all.

Young Adult (All subgenres except Sci-fi): Kristen’s background in writing YA and her extensive reading in this genre has given her a great love and understanding of it. Grab her attention within the first couple of pages. Send her books with first loves, unique friendships, interesting and/or challenging family dynamics, and hard-hitting subject matter (race relations, suicide, abuse, divorce, etc.) but leave her with a satisfying (not necessarily happy!) ending.

Women’s Crime Thriller: Kristen loves a good thriller with a woman main character, so send her the smart, tough, and brave lady crime solvers. If she can’t figure out what’s going to happen next or what the ending will be, you’ve gotten her attention. 

Faith-Based Fiction and Memoirs: Kristen loves a good redemption or forgiveness story, a historically accurate saga, a clean and beautiful, yet realistic love story, or a memoir that has her crying and laughing within the span of a few pages. Surprise her with the beauty of God’s grace. 

Picture Books with Authors/Illustrators: Picture books are an important part of establishing a love for literature at an early age, though, at this time, Kristen is only looking for authors who are also illustrators. If your work fits these criteria, she’d love to see it.

True Crime Nonfiction: Kristen falls asleep every night with Forensic Files or Dateline playing on the TV. She has always been fascinated by true crime stories happening to everyday people in everyday towns. From white-collar crime to murders and mayhem, Kristen wants to see your full proposal. 

Other things Kristen loves: Magical Realism in Kidlit, friendships representing multiple cultures and ethnicities, classical and whimsical flares, Stranger Things vibes and nostalgia, first loves, characters that make me laugh out loud, and plot twists.

Kristen is NOT a good fit for Science Fiction (even in MG or YA), books with any political agenda, extremely foul-mouthed characters, or gratuitous sex scenes.

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