Applause and huzzahs for this month's Secret Agent, Amy Boggs of The Donald Maass Agency. (And I think this is my favorite agent headshot ever!)
Amy is a sci-fi/fantasy geek always looking for more things to geek out about. Working at a small children's book shop during the holidays, she got her first taste of agenting during a college internship and quickly realized it was her dream career. After some years working for a psychiatry magazine by day and devouring agent blogs by night, she stumbled across an internship posting for the Donald Maass Literary Agency. She managed to trick her way in with homemade cookies, and when they found out they couldn't get rid of her, they figured they might as well put her to use. When not working or reading, she can be found watching TV and movies, playing online RPGs in a multitude of fandoms, crafting, and exploring NYC as cheaply as possible.
What Amy is looking for right now:
My focus is science fiction and fantasy, especially urban fantasy, paranormal romance, steampunk, YA/MG, and alternate history. I'm also open to historical fiction, westerns, mysteries, and contemporary YA/MG, provided they have a twist to the usual and challenge their genre (and a fantastical bent never hurts). I'm always on the look out for books that take me to unique and well-built settings. I'd also really love a YA that explored the fluidity of family, faith, and/or sexuality without coming off as preachy (think Saved!).
And as ever, I'm still looking for books that take the spirit of steampunk and apply it outside of 19th century England/USA. (Oh Mayan steampunk, you could be so awesome.)
Hooray! Winners forthcoming.