Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Alexandra Weiss of Azantian Literary Agency

Alexandra Weiss is a literary agent with Azantian Literary Agency.

Alexandra joined the world of publishing in 2016, as an associate agent with the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. In 2021, she joined Azantian Literary Agency where she represents fiction and nonfiction picture books, middle grade, young adult, graphic novels, and select adult nonfiction. She holds a BFA in creative writing and publishing from Columbia College Chicago and has written for Bustle and Buzzfeed, among others. She regularly volunteers with literary organizations and has a soft spot for working with young readers. When she isn’t reading or writing, she’s probably baking up a storm or snuggling with her cat.

“Across the board, I’m dedicated to representing marginalized creators and diverse stories. I’m actively seeking BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, genderfluid, neurodiverse, and disabled voices for all ages and genres”

Graphic Novels:

Please send me your early reader, MG, and YA graphic novel proposals! I’m actively seeking contemporary projects but am open to all genres. Some recent favorites include THIS WAS OUR PACT, SEANCE TEA PARTY and GO WITH THE FLOW. I’d also love to see some nonfiction graphic novels that cover fascinating topics.

Picture Books:

I love heartfelt, funny, and whimsical picture books. If you have a clever concept that’s never been done before or provides a fresh twist on a classic tale (such as PRINCE AND KNIGHT), please send it my way. I’m also eagerly searching for picture books books that introduce STEAM concepts and make complex topics approachable (and fun!) for young readers.

I’m also interested in representing more author/illustrators. I enjoy a lot of different styles but generally lean toward art that’s unique, bold, and playful.

Middle Grade:

I adore all types of adventurous, smart, and out-of-the-box chapter and middle-grade books. Silly schemes! Fantastic friendships! Ambitious adventures! If it has magic, science, or time travel, I’m all in. I’m also a big fan of contemporary middle grade that pulls at your heartstrings (think I’LL SEE YOU IN THE COSMOS and SONG FOR A WHALE). I’m particularly interested in finding more middle grade that isn’t afraid to explore the complicated emotions and challenges preteens face today.

Young Adult:

I’m most drawn to contemporary, light science fiction and fantasy, as well as magical realism in YA. I’m looking for strong, distinct, and diverse voices that authentically capture the coming-of-age experience. I’m a fan of angsty characters and stories that explore difficult situations, but I’d also love to see more lighthearted and fluffy romcoms. I’m also interested in YA stories that take place outside of the US or feature mythology from non-western cultures.

Select adult nonfiction:

Currently, I’m seeking nonfiction proposals from scientists and experts in their field. Some topics I’m interested in include global warming, space exploration, and mental heath. I’m also open to unique gift books that bring something new to the table.

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