Susan Hawk

Literary Agent
Susan Hawk
Susan represents creators of books for children and teens, with a focus on middle-grade and YA. Before becoming an agent in 2010, she spent twenty-five years working across multiple areas of the children’s book world, including as a librarian, bookseller, and on the publishing side.


Publishing a Children’s Book: Understanding the Market & Finding an Agent

Tuesdays, May 18 & May 25, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

Join literary agent Susan Hawk for an interactive workshop designed to help you get your children’s book published.

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Susan Hawk is an agent at Upstart Crow Literary, a boutique literary agency she joined after twenty-five years working across many areas of the children’s book world: as a Marketing Director at Penguin Books for Young Readers and Henry Holt; as a bookseller and librarian; and in editorial at Dutton Children’s Books. 


She’s looking for every kind of book for children and teens: picture books, middle grade, YA and everything in-between. Her focus is on novels, but her eclectic list includes author-illustrators, graphic novelists, and works of non-fiction for young readers. Stories with elegant, precise language; affecting, deeply drawn characters; a strong sense of place; and a sharp, irresistible hook will draw her attention. The thru-line in her client’s work is a generous, wry humor that shines through, even – often – in the darker moments. Literary and commercial work is welcome; she loves to be surprised, and is actively seeking diverse stories and creators. 


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