Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Thao Le of Sandra Dijkstra Literary

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Thao Le is a literary agent with the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

Thao is currently looking for: Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade, and is selectively open to Romance, and Picture Books by authors who are also illustrators. For Adult and YA science fiction & fantasy, she enjoys stories rooted in mythology, fairytales, and legends with atmospheric settings and strong world building. For contemporary YA, she’s seeking witty, heartfelt writing with an authentic teen voice. Think Stephanie Perkins, Jenny Han, or Sarah Dessen. For Middle Grade, she’s looking for fantastic adventures and clever heroes/heroines the likes of Lemon Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, and Soman Chainani’s School of Good and Evil. She’s a fan of picture books by Jon Klassen, Kate Beaton, Cale Atkinson, and Liz Climo and would like to add picture books in the same vein to her list. For Romance, she’s drawn to strong, memorable characters whose individual journeys brings them together. She’s particularly seeking unique historical romance and speculative romance similar to Gail Carrier’s Parasol Protectorate series. She also loves magic realism and beautiful literary writing with a commercial hook. She is always on the lookout for more diversity and LGBTQ stories.

Thao is not looking for: adult literary fiction, mystery/thriller (unless it has a speculative element or is YA), nonfiction, memoirs, poetry, religious/spiritual books, screenplays, or short stories.

Thao’s recent sales include: Kathryn Tanquary’s middle grade debut The Night Parade (Sourcebooks), Roshani Chokshi’s YA fantasy The Star Touched Queen (St. Martin’s), author-illustrator Jessie Sima’s picture book debut Not Quite Narwhal (S&S), Elle Katharine White’s fantasy of manners Heartstone (Harper Voyager).

She is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego with a double major in Econ-Management Science and Chinese Studies. While interning at the agency during college, she realized where her true love lies — books — and joined the agency full-time in the spring of 2011.


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