Full Agent Profile: Ted Malawer


Ted Malawer

Upstart Crow Literary Agency

Literary Fiction | Mystery | Commercial Fiction | Young Adult | Children's | Middle Grade

  • This agent is closed to queries

    • He specializes in children's fiction
    • He is looking for strong YA. middle grade, and select adult fiction. He is NOT looking for picture book authors at this time.
    • For YA, he is looking for books that walk the line between commercial and literary, he likes high concept novels with great "hooks," unique premises, and great humor. (He likes to laugh a lot.) He also enjoys lyrical fiction, as long as it has an authentic and compelling voice. He´s a huge fan of mysteries and urban fantasy about original topics.
    • For middle grade, he is drawn to unique coming-of-age stories. He likes projects with fantastical/supernatural elements, too, and action/adventure plots.

    • Currently, Ted is accepting queries only through conference submissions and client referrals

    • Graduate of Columbia University (BA in English and Comparative Literature)
    • Also a graduate of The Juilliard School and a trained opera singer--(unsolicited AQ commentary: get out of town! that´s so cool!)--so any stories with musical and/or theatrical elements are of specific interest.

    Young Adult
    Columbia MFA student Yvonne Woon's DEAD BEAUTIFUL, a teenage zombie love story, to Donna Bray at Hyperion, in a six-figure deal, in a pre-empt, for two books.

    Young Adult
    Angie Frazier's EVERLASTING, a romantic, high-seas adventure, to Jennifer Rees at Scholastic, in a six-figure deal, at auction, in a two-book deal.

    Middle Grade
    Laura Quimby's THE HANDCUFF KID, in which a quick-witted orphan is sold to an evil magician in the underworld - where he must perform with other children in a vaudeville act to entertain the dead - and uses the tricks of Harry Houdini to escape and save them all, plus an untitled novel, to Susan van Metre at Amulet, in a pre-empt, in a very nice deal.

    Middle Grade
    Author of the forthcoming debut VIOLET RAINES ALMOST GOT STRUCK BY LIGHTNING Danette Haworth's THE HOTEL OF BLUEBERRY GOODNESS and ME AND JACK, again to Stacy Cantor at Walker.

    Young Adult
    Antony John's FIVE FLAVORS OF DUMB, in which a deaf seventeen-year-old manages her high school rock band to both humorous and devastating effect, moving to Liz Waniewski at Dial, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal.

    Young Adult
    Recent Columbia MFA grad Laura Goode's SISTER MISCHIEF, pitched as The L Word meets Saved! meets Eminem's 8 Mile, to Katie Cunningham at Candlewick Press.

    Young Adult
    Bree Despain's teen romance THE DARK DIVINE, a modern exploration of the Prodigal Son parable with a paranormal twist, to Regina Griffin at EgmontUS, in a pre-empt, for two books.

    Middle Grade
    Author of BETTER THAN YESTERDAY and THE SOCIAL CLIMBER'S GUIDE TO HIGH SCHOOL Robyn Schneider writing as Violet Haberdasher's KNIGHTLEY ACADEMY, set in an alternate 1800s England where knighthood has taken on a new meaning and following the only boy who can save the country from ultimate destruction, plus a sequel, to Mark McVeigh at Aladdin, for hardcover publication.

    Author:   Antony John
    Genres:   Young Adult
    Publisher:   Flux
    A dorky high school senior is appointed compiler of the Book of Busts - a secret record of the bust, waist, and hip measurements of every senior girl - and becomes entangled in a web of lies, betrayal, and of course, breasts.

    Violet Raines Almost Got Struck By Lightning
    Author:   Danette Haworth
    Genres:   Middle Grade
    Publisher:   Walker
    A vivacious eleven-year-old girl's life changes drastically when a new girl moves to her backwoods Florida town.

    My Big Nose & Other Natural Disasters
    Author:   Sydney Salter
    Genres:   Young Adult
    Publisher:   Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    A girl plans to get rid of her "Super Schnozz" and snag herself a boyfriend before senior year, and the summer that changes everything.

    Twenty Boy Summer
    Author:   Sarah Ockler
    Genres:   Young Adult
    Publisher:   Little, Brown
    A sixteen-year-old girl with a life-shattering secret navigates the unfamiliar landscape of changing friendships, burgeoning sexuality, loss, and the meaning of true love.

    The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin
    Author:   Josh Berk
    Genres:   Young Adult
    Publisher:   Knopf
    Set in coal mining Pennsylvania and narrated with sardonic humor by a boy who is overweight, deaf, and mute during his first year in mainstream high school, when he begrudgingly solves a murder and uncovers a secret truth about his family history.

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