#SEACritterspub Editor Interview: Stephanie Lurie of Disney Hyperion

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APRIL, 2018

Welcome to the #SEACritterspub interviews, where we spotlight agents and editors looking for Asian literature and / or Asian authors! Today it’s Stephanie Lurie from Disney Hyperion!

Stephanie Lurie

Agency: Disney Hyperion

Stephanie represents: all genres, and humor is a plus! Especially looking for imprints for Rick Riordan Presents, an imprint for MG readers. (MG Action, Fantasy-Adventure, and Scifi) 

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What is #SEACritterspub? 

This is an initiative started by Hanna Alkaf, Gail Villanueva, and I (all currently living in Southeast Asia) to help Asian authors (both diaspora and living outside of the US) learn more about querying and finding agents in the US! Aside from showcasing agents actively seeking Asian rep, we also post tips, advice, and occasionally offer query / 1st page critiques!

Before proceeding: please familiarize yourself with what a query is and how it works, general etiquette that authors need to know before finding an agent, and other helpful guidelines. Check out the #SeaCritterspub category on this blog (also located on the right side of this interview!) for more details!

Also note that unless specified, many editors do not accept unsolicited / unagented manuscripts, but agents looking for editors interested in Asian lit may take advantage of this list!

Now, onwards to the interview!

1. Is there any information about yourself that you think people might like to know (literary agent experience, hobbies, etc.)?

I’ve been a children’s book editor for 35 years, working at such companies as Little, Brown, Simon & Schuster, Penguin, and now Disney Hyperion, where I’ve been for the past 10 years. I work on picture books, chapter books, middle grade fiction, and YA fiction. Among the authors I edit is Rick Riordan, who has started an imprint dedicated to finding and supporting underrepresented authors who want to tell entertaining stories to middle graders about their own culture and/or mythology. We’re publishing 4 books a year within the imprint, which is called Rick Riordan Presents.

2. Are there any specific Asian MS preferences you’re looking for (e.g., contemporary K-drama, Chinese martial arts fantasy, etc.) ?

75k – 100k words with:

  • a relatable main character with a challenge to overcome
  • a mythology/cultural connection
  • distinct narrative voice
  • fast pace
  • suspenseful plot
  • humor
  • imagination
  • age-appropriate vocabulary
  • emotional resonance

3. What are your submission guidelines?

  • Submissions must be made via a literary agent to [email protected]
  • at least three chapters and a synopsis are required initially
  • proposals will be approved by Rick Riordan and the Disney Book Group Acquisition Committee

4. What are things people should remember when sending you queries? Any advice regarding what catches your attention / what turns you off?

Due to Disney corporate legal policy, I can only consider queries and submissions that come to me via a literary agent.

 

To view the full list of agents currently seeking Asian lit / rep, go to this Google doc!

Are you an agent or an editor who’d like to participate in these interviews? Drop me an email at rin.chupeco[at]gmail[dot]com!