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Katie Erickson
Associate Literary Agent

Katie Erickson joined The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency in 2024, after previously interning at the agency, and after over a decade working as a freelance illustrator for clients such as Humpty Dumpty magazine. She is currently working on her Master's Degree in Creative Writing and Illustration. When she's not reading, writing, or illustrating, she can be found playing board games or taking long walks with her family. She represents picture books, as well as middle-grade and young-adult literature.

What I'm looking for


I am eager for character-driven stories that explore what it means to be human while leaving room for hope. I love reading books with a diverse cast of characters, as well. Overall, I prefer a high-stakes, fast-paced story with a fantastic premise that leaves me thinking about the book long after I close it. 

  • I am open to Picture Books by an author/illustrator with beautifully designed pages, lyrical language, and tight text.

  • I am particularly interested in Middle Grade submissions, and within this audience, I love found family, coming-of-age tales, unexpected wit, and puzzles.

  • In Young Adult, I’d enjoy something related to tabletop games or video rpg.

  • I’m drawn to Graphic Novels by author/illustrators about humor and family love. Coming of age is great here, too.

  • I like cozy narratives in Adult Fiction that help people find comfort away from the real world.

  • In Non-Fiction, I’m seeking encyclopedic-knowledge type books by author/illustrators. 

I like a wide range of genres; fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and gaming are some of my favorites. I am not a good fit for sexual assault, erotica, harm to animals, gore, or books that focus on morals or lessons. 

How to submit


Please submit your query via my QueryTracker page:  

PLEASE NOTE: I only accept Query Manager submissions. Submissions sent elsewhere will be deleted unread.

  • For Picture Books, please send a query with the whole text. If you are an author/illustrator, please provide a link to view your entire dummy with 2 sample illustrations.

  • For Middle Grade, please send a query, a 1-2 page synopsis, and the first 10 pages of your project.

  • For Young Adult and Adult Fiction, please send a query, 1-2 page synopsis, and the first 10 pages of your project.

  • For Non-Fiction, please send a query, table of contents, and a sample chapter.

  • For Graphic Novels, send a query only; however, please have a short synopsis, link to two finished spread samples and single-paged character sheets ready and available upon request.

I aim to respond to queries within 6 weeks.

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