Before he joined the L. Perkins Agency, Leon Husock was an associate agent at Anderson Literary Management. He graduated from Bard College with a BA in Literature and from there went on to attend the well-known Columbia Publishing Course, where he decided he wanted to be an agent.
He has a particular interest in science-fiction and fantasy, especially fantasy with non-Western European inspired settings and cultures (e.g. Leigh Bardugo’s Russian-inspired fantasy). He also loves young adult and upper middle-grade of all stripes, as well as genre mashups (e.g. fantasy westerns, noir + almost anything else, etc). Strong characters are, of course, a must.
Wishlist (just a sampling of my MSWL stuff, I don’t really have a comprehensive wishlist):
-YA contemporary books featuring teens with weird jobs (I’d love a YA contemporary Gravity Falls about teenage siblings working at a tourist trap)
-Contemporary revenge YA, but vicious and bloody and over the top, Kill Bill-style, not just pranks.
-Slow-burning romantic tension and witty banter!
-Noir/pulp throwbacks, but the MC doesn’t have to be a PI.
-Books set in places with an intersection of Eastern and Western cultures, like British Raj India or Shanghai or Hong Kong.
-Opposite-sex best friends who are just best friends, and it’s not building up to them realizing they belong together.
-Men and women, either platonic or romantically involved, with profound levels of mutual respect. No condescension, no rescuing, just equal partners. It helps if they have a similar set of skills and abilities they can consult each other on (see Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamorist books).