Molly Jaffa


Molly has been working closely with Folio authors’ projects since 2008, and is an Associate Member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR). In addition to building her selective but growing list of clients, Molly utilizes her editorial background, previous work experience in the e-publishing industry, and intimate knowledge of the Folio list in her position as Folio’s Co-Director of International Rights. She actively pursues sales of international and audio rights and attends all major international book fairs, helping Folio clients’ books reach wide audiences in as many formats as possible. Her clients include Lana Krumwiede (The Psi Chronicles middle grade trilogy and the forthcoming picture book JUST ITZY), Julie Murphy (SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY and the forthcoming DUMPLIN’), Jeramey Kraatz (THE CLOAK SOCIETY), Helene Dunbar (THESE GENTLE WOUNDS), Kristen Lippert-Martin (TABULA RASA), Barrie Summy (I SO DON’T DO MYSTERIES series) and Mahtab Narsimhan (SOMEONE STOLE THE TOILET, Scholastic 2016). You can follow her on Twitter @molly_jaffa and read her blog at mollyjaffa.blogspot.com.

What I’m looking for:

Fiction: I focus exclusively on middle grade and young adult fiction. I’m looking for books that challenge the reader intellectually and emotionally, from the high-concept and fantastical to the frank, fresh, and contemporary. I love fiction set in another country, time, or place (real or imagined!) that opens up a rich new world for the reader to discover. Stories featuring characters with strong passions, talents, or smarts – or characters in search of theirs – resonate with me. I’d also like to see: Contemporary YA that’s not afraid to explore complex social issues, historical fantasy, smart middle grade adventures, heartbreaking middle grade with beautiful writing, and good, old-fashioned YA romance.

My current favorite (non-client) YA novels include Eleanor & Park, Winger, Ask the Passengers, Seraphina, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe, How to Love, Wintergirls, The Diviners, Clockwork Angel, and My Life Next Door. In middle grade, my favorites include When You Reach Me, The Peculiar, Counting by 7s, Wonder, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, and The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls. All-time favorites include The Phantom Tollbooth, A Wrinkle in Time, Harry Potter, The His Dark Materials trilogy, Go Ask Alice, Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, The View from Saturday, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, and anything by Dianna Wynne Jones or Tamora Pierce.

What I’m not looking for:

Paranormal or dystopian YA. I’m probably not the right person for books narrated by animals or heavily focused on sports.

Why I love my job:

When I fall in love with an author’s work, I’m committed to being his or her biggest advocate, part of a two-person team in a career-long relationship. I am an editorial agent, and work closely with clients through as many drafts as necessary to make their manuscript or proposal the best it can be. As Co-Director of International Rights, I travel across the globe, and I relish the opportunity to bring my clients’ incredible projects to readers around the world. I’m dedicated to finding books by writers who will inspire, enthrall, and engage the global reading community for years to come—and then negotiating the kind of deal that will enable them to hit bookshelves with a splash.

How to contact me:

You can query me at molly (@) foliolit.com (remember to remove the parenthesis). Please include the query letter and first ten pages in the body of the email, as well as “query” in the subject line.

Where to find me:

I’ll be at the following conferences:

April 26, 2013: ASJA Conference, New York, NY
May 4-5, 2013: DFW Writers Conference, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
June 10-12, 2014: Nebraska Novel Retreat, Schuyler, Nebraska