Jas Perry

Literary Agent
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JAS PERRY is a Literary Agent with KT Literary representing Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction and Graphic Novels for all ages. Jas is Black/Japanese and represents a diverse range of strong voices with a focus on BIPOC, QTPOC, and/or disabled creators. She began in editorial with Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books and Levine Querido, in addition to freelance editing and authenticity reading for traditional publishing.Jas is the current Director of Special Projects at People of Color in Publishing and a member of the Association of American Literary Agents. She has served on the Manuscript Evaluation committee for Reese’s Book Club x We Need Diverse Books’ inaugural LitUp fellowship, as well as on the judging panel for WNDB’s Walter Dean Meyers Grants for diverse writers and illustrators. She attended New York University in Florence & London and the City University of New York.She writes children's books as J.P. Takahashi, and her debut TOKYO NIGHT PARADE with Minako Tomigahara is upcoming with HarperCollins in Fall 2023.Find Jas online at jas-perry.com or on Twitter @TakahashiPerry.



  • Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators x Association of American Literary Agents / Digital Workshops / “Meet the Agents” w. Emily Forney, Susan Graham, Stefanie Molina. Moderated by: Tamara Kawar

  • Unlock Her Potential / BuildUP Sessions / “Meet the Mentees” w. Sophia Chang, Michelle Malizaki, Sunhay You, Hannah Miao, Brandi Neuwirth

  • Bluestockings Cooperative / Bluestockings' Digital Comics Fest / “Querying Your Comic/Graphic Novel and Getting an Agent” w. Nadia Shammas

  • Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators / 2022 Winter (New York) Conference / “Up Close With Publishing Professionals”

  • Diverse Voices, Inc. / DVcon 2022 / “Agents & Editors” w. Mabel Hsu, Kim Lindman, Amber Oliver, Quressa Robinson. Moderated by: Camille Kellogg


  • We Need Diverse Books / Internship Grant Alumnx Summer Program / "Editorial, Managing Ed. & Literary Agent" w. Marietta Zacker & Jenn Baker


  • We Need Diverse Books / Internship Grant Alumnx Summer Program / "Editorial, Managing Ed. & Literary Agent" w. Marietta Zacker & Jenn Baker

  • Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators / SCBWI-IL 2020 / Voice Session; Pitch Session; 1-1 Critique; Manuscript Contest Judge, Agent Panel w. Claire Draper

  • FIYAH / FIYAHCON 2020 / Mentor, Office Hours

  • Philadelphia Stories / Push to Publish / Meet the Agents Panel; Agent Speed Date

  • Denver University / Denver Publishing Institute / Literary Agenting w. Kate Testerman

Interviews, Features, Press, etc.


Cynthia Leitich Smith / Cynsations
WNDB Internship Alumnx Series: Literary Agent Jas Perry by Suma Subramaniam


Writer's Digest
September/October 2021 Issue
Agent Roundup by Cassandra Lipp
#APIpit Agent Spotlight
Pitch Event for Asian/Pacific Islander writers and illustrators
Q+A with Jas Perry, Literary Agent by Amery G. Wong


We Need Diverse Books
Black History is Made Year-Round
by JoAnn Yao
We Need Diverse Books
Q+A with Jas Perry, Literary Agent by Alaina Lavoie


Prose Novels
(MG & YA)

Graphic Novels + Manga
(MG, YA, NA, A)



CLOSED to queries.


While queries are open to all authors & author-illustrators of children's literature, my passion lies in representing marginalized creators who have been traditionally excluded from publishing, with an emphasis on BIPOC and QTPOC, and my client list will continue to reflect these values.

Fiction & Graphic Novel queries:

^For those with accessibility needs due to disability, email queries are acceptable:Email your letter to jasquery@ktliterary.com with the subject Query along with the title and/or genre of your project. For your sample, paste three (3) pages of your manuscript in the body of the email; please have a plot synopsis prepared if I request a partial or full MS.

Pitch event queries:

For online pitch events, Twitter pitch events, conferences, and workshops, a dedicated QueryManager form will be available for submission for a limited time.If submitting by email for accessibility reasons, please include the event name/hashtag in the subject line of your query. Thank you!


If I pass on your MS, feel free to submit to another KT Literary agent.A pass from me isn’t necessarily a reflection of the quality of your manuscript; I simply may not be the agent best equipped to represent your story or style of writing. The querying process is long and arduous, but you’ll soon find the right fit — keep writing. I unfortunately can't offer personalized feedback on queries at this time, due to the volume of submissions. Thank you for your understanding.

Manuscript Wishlist

I'm currently accepting:

(please see query status before submitting)

  • Middle Grade fiction

  • Young Adult fiction

  • Novels-in-verse (MG or YA only)

  • Graphic novel pitches (all ages) by author-illustrators

I'm not accepting:

  • Picture books

  • Adult (unless requested)

  • Non-fiction

  • Previously self-published works

  • Military fiction

  • Stories re: chattel slavery

  • Colonizer x colonized romances

  • Fiction based on existing IP

I'd love to see:

  • Manuscripts under 100k words!

  • Projects from graphic novel author-illustrators

  • Afrofuturism and near-future speculative

  • New York City-set stories

  • Complex platonic relationships and found family

  • Books by and about Japanese and Japanese-American people

  • Offbeat humor and strange (but thoughtful) unsettling narratives

  • Well-researched contemporary that engages serious themes

  • QTPOC romance

  • Immersive, whimsical Miyazaki-type world-building

  • Jaunty SFF romps in MG

  • Ensemble cast MG

  • Clever, funny MG voices in contemporary

  • Historical fiction YA set in time periods/locations not typically represented in kidlit

  • Distinctive, voicey YA

  • Reimagined YA genre “tropes” from fresh, new voices


For querying authors:

Please note that social media and contact form pitches will not be considered.If you have accessibility needs, query letters can be emailed as per agency guidelines instead of submitted through QueryManager.

For more information on KT Literary:

Visit my agency's site at ktliterary.com.

For authenticity read requests:

As I recently transitioned to writing + agenting full-time, I'll be taking select authenticity read requests for traditionally published projects on a case-by-case basis. If you're an editor I have an existing relationship with, feel free to call or email directly.*Otherwise, please use the contact form to tell me about your project. Full list of my specializations (Black/African American, East Asian/Japanese identities, etc.) available upon request.*Please note that I'll be prioritizing reads for authors of color.If I - or the other readers you're connected to - happen to be unavailable, I'm happy to point you in the direction of other SRs and freelance editors.

For interview, panel, and conference requests:

Please use the contact form and include all relevant dates, rates, and participants.

Aaron Talley

Aaron Talley
  • Ages: Young Adult

  • Genres: Speculative; Contemporary Fantasy

Aaron Talley is a writer, activist, and educator currently based in Chicago, Illinois. His writings, which explore the intersections between identity, spirituality, education, and mental health have been published in various blog and media outlets, including The Advocate, Education Post, and The Nation. When not writing, reading, or teaching, or you can find him watching anime or playing the latest Japanese RPG. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

You can find him on Twitter and Instagram @Talley_Marked.

Amar Shah

  • Ages: Middle Grade; Young Adult

  • Genres: Contemporary Realism; Magical Realism; Memoir; Graphic Novel

Amar Shah is a multiple Emmy-winning writer and producer who has written for ESPN.com, NFL.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Orlando Sentinel, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Slam Magazine and The Washington Post, including a viral essay on growing up as the son of the real Apu.

Amar's Middle Grade contemporary basketball trilogy is upcoming with Scholastic, with Book 1 set for Fall 2023.

Brianna Peppins

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  • Ages: Middle Grade; Young Adult

  • Genres: Contemporary Realism

Brianna Peppins was raised in PG County, Maryland, spending most of her childhood consuming books and daydreaming up her own outlandish stories. She graduated from Spelman College with a B.A. in Psychology and shortly after began writing her debut novel, BRIARCLIFF PREP. You can find her online at briannapeppins.com, and on Twitter and Instagram at @Lexi_Pep.

Brianna's YA debut and its sequel are upcoming with Disney:
BRIARCLIFF PREP #1 + #2 (November 15, 2022 / Fall 2023)

Her next YA novel is upcoming with Scholastic:

Nora Elghazzawi

Nora Elghazzawi
  • Ages: Middle Grade; Young Adult

  • Genres: Contemporary Fantasy; Magical Realism; Contemporary Realism

Nora Elghazzawi is a Muslim Lebanese-American writer currently living in Boston, MA. Her short story, SOLACE, was selected by Nicola Yoon to appear in FORESHADOW, a serial anthology launched by Emily X.R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma, which was acquired by Algonquin and published in October 2020.

Ridley Adams

Nora Elghazzawi
  • Ages: Middle Grade; Young Adult

  • Genres: Contemporary Fantasy; Mythology; SF; Afrofuturism

Ridley Adams is an Afro-Brazilian fantasy writer and conservation biologist specializing in African conservation issues. They’ve prevented cheetahs from eating livestock in Namibia, tested out different ways to keep elephants out of croplands in Kenya, ridden donkey carts to work in the Northern Cape of South Africa, designed a picture-only video game to teach non-literate Mozambican villagers about the ecosystem importance of vultures, climbed mountains, been stung by scorpions,