Jas Perry

Literary Agent
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JAS PERRY is a Manhattan-based Literary Agent with KT Literary representing Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction and Graphic Novels. Jas is Black/Japanese and represents a diverse range of strong voices with a focus on BIPOC, QTPOC, and/or disabled creators.

Jas is the upcoming Director of Special Projects at People of Color in Publishing, a We Need Diverse Books grantee, and a former freelance editor, previously an editorial intern with Levine Querido and Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books. She attended New York University in Florence & London before graduating with a BA in English from the City University of New York.

Jas 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.



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

  • Sunday, Feb 13th, 2022

  • 1hr (editorial, clients, querying, dream projects) + 15min Q&A


  • Special query window for participants


  • 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.


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



Graphic Novels



OPEN to queries!

All queries from before Oct. 2021 have been reviewed and responded to with:

  1. a pass

  2. a partial or full manuscript request

I'm currently reviewing a few requested manuscripts; if you're still waiting on a reply to a query, not a partial/full, please resubmit through QueryManager.


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 text-only scripts (MG or YA only)

  • Graphic novel pitches 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.

Amar Shah

Amar Shah
  • Ages: Middle Grade; Young Adult

  • Genres: Contemporary Realism; Magical Realism; Memoir

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 Young Adult memoir WISH I WAS A BALLER was recently optioned for TV by SK Global Entertainment.

Brianna Peppins

  • 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 (Disney Hyperion, Fall 2023).

You can find her on Twitter and Instagram at @Lexi_Pep. Her website is coming soon.

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, and chased many a mamba and puff adder out of their office.

Sophia Southard

Sophia Southard
  • Ages: Young Adult

  • Genres: Historical fantasy; Thriller

A proud Vietnamese-American, Sophia Southard was born in Ben Tre, Vietnam but grew up in a small, rural town in Missouri. She recently graduated from the University of Kansas, where she studied History and Chinese, with a focus on Vietnamese and Chinese history. Her current YA novel is based in part on her experience growing up an interracial adoptee, as well as on the Fall of Saigon.

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Kirsten Thompson

Kirsten Thompson
  • Ages: Middle Grade; Young Adult

  • Genres: Fantasy; Contemporary Fantasy

Kirsten Thompson is the writer of I AM HEXED, a comic book miniseries about the political struggles of modern-day witches, and has also been the editor and consultant on a range of comics. She was a staff writer at The MNT, and has previously written for Femsplain, Teen Vogue and Women Write About Comics.

Jacqueline CJ Barnes

Jacqueline CJ Barnes
  • Ages: Middle Grade; Young Adult

  • Genres: High Fantasy; Afrofuturism; PhantaNoir

Love, inclusivity, and the fantastical are three words that best encapsulate JCJB’s work. Refusing to give in to mass media stereotypes that Black female characters are “too independent and strong” for love, she created PhantaNoir: a genre that places Black characters, cultures, and mythos at the center of fantastical stories. Adamant that compassion is the answer, Jacqueline strives to share her work with the world so that younger Black girls can get some of that love, too.

Jacqueline has a Bachelor of Art and Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University, a Master’s from UCLA’s Animation workshop, is a VONA 2017 Alum, was a resident at the 2017 Santa Fe Art Institute, and is an inaugural diversity fellow at the Highlights foundation.

Sarah Burgess

Sarah Burgess
  • Ages: Middle Grade

  • Genres: Contemporary Realism; Contemporary Fantasy

Sarah Burgess has been working in animation for seven years and drawing comics since forever. Their passion lies in drawing character-driven stories that focus on the complexities and exploration of relationships and people. They are most known for their comics on mental health. They also draw a webcomic, The Princess Beast, inspired by shojo manga and all about social anxiety.

Jem Yoshioka

Jem Yoshioka
  • Ages: Young Adult; New Adult; Adult

  • Genres: Fantasy; Historical; Mythology

Jem Yoshioka is an award-winning comic artist living in Wellington, New Zealand. Deftly weaving words and pictures together, Jem’s comics tell evocative and emotional stories with themes of belonging, place, and heritage.


Updated as announced.


BRIARCLIFF PREP (Book #1 of 2)
by Brianna Peppins


by Brianna Peppins

YA Contemporary

UNTITLED (Book #1 of 3)
by Amar Shah

MG Contemporary


by Amar Shah

YA Memoir
SK Global Entertainment
TV Series