Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Kianna Shore of Ladderbird Literary

Screen Shot 2020-01-18 at 11.24.53 PMKianna Shore is a literary agent with Ladderbird Literary.

​Born in South Korea and adopted to a Jewish family in Texas, Kianna actively seeks out stories with their #ownvoices. Bi-romantic, she is an advocate for queer stories. With a passion for learning about the world and telling diverse narratives, Kianna is a recent graduate from UCLA’s MFA Screenwriting program and Boston University’s School of Global Studies. When she’s not reading manuscripts or working with authors, Kianna can be found writing, learning languages, or running.

She is seeking:

Kianna wants prose that reads like poetry. Create characters that are super flawed and awful or a precious cinnamon roll that must be protected — but make me care. Make me fall in love with them and then break my heart. Introduce me to unforgettable worlds. Super intersectional? I’m your girl. Fantasy inspired by non-western cultures? Yes!

Fantasy starring a character with a disability? For sure. YA historical with a queer BIPOC lead? Send it my way. I want to champion underrepresented writers who write their #ownvoices. Right now I am actively looking for YA, but will consider well written MG and NA that follow the same guidelines listed below.

YA Contemporary: I’d love to see protagonists, family and friends, and circumstances that we haven’t seen before. Give me an enticing plot that betrays expectation and characters that subvert stereotypes. Settings that are super specific to your neck of the woods or abroad are welcomed!

YA Crime and Thrillers: I love twists and turns I don’t see coming (that will be hard-but try me!). Give me young women that are in control of their own destinies – and law breaking is how they’re going to do it. Confident characters that have the swagger of your average villain — who aren’t the average villain.

YA Fantasy: Let’s see some non-European based fantasy! I am better versed in East Asian culture and mythology, but will work with anyone. Make me fall in love with the world and the people in it. Although spectacular, submitted fantasies should have well-developed characters and a strong plot. Think Avatar the Last Airbender, Fullmetal Alchemist, or She-Ra. Keep me engaged, keep me on my toes. Keep me reading.

YA Historical: Queer and marginalized people have existed throughout the ages – but you wouldn’t believe it looking at many bookshelves today! Make the setting POP and transport me to another time period, another world. Not looking for white savior stories! Give me characters that are in charge of their own futures.

YA Science Fiction: I’d love to see some great science fiction that is science POSITIVE. No more technology is evil stories! There is enough of that! Fiction that re-learns how to navigate and prioritize technology or stories that show that science is not without bias is great. Looking for work that is character driven and with heart!

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