Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Leah Pierre of Ladderbird Literary

Leah Pierre is a literary agent with Ladderbird Literary.

A Texas native, Leah moved to the east coast to pursue her dream of working in publishing. She recently graduated from Rosemont College with her B.A. in English and History, and she is currently pursuing her MA in Publishing. Leah spends her time enjoying the company of fictional characters more than people. When not in the company of fictional characters, Leah hangs out with friends and family, cooks, and catches up on movies and TV shows she is always behind on.

What she’s looking for:

She is looking for diverse and unique work that is fast paced and has a complex cast of diverse characters. Something that will keep her on the edge of her seat and unable to put down. As much as she pretends to hate them, she loves a good plot twist and a shocking ending. She’s also a huge sucker for camaraderie, banter, and the tight-knit, family-like group of friends trope.

Young Adult/Adult:

  • Fantasy with elements of myth and legend: preferably lesser known myths/legends i.e. Middle Eastern
  • Romantic meet cute/coming-of-age journey of self-discovery and self-love: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Series and Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
  • Realistic and raw family-centered novels
  • Mysteries and psychological thrillers: unreliable narrators are okay; something similar to Orphan Black, Black Mirror, and Sadie by Courtney Summers
  • Fairy-tale retellings/reimaginings
  • Espionage/heist concept novels: think Leverage, Now You See Me, and Six of Crows
  • Historical fantasy/fiction
  • Social justice inspired
  • Romance: ideally interracial; no cliche problems about cheating, parental disapproval, or high school drama. Give me something out of the ordinary, please.

New Adult:

  • Romance: ideally interracial; no cliche problems about cheating and parental disapproval. Give me something that deals with the struggles of today online dating culture, about how couples deal with growth and life pulling them in two different directions, or how society’s views can impact interracial relationships. Think Someone Great with Gina Rodriguez and Gayle Forman’s Just One Day duology.
  • Coming-of-age/self discovery
  • F/F friendship
  • The college experience as well as the post-college experience: how the expectations drastically differed from reality or how a recent college grad is blindsided after entering the adult world and the working force and how they slowly manage to navigate it and get on their feet.