Jennifer Rofé

Jennifer Rofé works primarily in the middle grade and picture book spaces, and she especially loves working with author-illustrators and illustrators. Overall, she seeks masterful writing, distinct voices and perspectives, and richly developed characters (if she is completely consumed by your characters, she will follow them anywhere). In middle grade novels, she is open to all genres– literary, commercial, contemporary, magical, fantastical, historical, and everything in between. She especially appreciates stories that make her both laugh and cry, and that offer an unexpected view into the pre-teen/teen experience. In picture books, she likes funny, character-driven projects; beautifully imagined and written stories; and milestone moments with a twist. Ultimately, she longs to have an emotional response to the ending of a picture book – be it a guffaw, hurrah!, or a heart-tug. In illustration, she seeks unique voices and perspectives that have a voice so strong that it’s immediately recognizable as belonging to the creator.

Jennifer is currently accepting queries from only middle-grade writers (if in addition to middle grade you write in other children’s categories, such as YA, you are welcome and encouraged to query), author-illustrators, and illustrators. She currently accepts YA queries through conference events or by referral only .

Some of Jennifer’s clients include New York Times bestseller Meg Medina, author of the Newbery Medal winner MERCI SUÁREZ CHANGES GEARS, the National Book Award Long List novel BURN BABY BURN, the Pura Belpré Award winning novel YAQUI DELGADO WANTS TO KICK YOUR ASS, and the Pura Belpré Honor picture book MANGO, ABUELA, AND ME (all Candlewick); Sid Fleischman Humor Award winner Crystal Allen, author of the middle-grade series The Magnificent Mya Tibbs, the middle-grade novel HOW LAMAR’S BAD PRANK WON A BUBBA-SIZED TROPHY, and the forthcoming middle grade novel BETWEEN TWO BROTHERS (all Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins); Christina Diaz Gonzalez, author of the action-packed middle grade Moving Target duology, the forthcoming graphic novel THE INVISIBLES, and the forthcoming middle-grade novel CONCEALED (all Scholastic); Dev Petty, author of the I DON’T WANT TO BE A FROG franchise (Doubleday/PRH) and MOTH & BUTTERFLY (Nancy Paulsen Books/PRH); Mike Boldt, illustrator of the I DON’T WANT TO BE A FROG franchise, and author-illustrator of BAD DOG and FIND FERGUS (all Doubleday/PRH); Eliza Wheeler, author-illustrator of HOME IN THE WOODS (Nancy Paulsen Books/PRH) and illustrator of WHEREVER YOU GO, WHEN YOU ARE BRAVE, and the forthcoming WHEN I’M WITH YOU, all by Pat Z. Miller (all Little, Brown); and Amber Ren, illustrator of the New York Times bestselling picture book BECAUSE by Mo Willems (Hyperion).

Jennifer has been on the faculty of many conferences including the Big Sur Writer’s Workshop and numerous SCBWI conferences, and she is especially known for her The “So What?” Factor presentation. Jennifer earned a BA in English and a minor in Social and Ethnic Relations with a focus on multicultural literature from UC Davis and has a background in secondary education.

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