Samantha Bagood's descent into publishing can be blamed on The Writer magazine and Writer's Digest. As a voracious teenaged reader and aspiring writer, she subscribed to both magazines and discovered the literary agent profession. Frustratingly, she could not discover the correct path to becoming one.
She entered Appalachian State University to study writing and communications. Though she had some wonderful professors, she still could not find the path to becoming a literary agent. So she reviewed books, interned at many places, and represented her first group of people as president of Asian Student Association.
After graduating with honors, she eventually found her way to Adams Literary thanks to a cold email and bagels. Working her way up from intern, she officially joined the team in 2012, bringing with her a unique combination of editorial, web and design skills.
In 2017, following a 3000 mile drive from North Carolina to California while 26 weeks pregnant, she felt it was the right time to set off on her own. So she left Adams Literary and launched Samantha B. Literary.
Turns out, she was always on the path to becoming an agent.
When not reading or agenting, Samantha can be found designing stationery, enjoying time with her husband and family, and longing for sushi.
Samantha gravitates toward books that are emotionally and thoughtfully evocative, and books that push her to the edge of her seat. She looks for unforgettable characters and relationships, rich world-building and compelling voices. She also loves to see unique narrative styles and mixed formats. She adores a sweeping romance, but doesn't find it necessary for every book.
She is interested in all forms and genres of children's and young adult books, from picture books to young adult, and YA memoirs to graphic novels. She is particularly looking for more diversity in books, especially in the main cast of characters. For middle grade and young adult, she would love contemporary, gut-punching stories set in worlds as diverse as ours today, along with high-energy adventures, fantasies and sci-fi with vivid and expansive settings. For chapter books and younger, she is seeking high-concept, fun, timeless characters and lots of heart.
At the end of the day, she wants to see books that leave an impression long after the last page is turned, and books that you just want to re-read.
Keep up to date with the specifics of her manuscript wishlist here.
"My goal is to work with passionate authors whose stories I and generations ahead of me will love. I believe representing authors means being their champion, their coach, their partner and more. When they give their best, I give my best, so that together we can put incredible stories in the hands of young readers everywhere."