DARA HYDE

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Dara Hyde is Senior Agent at the Hill Nadell Literary Agency in Los Angeles and represents a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, including literary and genre fiction, graphic novels, narrative non-fiction, memoir, young adult, and children’s literature. Her clients include Angie Cruz, Natashia Deon, Jamie Harrison, Myriam Chancy, Matt Mendez, Maggie Downs, Justin Eisinger, Gene Ha, Samuel Sattin, Lilah Sturges, Jordan Morris, and more, and they have been winners or finalists for the the Women’s Prize, NAACP Image Award, Carnegie Medal, Eisner Award, Anthony Award, YALSA Award, Harvey Award, International Latino Book Award, and the Reading the West Award, among others.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

I’m drawn to stories that examine social issues in unique ways, and voices that have been historically under-represented in publishing; stories that explore the bonds and complexities of both blood and chosen families; stories with crossover appeal, whether that’s YA/adult or blending genres in surprising ways. I relish being hooked by a high concept and a clever premise, but that creative vision needs strong character development and an attention to every word. I find imperfect characters more interesting than those that start off with all the answers, and I want to walk away from every book having learned something new.

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

Dominicana, Angie Cruz
Braver Than You Think, Maggie Downs
Bubble, Jordan Morris

Specializes In

FICTION: Family Saga, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Upmarket Women's Fiction

NONFICTION: Memoir, Narrative

Considers

FICTION: Children's, Commercial Fiction, Crime, GLBT, Horror, Humor/Satire, Middle Grade, Mystery, Picture Books, Short Story Collections, Thrillers/Suspense, Young Adult

NONFICTION: Adventure/True Story, History, Humor, Investigative Journalism, Pop Culture, Travel, True Crime