Danielle Burby

I’m the kind of nerd who always has the book I’m reading in my bag plus a backup book plus my Kindle. I ravenously devoured anything by Tamora Pierce, Sarah Dessen, Robin McKinley, Gareth Nix, Diana Wynne Jones, Judy Blume, Jane Austen. I have a Virginia Woolf quote tattooed on my shoulder blade.

Authors have always been my biggest stars. In fact, one of my most exciting high school moments was when Newsday hired me to review the Ella Enchanted movie and then gave me a choice between interviewing Anne Hathaway and Gail Carson Levine–I chose Gail Carson Levine. My job gives me the excuse to professionally fangirl on a daily basis.

I began my career with internships at several top literary agencies and publishers. I also spent four years building a client list at another literary agency before moving to NLA in January 2017. I’m based in New York City.

I look for a strong narrative voice and a cast of characters. When I find that, I fight tooth and nail for my clients. You can also find details about my recent sales on Publishers Marketplace.



  • Middle grade, young adult, graphic novels, women’s fiction, and select picture books
  • Fresh, inclusive, intersectional narratives with an emphasis on diverse protagonists, whether LGBTQ+, BIPOC, disabled, etc.
  • I am particularly drawn to: complex female characters, seaside novels, girls with swords, magical realism, LGBTQ+ love, sister stories, toxic friendships, feminist fairytales, social justice themes, folklore, creepy forests, complicated family dynamics, quirky adventures, protagonists who change systems and break rules, heartwarming love stories, whimsy.
  • I welcome queries from all authors and am particularly passionate about advocating for writers with historically marginalized identities including sexuality, gender identity, race, ethnicity, and disability.
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Danielle’s Recent News

Just announced: Jordyn Taylor’s Paper Girl of Paris among three amazing audiobook nominees for teens

“The Paper Girl of Paris” Will Transport You Straight to the City of Lights
Lily Kessinger at HMH has acquired, in a preempt, The Sapling’s Curse, a YA graphic novel written by debut author James Persichetti and illustrated by L. Biehler.
“The Paper Girl of Paris” named one of The 40 Best New Books Of Summer 2020

Liesa Abrams at Simon & Schuster has acquired Jennifer Nissley‘s contemporary YA novel, The Mythic Koda Rose.

Rosaria Munda’s FIREBORNE won the 2019 CYBILS Award for Speculative Fiction.

Emilia Rhodes at HMH has acquired, at auction, the Prison Healer trilogy, a YA fantasy series by bestselling Australian author Lynette Noni.

In a Starred review, Ausma Zehanat Khan declared “a master of the genre” for THE BLUE EYE

Danielle’s Film/TV Options

Optioned to:
Valparaiso Pictures

Optioned to:
Baby Octopus

Danielle’s Featured Books