Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Ann Rose of Tobias Agency

Ann Rose is a literary agent with Tobias Agency.

“I’m a California native who now resides in Texas after a stint in Florida. Each place has its pros and cons, but I can say that I left my heart in San Diego and dream of going back one day (although that will probably never happen). My degree is in Communication from San Diego State University, and my resume holds a gamut of jobs from Life Guard to Business Systems Analyst/Portfolio Manager, but books have always been my passion. I’m excited to finally merge my love of literature with my past professional experiences as a literary agent with Prospect. It is my honor to help authors build successful, sustainable careers.”

(Note: As of fall 2022, Ann is now with Tobias Literary.)

She is seeking YA (all genres), middle grade, and some adult fiction.

Regarding young adult:

“I seek stories that have heart and humor. I want you to transport me to new worlds–even if those “worlds” are in the middle of Iowa. But especially if its fantasy, I really want you to take me there and show me something I haven’t seen before. I’d love some fantasy that’s based on something other than western European cultures.

“I’m always looking for strong character who are willing to stand up for their convictions–whether it be with their brains or their brawn. Give me fabulous friendship stories!! No mean girls. I’m looking for girl empowerment and stories where we see girls lifting each other up not tearing each other down. LGBTQIA+ stories!!! I’d still really love a story where two girls are running against each other for class president and then they fall in love. I’d also love to see cheerleading stories–everything from contemporary to the vein of Sugar and Spice (the 2001 movie).

“In both YA and MG I don’t shy away from stories that deal with issues kids are dealing with today. I will say, if you are going to discuss topics like suicide make sure you’ve done your homework–proper language matters!

“I’d love to see more YA thriller–not necessarily gore but a story that keeps me on the edge of my seat, guessing until the very end. I’m still looking for my YA version of CLUE (and if it has three different endings, even better.) Which means mystery is a go for me, too.

“I’d love some YA that deals with toxic masculinity. A funny how to survive high school book with tips and tricks how to make the most out of your four years would be good. Show me characters who are beautifully flawed doing the wrong things for all the right reasons. Give me body positive MC’s. Unique sports books–CrossFit, ultimate Frisbee, rock climbing, mountain biking, roller derby, and even speed walkers. Oh, and twins – good twins, evil twins, twins that get along, twins that don’t, rom-coms where twins switch places and hijinks happen… anything goes.

“Historicals that tackle things other than WW2–bonus points if there are badass women in in history.”

Regarding middle grade:

“I seek MG of all genres, especially ones that push the boundaries of middle grade

“All of the above from the YA section pretty much goes for MG, too. There’s no topic off limits here either, just make sure it’s handled in the best possible way.

“I’d love to see a camping book–and not just where the kids are running around all a muck, but fun camping stories with responsible councilors and s’mores!

“Sibling stories. Show me supportive older siblings and in tack family units. Families of all shapes and sizes, too. A MG (or YA) My Big Fat Greek Wedding type story would totally be my jam.

“Unicorns? Do you have one in your book or gnomes? Then I want to see it.

“Kids doing amazing things–like being on competition reality shows and solving climate change. Show me your kid activists, and kids doing things for their communities. Bring me new twists on old troupes.”

Adult fiction:

“In  the adult arena, I am more picky.”

“I love swoony romances – any heat level from mild to hot, but not extra spicy. (So, no erotica.) I love slow burns, and enemies to lovers will never grow old. Give me fun and unique meet-cutes.

“I’d love a romance that starts with texting the wrong number. (But no catfishing)

“LGBTQIA+ romances–everyone deserves their happy ending.

“Give me stories where I’m dying for the characters to get together–don’t make it too easy. Give me your “soft boys” that don’t have six pack abs or the perfect hair.

“Light sci-fi or fantasy – Emphasis on the light. If it’s epic, it’s probably not my jam in the adult arena. I’m NOT really looking for Tolkien world building or understanding how to build a flux capacitor.

“Retellings are good if they are done in fresh ways. Or they are stories we haven’t really seen retold before.

“As always strong feminist themes and stories of taking down the patriarchy are always in my wheelhouse.”

Commercial fiction:

“Heartwarming (or heart wrenching) contemporaries–bonus points if it’s both

“I’m always looking for unique voices, diverse perspectives, vivid settings, and stories that explore tough topics. Give me your dark and edgy stories with unlikable characters–that underneath are totally likable.

“Above all I’m looking for VOICE. It’s the characters themselves that will make me fall in love or not. Plot can be fixed if you have just the right characters to tell the story.”

Ann is NOT seeking:

Horror (I don’t love all the blood and guts stuff)



Picture Books

Poetry (books in verse are the exception)



Stories that start with a character waking up (This is not a challenge. I promise I won’t make it past the first line if this is how the book starts.)

Stories with graphic rape

Misogynist stories (Seriously, if your MC is a misogynist even if they “redeem” themselves later I don’t want it.)

Stories that hinge on a woman’s abuse to propel the story for the male MC is something I’m not interested in.

Stories that are homophonic, racist, sexist, etc. aren’t my thing either.

Stories that depict animal cruelty – if the dog dies, I don’t want it

Books set in the 80s-90s – Unless there’s a darn good reason, meaning some kind of historical event (yes, I said historical) has to anchor it there. If you can pick up the plot and move it present day, you probably should.



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