The Short Version:
Mandy Hubbard is a literary agent at D4EO literary, specializing in YA and MG fiction. She's also the author of 10 teen novels, written under her own name and the pen name Amanda Grace. Her titles include Prada & Prejudice, You Wish, Fool Me Twice, and But I Love Him, among others. She's currently living happily ever after in her hometown of Enumclaw, Washington, where she watches too much MTV and stays up too late.
The Long Version:
grew up on a dairy farm, where she was more likely to be seen in mismatched rubber boots than couture high heels. Under duress, she’ll admit that she stepped in some cowpies a time or two, and perhaps fell into some mud puddles. She devoured all kinds of books, though her favorite was any book featuring a horse. Once, she wrote a twenty-page epic about a bubble-gum chewing runaway pony, even though the assignment was only two pages. Despite the obvious, it did not occur to her that she enjoyed writing.
In 2005, she read a book called THE BRIDE’S NECKLACE by Kat Martin, a romance set in regency England. The hero was an earl. His friends were dukes and barons. Mandy fell in love with all of them. She wanted to wear dresses and hang out in ballrooms. Instead, she wrote a novel set in 1815, and began querying agents. She would eventually realize that a writer had to research a novel set in a different time period.
To avoid doing so, she decided to write a contemporary YA novel. Again she queried agents, this time with more luck. In 2006, she signed with a literary agent, and in October, after three years of writing, her first work went out on submission. Rejections poured in. Later that year, her second attempt at publication, PRADA AND PREJUDICE, went out to publishers, who saw potential in the book and continually asked for revisions.
Her second young adult novel with Razorbill books, YOU WISH, released August 5, 2010, and her first novel under a pseudonym (Amanda Grace), called BUT I LOVE HIM, came out May 8, 2011. Her books have appeared in TIME, USA Today, and Entertainment Weekly. They're sold in eight territories and six languages.
Today she juggles a two-book-per-year schedule with agenting at D4EO Literary Agency, where she represents authors of middle-grade and young-adult fiction. She has also written articles which have appeared in DISCOVERY GIRLS magazine and THE WRITER.