John Cusick, Agent and VP of Folio Literary Management

John M. Cusick is a Senior Vice President and literary agent with Folio Jr. / Folio Literary Management, representing a diverse list of New York Times bestsellers and award winners including Julie Murphy, Joan He, Laura Sebastian, Christian McKay Heidicker, and Abdi Nazemian. He represents fiction for kids, teens, and adults, and is also the author of the YA novels GIRL PARTS and CHERRY MONEY BABY (Candlewick Press), as well as the middle-grade duology DIMENSION WHY: How to Save the Universe Without Really Trying (HarperCollins). You can find him online at

Send the books kids will sneak/steal/borrow in secret. Those personal, dangerous, life-saving stories. Genres: Children’s, Middle Grade, Picture Books, YA, author-illustrators. No adult works.

Meet with John

Meet face-to-face, from home. Choose Zoom, Google Meet, or phone, and speak for the appointed time about your query, first page, and/or first ten pages (for longer meetings). Does not include written notes, but is a chance to have an honest discussion about your work, and to ask follow-up questions. International meetings welcomed.

Book A Written Critique

Receive insightful notes on your pages–direct to your email. No need to schedule a time to be at a computer, or even deal with technology–all you have to do is keep yourself from hitting refresh. Your critique will arrive within 24 hours of the date selected on the calendar.