Valentina Sainato

Valentina (she/they) is an associate agent at JABberwocky assisting Eddie Schneider. She also handles all merchandise and third-party licensing proposals.

She graduated from Cal Poly SLO with a B.A. in English and has lived in New York City ever since. Outside of their literary interests, Valentina is a dancer of many different styles, a video game lover, and a ~very~ amateur digital artist.

Before joining JABberwocky, Valentina worked as an Events Manager with Barnes & Noble on the Upper West Side, where they hosted a huge variety of author events, book clubs, children’s activities, and more. She has also interned at Foundry Literary + Media, Folio Literary Management, and the Feminist Press at CUNY.

How to Query Me

Please visit my submissions page over on Query Manager: I do not take queries over email or on the phone, so this is the best (and only) way to submit to me.

What I’m Looking For

**Please note I am only looking for horror at this time! I may open to other genres in the future.**

Horror: Horror is my favorite genre to read, and I’m looking for lots of different flavors here. If it’s spooky, eerie, disorienting, thrilling, existential, or even horror-lite, I want to read it. Blends with sci-fi/fantasy are also welcome!

I particularly love stories featuring monsters, witches, and demons, but I really want to see fresh takes on them with unexpected twists. A good ghost story or haunted house will always catch my attention; Carmen Maria Machado’s work is among my all-time favorites. Other horror elements I enjoy: body horror, cults or secret societies, natural phenomena like fungi and flora, and settings that make me feel claustrophobic.

While I tend to gravitate more to supernatural or suspenseful horror over serial killers, I do like self-aware homages to slasher & cult films (like Stephen Graham Jones’ brilliant My Heart is a Chainsaw). Survival horror or horror with thriller elements are also categories that I like but don’t read as often.

Horror media I love: 

  • Books: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado, Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones, Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix, Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall, The Honeys by Ryan La Sala, Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  • Film/tv: Get Out, Scream, Hereditary, The Ring (both the 1998 and the 2002 versions) Midnight Mass, The Haunting of Hill House
  • Other media: video games like Oxenfree and Little Nightmares, the podcast Welcome to Night Vale