John Cusick


Agent and VP with Folio Literary Management / Folio Jr. Author of GIRL PARTS and CHERRY MONEY BABY. Mostly harmless. Sub guidelines at

New York, NY

Folio Literary Management

John Cusick @johnmcusick · Sep 12

And also YA that's a little quirky in ways comical, fantastical, and/or romantical, like A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE and THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE. #MSWL

John Cusick @johnmcusick · Sep 12

As always, I'd love some heartfelt, tear-jerker MG like THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH and COUNTING BY 7'S #MSWL

John Cusick @johnmcusick · Sep 12

John Cusick @johnmcusick

So before it gets too late, let's do some #MSWL tweets!

Firstly, of course, I'd love some more #ownvoices, and specifically contemporary (rom-coms, perhaps?), like TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE and DUMPLIN' (can never get enough). #MSWL

John Cusick @johnmcusick · May 17

It's #MSWL time! I'm on the hunt for contemporary middle-grade, and middle-grade with speculative or magical realism elements. Sound like your book? Hit me up.

John Cusick @johnmcusick · Apr 19

In all seriousness, if you are working on a YA that has a fresh take on vampires, I am legitimately into that. #MSWL

John Cusick @johnmcusick · 11 Dec 2017

Guys, I want the book that explores the aftermath of the “bullied kid is supported by celebrities after their story goes viral.” Could be YA or MG, from either/or victim and bully’s POV. Watchable got? #mswl

John Cusick @johnmcusick · 30 Oct 2017

Hey #podcast peeps, I'm looking to work with #podcasters who want to develop book projects. Get at me yo. #mswl

John Cusick @johnmcusick · 12 Sep 2017

If you send me the next When You Reach Me you can have my first born. Same goes for Serpent King. #MSWL #MG #YA

John Cusick @johnmcusick · 12 Sep 2017

Absolutely #ownvoices, but looking for stories of ALL kinds from marginalized writers. #MSWL #YA #MG

John Cusick @johnmcusick · 12 Sep 2017

Give me a sense of place, a definite local culture and attitude. Don't see enough stories in Alaska, Florida, Hawaii, Maine. #MSWL #YA #MG

John Cusick @johnmcusick · 12 Sep 2017

Give me a mysterious middle-grade that unfolds like a puzzle box. Think Westing Game meets Nail Gaiman. Westing Gaiman? #MSWL

John Cusick @johnmcusick · 12 Sep 2017


John Cusick @johnmcusick · 12 Sep 2017

Send me the books kids will sneak / steal / borrow in secret. Those personal, dangerous, life-saving stories. #MSWL #YA #MG

John Cusick @johnmcusick · 12 Sep 2017

Said it before, but I'm looking for moments that make me look up and say “Wow, yes. I’ve felt that.” #MSWL #YA #MG

John Cusick @johnmcusick · 12 Sep 2017

In YA, I'm always eager for fantasy and high-concept stories. Give me a world we've never seen before. #MSWL

John Cusick @johnmcusick · 12 Sep 2017

I am on a serious hunt for middle-grade. Fantasy, contemporary, character-driven, action-packed. You name it. #MSWL

John Cusick @johnmcusick · 25 Jul 2017

Had lunch with the brilliant @Tiff_Liao today, who posited a young adult GET OUT. And now I want that so bad I can't see straight. #MSWL

John Cusick @johnmcusick · 18 Jul 2017

#MSWL Academy participants, be prepared to meet my cat, who is very interested in Skype. And my keyboard.