Jim McCarthy @JimMcCarthy528Hello, friends! Haven’t been here in awhile and probably won’t be popping back in too much for reasons I won’t bore you with. But I wanted to open the year with some #MSWL. I’m always on the lookout!
I’d love to find some wonderful author-illustrators in any space from middle-grade to adult in fiction or nonfiction. Can be for pure graphic novels or more mashed-up, partially illustrated projects! #MSWL
Naomi Davis is BIRTHDAYING and open to select qs @NaomisLitPixOPEN TO ADULT QS. #MSWL - PILES OF Adult fantasy. If you give me familiar creatures (elves, dwarves) make them & their mythology EXPLOSIVELY different from traditional versions. No romance required, but romance (or just heat!) is welcome, too.
Thank you for all the amazing birthday wishes!!! In case you missed it: I am now open to adult queries and have posted an extensive #MSWL here. Would love to hear about your book if you think it's a good fit! Query me!
Hello #amquerying #writingcommunity - I open to submissions in less than 24 hours! Curious what I’m looking for? A full list can be found on the @MetamorphLitAg website or QueryTracker, but here’s a little #mswl to get you started. Can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on!
OPEN TO ADULT QS. #querytip #askagent #MSWL - completed MSs only, follow sub guidelines, be concise and optimistic!
Remember to be excited about your book in your query! Write your Q with all the passion you had when you first dreamed up the story. It will excite me, too!
Naomi Davis is BIRTHDAYING and open to select qs @NaomisLitPixOPEN TO ADULT QS. #MSWL - Adult fantasy w/ COMPLETELY DIFFERENT or thoroughly explored regency structure. Or without recency structure altogether. This is a frequent reason for rejections for my adult fantasy queries, so to expand on this a bit...
#MSWL - I see many queries where recency structure was used but was so generic, shallowly formed, &relied on reader assumptions... it sucked the life out of what was otherwise an enticing story. It lost an opportunity to be MORE. Make me yearn to discover what is DIFFERENT here.
#MSWL (But give characters free will. Dodge chosen one trope. Wring drama out of character's CHOICE to do dangerous, sacrificial things, & dangle alternatives in tantalizing ways. Show them clinging to the right thing deliberately even when all signs point away.)
OPEN TO ADULT QS. #MSWL - I want SFF with adult women in all stages of life. Or men who refuse to compromise themselves for appearances sake. Give me pregnant heroines, menopausal heroines, women late in life GETTING SHIT DONE like they do!
OPEN TO ADULT QS. #MSWL - Adult fantasy with less-often-seen characters in starting role. Give me King's chef, the keymaker, the breadmaker on an explosive, life-altering path. Show me the alien barber, the magical tailor, the captain of a space food truck.
OPEN TO ADULT QS. #MSWL - Adult SFF with rich romantic layering. Give me complexity and stakes laced between both the romance and the fantasy conflict. Show me how magic and love work in tandem. Show me passion across galaxies. Light me on fire.
OPEN TO ADULT QS. #MSWL - Adult Sci Fi that shows other worlds, new forms of life, dark secrets, and technology that inspires both awe and fear. F up my sense of my place in the universe. I LOOOVE tortured antiheroes with a soft spot. No hard military sci fi.
OPEN TO ADULT QS. #MSWL - Adult fantasy with rich culture and fantasy religious/spiritual layering. Show me contrasts between cultures & deeply held beliefs of an unexpected nature. Let the characters be challenged by others. Let them discover gray areas between the differences.
OPEN TO ADULT QS. #MSWL - Wild, different adult fantasy. Vivid worlds I've never imagined. Dramatic politics, high stakes in everything from making tea to blowing up the world. (Or perhaps making tea AS A MEANS TO blow up the world, mwuhuhuhuhuhhhh)
OPEN TO ADULT QS. #MSWL - Queer contemporary romance! Show me all kinds of relationships, all genders. Make me BURN with desire to see the relationship ignite!
(I am queer myself and want to read all the nuance and complexities of queer romance explored without hesitation)
OPEN TO ADULT QS. #MSWL - Adult SFF - The queerer the better! Sci fi or Fantasy with queerness embedded in culture; SFF that fearlessly reps gender/sexuality spectrum. (I am queer myself and want to see ways cultures could deal with queerness differently from our reality)