High Concept

Heather Howland @HeatherHowland · Aug 1

I’m acquiring upbeat, popular romance in the 60k and 80k ranges, 80k-ish women’s fiction, and psychological thrillers anywhere from 80k-100k. All contemporary. Hook me with your high concept, fun-to-read characters, and fresh, relevant worldview. entangledpublishing.submittable.com/submit/ #MSWL

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · Jul 26

Middle grade! I have like...one MG author on my list right now and he's lonely. Voicey but high-concept would be super. Clever. Magic. Adventure. Mystery. Just no grief/sicklit books for me. #mswl #mg

P.S. Literary Agency @PSLiterary · Jul 14

"Illustrated picture books (by professional illustrators) that are high concept and character-driven or nonfiction-based.” @msmariavicente #MSWL mariavicente.com/representation/

Lauren Spieller @laurenspieller · Jul 6

In YA, I'm craving a high concept contemporary--that means you can pitch in easily b/c it has a HOOK. I love weird jobs, enemies to lovers, unique living situations, and high stakes. #mswl

Victoria Marini @LitAgentMarini · Jun 26

Also #MSWL High-concept YA contemporary or historical with easily digested strong hooks (light or dark). Everything from HEIST SOCIETY to SAVE THE DATE to WE WERE LIARS...

Jhanteigh Kupihea @jhanteigh · Jun 12

Agents of the world! I'm new to my job and I'm thirsty. Send your best commercial fiction subs. Rom coms, horror, horror comedy, high-concept mysteries, YA with diverse characters: I'm here for it all. #mswl

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · May 30

High concept YA/MG fantasy about POCs with gorgeous, literary writing please. #MSWL

Maisie Lawrence @MaisieFrances · Apr 26

It's Adult day for #dvpit and it's my birthday🎈! So here's my birthday #dvpit wish-list: a lesbian detective series, diverse sci-fi (I ❤️ Becky Chambers), diverse historical and I'd love to find a high-concept with a darker side (think Black Mirror in a novel) #MSWL

Bridget Smith @bredalot · Apr 19

In MG & YA, I'm focusing on high-concept contemporary that's sweet, funny, and layered, the kind of book that deals with a couple different kinds of relationship including the MC's feelings about themselves. #MSWL

beth phelan @beth_phelan · Apr 16

Also for YA contemporary realistic: high-concept, epic romances—especially anything with extras like compressed timelines and other ambitious narrative risks. Experiment, innovate! Been on my #MSWL forever. Inclusive and intersectional most of all.

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · Mar 2

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife

Now let's talk contemporaries and what I am drawn to in those so when you see my #MSWL, you'll know.

First off, I need high concept. I am not often drawn to the contemporary that could be my everyday life. I need to escape so even if it is a real world setting, it is not my REAL WORLD.

P.S. Literary Agency @PSLiterary · Feb 26

"Illustrated picture books (by professional illustrators) that are high concept and character-driven or nonfiction-based.” @msmariavicente #MSWL mariavicente.com/representation/

Ali Herring @HerringAli · Feb 21

Would love commercial high concept #MG, written in a literary style, that explores some important emotional competency for the characters (death, loss, catastrophe, violence, race, differences/disability, social justice, growing up, etc) contemp, fantasy, sci-fi, etc. #MSWL

Lauren Spieller @laurenspieller · Feb 7

I'd really love to find a high concept, literary middle grade novel, be it realistic or otherwise. Please, universe? #mswl

Rebecca Strauss @RebeccaLiterary · Jan 25

Plowing through queries & would love more contemporary romance, rom com & SFF! Excited for fun, fresh, high concept projects! #MSWL

Lydia Sharp @lydia_sharp · Jan 12

a basic #mswl tweet for new followers & a refresher for the rest of you
*mainly* I am seeking...
YA fantasy, any sub-genre
YA sci-fi, any sub-genre
YA contemp, anything from fluffy rom-com to dark thrillers
all must have a strong romantic element & a high concept hook

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