Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Apr 14

#MSWL Kids deserve female role models who take charge and male role models who are comfortable with that.
#kidlit

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Apr 14

Watching @UnRealLifetime with @BeautyBritches and thinking about how bad I want to read a book like this.

Like The Last One (goodreads.com/book/show/2724…), but maybe YA. #mswl

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Apr 14

#MSWL Reverse the courting in a prince/princess story. Make HER show HIM the world, and make HIM get all prettied up for her! Give the innocence to the prince, and the expertise to the princess. Let his naivety be his appeal, and her worldliness be hers. #kidlit

Rachel Brooks @RachMBrooks · Apr 14

Lastly, while I've detailed things I'm particularly keen to see, like pet cozies, that doesn't mean I won't love your cozy hook that has nothing to do with animals. Maybe you have a fun unique hook I haven't thought of that's not overdone. Query it! #MSWL QueryMe.Online/RachelBrooks

Rachel Brooks @RachMBrooks · Apr 14

The bookshelves need more cozy authors of color. If you're a cozy mystery AOC I'd love to hear from you. Query form--> QueryMe.Online/RachelBrooks #MSWL

Rachel Brooks @RachMBrooks · Apr 14

I love a cozy with humor or snark. Cozies, despite the murder and criminals, are not dark, and I want to feel like I can follow this fun sleuth and their voice for many books to come. #MSWL

Rachel Brooks @RachMBrooks · Apr 14

I want cozies set in the same small small town for the whole series, not ones that travel or move. A big part of cozies is the cast of quirky small town secondary characters (think the Log Lady in Twin Peaks), and I want to see them in each book. #MSWL

Rachel Brooks @RachMBrooks · Apr 14

I want red herrings in cozies as I attempt to figure out whodunnit, BUT once it's revealed who I need to be able to think back & realize clues were pointing me there. Not satisfying as a reader to have it be someone we never met/barely interacted/never would have suspected. #MSWL

Rachel Brooks @RachMBrooks · Apr 14

Strong cozy hook examples with sleuth's job tied to hook --> she runs the pet hotel in Krista Davis’s Paws & Claws series, the library cat bookmobile in Laurie Cass’s Bookmobile series, and the cranberry farm/store in Peg Cochran’s Cranberry Cove series. #MSWL

Rachel Brooks @RachMBrooks · Apr 14

In cozies I'm looking for strong series hook (look at Ellery Adams, Julia Buckley, Laura Bradford, etc.) The protagonist-turned-sleuth has to be tied to the hook with their unique and fun job #MSWL

Rachel Brooks @RachMBrooks · Apr 14

I love cozy pun titles + grabs my attention immediately & clues me into the series hook (if you don't have fun title it's not a deal breaker- can be brainstormed later). Ex: Berry the Hatchet by Peg Cochran, Breach of Crust by Ellery Adams, Murder Most Howl by Krista Davis #MSWL

Rachel Brooks @RachMBrooks · Apr 14

In cozy mysteries, I want to see recent crimes not cold cases. I also want a protagonist-turned sleuth who is active vs. passive. Should be eager to find clues, solve the case, rather than just reacting to things around them. #MSWL

Rachel Brooks @RachMBrooks · Apr 14

While I'm a cat lady & love to see cozy mysteries with sleuths w/ cats, or even better a cat-centered series hook (unique pet-themed businesses like a pet treat bakery, etc) I'm not anti-dog. Cats just win gold, dogs silver. Send me your cute furry friend-themed cozies #MSWL

Rachel Brooks @RachMBrooks · Apr 14

I would love to see cozy mysteries set in a small town in the Pacific Northwest. Like a fictionalized version of Port Townsend, Friday Harbor, etc. #MSWL

Rachel Brooks @RachMBrooks · Apr 14

Incoming thread about my #MSWL when it comes to cozy mysteries, and what I see working when I read published cozies. My @bookendslit query form--> QueryMe.Online/RachelBrooks

P.S. Literary Agency @PSLiterary · Apr 14

"Action-packed sci-fi with powerful characters & motivations. Bonus: A big sprawling world." @kurestinarmada #MSWL psliterary.com/submissions/