Alex Slater @abuckslater · 2w

Nebraska girl DQ'd from soccer game because she was listed as a boy. So her teammates cut their hair in solidarity…

Here the climactic scene of my favorite, unwritten middle grade novel. #MSWL

Alex Slater @abuckslater · 2w

Do you read a lot of Junot Díaz? Jesmyn Ward? If writers like them are your heroes, we will get along. Send me their progeny. #MSWL #YA #MG

Alex Slater @abuckslater · 2w

I'm also looking for the weird, surreal, hilarious literary #YA that blends genres and punches guts. #OwnVoices are 🔑. #MSWL

Alex Slater @abuckslater · 2w

While these excellent #PitMad pitches are scrolling by, thought I'd re-up the old #MSWL ...

Please send me #YA & #MG stories about the immigrant experience. Can be set either in this world or another, but make it authetic. #MSWL

Alex Slater @abuckslater · Apr 13

8-year-old learns to drive on YouTube, heads to McDonald's

#MSWL and what this headline doesn't say is that he brought along his younger sister and obeyed every street sign.

Alex Slater @abuckslater · Mar 27

No one bothered to tell contestants living in the wild that the reality show they were shooting had been canceled…

omg #MSWL forever.

Alex Slater @abuckslater · Mar 21

Got a weird, hard-to-categorize, scary but hopeful, personal yet timely, teen-voiced novel that you don't really know what to do with? #MSWL

Alex Slater @abuckslater · Feb 8

What I wish for? Evidence that youre aware of the conversation already going on. Is your character underpresented in fiction? Send it. #MSWL

Alex Slater @abuckslater · Feb 8

"How about some great comps? Like, 'Atlanta' meets 'Bone Gap' or 'Speak' meets 'Moonlight'? Brave, bold, diverse #YA ...#MSWL...

Alex Slater @abuckslater · Feb 8

"Hmm...I'll also do some dark, literary middle grade...Ooo, is that a retelling? Of the Vanishing Hitchhiker? Throw that on... #MSWL ...

Alex Slater @abuckslater · Feb 8

I love #MSWL . It's like picking ice cream toppings - "I'll take some #YA fantasy based on Pakistani myths...#ownvoices please...

Alex Slater @abuckslater · Jan 30

#MSWL Your YA series based on non-western myths...Your middle grade that feels slightly creepy and your not sure what to call it...Your best

Alex Slater @abuckslater · Jan 24

#MSWL : Spiritual sci-fi, like Arrival or The OA, with diverse characters for young adults. 🙏👊🌀

Alex Slater @abuckslater · Jan 17

Had a great discussion with a new client today. Told her I really admire her trust in her readers. #MSWL : narrative voice with confidence.

Alex Slater @abuckslater · Jan 12

This teenager discovered her doppelgänger in a mall. And then another. And then another. And then another.


Alex Slater @abuckslater · Jan 3

New year, same #MSWL . But I do wish for: more teeth. More ferocity. Higher stakes. Lives in the balance. Unnormal books for unnormal times.

Alex Slater @abuckslater · Dec 2

My #MSWL is #diverse . I'm not here to help. I'm here cuz my liberation is bound to yours. Publishing needs to include all voices. #OwnVoices

Alex Slater @abuckslater · Dec 2

As for #MG I want adventure! I want creepy! I want a spare, measured prose that crackles with insight from an idiosyncratic character. #MSWL

Alex Slater @abuckslater · Dec 2

#MSWL time! Gimme #YA told in new ways. Mix up chronology. Mess with convention, Tarantino-style. A jewelbox click with the final sentence.

My #MSWL also includes Southern Gothic #YA , especially if it involves the Blues or Gospel. Think CARAVAL meets the Rolling Thunder Revue.