MARIA @msmariavicente · Jun 1

Silvia Moreno-Garcia @silviamg

Reminder that not all work by POC must be weighty, dramatic books. White authors got to write thousands of fluffy books and cash the checks. We shouldn't be appreciated only when it gets dark and horrible.

I so badly want these “fluffy” YA books by POC and LGBTQ+ writers. As much as I love angst and think “issue books” are super important, I also love ridiculously fun stories that make readers feel good about life (including their identities). #MSWL

MARIA @msmariavicente · Jan 23

Query letter pitches this month have been SPECTACULAR. I have so many stories waiting in my inbox to be read.

Keep sending those 💯 submissions my way, please! #MSWL mariavicente.com/representation

MARIA @msmariavicente · Jan 8

Random things I would love to see more of in submissions: witchcraft; boy bands; crows/ravens; unusual structure/format; nature; female friendship; LGBTQ+ characters; WOC characters; Wes Anderson-inspired stories. #MSWL

MARIA @msmariavicente · Jan 8

And I'm always looking for illustrated picture books by professional illustrators! Definitely send a link to your art portfolio when querying. #MSWL

MARIA @msmariavicente · Jan 8

Topics on my picture book wish list: the Wheel of the Year; cultural traditions/history; tales of mythology and lore; nature-based nonfiction; and ghosts. #MSWL

MARIA @msmariavicente · Jan 8

I'd also love a realistic Middle Grade with a protagonist who has an immigrant parent (or parents). Growing up, I would have really appreciated reading this element in a book. #MSWL

MARIA @msmariavicente · Jan 8

I want to see your Middle Grade novels based on myths and traditions from various cultures. #MSWL

MARIA @msmariavicente · Jan 8

Still looking for a bunch of YA things: a story about female best friends; a macabre fairy tale retelling; a great mystery; a cute gay or lesbian love story. #MSWL

MARIA @msmariavicente · Jan 8

I also love illustrated nonfiction! Any category, really. Have a fun/creative/cool/smart idea? Send me a proposal! #MSWL

MARIA @msmariavicente · 16 Jul 2017

K.T. Stanley @ktstanley2500

@msmariavicente Thanks for hosting this! Top of your wish list for YA? Any special genres? #askagent

Replying to @ktstanley2500

I'd really love some genre fiction in YA. SFF or horror with an unusual premise and diverse characters. Also, LGBTQ+ Contemporary. #MSWL