Susan Velazquez
@susanvcolmant
Literary Agent
Publishing professional, Texas native, and Oxford comma supporter. Chingona como mi madre.
34 MSWL

in rom-coms, i really love hijinks. i love fake dating but i love mistaken identity, i love the dancing around declarations of love like in this clip. i want to be like "oh boy oh boy how are these rascals gonna get out of this one"

Susan Velazquez
@susanvcolmant
Literary Agent
Publishing professional, Texas native, and Oxford comma supporter. Chingona como mi madre.
34 MSWL

also a romance trope i find that i really, really hate especially in heterosexual dynamics is the MMC "taking care" of the FMC but it's really just him bossing her around and taking control of her life even if it's doing something ostensibly nice like cleaning their room

Susan Velazquez
@susanvcolmant
Literary Agent
Publishing professional, Texas native, and Oxford comma supporter. Chingona como mi madre.
34 MSWL

i never want a romance to feel like the rom-com parody in how i met your mother where the antagonist is clearly a jerk and you're kind of just checking your watch waiting for the MC to realize that. i need villains to have nuance.

Susan Velazquez
@susanvcolmant
Literary Agent
Publishing professional, Texas native, and Oxford comma supporter. Chingona como mi madre.
34 MSWL

especially for romance, i am super picky about antagonists, if any. i've read 1000s of romance novels. when i see a jerk ex or the romantic false lead is an arrogant ass, i'm like "dump them! block them! take them straight to jail!"

Susan Velazquez
@susanvcolmant
Literary Agent
Publishing professional, Texas native, and Oxford comma supporter. Chingona como mi madre.
34 MSWL

i really *do not* want anything sci-fi this time around. i don't want robots, i don't want aliens, i don't want otherworldly planets. my idea of SF this time is like groundhog day or the seven year slip--it's basically magic.

Susan Velazquez
@susanvcolmant
Literary Agent
Publishing professional, Texas native, and Oxford comma supporter. Chingona como mi madre.
34 MSWL

for examples of things i could do: fleabag, my mad fat diary, you're the worst, i may destroy you, sorry for your loss by jessie ann foley, turtles all the way down by john green. i definitely *do not* want a version of a little life by hanya yanagihara

Susan Velazquez
@susanvcolmant
Literary Agent
Publishing professional, Texas native, and Oxford comma supporter. Chingona como mi madre.
34 MSWL

to clarify, i don't mind characters who are dealing with loss or depression or anxiety, or are coming to terms with something in their past. i just really do not want stories to center around a particular traumatic incident

Susan Velazquez
@susanvcolmant
Literary Agent
Publishing professional, Texas native, and Oxford comma supporter. Chingona como mi madre.
34 MSWL

for this submission round of queries, i really *do not* want anything dealing with abuse/trauma as the focus of the plot. i don't want to read about an abusive relationship, sexual abuse, school shootings, etc. i just don't have the emotional bandwidth right now

Susan Velazquez
@susanvcolmant
Literary Agent
Publishing professional, Texas native, and Oxford comma supporter. Chingona como mi madre.
34 MSWL

i think this is b/c i have watched so many detective/cop shows (castle/law & order:svu/brooklyn 99/the wire/etc) and it's just an area that i prefer in a visual medium vs in novel form. sorry rick castle, i love ur show but i would have hated the nikki heat books

Susan Velazquez
@susanvcolmant
Literary Agent
Publishing professional, Texas native, and Oxford comma supporter. Chingona como mi madre.
34 MSWL

i am just not into anything that features police/special agent/FBI/law enforcement characters especially in modern settings. however i *can* do a historical/magical sherlock holmes style "detective of manners". (con't)

Susan Velazquez
@susanvcolmant
Literary Agent
Publishing professional, Texas native, and Oxford comma supporter. Chingona como mi madre.
34 MSWL

this may be the christian evangelical upbringing still in me but i can't get into angel/seraphim/etc stories. Demons and devils, I'm good with. For whatever reason, I see angel stories and suddenly i'm like "hmmm idk why does but this feels blasphemous"

Susan Velazquez
@susanvcolmant
Literary Agent
Publishing professional, Texas native, and Oxford comma supporter. Chingona como mi madre.
34 MSWL

i don't mind a fantasy set up where there's secretly been a magical world operating alongside ours this whole time but there's a portal of some sort, i just can't do it

Susan Velazquez
@susanvcolmant
Literary Agent
Publishing professional, Texas native, and Oxford comma supporter. Chingona como mi madre.
34 MSWL

i really hate portal fantasies. i'm sorry, i grew up reading a lot of fan fic that had the set up with "and then the tv/book/whatever began to glow and i was suddenly pulled into this fantasy world." i just cant do it anymore :(

Susan Velazquez
@susanvcolmant
Literary Agent
Publishing professional, Texas native, and Oxford comma supporter. Chingona como mi madre.
34 MSWL

i've been open to queries for about 2 weeks for the first time in 2 years (phew) and here's some random things i am noticing about myself to help with my #mswl for #amquerying writers

Focused Artists
@FocusedArtists
Literary Agency
Executive Director at Focused Artists/ Director of Media Rights, Translation Rights Agent, Jr Lit Agent at Context Literary Agency/ Latiné
15 MSWL
Samantha Wekstein
@SWekstein
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @TL_Agency . She/Her, Terp🐢, ENFJ, dog lover. Illustrators: wekstein-illustrators.weebly.com. Pitch to QueryManager.com/SamanthaWekste…
140 MSWL
124 Queries
88 Tips
Focused Artists
@FocusedArtists
Literary Agency
Executive Director at Focused Artists/ Director of Media Rights, Translation Rights Agent, Jr Lit Agent at Context Literary Agency/ Latiné
15 MSWL

Have a nonfiction book proposal on foraging or crafting? Query Kristina! crocheting, beadwork, knitting, foraging etc 🧶 🌱 #mswl

Focused Artists
@FocusedArtists
Literary Agency
Executive Director at Focused Artists/ Director of Media Rights, Translation Rights Agent, Jr Lit Agent at Context Literary Agency/ Latiné
15 MSWL
Thais Afonso
@LitAgent_Thais
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent with Azantian Literary Agency I Currently open to queries from BIPOC authors I She/Her
9 MSWL

Watching the soap with my grandma, and I just want to say, when the Romance: Suspense in my form is entirely informed by how good Latam melodrama is.

#MSWL

Allegra Martschenko
@AllegraMartsch
Literary Agent
Acq editor @UPColorado | SFF Agent @Ladderbirdlit | Cofounder @Pathsinpub | wearer of many hats 🤠 | opinions mine but I can share
19 MSWL
15 AskAgent

when will I get my magical Blue Lock book #mswl