I saw a tweet this weekend that said that agents are “like kids who don’t know what they want to eat” — referring to the fact that, sometimes, even when a writer submits something that seems like it matches our #mswl, we still pass. (1/6)
"I want stories that celebrate neurodiversity, from authors who are themselves neurodivergent, both in fiction and nonfiction, middle grade, young adult, and adult."
Anything comparable to WEDNESDAY, SCREAM, or FEAR STREET #MSWL
I love nonfiction but have very little of it on my list! Let's fix that, eh? I'm looking for high concept projects with a fun, commercial bent supported by your fantastic platform. Teach me something—hobbies, cooking, gardening. I want an adventure! #MSWL
Saint (S.T.) Gibson UPDATES @s_t_gibsonMy new #MSWL is live on my site! Mark your calendars for Valentines Day, when I repoen to #amquerying writers!
So, what am I seeking? This year I'm prioritizing queer specfic, BIPOC voices, and romance novels of all kinds. Let's dive into the specifics!
Boosting the #MSWL tonight!
Romance writers, I want to meet you! Please send me your erotic romances, your historicals, your romcoms, your villain and monster romances, your romantasies!
NOT a fit for:
-Time travel, portals
-Assassins, organized crime
-Animal narrators or talking-animal characters, outside PBs
-Supernatural/fantastical characters other than ghosts, like faeries, vampires, werewolves, elves, dragons, mermaids
NOT a fit for:
-Graphic novels or comics (but I enjoy hybrid/illustrated novels—A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness!)
-Christian religious themes (except for stories about leaving the religion) or parables
-Sci-fi (esp. aliens, space)
Generally NOT a fit for third-person. I’d work on some third-person books (esp. PBs!), but strongly prefer first-person, as I often find it easier to connect with a character’s voice & interiority in first-person.
I have nothing against third-person; this is just my own taste!
I am NOT a fit for:
-Racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, xenophobic, misogynist, or otherwise discriminatory content
-Rhyming picture books (unless the author mainly writes free verse or prose)
-Early readers, chapter books, lower MG
Specific Interests continued (II):
-Gymnastics (BREAK THE FALL by Jennifer Iacopelli)
-Holidays (any holidays, especially underrepresented ones! I’m a huge holiday person. Super excited for 8 DATES AND NIGHTS by Betsy Aldredge)
Specific Interests continued:
-Singers, music, musical theatre
-Pets (cats!!), esp. if the owner was hesitant at first
-Retellings (not necessarily of popular fairytales—love DON’T LOOK BACK by Lilliam Rivera)
-Characters who don’t want kids
Random/specific topics of interest:
-Death/grief, specifically loss of parent or friend
-Endometriosis, adenomyosis, hearing loss, brain tumors, trouble walking/balance disorders
-Fat characters who are *NOT* interested in weight loss
-I'm open to bios; I prefer women, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, and/or otherwise underrepresented subjects (POLIO PIONEER by Linda Elovitz Marshall, NIKI NAKAYMA: A CHEF’S TALE IN 13 BITES by Debbi Michiko Florence)
-Informative with some wit, like Mary Roach for kids