Alyssa Jennette Is Closed To Queries!
I was asked to talk a little bit about that amazing tool, #MSWL, in @SINCnational's Guppy Newsletter, along with a couple other great agents! Check us out on page 9: sincguppies.wildapricot.org/resources/Docu…
Sara Schonfeld @SaraSchonThe pitch: a modern day ghost-hunter, but instead of locating spirits, they're a detective who tracks down exes who have cut off communication.
omg omg omg omg omg this appeals SO much to my little vigilante heart! #MSWL
Hannah Allaman @hallaman13Watched the US gymnastics championships tonight (SIMONE 😍), and it reminded me how much I want a MG or YA (hs or college) sports book. Gymnastics. Swimming. Volleyball. Track. Cheerleading. Etc. As long as it's voicey and character driven, send it my way! #MSWL
One of my favorite books as a preteen was Amber on the Line (by Emily Marshall, part of the Going for Gold series), and Amber was a young gymnast who struggled with balancing school and her team. I would love to see something like that! #MSWL
bigmood ahmadinejad @alexqarbuckleProposal: all high schools should make the jocks and the theatre kids get together and put on a wrestlemania every year
This is a STRONG #MSWL for me. Somebody please write this immediately.
Perseus Greenman @futharkvillage@AlyssaJennette You mean like Stargate? Daniel is a translator.
They gloss over a lot of the things in this article, though, and he is just super-confident and able to translate something that sounds like archaic English super-quickly.
I mean ancient translation--Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Greek, Latin. I've always loved ancient cultures/documents/artifacts. I'd love a book centered around the discovery/emerging solution/process. I'm open to an invented culture, but I'm probably not the one for hard sci-fi. #MSWL
Lindsey Hall @LindseyHall17#MSWL fantasy w/ a translator protag. There's so much power in language-- how they translate for a ruler effects a whole kingdom, eg. I want to see the nuances & consequences of deciding how & what to translate, word play between languages, times when translation falls short
Hello this is QUITE like the #MSWL I tweeted yesterday! Who’s out there writing this???
Alyssa Jennette @AlyssaJennetteThis is like porn to me. Someone, PLEASE write me a novel centered on a translator. #MSWL twitter.com/EmilyRCWilson/…
For the morning crowd--#MSWL! I finished an ARC of MELMOTH recently--the protag is a translator--and adored it, but I'd love a voice and plot that include these kind of thought processes/mystery-solving/decision-making!
Emily Wilson @EmilyRCWilsonWhy and how is translation so hard? Here's a little non-comparative case study to help make the process more visible. 9 words from the very start of the Odyssey, lines 1-2: ὃς μάλα πολλὰ / πλάγχθη, ἐπεὶ Τροίης ἱερὸν πτολίεθρον ἔπερσεν. Syntactically easy.
This is like porn to me. Someone, PLEASE write me a novel centered on a translator. #MSWL
Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan#MSWL!
I’m imagining one of these exorcists getting caught up in some epic political struggle, and the others admonishing, “Don’t be such a drama queen! Our family sticks to lesser demons and dead commoners for a reason! Stop meddling with dead emperors!” twitter.com/philipjboyes/s…
I don't shy away from "issues" in any book, but I'm not interested in plots that are driven entirely by the 'message" that the author is trying to convey. If your plot is determined by the lesson instead of by being a great story unto itself, that really shows. #agentry #MSWL
#MSWL I would REALLY love a well-crafted historical/art mystery for MG (something in the vein of Legends of the Hidden Temple/National Treasure) OR adult audiences (think thorough research, clever hooks). I want the audience to solve along.
Alyssa Jennette @AlyssaJennette(TBH I probably won't want your memoir at all unless it's about reconciling faith+real life, archaeology/art conservation, or being a spy.)
This is still true, both the negatives and the positives. #MSWL
Sarah Guan @Sarah_GuanWhere were the parents of these teen heroines who said
“focus on your college applications”
“no dating until you’re eighteen”
“what’s his GPA?”
“how about this nice boy whose parents we’ve known for decades?”
This! Please, this! #MSWL
Alyssa Jennette @AlyssaJennetteBasically, the point is that found families are amazing, especially those created out of desperation/necessity. Adding bloodlust/different philosophies and moralities about murder and God to that is really compelling! Vampires are cool! Struggling with humanity is universal!
Anyway, Twilight presented a lot of really awesome concepts/characters that I wish we had spent more time with/centered the plot on. Maybe you can be inspired to use that prompt and explore where Meyer chose not to. #MSWL