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Celia McMahon @CeliaMwrites@BookEndsJessica @carrieunderwood @jamerrson I agree! I have been wanting to draft a novel around Blown Away that involves weather controlling sisters on the run for ages now.
James McGowan @jamerrsonI've spent the better part of my week building a case to prove to @BookEndsJessica @BookEndsKim & @AgentJessicaA why @carrieunderwood songs are the perfect #MSWL for Mystery, Suspense & Thriller agents.
Lunchtime at @bookendslit finds @jamerrson & I discussing #MSWL ideas and some plot hooks we would both love to see. Plane crashes & bucket lists lead the chat as well lost in the wilderness stories. For me, these are almost always for an adult audience.
Brent Dragoo @Brent_Dragoo@BookEndsJessica What kinds of crime stories interest you?
I'm most interested in mysteries/thrillers/suspense/domestic suspense/thrillers-- anything with a female protagonist. I'm not usually a fan of the spy thriller or international thriller, although I would love more international suspense/mystery. #askagent #MSWL
Jessica Faust @BookEndsJessicaA hook hooks the reader, sometimes it's a way to distinguish the cover, sometimes it just grabs readers. A family quarantined for seven days together is a great hook SEVEN DAYS OF US. A husband who sells a house while his wife is away is great--OUR HOUSE #MSWL
A mother who, in her will, leaves the stipulation that her daughter must complete a life list before receiving her inheritance--THE LIFE LIST. These are a few examples of big hooks from books I read this year. #MSWL
Jessica Faust @BookEndsJessicaThis is such an industry term though & I'm aware that those new to publishing, author or otherwise, don't always have a grasp of what is meant by that, or how big a hook really needs to be. #amwriting
A hook hooks the reader, sometimes it's a way to distinguish the cover, sometimes it just grabs readers. A family quarantined for seven days together is a great hook SEVEN DAYS OF US. A husband who sells a house while his wife is away is great--OUR HOUSE #MSWL
I will not be able to spend a lot of time in #PitMad, but I am open to queries and hungry. #MSWL: mystery, suspense, thriller, women's fiction, upmarket & literary adult fiction. Query me here: querymanager.com/query/Jessica_…
Danielle Marie @dmsreadwrite@BookEndsJessica You’re so welcome! I’ve got a great little book in the works on this very notion of- what if we didn’t have to be mansplained to.
Ooooh!!! I mansplaining book. I want that! #MSWL
Ken Poirier @theking4mayor@BookEndsJessica If you want the same book but with a different author, that's toeing the line of plagerism. If the information is not gender specific, what is the point of a gender specific author? Do readers care about gender or only the validity of the information?
I think you'll find in any #MSWL nobody wants "the same" book with a different author. We want a book that's as powerful and compelling as the one that touched us, but a different author would write a different book certainly.
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And when you are done with all the books please query me. #mswl
Jessica Faust @BookEndsJessicaAs a woman in business, I read business books & listen to podcasts & seek out those by women. But I’m discouraged that most are still written by white men. Is there a belief that the audience for these books will only read white men?
I’d like to see more books by POC & women that are written for ALL business owners & entrepreneurs. #mswl just because a book is written by a woman why do we target only women in the subject?
Running To Her Dreams @running2dreams@BookEndsJessica Would you consider #ownvoices relating to mental health (#PTSD) and a firsthand very raw/emotionally charged perspective of the event(s) that lead to the “new normal”?
I am looking for upmarket or literary speculative fiction like STATION ELEVEN, but I'm not right for straight fantasy or SFF. #MSWL So yes, I might be right for this, but I would only know if I read the query.
I'll be quite honest, I'm tired of the white, male, straight cop. It isn't that I won't read or consider, I'm just bored and I don't want to be bored. Give me the lesbian mother fighting for her child or the POC cop. Give me more women and give me something I haven't seen #MSWL