What we're NOT a fit for:
-Generally, we're not right for talking animals outside of PBs
-Heavily religious, preaching texts and parables
Thanks, everyone! We're excited to read your stories!
MG/YA: Fantasy is another first love! Everything from contemporary fantasy to high fantasy & epic fantasy. I LOVE unique world-building!
I'd also like lighter, even funny fantasy where the stakes aren't about saving the world, but adventure & characters. More Hobbit than LOTR.
YA: I'd love more light, funny YA featuring diverse characters, including rom-coms. (Note though that a rom-com would need deeper threads, more to the plot than romance.) We'd also love more on the edges of YA--younger characters just entering HS, or older ones starting college.
I also love paranormal elements like monsters and ghosts. And anything witchy! I love characters fighting their own "inner demons” too! I'm selectively open to elements like vampires.
Any atmospheric setting--e.g. an eerie seaside town might be cool!
I also LOVE horror in general! Horror with social commentary & twists on common tropes, like EAT YOUR HEART OUT & WHAT WE HARVEST. Atmospheric--all the dark, creepy vibes (strange small towns & dark forests never get old for me!). Beautiful literary writing is always a plus.
MG: I'm VERY open here, from contemporary to any genre you could think of, and the whole range from lower MG to upper! From light, funny, and whimsical, to darker and more serious. I'd also love an MG mystery or horror!
-The ocean (I love dolphins & beluga whales!)
-Climate change, recycling, etc.
-The outdoors (e.g. camping/hiking)
-Sharing experiences of kids from nonwhite/non-Western cultures and backgrounds
-Tackling serious topics like grief for young readers
I'm interested in a wide range of fiction & would love to add more nonfiction to my list. I prefer NF to be accessible & conversational (in the vein of Mary Roach for kids), & often like nonfiction lessons packaged in a fun fictional story (like my client @Stef_Wade's books!).
MG: This is the area I'd most like to expand!
YA: My first love! I'm always looking for YA that stands out.
Select adult SFF & horror.
Always open to author-illustrators & graphic novels. Plus @DanieleDHunter & I LOVE novels-in-verse! We tend toward lyrical writing generally.
PB: I'm looking for PB much more sparingly than before, as my list is very full in this area. I'm not looking for rhyming PB.
Chapter books/early readers: Not looking for new authors here, I already have amazing clients writing these!
ChristAHH HeschkEEK! @ChristaHeschkeJust wanted to share some #MSWL updates as we're heading into the end of the year!
First and foremost, across all categories & genres, @DanieleDHunter and I are looking to uplift BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, neurodiverse, and disabled/chronically ill experiences (though we would not force an author to publicly share their identity if they aren't comfortable doing so).
Christa Heschke @ChristaHeschkeI need some cinnamon rolls in my life. Ooey gooey, sweet, happy goodness.
Wouldn't mind a cinnamon roll BF while I'm on the topic...😅 pic.twitter.com/encGUrXCKa
So I suppose this could be a #MSWL of sorts 🤷🏼♀️
Also, how is there not a cinnamon roll emoji?
Christa Heschke @ChristaHeschkeI just watched #MyOctopusTeacher on @netflix and it was incredibly moving and amazing. What increidble creatures. Bring the tissues! 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/SSPEs9NJbZ
I should probably add that I would really love to see all the heartwarming animal stories right now. All of them. #MSWL
Julia P. McCarthy @thejumblesI cannot believe that I am one day away from watching @LovecraftHBO . So I‘m gonna channel this energy and The Secret some stuff into the Universe: Please send all supernatural horror YA that centralizes PoC and examines racism and intersectional feminism via monsters thx!! #MSWL
Elizabeth Lee @EleeReadsI'm binge-watching #Outerbanks this week, and would LOVE LOVE LOVE a YA mystery / adventure featuring a diverse group of friends and of course, heaps of romance. #mswl pic.twitter.com/cNFaebNdKu
I second this! #MSWL
Emily Settle ☕️ 📚 @EmiCalico#MSWL Would love to see some YA high fantasy that's not super complex / end-of-the-world serious.
Gimme a queer rom-com between a blacksmith and an adventurer who keeps breaking their equipment or something, idk. Surprise me!
Something that gives me those silly D&D vibes 😉❤️
This 👇As much as I love dark fantasy with high stakes, I'd love some lighter, even funny fantasy! #MSWL
🦇🎃👻Christa Heschke🕸🧛♀️🧟♀️ @ChristaHeschkeI'm craving all the YA and MG horror! I like twisty, creepy, eerie, strange small towns, ghosts, secrets, MC's that may be a bit on the evil side (or morally grey), and something that keeps me up at night while feeling fresh.
I grew up reading Fear Street, some Stephen King etc. and watching all the scary movies so horror is always high on my #MSWL