Elana Roth Parker
Children’s and YA literary agent, bourbon lover, weekly challah baker, heretic, Trekkie, Ravenclaw, mom. Still not Elena. Illegitimi non carborundum.
Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRothI feel like every single query I read tonight had a car crash and dead people in it. Is everyone okay? Do we need to talk?
So jumping off last night’s tweet…my threshold for suffering is pretty low. I’d love to see less punishing stuff in my inbox. More escapist. Fanciful. Fantastical. Inventive. Romantic. Just loads less…death? MG/YA. #mswl
Diane Magras ⚔🏰🏴 @dianemagrasFor every #mglit author of adventure, fantasy, & sci-fi who is seeing your book left off lists of adults' favorites: Our books are often considered less serious because of our genres—but they're the books that often stay in kids' minds, the books that kids reread. Courage.
I love this thread. It speaks exactly to the kind of books I love and want to work on and why I want to work on them. #MSWL
Michael Bourret @MichaelBourretAdding to this: love, love, love any story that doesn't use violence as a means of conflict resolution.
God, so much this last thing. I keep saying I want high stakes but not high body counts. #MSWL
Michael Bourret @MichaelBourretTime for a 2019 #MSWL. I am very much looking for MG and chapter books. Much as I love YA, I have a lot of it!
Basically...if you decide to query Michael, you should query me too. #MSWL (is that how this works?)
If I were to sign a YA right now, and it's tight, it would have to be really unique. As always...commercial, readable, inventive, aspirational, romantic and/or strong-relationship driven, "knows where it comes from but knows where it's going" type stuff. #mswl
For PBs: author/illustrators only. (I know that stings a little. Sorry?) I like modern art styles, whimsical-with-heart stories, light humor, honest kid emotions, and simple prose. +100 for women and POC author/illustrators. #mswl
For YA, same kind of deal. Strong voice. Strong concept/plot. Escapism, fantasy, sci-fi, speculative, magical realism—all awesome. Not crazy about depressing, issue-heavy books. No horror/thriller for me. #mswl #ya
Middle grade! I have like...one MG author on my list right now and he's lonely. Voicey but high-concept would be super. Clever. Magic. Adventure. Mystery. Just no grief/sicklit books for me. #mswl #mg
Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRothOkee dokee—the time has come to reopen to queries. (Hooray!) Since round numbers are nice, let’s say I’ll reopen on August 1st! Here's some stuff that I'd especially be excited to see in my inbox. #mswl
Picture books from author/illustrators (correct): modern art styles, whimsical-with-heart stories, light humor, and simple prose. Would love books that comp to MAX THE BRAVE, WE FOUND A HAT, and Emma Dodd. +100 for women and POC author/illustrators. #mswl #pb #Illustrator
Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRothOr take a page from Queen: She's a Killer Queen...Dynamite with a laser beam. That kind of princess. #MSWL
Basically, don’t give me European fairy tale princesses. I want the fantasy of being a princess livened up and pushed ahead. #MSWL
Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRothE.g.: I secretly loved JOHN CARTER OF MARS, but give me the book about Princess Dejah. She’s awesome. #MSWL
Or take a page from Queen: She's a Killer Queen...Dynamite with a laser beam. That kind of princess. #MSWL
Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRothA mini #MSWL princess thread: I really do love princess stories, but be INVENTIVE. But go forward, not backward. Maybe some SF princesses?
E.g.: I secretly loved JOHN CARTER OF MARS, but give me the book about Princess Dejah. She’s awesome. #MSWL