Also, 18/34 romance books I’ve read this year have been self-published. So if you’re an indie or self-pubbed author looking to break into traditional publishing with a new project, I’d love to hear from you!
Songs I wish I could just bottle up their essence in romance scenes:
“Shivers” Ed Sheeran
“You Broke Me First” Tate McRae
“Still Falling For You” Ellie Golding
“Forever” Mumford and Sons
“Until I Found You” Stephen Sanchez
“Take Me to Church” Milck
I would love to see diverse rep and marginalized authors play with their comfort tropes. Small towns, enemies to lovers, forced proximity, sports rivals, marriage of convenience. I don’t think tropes are ever overplayed, they just need a great hook and a great sense of craft
I love books that hurt. That are so beautiful but maybe tragic too. Stories with big emotions and deep sense of community. I love stories that give us a ~thing~ our characters hold onto.
“How’s the weather, Parks?”
“Can we play house?”
💕Hi romance writers, since I’m now open to queries for contemp romance, I thought I’d do a separate #mswl for it bc I’d really love to add some amazing college, rivals to lovers, young socialite, big hook books to my list.
Below is my romance vibe w/ examples, songs, and quotes
Emily Forney @EmilyKaitlinnnHi🧍🏽♀️I’m opening to queries soon!
I took a break to dive deep into projects on my list & also read/watch new media I fell for.
I have an updated #mswl for querying authors to look at on my website, but I also wanted a 🧵thread below for anyone thinking we might make a rad team!
This old #mswl still applies as well and it has a brilliant ✨vibe✨
Romantic, steamy adult fantasy romances. Deals of convenience, betrayal, political intrigue, dueling families, rivals to lovers to enemies, immortals w/longstanding wars and deep histories. Ballroom dances that end with a dagger to the throat. Rich world building & magic systems
I’d also love some darker speculative work. Murder, magic, gothic, dark academia, occult conspiracies, races against the clock and morally grey heroes. Across all ages I want the dark and twisted
For the first time, I’m opening up to romance in the adult space, particularly contemporary stories that have a lot of layers, have a great backdrop, and an ensemble cast. I’ll be pretty picky here, but here are a few of my faves from the last year 🤍
✨🤍📖I’m open to queries✨🤍📖
I am so so stoked to open my QM again and this time I have new things on my #mswl! I’m especially in the mood for:
MG & YA heists, competitions, mysteries, and thrillers
Adult fantasy romance
Adult contemporary romance
In younger fiction, I’m looking for whimsy and fun, but also smart humor with twisted takes and thrilling mysteries. As always, I will sing the praises of The Owl House until the end of my days, but I also just love most animation out now and I would love to capture that in MG
Everything we teach people not to do? Do it. Assassins. Heists. Trained thieves. Undercover guards. All of it.
Spies? Start em young. Better yet? Put it in a competition. There are trials? Give them to me. A game to break a curse? Yup. Heists set against a clock? Throw it at me.
Fae. I want all the fae. Fae with massive, expansive, lush worlds. Court intrigue. Royalty. Hot characters doing hot things while also using swords and knives. Fae with romance. Fated mates. Enemies to lovers. Killers sent into other lands. Fae.
Emily Forney @EmilyKaitlinnn✨finger guns✨ Hi there I’ve updated my #mswl and it’s full of chaos, murder, bad choices, smut, and thievery
Have a cool book? I like cool books. Have a rad idea for a series? I’m into that. Wondering how unhinged I am? Look below 😏
There are songs on repeat for me that I would like to bottle up in a scene or if a book got a trailer:
“Vegas” by Doja Cat
“Brother” by Kodaline
“Survivor” Edda Hayes remix
“Power Over Me” by Dermot Kennedy