MG Genres I’m looking for: fantasy, contemporary, mystery, historical, horror, light/near-future sci-fi
YA: fantasy, contemporary, mystery, historical, horror, light sci-fi, romcom
Adult: light SFF, upmarket, horror, romcom
-eerie & haunting atmospheric horror where the source of the fear reflects something deeper. No gratuitous violence/gore—I want to be creeped out, not grossed out.
-swoony, sharply funny romcoms w/ chemistry that sizzles
-stories that play with form & storytelling
-retelling genre mashups (eg. The Girls at the Kingfisher Club, Warm Bodies, Hadestown)
-stories where food plays a major role
-all the feels (take me on an emotional rollercoaster)
Erica Bauman @Erica_BaumanTo start, at the moment I am only looking for MG, YA, and adult commercial and upmarket fiction. I’ll list the genres for each in the thread below. Unfortunately, I’m not the right person for adult literary fiction or nonfic, and (for now) I’m not actively looking for PBs.
Across the board (MG, YA, and adult), I’m drawn to:
-stories with a strong family element, whether that’s biological or found family
-protagonists who aren’t the best at whatever they do or The Chosen One, but who try really *really* hard, even when they screw up
I plan to reopen to queries 3/1/22, and will post an updated #MSWL of what I'm hoping to find in the weeks ahead.
Truly, thank you to everyone for their kindness and patience. I know that querying is rough, and I appreciate all the writers who entrust me w/ their work.
Erica Bauman @Erica_BaumanBeen thinking over the types of stories I gravitate to, and noticing some common elements.
So, I guess it’s kind of a forever #MSWL? Just a thread of things I love (and love to work on).
I’m reopening to queries soon, so retweeting this #MSWL thread of story elements I love...
There are two types I’m drawn to:
-the soft character who is too pure for this world and must be protected at all costs
-the brittle character who has been through some shit and is desperately trying to hold it together
Micro SF/F stories @MicroSFF"Stay away," the sirens sang, "do not come close!"
Ships still came.
"Is it our voices?" the sirens asked.
They sat silent as a ship came.
"Is it our appearance?" they asked, watching the wreck.
They hid. A ship came searching for them.
"Maybe," they said, "it's not our fault."
Oh hi, #MSWL
This is weirdly specific (blame my subconscious) but I’d love to see a YA where the MC is dealing with the fallout of a parent’s very public arrest as a serial killer, and the true crime aficionados and podcasters who now hound their family. #MSWL