Ali Herring (is Closed To Queries)

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Spencerhill Associates

Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I♥️Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Human. Uses ‘ya'll.’ Proud Atlantan.

Ali Herring (is closed to queries)
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I♥️Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Human. Uses ‘ya'll.’ Proud Atlantan.
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Ali Herring (is closed to queries) @HerringAli

#MSWL but in books. PLEASE.

#SFF #fantasy #scifi #POC #black #characters YA AND Adult. twitter.com/sa1ntcake/stat…

Absolutely love creators writing stories that reflect the diversity of the world we live in, but I’d be remiss to say that I wasn’t highly interested in seeing stories like these written by diverse creators themselves. #MSWL

Ali Herring (is closed to queries)
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I♥️Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Human. Uses ‘ya'll.’ Proud Atlantan.
142 MSWL
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11 Queries
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Ali Herring (is closed to queries)
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I♥️Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Human. Uses ‘ya'll.’ Proud Atlantan.
142 MSWL
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#MSWL 4/ Thing is, I don’t ever want to know what is or was real (meaning motivations, intentions) of both the alien and the human, until the very end.

Ali Herring (is closed to queries)
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I♥️Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Human. Uses ‘ya'll.’ Proud Atlantan.
142 MSWL
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#MSWL 3/ And then the alien’s goal is of course human subjugation, whether as a host to the alien or other. Not sure if it ends badly (or at least for a while) or this alien has kind of an Evan Walker, The 5th Wave, moment which changes their plans.

Ali Herring (is closed to queries)
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I♥️Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Human. Uses ‘ya'll.’ Proud Atlantan.
142 MSWL
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#MSWL 2/ There’s no verbal communication. But if they touch, there’s some sort of psychic connection, very unexpected for the alien. I’m thinking written in 2 perspectives, with the alien a bit of an unreliable narrator.

Ali Herring (is closed to queries)
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I♥️Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Human. Uses ‘ya'll.’ Proud Atlantan.
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#MSWL 1/ When I reopen to queries, I would really dig a “host” type SFF. Super atmospheric & BEAUTIFUL in which a human meets an alien life form in the woods/wild & begins a friendship. Almost starting off very Bridge to Terabithia—secret, private, magical ...

Ali Herring (is closed to queries)
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I♥️Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Human. Uses ‘ya'll.’ Proud Atlantan.
142 MSWL
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#MSWL When I reopen, would love an Aladdin-esque or Beasts Made of Night-esque feel to the protagonist, that sort of underdog, street rat, do anything to survive, but heart of gold characters, where the world feels alive too.

Ali Herring (is closed to queries)
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I♥️Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Human. Uses ‘ya'll.’ Proud Atlantan.
142 MSWL
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Ali Herring @HerringAli

Would love a YA contemporary that's a series of letters written to a younger sister (now 15) from a sister who died at 16/17 when girl was a 3-yo. Imagine a serious GOOD LUCK CHARLIE meets THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. Could alternate between letters & new sibling's perspective. #MSWL

The older sister's story'd be told to the younger & of course that would relate & also contrast to younger's life (b/c I don't see her being sick too). Younger sister gets to live her life, but also gets to see her older sister "lived" vibrantly too, as long as she could. #MSWL

Ali Herring (is closed to queries)
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I♥️Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Human. Uses ‘ya'll.’ Proud Atlantan.
142 MSWL
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Would love a YA contemporary that's a series of letters written to a younger sister (now 15) from a sister who died at 16/17 when girl was a 3-yo. Imagine a serious GOOD LUCK CHARLIE meets THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. Could alternate between letters & new sibling's perspective. #MSWL

Ali Herring (is closed to queries)
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I♥️Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Human. Uses ‘ya'll.’ Proud Atlantan.
142 MSWL
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Janyre Tromp @JanyreTromp

My kids built a fort and named it Fort Skittles 🤣 pic.twitter.com/TULsZy7hno
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Oh that’s sooooo cool!!! I call #MSWL. Someone give me an awesome middle grade novel about a group of normal everyday neighborhood kids who go into a forest everyday after school and live out magical lives. Like a happy Bridge to Terabithia.

Ali Herring (is closed to queries)
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I♥️Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Human. Uses ‘ya'll.’ Proud Atlantan.
142 MSWL
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Ali Herring @HerringAli

The “rat invasion” part of this story was pretty scary (not intended to be by the author) but still the thought ... unsettling. nbcnews.com/politics/natio…

Remember MRS. FRISBY & THE RATS OF NIMH? I’m not much for animal protagonists but if you can give me RATS OF NY, entrenched societies, famine, turf wars, kings, democracies, dictators, but a FRISBY w/heart & make it a little scary & 3D world building, I might be in. #MSWL

Ali Herring (is closed to queries)
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I♥️Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Human. Uses ‘ya'll.’ Proud Atlantan.
142 MSWL
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Would love an adult sci-fi, or spec-fi with strong world-building centered on a Latinx culture, but also want it to have a very strong science fiction plot line. Would love Dune vibes. #MSWL

Ali Herring (is closed to queries)
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I♥️Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Human. Uses ‘ya'll.’ Proud Atlantan.
142 MSWL
1 AskAgent
11 Queries
28 Tips
Ali Herring (is closed to queries)
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I♥️Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Human. Uses ‘ya'll.’ Proud Atlantan.
142 MSWL
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11 Queries
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Also give me some contemporary fantasy rooted in myth, lore and legends 1- #MSWL. I also specifically would love a Korean author to send me a YA contemporary fantasy w/the story of Jacheongbi as foundation! 2- #MSWL.

Ali Herring (is closed to queries)
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I♥️Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Human. Uses ‘ya'll.’ Proud Atlantan.
142 MSWL
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Where are my joyful stories featuring #POC characters? Diversity pls! Black, Latinx, Asian, Indian, Native American, etc. This term gets read over a lot in my #MSWL’s. For those who don’t know, POC refers to the term "person of color” & describes any person NOT considered white.

Ali Herring (is closed to queries)
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I♥️Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Human. Uses ‘ya'll.’ Proud Atlantan.
142 MSWL
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Where is my ya contemporary story of a black male gymnast’s rise to glory? #MSWL

Ali Herring (is closed to queries)
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I♥️Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Human. Uses ‘ya'll.’ Proud Atlantan.
142 MSWL
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11 Queries
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#MSWL Looking for very commercial, highly aspirational YA with own-voices, diverse characters, especially contemporary YA, or contemporary fantasy YA. Please put in referral line of Query manager link: "#MSWL: some combo of the above language."

Ali Herring (is closed to queries)
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I♥️Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Human. Uses ‘ya'll.’ Proud Atlantan.
142 MSWL
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If you can comp a YA contemporary to Princess Diaries, I want to see it in my inbox. In referral line, please put #MSWL Princess Diaries.

Ali Herring (is closed to queries)
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I♥️Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Human. Uses ‘ya'll.’ Proud Atlantan.
142 MSWL
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I’d 🖤 a scifi novel about all the aliens who’ve been quietly monitoring us for years who suddenly show up all at the same time when they start getting satellite images back of our planet after it went “quiet” due to coronavirus #MSWL so I want worried mothering alien overlords!

Ali Herring (is closed to queries)
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I♥️Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Human. Uses ‘ya'll.’ Proud Atlantan.
142 MSWL
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Kristine Swartz @KristineESwartz

Why can't we support a woman for president. We expect women to raise a family but not a nation? twitter.com/nytimes/status…

Can I please, #MSWL, have an adult fiction written documentary style (as if memoir maybe, or interview style like SLEEPING GIANTS) where a woman becomes president and overcomes all the crap.