Ali Herring

Literary Agent

Spencerhill Associates

Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I ๐Ÿ’™ Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Uses โ€˜ya'll.โ€™ Proud Atlantan.

Ali Herring
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I ๐Ÿ’™ Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Uses โ€˜ya'll.โ€™ Proud Atlantan.
164 MSWL
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#MSWL Middle Grade Mystery w/a girl protag! Think THE INHERITANCE GAMES but for middle grade (not that exact concept; Iโ€™m just giving an example of ๐Ÿ”ฅ-high-concept mystery). Fast plotting. Short chapters. Chapter cliff hangers, pls. Commercial but some emotional nuance too pls!

Ali Herring
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I ๐Ÿ’™ Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Uses โ€˜ya'll.โ€™ Proud Atlantan.
164 MSWL
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Ali Herring
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I ๐Ÿ’™ Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Uses โ€˜ya'll.โ€™ Proud Atlantan.
164 MSWL
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Really happy to see my MIDDLE GRADE HORROR list growing with @saskwriter and @Lora013's debuts. I'm always looking for horror across the board from MG to YA to Adult, though not of the gross-out variety, but do give me eerie, tension-filled, scary with heart! #MSWL #MG #horror

Ali Herring
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I ๐Ÿ’™ Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Uses โ€˜ya'll.โ€™ Proud Atlantan.
164 MSWL
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Ali Herring
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I ๐Ÿ’™ Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Uses โ€˜ya'll.โ€™ Proud Atlantan.
164 MSWL
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Janyre Tromp @JanyreTromp

My kids built a fort and named it Fort Skittles ๐Ÿคฃ pic.twitter.com/TULsZy7hno
Replying to @JanyreTromp

Oh thatโ€™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
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I ๐Ÿ’™ Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Uses โ€˜ya'll.โ€™ Proud Atlantan.
164 MSWL
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Lamar Giles @LRGiles

My Hollywood peeps...a question for you? Why canโ€™t we get some Black kids doing light, fun stuff? Going on adventures? Like, whatโ€™s it take? Societal ills need to be addressed. Racism gotta get got. There are still 19 notable slaves yet to get a biopic. I get it.

This is one of my eternal #MSWLโ€™s. Iโ€™d really love some middle grade here. Think Goonies. Think space adventure. Think Indiana Jones. Think Flipped. Think Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys. Maybe a contemporary about a boy gymnast. Something! Anything light & fun with diverse characters.

Ali Herring
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I ๐Ÿ’™ Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Uses โ€˜ya'll.โ€™ Proud Atlantan.
164 MSWL
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Ali Herring
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I ๐Ÿ’™ Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Uses โ€˜ya'll.โ€™ Proud Atlantan.
164 MSWL
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I would REALLY REALLY like a โ€œDumplinโ€ for the middle grade audience. In these formative years, there needs to be a book about accepting/loving yourself, how to handle bullies, positive coping mechs, finding true friends, and just general body positivity. #MSWL

Ali Herring
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I ๐Ÿ’™ Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Uses โ€˜ya'll.โ€™ Proud Atlantan.
164 MSWL
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On the hunt for middle grade and young adult manuscripts that are really joyful and feature characters from marginalized backgrounds. #MSWL

Ali Herring
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I ๐Ÿ’™ Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Uses โ€˜ya'll.โ€™ Proud Atlantan.
164 MSWL
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I want a #MG that gives me Goonies vibes. Slightly irreverent. Lots of humor and sarcasm. BIG almost over-the-top characters, yet still believable. Ensemble. #MSWL

Ali Herring
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I ๐Ÿ’™ Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Uses โ€˜ya'll.โ€™ Proud Atlantan.
164 MSWL
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Ali Herring
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I ๐Ÿ’™ Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Uses โ€˜ya'll.โ€™ Proud Atlantan.
164 MSWL
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#MSWL I love love love love love middle grade. My sweet spot is upper #MG. Send me all the middle grade.

Ali Herring
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I ๐Ÿ’™ Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Uses โ€˜ya'll.โ€™ Proud Atlantan.
164 MSWL
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Horror & horror. All types & ages (mg, ya, adult). Could be super scary. Psychological. Thriller. Mystery. Warm Bodies-esque. Odd Thomas-esque. Any way you slice it. #MSWL

Ali Herring
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I ๐Ÿ’™ Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Uses โ€˜ya'll.โ€™ Proud Atlantan.
164 MSWL
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#MSWL middle grade with a sense of adventure, fantasy, fantastic word building. Super voicey. Something that belongs on a shelf near other Rick Riordan Presents books.

Ali Herring
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I ๐Ÿ’™ Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Uses โ€˜ya'll.โ€™ Proud Atlantan.
164 MSWL
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#MSWL Would love to see some fantasy based on non-western cultures. Adult, YA and MG. I will look at it all but especially like darker elements.

Ali Herring
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I ๐Ÿ’™ Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Uses โ€˜ya'll.โ€™ Proud Atlantan.
164 MSWL
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#AntiMSWL & #MSWL I prefer contemporary over historical romance unless the historical has some REALLY nifty hook, though I dig fantasy in a feudal setting. I donโ€™t rep picture books and rarely chapter books, but Iโ€™m all about middle grade (with upper MG my sweet spot!)

Ali Herring
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I ๐Ÿ’™ Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Uses โ€˜ya'll.โ€™ Proud Atlantan.
164 MSWL
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#MSWL โ€œI donโ€™t think people understand how much kids like horror right now.โ€ Quote from my 13yo son. So send me #YA horror pls. #MG horror is going strong now (head nods at @saskwriter). YA needs to make a big shelfโ€”these kids are growing up. I *think* it could be the next trend.

Ali Herring
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I ๐Ÿ’™ Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Uses โ€˜ya'll.โ€™ Proud Atlantan.
164 MSWL
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I would very much like a middle grade novel about the (unknown) daughter of Hades and Persephone. #MSWL (something humorous like Percy Jackson please, but obvi not set in that same world).

Ali Herring
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I ๐Ÿ’™ Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Uses โ€˜ya'll.โ€™ Proud Atlantan.
164 MSWL
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Ali Herring
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Asst. Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1. Eclectic in life & books. I ๐Ÿ’™ Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Uses โ€˜ya'll.โ€™ Proud Atlantan.
164 MSWL
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I remember this movie that ends with a boy & girl from Earth being dropped off on a planet somewhere in the cosmos to start over/2nd chance, this while I think Earth's being destroyed/punished for our failures. Riff on this w/YA or MG. What happened/happens to these kids #MSWL.