NONFICTION. Experts. All about platform. Pop culture. Science. Technology. History. Current events. Self-help (inspirational is tough for me). Memoirs are super tough because most people don’t care about your life, they have their own to live. So it better be wild! #MSWL 🧵
SFF is hard for me because I grew up in it so it’s difficult to feel fresh. Look at who I represent for a feel of my tastes: THE Linda Addison (@nytebird45), Hailey Piper (@HaileyPiperSays), Cynthia Pelayo, etc. #MSWL 🧵
ALL THE WHITE SPACES. Another historical event (alternative). Trans protagonist but it’s not about that, it’s about dudes exploring a place they shouldn’t be. We have isolation, land as an antagonist, and it felt Frankenstein-ish. Going a place you weren’t meant to be. #MSWL 🧵
THE ONLY GOOD INDIANS. You fuck around and find out. I’m a animal lover and this worked for me because numbskulls violate a cultural taboo by killing a deer (think MoH’s “Deer Woman) and then find out. The whole “demon” thing feels played out so a ghost deer was new. #MSWL 🧵
Cultural. LONE WOMEN focuses on little known history, Lone Women venturing off to claim land. I’m a history buff and had no idea this existed so it’s like a whole new world. Why’s it work? Isolation, the unknown, the land itself ready to kill you. Relatable fear. #MSWL 🧵
Jacqui Lipton @Jacqui_LiptonWho wants to jump in next with a #mswl? @LaneHeymont ? (And, authors, remember you can ask any of us questions and feel free to tag any of us you want to answer.)
What am I looking for? Horror, horror, HORROR. Obviously. Also, thriller, suspense, and nonfiction by experts in their fields. So let’s dive in a little more a #MSWL 🧵
Lane Heymont @LaneHeymontWhat am I looking for in NONFICTION? This is harder because I’m a nerd with eclectic tastes. POP SCIENCE, all the sciences. ONLY if you’re an expert. You’re an marketing executive? Cool, but don’t send me a proposal about the moon. You’re a moonologist? Send me a moon playbook!
Oy. Forgot the #mswl
WHITE HORSE? Missing and Murdered Indigenous People Crisis. Awful father disappears his own daughter and no bothers to investigate. Not even her friends or family. The monster? The crisis itself.
Okay, that’s it for horror. Hope it’s help.
Now onto nonfiction!
Sure, there were monsters but only monsters driven by humanity’s own misdeeds. There would be no horror in ALL THE WHITE SPACES without the sins and guilt those explorers brought with them. Even the fact they traveled there showed their dark desires.
I’ve been feeling survival horror in the vein of ALL THE WHITE SPACES. Give me isolation, hauntings, nature vs humanity, cli-fi, upmarket. Think EVENT HORIZON without the sci-fi. IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS is another good one. Also, horror from marginalized voices: #mswl
Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALifeYay for @TheTobiasAgency #mswl day. I rep all things #kidlit and right now I am dying for a Ren Faire book or cosplay book. Passing the baton to @LaneHeymont for his MSWL twitter.com/KellyDHouse/st…