I have just realized that one of my absolute favorite things in middle grade is suspicious, secret architecture in weird old houses. Secret passage? Yes, please. Hidden staircase? Thank you, ma’am. Mysterious hallway to nothing? I’ll take two. So, you know, #MSWL for that.
Lauren Abramo @LaurenAbramoLast tweet has reminded me of the Note Notebooks I maintained with friends in elementary school that were a sort of shared diary interwoven with ridiculousness (bizarre stories, Weird Qwizzes, general goofiness). The group chat of my youth.
On that note, #MSWL for a sincere but funny middle grade novel about kids facing real world stakes who are also just unapologetically little weirdoes.
👻 nikkee is feeling spookee 🍂 @xonikkeecan we have more about toxic friendships in YA? about how hard it is to walk away from a relationship that might be more intimate than a romantic one? about how toxic friendships can cut you deeper than you could imagine?
Now that I'm thinking about Mercutio, the character who (fortunately briefly) made me want to be an actor, #MSWL for a contemp R&J YA with Mercutio as the protagonist. He's the perfect fictional teen AND uses his dying breath to make a bad pun. What's not to love?
And as always, I'm most eager for underrepresented voices across all categories I represent. By underrepresented voices, I personally mean writers from marginalized communities that are not well represented in publishing, including multiply marginalized writers. #MSWL
But not every book needs a romantic interest of any kind. Romance isn't something everyone has/wants. I love friendship stories. I love found family stories. Have a book that understands that friendship is as fraught and rewarding as any other relationship? Please query me. #MSWL
Speaking of romance, we need more romance that doesn't glorify persistence. Give me heroes who take no for an answer. Give me active affirmative consent. My favorite tropes are enemies-to-lovers and what I like to think of as "whoops I'm in love with my BFF." #MSWL
I badly want your contemporary adult romance with heroes and/or heroines who are from marginalized communities. I know traditional romance publishing has not always been welcoming, and I respect authors who prefer to self-publish, but if you want to try, I want to try. #MSWL
Do you have a novel or reported nonfiction on the things I can't stop thinking about, like Morgellons, the Tamam Shud case, the Voynich manuscript, Hinterkaifeck, and the Sodder children? Gimme. ESPECIALLY if it's a novel inspired by Jestyn. Please. #MSWL
Lauren Abramo @LaurenAbramoI've (finally!) updated my #MSWL page. #amquerying writers, please stop on by to see what I'm looking for! manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/laur…
My #MSWL includes, among other things: MG/YA fiction & adult fic/NF by authors who are: trans and/or non-binary or otherwise not cis, disabled and/or #actuallyautistic, and/or Indigenous. Including any intersections thereof, & whether or not the work focuses on identity.
rachel syme @rachsymei used to be super hung up on the concept of "great literature" and now i'm like: just write something people want to read on a balcony on vacation and if they have a dinner they just might cancel it to keep reading that thing, and they can finish in a weekend
Lauren Abramo @LaurenAbramoAnd in honor of #MSWL day, I have to revisit this confession: twitter.com/LaurenAbramo/s…
Lauren Abramo @LaurenAbramoWould love more voice-driven intersectional nonfiction on contemporary society (think Rabia Chaudry, Ijeoma Oluo, or Dylan Marron). #MSWL
Lauren Abramo @LaurenAbramoA feminist psychological thriller in YA or adult that makes me wary of everyone I know. #MSWL
Would love more voice-driven intersectional nonfiction on contemporary society (think Rabia Chaudry, Ijeoma Oluo, or Dylan Marron). #MSWL
Lauren Abramo @LaurenAbramo#ownvoices stories with Muslim protagonists and/or novels by Muslim authors. #MSWL
A feminist psychological thriller in YA or adult that makes me wary of everyone I know. #MSWL