Literary agent at the Kate Nash Literary Agency. Bookish chat and moaning, mostly. Graceless in the face of free food. Often forgets what goes on in DMs.
Seeing a lot of 'timely' manuscripts (read 'dystopian') in our submissions inbox when all I want is ESCAPISM.
I want your fluffy romances, the book equivalent of a Bollywood film, feel-good cosy stuff with a great hook that make you WANT to stay in.
So, what I want is:
- A strong voice and clear concept that grabs you immediately
- Straightforward language
- Age appropriate story
If this is you and you are writing funny, magical, adventure or detective MG stories pleeease send in!
I've been trawling our subs inbox for great middle grade. I thought I'd share some observations:
- Firstly, we don't get sent enough of it!
- Seeing a lot eco themes, historical, & animal protagonists - Not enough contemporary
- A lot of Upper MG, not enough Lower
Getting some traction for an old #mswl tweet so thought I should update with what I am actively looking for RIGHT NOW: Crime and psychological thrillers with a very, very, very clear hook, and wonderful MG - warm, funny, contemporary, magical - anything with a great voice!
BBC One @BBCOneWhere is Elizabeth?
#ElizabethIsMissing, adapted from Emma Healey's best-selling novel, is coming to @BBCOne & @BBCiPlayer on Sunday 8th December at 9pm. pic.twitter.com/jPJh1TuEeu
Gosh, watching this trailer made me remember how much I love this book.
Authors, if anyone is working on a timeslip mystery or something for fans of ELIZABETH IS MISSING in general, please do send in.
Recently started listening to Lucinda Riley's Seven Sisters series in audio, so am naturally updating my #MSWL to ask for big, emotional, multigenerational, historical/dual timeline stories with a strong thread of history/art/astrology or similar:
So... right NOW would be a good time to send me contemporary YA. I'm prowling the submissions inbox for a strong voice and interesting relationships. katenashlit.co.uk/submissions/
(SFF - I see you, I love you, I respect you, but I am not looking for you at the mo) #mswl #amquerying
The Bookseller @thebooksellerCrowded market, poor retailing and "worthy books" behind fall in YA sales: bit.ly/2MRQ3mh (£) pic.twitter.com/BclXP14Yte
Right, (like a lot of other people) I've finished reading The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (🤯) and I'm adding high-concept novels to my submissions wishlist!
Subs guidelines: katenashlit.co.uk/submissions/
#askagent #literaryagent #MSWL #amquerying #amwriting
KA Whitfield @Whit_Writes@katenashagent @LinaLanglee #AskAgent Do you have a MSWL?
Wishlists are tricky because they are always changing BUT, I would definitely like to sign some ‘uplit’, a good crime procedural series and a bunch of YA. And I would love to see more diversity in all the aforementioned categories! #AskAgent
Oh, it is difficult to say what you are NOT looking for because you sometimes surprise yourself (or rather, a great submission surprises you)! Things I'm looking for at the moment includes 'uplit', great police procedural and contemporary issue-driven YA. #AskAgent