Linda Epstein (is Taking A Break)
Rebecca Kuss @reebsthereader...bc yt stories & yt history were all i had. i was 27 the first time i read about a biracial korean girl, written by a korean author (thank you @jennyhan).
i'm 33 & i still haven't seen a biracial, korean, jewish character in YA...
#mswl ffs! If a Jewish biracial person has a YA or MG ms, I don’t care if I’m open to queries or not, SEND IT TO ME. We need more BIPOC Jewish fiction! (FYI I don’t read Holocaust stories though.)
Tiffany Colón @TiffanyJadeCoWhere are all the middle grade stories written and narrated by Latinx writers with fun/sassy/bold voices? Agents, please send!
See below! #mswl Send these to me!
Linda Epstein @LindaEpsteinSomething I want to see in my inbox: a YA romcom set in space; even better if the main character is BIPOC and extra points if it's LGBTQ+ too! Not too sciencey & not fantasy or characters w/superpowers (other than being smarty pants and/or physically fit). #MSWL
And yes, my friends, not to worry, I'm still very much looking for MG & YA books with all types of Jewish rep by ALL types of Jewish people who practice (or don't) all kinds of Judaism. #MSWL
Some middle grade fantasy books I love are @TaherehMafi's Furthermore; @sofipasternack's Anya & the Dragon; @LaurelSnyder's Orphan Island; EVERYTHING ever written by @kellybarnhill; @AdamGidwitz's The Inquisitors Tale. If you have have a MG like any of these? Query me! #MSWL
Linda Epstein @LindaEpsteinI hope people understand that when agents post #MSWL wishes that's not the only kind of projects they represent. You all do know that, right? For example, many of my clients don't write any of the things I'm asking for. That's why I want them!
I want my list to be balanced with PBs, CBs, MGs, YAs. Some serious, some not; some weird & quirky, some chock full of muggles; some lighthearted, some deep & thinky. And there are all the things I don't know I want until I get them. #MSWL
I get a lot of Ashkenazi Conservative/Orthodox submissions, which is FINE but send me #mg & #YA novels with casual Judaism too & w/all kinds of representation like Jewish people of color; Sephardim; Mizrahi; Reconstructionist & reform; non-affiliated or practicing; atheist. #MSWL
I probably don't need to say this, but I will: I want ALL THE QUEER THINGS™️in both #MG and #YA Realistic contemporary, historical, speculative fiction, light fantasy, light scifi, mystery, romance, etc... #MSWL
Is it possible to have a #MG or #YA story about a popular kid where that's ok? I know so many of us book people felt like oddballs as kids, but what about a popular kid who's not a jerk, not getting bullied, not mean? Things HAPPEN to everyone. We all have challenges. #MSWL
I'd love to see a #mg or #YA novel with art & art museums or something historical including artists. Like Girl w/a Pearl Earring for kids or something like that? Something at the British Museum? The Louvre? Wouldn't that be awesome? #MSWL
I've asked for this before, but I'm DYING for a #YA or #MG novel set in the Jewish Ghetto in Shanghai, preferably written by someone who's connected w/that history. It's the only kind of WW2 novel I want to read, tbh. #MSWL
Is it possible for a #mg novel to be both high concept AND literary? If so, I want THAT. Something with a BIG hook but also beautifully written, complex characters, a story that will make me both LOL & weep. #MSWL
Jessica Russak-Hoffman @HoffmanJess@LindaEpstein Staying open to Jewish YA in case I have anything to send you while you're closed?
I'll be closed to all submissions except for two very specific things I've been looking for for years:
1. a queer feminist re-telling of the Book of Esther
2. a MG or YA set in the Shanghai ghetto (Hongkou)
BTW big #MSWL, in case you all don’t already know this, please send me all your #MiddleGrade and #youngadult #JewishKidLit manuscripts! Particularly interested in anything #queer #fantasy #scifi #romcom #mystery
Laurence Tribe @tribelawI was born in Japanese-occupied Shanghai, the only city in the world that would accept Russian Jews like my parents, just three months before Pearl Harbor. My father, who’d become a US citizen, was interned by Japan. I still have the American flag he hid
jem zero @jem_zero@LindaEpstein Clarification question: Are you exclusively considering #OwnVoices Jewish characters? My contemporary fantasy WIP has a disabled/queer main who is Jewish. I am physically disabled & queer like the character, but while I have Jewish family, I am not personally Jewish.
I'm currently open to middle grade and YA submissions. If you think your manuscript fits what I'm looking for, send it. You can go to #MSWL or their website, to see what I'm interested in. I'm not exclusively looking for anything.