Literary Gaygent Naomi Davis (they/them/she/her)
BookEnds Literary Agency
Eternally optimistic Literary Agent at @Bookendslit Genderqueer 🏳️🌈 ND; I laugh & love relentlessly. Repped by the phenomenal @4triciaskinner
I'd like to clarify something about my #MSWL - I'm not open to most YA fantasy right now, but I WILL consider& very much want to see YA fantasy (or any of my other open genres) featuring First Nations, Metis, and Inuit characters, written by First Nations, Metis, & Inuit authors.
#MSWL in all the contemporary YA (or MG) I read, I like to see boys being feminists and practicing healthy relationships and consent. ALWAYS queer-positive. I'd also love to see a #nonfiction proposal talking directly to boys about feminism and consent.
Naomi Davis, literary agent @NaomisLitPixThis makes me want some kind of frantic, trippy sci-fi set in an energy charged city with some kind of spooky, clandestine cat-like creature that kinda just shows up everywhere until the MC realizes it's helping them solve scifi crime from the shadows
I'd tag this with MSWL but it just might be too weird...
... and it would be great if this was also super packed with LGBTQ+ characters too
... oh also if the whole story took place in the course of a night
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I really want an adult ballet contemporary romance or WF. No Swan Lake retellings... I am fatigued on those. LGBTQ+ or neurodiverse welcome and preferred. #MSWL
I want to expand my nonfiction #MSWL!
- Cookbooks: I'm an adventurous cook. My passion lies in the intersection of cooking&history. I've been cooking w/ Little Teochew Cookbook by Eric Low, & in it I find terms and moments of culture to research while the oven is preheating.
Picture books (fiction or NF) that show neurodiversity, disability, LGBTQ+ family structures, diaspora or immigrant experiences
Adult NF: I'm interested in cookbooks that teach me something new about the world
Adult historical fantasy (show me a location or pivotal moment in history I've never seen in SFF)
Contemporary YA (show me how powerful& combustible teenage relationships are)
Middle grade sci fi, contemporary, or fantasy (I'm pretty wide open; nothing is off the table!) #mswl
I am open to multiple genres right now! #MSWL
Adult sci fi (PLEASE send me a shockingly weird and powerful space opera)
Adult fantasy (twisty world politics and shifting loyalties with magic)
Adult romance (something that walks a WF line - the queerer the better, too)
Naomi Davis, literary agent @NaomisLitPix• Fresh, complex aduly fantasy! I do not want to see fae, elves, or other commonly-utilized fantasy creatures. Show me characters realizing their world is way, way bigger (maybe magically?) Than they realized. Bring me intense relationships here. Family drama. FANTASY CLOTHES.
Ignoring the typo... this is always on my wishlist for adult fantasy!!! Also: women with magic of all ages and stages of life, beautiful&interactive fantasy settings, rich cultural influence, and surprising new applications of magic or fantasy elements. #MSWL 1/
Naomi Davis, literary agent @NaomisLitPix• Adult sci fi! I need, like, an EXTREMELY energetic space opera. I want a sensory explosion in space, an enemy so frightening I get nightmares, that I'll come to understand and hopefully empathize with, too. Show me how the characters misunderstood their whole universe.
Would really, really love to see this in my query box! #mswl
#MSWL I am working through queries received January 20th. I would love to see more of a few things in my inbox!
• YA contemporary. Bring me an up-to-date Girl: Interrupted! Combustible, all-consuming friendships, high stakes situations, departure-from-everyday-life stories.
Jessica Alvarez @AgentJessicaA@bookendslit Sigh. No threats, just threads. #EditButtonNeeded
Jumping on this @bookendslit #MSWL pile of awesomeness! I'm still desperate for my contemp YA updated Girl: Interrupted (NOT SFF for this). Mental health, mental health, mental health.
Also seeking MG SFF.
I'd love to see some new adult space opera with #ownvoices elements!
Ronald S. Hall @TheSpecterRises@NaomisLitPix As a literary agent when you look at query letters, i.e. YA query letter, are there keywords that really stand out to you that peaks your interest in potential manuscript? Cheers.
Hi Ronald! I think for me, it's the overall whole package that catches my interest rather than keywords in the query. But of course if I see my #MSWL comp titles or an #ownvoices story it does catch my eye.
Toni Rhodes @rhodestonib@NaomisLitPix Are u looking for kidlit?
Yes, certain genres! MG fantasy and contemp, YA contemp, and picture books with certain themes on my #MSWL
Naomi Davis, literary agent @NaomisLitPixUpdating my #MSWL!
I desperately want YA contemporary. Powerful female friendships fraught w/tension & drama. An updated YA Girl: Interrupted. Show me how a peer catastrophe in high school truly feels like the end of the world. Validate those moments & their impact.
Still REALLY looking for this updated YA Girl: Interrupted sort of story! #MSWL
I am open to select Middle Grade projects - fantasy and contemporary. I want to see really unique characters from backgrounds less-often explored in MG. I definitely want to see LGBTQ+ protags and families, other unexpected family structures, & mental health conversations. #MSWL
#MSWL But I would love adult contemporary romance that challenges the reader to consider race, culture,& religion as characters navigate the relationship. If you think your book will challenge me to look critically at myself and my privileged white perspective, I want to read it.
#MSWL Looking for adult contemp romance: primarily queer or neurodiverse. I really want to focus on queer and/or autistic relationships and show the broad range of experiences that heterocis/neurotypical creators/characters have tons of page space to show already.
Naomi Davis, literary agent @NaomisLitPix#MSWL Some of my favorite adult fantasy and sci fi titles:
THE TETHERED MAGE by Melissa Caruso, PLANETFALL by Emma Newman, PRIEST OF BONES by Peter McLean, THE POPPY WAR by R.F. Kuang, and STORY OF YOUR LIFE/ARRIVAL by Ted Chiang.
#MSWL as you can see by the above list, I love sharp twisty politics, bizarre aliens and worlds, unreliable narrators, vicious political/criminal entities, tightly-woven character narratives that shock me in the end, and frightening, unique manifestations of magic.