Naomi Davis, Literary Agent
HM_Braverman @HMBraverman@NaomisLitPix Wow that’s a lot of SFF. Is that something you’ve specifically said you’re looking for, and as such is influencing what genre writers sent you, or is that just a current trend in the adult fiction scene?
Yes, a major part of my #MSWL
Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPixIf you have received rejections lately, you absolutely should keep querying. But if this thread made you think "Well there was that one scene..." or "well I did decide to trim that to be like Writer McFamousDude..." GO FIX IT FIRST. Send me something mindblowing. You CAN do this.
And if you read to the end (and don't hate me now), #MSWL Dynamic adult sci fi & fantasy that breaks the mold, vivid settings, powerful stakes, YA #SFF, diversity across race, gender/sexuality, neurodivergence, and mythologies I've never seen before.
Polished per above, please.
It's late on Saturday and I'm thinking about sci fi, fantasy and YA fantasy after reading an epic ton of queries this last week. I'm going to kick your butt a bit here, okay? If you don't want that, scroll on. A thread #MSWL
#amwriting #amediting #amquerying #writetip #SFF
Kai Kiriyama @RaggedyAuthor@NaomisLitPix Like, a live chicken? Is it one of yours? Do you HAVE chickens? CAN I COME SEE THIS MAGICAL BIRD FARM YOU HAVE?
I do indeed have chickens.
Side note: magical bird farm = #MSWL
@wensday95 to me, when we're both reading & discussing manuscripts on the same day:
"Let's just send each other competing paragraphs of women kicking ass allllllllll dayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy"
So... that's pretty much our #MSWL.
Brit E. B. Hvide @bhvide#mswl SFF about mothers or parent figures whose children aren't dead but are still able to go on adventures.
#MSWL - I definitely want more mothers in adult SFF. Also plz show me a pregnant heroine getting stuff IN ORDER (in an explosive fantasy landscape).
Above all: bring me new adult fantasy that redefines what readers associate with fantasy, staying away from the typical fantasy creatures/structures like Tolkien-inspired or vamp/shifter/fae. Give me ever-escalating stakes, stunning fantasy visuals, and new points of view. #MSWL
Now that I have your attention after the Discussion of Cheese: #MSWL! Seeking delicious new adult fantasy, with relationships that melt my heart like a good Camembert cheese. Dialogue that's sharp like Cheddar. Twisty politics that transform the world like melting Halloumi.
BookEnds Literary Agency @bookendslit@Super_Weenie @absolutestartup @BookEndsJessica @jamerrson Can you guys help out @NaomisLitPix @TracyMarchini @inthesestones @SoCalledYALife ??
I'm looking for fun MG in the vein of Raina Telgemeier! #MSWL
Ruoxi Chen @jruoxichenCo-signing. Show me characters falling in love for the fourth time, with all the warts, while quietly and competently figuring out the galactic war/revolution/dystopia. #MSWL twitter.com/lindseyhall17/…
#MSWL - REALLY looking for diverse adult fantasy! Show me worlds inspired by cultures I have not yet explored through fantasy, show me main characters w/ unorthodox fantasy roles who may usually be considered "side" roles, show me older protags & established relationships!
Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPixAs always, just my opinions & other agents may feel differently. But if you're struggling to fit your epic fantasy into a book that appeals to traditional publishing, I hope this helps. #amwriting #amediting #amrevising #amquerying #querytip #writetip #askagent #writerslife #SFF
Oh, and if you're wondering: Yes, I DO want epic fantasy #MSWL but DRAMATICALLY different epic fantasy worlds, non-Tolkien-inspired, diverse characters (race,gender/sexuality,neurodivergent) a must. Show me an epic world I've never imagined before, through eyes I've never used.
Lindsey Hall @LindseyHall17#MSWL mid-age or older protags in a long-term romantic relationship. One that feels lived in, hard-earned, three-dimensional. There are so many uniquely awesome & stressful situations an SFF world— I want to see the ups & downs of getting into them w/ a longtime love by your side
This is also on my #MSWL! I would love to see fantasy with characters already in love, older, and relying on each other while kicking ass and navigating all the challenges of a SFF world. Dynamic dialogue and playful banter please!
Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPixPlease remember: your project may seem to closely fit a #MSWL, but a wishlist is still subjective & can be interpreted in many ways. The execution of the project is ultimately what triggers an offer of representation!
#querytip #amwriting #amediting #amquerying
Friendly reminder! I know it's upsetting to feel feel rejection was unwarranted cuz it matched MSWL. But ultimately, I'm signing an author, not a concept, so writing must have all the right strengths to make the proj really fit my #MSWL. Wishlist + gorgeous execution = offer rep!
2/ & show me characters who must navigate these situations using cunning, courage, & wit. Let these characters come from a unique perspective, bringing unique talents & solutions not yet seen in fantasy. Show me the full potential of fantasy cultures & conflicts. #MSWL
#MSWL - Adult fantasy featuring new & unexpected settings, richly developed worlds, thoroughly explored relationships between different areas of society including race, class, occupation, etc. Give me situations with no easy solution, solutions with consequences... 1/
BookEnds Literary Agency @bookendslit@NaomisLitPix wants to see a South-Asian inspired #Adult #fantasy.
If you send me this, please include #MSWL in the title line of my submissions form so I see it right away!