Naomi Davis, Literary Agent (they/them/she/her)
#MSWL Would also really love to see more picture book and YA contemporary stories written by Native American/First Nations, Metis, or Inuit creators. Authors or author/illustrators welcome.
#MSWL In YA contemporary, I think some authors think "I went through something that was wild and powerful but I was a strange/uncool kid so probably no one else experienced something similar."
Not true! Write that! Wring every drop out of it! Put it on the page and query me.
#MSWL queer elements in YA contemporary always a bonus for me, because I am absolutely queer too. Show me teen friendships that influence us for life. Show me connections that fracture in devastating ways.
I am closing to YA Fantasy & Sci Fi. List is full on those for the moment.
Updating 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.
Norma 🇵🇷🇨🇺 @normajeanesaysHappy #MSWL day! If I don’t get a romance/women’s fiction submission about a 30-year-old Latinx woman who’s throwing her quinceañera part 2 (aka the one she never had) and finally gets the boy who got away, I will flip. Think Never Been Kissed meets The Wedding Singer con azucar.
Very interested in #nonfiction books for teens about dealing with mental health issues like anxiety. But with snark and relatable teenage language, the kind that makes teens feel confident in their own perspective and feels less delivered-by-adults. #MSWL
Naomi Davis, literary agent @NaomisLitPixStill really really looking for an updated YA GIRL: INTERRUPTED type story! Powerful, combustible friendships between teen girls, and stories that talk about the weird, emotionally-fraught ups and downs of teen friendships. #MSWL
I am still on the hunt for this project! If you have a book like this, please send it my way! Would love to see some amount of queerness in this story, too. #MSWL
I'm only open to picture books that fit my #MSWL - right now, I want heartwarming pbs that address special needs, LGBTQ+ families, or diaspora experiences.
Also, funny word-play books like THE WONKY DONKEY.
Morgan Al-Moor @MorganAlMoorWhen her sultan husband died, Sultana Shajar al-Durr of Egypt hid the news from his aides, signed the orders in his name, rallied the army, shattered the Seventh Crusade, imprisoned the mightiest monarch in the world—Louis IX—and ransomed him back to France.
#MSWL characters like this FOREVER
Still really really looking for an updated YA GIRL: INTERRUPTED type story! Powerful, combustible friendships between teen girls, and stories that talk about the weird, emotionally-fraught ups and downs of teen friendships. #MSWL
Naomi Davis is thinking about planets @NaomisLitPixIn contemporary YA, I want stories where teens have departed "their usual world" for some reason. Humanitarian trips, visits to ancestral places. Immigration/refugee stories rooted in truth. An updated GIRL: INTERRUPTED style departure from their usual would be amazing. #mswl
Still looking for these too! Really want that updated GIRL: INTERRUPTED for YA readers. Bonus points for LGBTQ+ rep. #MSWL
I am opening to select Non-Fiction queries. Still putting together a #MSWL, but I am particularly interested in LGBTQ+ perspectives in parenting, or funny parenting titles, or funny cookbooks. I will share more later!
I really love moments when someone you respect makes an offhand comment that affirms your deepest wishes for the perceptions people have of you. It means little to them at that moment, but it fuels you for years to come. Build these into YA contemp stories for me plz! #MSWL
Teagan Dawson @TeaganLikesPink@NaomisLitPix I didn't tag it either, so hopefully won't clog up the search.
Hope you find these stories though. I enjoy reading them. :)
Thank you! Me too. I want to see those friendships that just take 100% of you. May or may not end well, but while you're in it, it's all you care about. #MSWL lol
Naomi Davis is reading queries @NaomisLitPixPlease please please send me contemporary YA stories with lesbian and nonbinary main characters! Explosive, powerful relationships, lots of sweet moments in both romances AND friendships. Show me how two teens cling to each other like the other person is their reason for breath.
I forgot to say #MSWL so:
Brit E. B. Hvide @bhvideWHY AM I NOT GETTING ALL THE BOOKS ABOUT LADY KNIGHTS?
#MSWL! Bring me a story that is ALL ABOUT BRIENNE OF TARTH (but in a less-typical-medieval-style fantasy landscape with wildly original fantasy/magical elements)
Naomi Davis loves to sing 🎵🎶🎵🎶 @NaomisLitPixIn all these, I want fearless or fragile female, trans, or NB characters. Teens w/sharp voices, reckless approaches,&teens w/disabilities. Characters who have never been viewed as "the perfect" anything. Outcasts, misfits, beautiful&powerful rises through extreme adversity. #mswl
SUPER PRETTY PLEASE? #MSWL
Naomi Davis loves to sing 🎵🎶🎵🎶 @NaomisLitPixIn contemporary YA, I want stories where teens have departed "their usual world" for some reason. Humanitarian trips, visits to ancestral places. Immigration/refugee stories rooted in truth. An updated GIRL: INTERRUPTED style departure from their usual would be amazing. #mswl