Naomi Davis, Literary Agent (they/them/she/her)
Kritika H. Rao (she/her) @KritikaHRaoWoke up and realized I didn't because it's not that kind of epic fantasy, no swords here, and felt a lot better until it hit me this is debut year and panicked for other reasons 🙃
I love VERY DIFFERENT fantasy. The more genre-bending the better. Kritika's books blend epic fantasy (no swords!) with a touch of sci fi, STRONG sense of place, & strong contemporary relevance. If you're wondering what I mean by "very different fantasy" on #MSWL - add this TBR!
Yep, open to queries!
On my #MSWL: adult SFF, MG (particularly fantasy), YA (also particularly fantasy, but I love contemporary too), and PB. I'm looking for exciting new projects and dynamic voices. Surprise the heck outta me.
I open to queries on MONDAY! Here is my current #MSWL.
Adult scifi, fantasy, horror (pref w/speculative elements)
YA Contemporary, scifi, fantasy
I am temporarily CLOSED to adult romance, and PB&MG.
The details (thread):
I would really like an incredibly, joyfully queer sci fi or epic fantasy, please. Like as rainbow and full of gay glee as possible. And fun tech. But also blow stuff up. Also magic. Or aliens.
OR GLEEFUL RAINBOW TECHY MAGIC ALIENS WHO BLOW STUFF UP.
Thinking a little bit about #MSWL tonight! I'm actively seeking Adult SFF. I look for explosively different worlds, intricate politics,new/different presentations of magic,&sci fi that focuses on influence of tech rather than tech itself. Writing quality/originality matters most.
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• 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 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 I am always eager to find new adult fantasy and sci fi projects, but I am extremely selective. Looking for sci fi that changes my entire perception of possibility in the universe. Looking for fantasy that breaks the mold & embraces new magical structures/systems.
OPEN TO ADULT QS. #MSWL - Adult Sci Fi that tricks my perception of the main character in a rich and unexpected environment. Think PLANETFALL by Emma Newman.
#MSWL (But give characters free will. Dodge chosen one trope. Wring drama out of character's CHOICE to do dangerous, sacrificial things, & dangle alternatives in tantalizing ways. Show them clinging to the right thing deliberately even when all signs point away.)
OPEN TO ADULT QS. #MSWL - I want SFF with adult women in all stages of life. Or men who refuse to compromise themselves for appearances sake. Give me pregnant heroines, menopausal heroines, women late in life GETTING SHIT DONE like they do!
OPEN TO ADULT QS. #MSWL - Adult SFF with rich romantic layering. Give me complexity and stakes laced between both the romance and the fantasy conflict. Show me how magic and love work in tandem. Show me passion across galaxies. Light me on fire.
OPEN TO ADULT QS. #MSWL - Adult Sci Fi that shows other worlds, new forms of life, dark secrets, and technology that inspires both awe and fear. F up my sense of my place in the universe. I LOOOVE tortured antiheroes with a soft spot. No hard military sci fi.
OPEN TO ADULT QS. #MSWL - Adult SFF - The queerer the better! Sci fi or Fantasy with queerness embedded in culture; SFF that fearlessly reps gender/sexuality spectrum. (I am queer myself and want to see ways cultures could deal with queerness differently from our reality)
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