Naomi Davis, Literary Agent (she/they)
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
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/
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.
#MSWL Epic fantasy that asks big picture questions about relevant issues we are facing today, or will face in the near future. W/fully explored settings I've never seen before, women w/unique skills/roles & powerful personalities, and big, high stakes plots.
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!
@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.
Nivia Evans @NiviaEvansI think this is my final one of the day, so... black women writing ADULT fantasy and science fiction. I know y'all are out there. #mswl
Sarah Guan @Sarah_GuanLet’s also have more protagonist moms whose power doesn’t come from a system of patriarchal monarchy, who come to prominence not for whom they married or birthed, but for their independent accomplishments.
Let’s see more heroines whose power isn’t derived from proximity to men.
YES SARAH!!! Life for women and women characters does not start and end with marriage/motherhood. We are women before and after marriage and motherhood, with stories to tell there too. #MSWL esp in SFF.
Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPixMy request for women in power in fiction is NOT AN ASSAULT ON MEN IN POWER. It is simply what I want to see in kidlit, for the sake of raising young people who KNOW women can do anything and know that women, doing stuff, doesn't threaten men or their right to do stuff too.
So, I say again. #MSWL : Women in positions of power. And MEN WHO ARE COMFORTABLE WITH THAT and interact with it in a way that doesn't attempt to re-assign the power back to men on some skewed definition of equality.
TracyMarchini @TracyMarchiniSo, I've been thinking about the number of times that I, as a female agent, get told by a male (unagented) writer that I am doing my job wrong, or "not helping enough", etc. on the internet. The number of "performance reviews" from strangers who are not my boss is incredible.
Thread by the wonderful& articulate @TracyMarchini who puts into words what frustrates us often.
Also, this highlights WHY I ask for what I do on my #MSWL : Women characters in major decision-making positions; male characters comfortable w/that, as role models for kids.