I bought A LADY FOR A DUKE to read on vacation, but couldn't wait so I read it this week and it's SO fun. The dialogue is top notch and the emotional arcs are amazing! Would love to see romance like this in my query box! #mswl
Queerness that isn't solely abt trauma or coming out,
FUNNY books that genuinely make me LOL,
Unexpected setting that influences the plot (& becomes a character itself).
Check out my full wish list (including MG, YA & things I'm NOT a fit for): paigeterlip.com/submissions.ht…
Across the board I'd love to see:
characters w/ disabilities where the disability is NOT a twist or a problem to be solved,
Any genre exploring how legacy & lineage (or lack thereof) impacts a character's current challenges,
Twists that serve the plot not just shock factor,
A VERY specific wish list item, could be any genre (SF/F, horror, contemporary, etc.) but a novel about the Navajo Rangers from a Navajo author (perhaps something along the lines of what was featured in Unsolved Mysteries Volume 3).
Upmarket Fiction that has a dark and/or speculative edge,
bookclub fiction that doesn't center white women,
speculative fiction about the Tsunami spirits in Ishinomaki, focusing on collective healing (the ghost taxis especially usatoday.com/story/news/wor…)
Romance & cozy mysteries centering BIPOC &/or queer casts,
embracing queer identity late in life,
action-adventures that comp to The Lost City,
sunshine-grumpy trope (or grumpy-grumpy, anything w/ a snarky, lovably cranky protag who might be a cinnamon roll underneath it all)
SF/F that appeals to newcomers to the genre as well as hardcore readers,
fresh romantic fantasy,
stories exploring a matrilineal inheritance through a trans POV,
real, burgeoning science & innovative technology taken to the next level
Thrillers with martial arts (esp women in martial arts),
Gothic atmosphere (a la Laura Purcell),
protagonists solving mysteries in careers other than law enforcement,
narratives that explore the dark corners of the human psyche without stereotyping mental illness
Give me your horror that dismantles the gender binary,
stories that are informed by socioeconomic struggles & social stratifications,
sentient plants or natural settings with a sinister undertone (a la Annihilation),
fresh takes on haunted houses
I am officially open to queries!
I've done a big website update to share some new #MSWL items: paigeterlip.com/submissions.ht…
But I'd love to further grow my adult list this year, so including adult MSWL specifics below! #amquerying #amwriting
Letterboxd @letterboxdThe trailer for @FocusFeatures’s Polite Society has just dropped. 👀 pic.twitter.com/JHpSR4FT8X
I want to see this!! And also so many things I love: sisterhood conflict, funny yet thrilling/suspenseful, and girls who do martial arts...definitely #mswl!
TODAY @TODAYshowA pair of international pageant winners are showing love knows no boundaries.
Miss Argentina 2020 Mariana Varela and Miss Puerto Rico 2020 Fabiola Valentin said they got married last month.
📸: @fabiolavalentinpr via Instagram on.today.com/3h0i6TL pic.twitter.com/DF5jUFA7Fp
✨Anything that give me the feeling of Schitt's Creek, The Magicians, Locke & Key, WandaVision, Knives Out, Gilmore Girls, Practical Magic, The Umbrella Academy, Pushing Daisy's, Reservation Dogs, Midnight Mass, The Great British Baking Show, Top Chef, or Haunting of Bly Manor
✨Twisty thrillers that border on horror and delve into the dark depths of the human psyche in new and interesting ways.
✨Give me all the firsts: love, heartbreak, menstruation, sex, loss.
✨Chemistry that can't be denied—even if the that chemistry is initially fueled by hate.
✨Wolves, really anything with wolves where they are not cast as a villain.
✨Old houses and buildings with history and secrets of their own. (Generally, I love stories where the setting is essentially a character.)
✨Herbology, tarot, and crystals.
✨Kids who love to bake and cook.
✨Contemporary fantasy and books that showcase magic in our world.
✨Specifically adult: a fresh take on a crime procedural with a female lead (bucking tropes and stereotypes).
✨Multigenerational storytelling and ancestral magic.
Some things I am currently looking for across age groups:
✨More humor—we could all use more laughter right now, right?!
✨Kids falling in love with the outdoors—camping, urban gardens, farms, really anything to do with nature.
✨ Girls who do martial arts!