Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
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55 Queries
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Along with LGBTQ+ historical, I'm SUPER on the hunt for more MG in 2021. This is definitely going to be making up a lot of my list =] #MSWL

Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
243 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
344 Tips
Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
243 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
344 Tips

Watching Vampires vs. the Bronx and someone PLEASE send me a Haitian vampire book. You've no idea how badly I need this #mswl

Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
243 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
344 Tips

I've noticed some things I always fall for:

Wine shops/wineries
Swamps
HIlariously awkward gay boys
Historical where they brush fingers and is a MOOD
MG where girls like ghosts and frogs and deep convos
Flying ships
Nerdy yet awe-inspiring talents
ANGST

#amquerying #querytip

Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
243 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
344 Tips

Fave books in last year? (And so many more still on TBR list lmao)

Cemetery Boys
The Thing About Jellyfish
The Prince & the Dressmaker
Aru Shah Series
Henna Wars

#amagenting #querytip #amquerying

Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
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55 Queries
344 Tips

Still here for witches. Please & thanks.

Especially modern witches. Crystals. Herbs hanging from kitchen ceiling and running a clinic in town with remedies that don't poison you with chemicals.
Maybe solving a murder or two along the way 😉
#amagenting #querytip #amquerying

Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
243 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
344 Tips

I would LOVE an LGBTQ+ rom com where they just ARE. They love, they fight, they live.

Give me POC who don't have to justify themselves constantly. They can have their own plot and action and agency and not answer to others.
#amagenting #amquerying #querytip

Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
243 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
344 Tips

Tropes I see too much of:

Waking up with powers. Love interest next door. Evil stepmother/aunt/uncle angle. Romeo/Juliet love conflict from white/cis view.

No Greek myth stories unless SUPER twisting it into something new
#amagenting #querytip #amquerying

Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
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But with the dos, there are also don'ts.

I'm not huge for sexual/physical/drug abuse or assault. I'm not usually one for suicidal ideation in stories. Might be a great story, but might not be for me
#amagenting #querytip #amquerying

Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
243 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
344 Tips

I REALLY love LGBTQ+ historical or MG first crushes kind of vibe. Always looking to build my list and want more Ace, Trans, and Nonbinary voices
#amquerying #amagenting #querytip

Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
243 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
344 Tips

Paranormal? Give me non-US creatures/legends. I love mermaids, but creepy/dark over Disney. I'm not a huge werewolf fan, and I'm only looking at vamps at the moment if they're unique or an awesome POC perspective. Nothing even remotely Twilight, please!
#querytip #amquerying

Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
243 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
344 Tips

In general, I'm drawn to strong voice and characters we can get deep within. Distant writing makes it hard for me to connect, so I'm probably not the best agent for those.

Give me nuanced villains, realistic conflicts, & new perspectives
#querytip #amquerying #amagenting

Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
243 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
344 Tips

In Adult, my main focus will be historical, contemporary romance, and select fantasy/paranormal. Adult is a harder sell for me, so it HAS to really be unique, new, and with strong voice/conflict
#amagenting #querytip #amquerying

Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
243 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
344 Tips

I prefer MG to be a bit more mature. If it’s under 30k, it most likely too short for me or doesn’t have enough build to grab me. I like things to be really fleshed out, to fall into the world and wish to stay
#querytip #amquerying #amagenting

Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
243 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
344 Tips
Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
243 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
344 Tips
Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
243 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
344 Tips
Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
243 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
344 Tips