Tobias Literary Agency
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Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife@Quiberonq I read alot of YA as a kid but I am seeing the progression of it get heavier. Like PRINCESS DIARIES, ALANNA: THE FIRST KNIGHT, CROWN DUEL are all YA today but I would say Younger side. And I would love to see diverse younger YA in those same veins.
I will say that if anyone wants to write and deliver the POC Alanna, I would be down for that. #MSWL #YoungYA
🧼 Lauren Spieller 🖐 @laurenspiellerSend me your High Concept Rom Coms!!! I want:
--interesting settings that aren't my house!!!
SEND IT! #MSWL
No send theses to me!!!! #MSWL I will duke it out with Lauren.
Added bonus for quippy voices.
I love diverse voices. So I want to be swept into other cultures. I want to be immersed into new experiences.
We are all human and the universal is in the specifics #MSWL
And finally to wrap all this up, diversity is welcome in all of this. I'm looking to make cool stories with cool people. 😎 #MSWL
Also, while I do love dark fantasy, I would love to see some fantasy that can serve our younger YA readers. Like Tamora Pierce and Sherwood Smith use to. Diverse reads we can give 12-15 set. #MSWL
Lauren [closed to queries in August] @laurenspiellerThis is the most obvious #MSWL ever, but...
I want books like To All The Boys I've Loved Before, in YA and Adult. This means:
--family B plots
Let's do this!
Same TBH #MSWL
#MSWL for picture books. This is the diversity and fun books I NEED more of. @JessieSima can do no wrong and this is my gold standard now for PBs.
Helping Kids Rise @HelpingKidsRiseThank you Denene Millner for this thought-provoking piece about diversity in children's books. .
The typical children’s picture books featuring black characters focus on the degradation and endurance of our people. You can fill nearly half the … ift.tt/2p1si0j pic.twitter.com/jWcKmZCjOD
Part of why I am looking for more diverse characters is because I love seeing worlds and experiences that are not mine own. The commonalities of human experience will transcend for me.
#MSWL I want more #ownvoices and diversity on my list.