Natascha Morris

@SoCalledYALife

Literary Agent at BookEnds, representing kidlit. Literary Mentor at Media Mentors. Query me at QueryMe.Online/1067 Closed to YA Scifi and MG Scifi.

#YearofNatascha

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Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · May 21

8. Book hangover. Something I haven't seen.

I have been reading in YA since I was a kid so I want to new takes on things. But I also want in on that secret of no-sleep because I stayed up too late reading a submission. #MSWL

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · May 21

6. I want a book that challenges the patriarchy or even the authority. Books like SUGGESTED READING by Dave Connis or THE BIRDS, THE BEES, AND YOU AND ME by Olivia Hinebaugh. Books about kids seeing how stupid adults & the rules are and they find ways to fight back. #MSWL #YA #MG

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · May 21

2. College set YA. But make it hella YA themes. Because sometimes the most quintessential YA themes are of finding your place in the world are actually found as a freshman in that first semester. Also, community bathrooms are SCARY. #MSWL

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · May 15

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

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · May 15

I wonder if there is a way to do a YA Nonfiction True Crime book. #MSWL Not sure what it would look like but it would be interesting. This is different than my fiction request for murder mysteries.

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · May 15

Dr. Uwe Stender @UweStenderPhD

College YA is another area that has been brought up in my informal polling, @ReadWriteandMe also mentioned it. I wish that publishers were more open to it, but if you send me a great one, we may make it happen saleswise. My next #MSWL: College YA.

Seconded! As someone who grew up with the same kids from kindergarten to 12th, college was the first time I was with new people, and allowed to reinvent myself (as it were) but it was also the first time I was out on my own. There are alot of rich YA themes in this setting. #MSWL

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · May 15

#MSWL YA book like TRULY DEVIOUS. I love true crime and I think there are alot of teens who do too so I would love to see more YAs that involve teens obsessed with solving mysteries.

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · Apr 30

And now I am reminded of my love MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING and I want that but in a YA. #MSWL

OMG someone for the love of all give me this. ANY CULTURAL. But this beautiful and humorous.

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · Apr 30

I want a fluffy rom-com, and I want it to feel like Taylor Swift's cotton-candy ME. Give me feels and squees and chemistry and happiness. #MSWL #YA

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · Apr 30

I love Kate Morton. I love the big reveal. I love the family dynamics. My favorite is THE DISTANT HOURS. Would love to find a YA that is like #MSWL

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · Apr 30

In the spirit of @jamerrson doing an MSWL, I'm going to chime with one, too!

I am really into the song BURY A FRIEND and would love a YA that has that atmospheric, psychological feeling in contemporary #MSWL

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · Apr 28

During dinner, I wondered if anyone had Ren Faire hook-ups, and now I am like, dude, I want to get a part time job at the Ren Faire just to learn the gossip of who is hooking up with who. AND also #MSWL #YA.

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · Apr 24

And as always, I want welcome all of these in diverse voices, by diverse creators. #MSWL #MG #YA

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · Apr 24

In Graphic Novels, these are the same topics I'd love to see covered #MSWL #MG #YA

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · Apr 24

I love historical fiction, but I am picky. Because I want to see a historical voice. I love Ruta Sepetys for this reason. Give me histories I have never seen, give me view points never known. Immerse me in the setting, and culture. #MSWL #YA #MG

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · Apr 24

What I am looking for here is fantasy that is high concept, but beautifully written. All these authors I read in 1 sitting, ignoring everything. I want a fantasy where I ignore the world. Make it stand out and feel like I have never seen these elements before. #MSWL #YA #MG

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · Apr 24

Speaking of Sabaa, I want cinematic fantasy. What do I mean by that? High concept, sweeping, almost grand like a movie in your head. Sabaa does this wonderfully, but so does Marie Rutkoski, Sarah J. Maas, Tahereh Mafi, Laini Taylor. #MSWL #YA #MG

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · Apr 24

I also want a beautifully written, yet character driven friendship book. I'm fascinated by the dynamics of friendships. Great examples of the writing I want here are Kit Frick, Courtney Summers, Sabaa Tahir. These authors swept me away. #MSWL #YA