Ashley Herring Blake
Agent w/ Rees Literary | Author of books | Up next: HAZEL BLY & THE DEEP BLUE SEA, LBYR 2021 | she/her 💙💖💜| Rep: @rebeccapodos
Julia P. McCarthy @thejumblesAll I want in this hellish timeline is a BIPOC-centered cottagecore YA novel. Give me cozy woods and mushrooms and nettle tea and mysteries and gentle queer romances!
Well, hello, #MSWL
Can I get a queer f/f YA version of WAIT TILL HELEN COMES, where the MC is terrified her girlfriend is in some kind supernatural danger of possession in their small town & dammit, that ghost just longs for her own gal from 200 some years ago. #MSWL
Nita Tyndall @NitaTyndallLook if your comp title is ever “Sarah Waters” that pretty much guarantees I’m going to read it. The LONGING. The PINING. Give me the historical lesbians and meaningful hand touches and “but we shouldn’t”s.
Also, send me a romance that feels like summer from page one, beach or lake setting, or big city summer feels like LA or NYC. YA or adult, esp from marginalized creators. All the complex feels like in BEACH READ & THE KISS QUOTIENT & REAL MEN KNIT. And as always:🏳️🌈 #MSWL
Closing to queries on 6/1 (until 7/1!), so I’m sending out the #MSWL bat signal. I’m LONGING for a realistic MG that hits me w/ ALL THE FEELS reminiscent of Erin Entrada Kelly, Laurel Snyder, Kelly Yang, Kat Yeh, & Brandy Colbert. Fresh & voicey, esp from marginalized creators.
As summer approaches & we have no idea what it will actually look like, I’m craving a DELIGHTFUL YA or adult summer romance in my queries. Voice-driven, ocean/lake/river setting, lots of swoons. #MSWL
Ashley Herring Blake @ashleyhblakeHere’s a #MSWL for you: A YA or ADULT fantasy set in Paris or Prague or Budapest or something uniquely akin, with an MC who most definitely knows she’s badass & powerful & won’t hesitate to tell you exactly where you can stick your hero-complex. In my dreams, she’s ragingly pan.
A contemporary YA/Adult fantasy with your fave anti-hero. #MSWL
Here’s a #MSWL for you: A YA or ADULT fantasy set in Paris or Prague or Budapest or something uniquely akin, with an MC who most definitely knows she’s badass & powerful & won’t hesitate to tell you exactly where you can stick your hero-complex. In my dreams, she’s ragingly pan.
Ashley Herring Blake @ashleyhblakeAlso, really want an adult thriller a lá Lisa Jewell—domestic, atmospheric, side o’kissing, and as always, queer & marginalized creators super welcome. #MSWL
Adult thrilla. Thrill me. #MSWL
Ashley Herring Blake @ashleyhblakeAnd can we talk about sisters? Maybe witchy ones? In a queer & diverse YA novel? In a small town where douche bags get what’s coming to them? Just saying, I’d read it. #MSWL
SISTERS YA. #MSWL
Ashley Herring Blake @ashleyhblakeI’d love to see a cozy magical MG like A SNICKER OF MAGIC or LOVE SUGAR MAGIC in my inbox. Voicey, elegant magic that’s simply part of the contemporary world, definitely from marginalized creators. #MSWL
Cozy magical MG. #MSWL
Ashley Herring Blake @ashleyhblakeMG graphic novels are one of my fave comfort reads. I’d love to see a contemporary graphic novel a là ROLLER GIRL, THE NEW KID, BE PREPARED, in my in box! And, you know, make it queer.🤞🏻🏳️🌈 #MSWL
I want an MG graphic novel from an author/illustrator BAD. #MSWL
Ashley Herring Blake @ashleyhblakeSend me your fresh, voice-driven MG realistic contemporaries! I’m looking for stories—esp from mariginalized creators—that feature unconventional families, first crushes, community & activism, family secrets, girls dealing w/ unwanted body attention, angry girls, enby MCs. #MSWL
All the voice drive MG. #MSWL
Ashley Herring Blake @ashleyhblakeA YA contemporary that fits on the shelf with FOOLISH HEARTS and LOVE FROM A to Z and WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI and ALWAYS NEVER YOURS and WILD BLUE WONDER, but make it queer. 🏳️🌈✨🙏🏻 #MSWL
F/f YA. #MSWL