Kaye. Mostly Away. @gildedspineMore straight up Muslim rom-coms for couples of all backgrounds and identities. Meet cutes, parents arranged but it actually works out, dramatic scenes in the rain, as close as you can get to a musical dance number on a page! #MuslimSquadWL
Kaye. Mostly Away. @gildedspineMoody, 90s-esque YA with Muslim teens making questionable decisions, having high speed motorcycle chases (most of the men on my Desi side of the family have owned or rode one at some point) and having heady, heavy relationships. #MuslimSquadWL
yes okay please to my inbox you go #mswl
Alison Weiss @alioop7Still thinking about this article. How was this possible? And, more importantly, can I do this, too, without the jail thing?
How an Aspiring ‘It’ Girl Tricked New York’s Party People — and Its Banks buff.ly/2skNRdb
this story is so bizarre and i would be intrigued by a glitzy crossover YA novel about a grifter especially if it’s told in an unconventional way. #mswl
If your work fits the above, just FYI I am open to queries! This and more of my #MSWL can be found at bethphelan.com/wishlist. I’ll also be on HIGH alert at #DVpit for some new stuff. Hope all the #querytip #amquerying followers are listening! Thanks! <3
I want urban fantasy in MG too please! Series potential and big friend groups, family-focused, heartfelt—would love to fight some surprise tears reading a fun, sweeping adventure. #MSWL
For my MG, right now I really want magical adventure! Send me something fantastical and fun, with a great hook, and friendships that shine. Especially if there are any non-human magical characters incorporated in a fresh way. #MSWL
Also for YA contemporary realistic: high-concept, epic romances—especially anything with extras like compressed timelines and other ambitious narrative risks. Experiment, innovate! Been on my #MSWL forever. Inclusive and intersectional most of all.
I love my YA contemporary list and still WANT MORE! Something a little offbeat, surreal, defffffinitely funny. Maybe surrounding a small thing/event that gets blown out of proportion/snowballs... Peculiar communities, histories... Maybe urban legends?? #MSWL
I’m still looking for my fresh take on vampires in YA, whether grounded in this world or else reimagined and renamed in a fantasy one. I’d love to see more unexpected urban fantasy in general too, with characters I’d follow anywhere. #MSWL
beth phelan @beth_phelanGonna drop a few #MSWL tweets as I’ve been going through my queries this weekend (sorry if you’re still waiting on a response—I’m getting there!) and trying to listen to what my gut is craving. I’m focusing on MG and YA, so let’s get started:
I would really love some character-driven YA fantasy that is both dark AND funny. Especially if there is a big eclectic cast and truly unique magic. Voicey characters but still high stakes and a world with details that awe, from city life to wildlife. #MSWL
ICYMI, I’m open to queries! And last night, I requested my first full manuscript from slush at GZLA. These queries have been INCREDIBLE so far. Please keep them coming! For my #MSWL, check out this: bethphelan.com/wishlist
GIMME YOUR YA & MG!
Marietta B Zacker @AgentZackerFor those ready to query GZLA ... working on re-opening submissions. New msg on website TK ... hope to go live by 1/26 at the latest! Adding the amazing @beth_phelan & @LindaRandom led to fabulous discussions (also more back-end work!). Thx for your patience & understanding. pic.twitter.com/cVihluLRzY
VERY EXCITING STUFF HAPPENING BEHIND THE SCENES HERE!
Can hardly wait to open back up to queries. Stay tuned! 👀😎 #mswl
Brooks Sherman @byobrooks@MidwestWriters @andthisjustin @acthomasbooks So, let it be known, at the top of my #mswl is the project @andthisjustin jokingly pitched me: BLACK HARRY POTTER. I *want* this. Badly. 7/7
Except let it be known that I #mswl’d this FIRST!!