Beth Phelan (closed To Unsolicited Queries)
if anyone has a MG or YA with a PROTAGONIST who has ADHD, i'd love to see it. in particular, a type that isn't the more commonly associated hyperactive but features the inattentiveness, procrastination, disorganized thoughts, etc. would be open to realistic or fantasy #MSWL
Eric Smith @ericsmithrocksGoodness do I want to get more college YA in my query box. #MSWL
Also American Panda by @gloriacchao is such a perfect book, just thinking about it makes me happy. twitter.com/missdahlelama/…
Don’t send it to Eric just send to me #mswl
J/k you should totally send it to Eric but just you know send to me too okay?
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
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!