Emmy, Purveyor Of Spines
According to Bookscan data, manga was the #1 category for sales growth in US publishing in 2020, up 43% from 2019. This 100% tracks for me, as I've watched a TONNE of anime this year, and purchased more manga than ever. Books similar to slice of life anime are always on my #MSWL!
I get a tonne of queries for YA novels that feature characters who are in, or have just gotten out of, some kind of interaction with the prison industrial complex (i.e., juvenile detention). I would LOVE to see a book like this written by someone with lived experience. #MSWL
Kayla Ancrum @KaylaAncrumA Cooking show like SALT HEAT ACID FAT that talks about how poor-people staple foods in the US all fit these flavor profiles.
Example: hot dogs perfectly balance salt with the sweet of the bun and every regional topping is an interpretation of heat, fat & acid.
If anyone ever wants to write this book, I am so here for it. #MSWL
✨Bailey Knaub⁷✨ @BaileyKnaubI wish more stories showed platonic love!
✨ Best friends saying “I love you”
✨ Hugging hello & goodbye
✨ Cuddling & sleeping on top of each other
✨ Hand holding
✨ Kisses on cheeks
✨ Casual intimacy like sharing clothes & house keys
More platonic love please! 🥺 #amwriting
Always always here for friendship stories! #MSWL
Dan Sheehan @ItsDanSheehanImagining a reverse Beauty & The Beast where a witch punishes a guy by turning all of his perfectly good household appliances into human beings
Here for it. #MSWL
If you want to query me, FIRST check out my MSWL and Westwood's submission guidelines. I also tweet specific #MSWL asks and #QueryTips! I prioritize submissions from Black and/or BIPOC, non-binary and/or trans, and disabled/chronically ill authors.
5/ About 31% of my list is SFF, but I am at an agency with a fantastic track record in literary fiction. I would love to read more upmarket, contemporary, and lit fic by emerging authors, especially (but not exclusively) living in Canada.
4/ Only 26% of my list is KidLit of ANY kind. I'm super picky about what I take on, but I represent PB, chapter, MG, and YA, and would love to see more voicey, character-driven stories in all of these categories in my inbox in the new year.
3/ Only 11% of my list is non-fiction! Please send me your deep-dive journalism, progressive true crime, essay collections, and science books! Think @esmewang's COLLECTED SCHIZOPHRENIAS or @yourewrongabout.
2/ My primary focus is #OwnVoices stories by Black and/or BIPOC authors, disabled and chronically ill authors, and LGBTQ2S+ authors. I love the #SpineSquad with all my heart, but it is still a majority white group and my goal is for that to change in the future.
1/ 2020 is coming to a close and I am at query inbox zero! I have a small stack of partials and 10 fulls to read and consider. I remain open for queries, but I won't be reading anything new before 2021 at this point. What am I looking for in 2021? GLAD YOU ASKED! 👇 #MSWL