Emmy, Purveyor Of Spines
Alexandria Brown @alexandriab_11@emmy_of_spines Oh my gosh, I bet! The literary scene in St. John's is hella underrated! I'm dreaming of the day when a Newfoundland author queries me haha especially with a Newfie romcom. It's something I need in my life and it'll feel like a piece of home!!
10: Feminist and/or queer romcoms, especially non-idealized depictions of polyamory and t4t romance. I don’t have comps for these! The closest I’ve come is the work of Xan West, parts of the TRANSCENDENT anthologies, and the gender diverse pronoun ed. of CAPRICIOUS.
9: Picture book texts and chapter books by authors with experiences underrepresented in publishing. THE MAGNIFICENT MAKERS, GUM GIRL, anything by Julie Flett, DREAMERS, LOVE YOUR BODY.
6: I would love to see immersive and subversive family/community sagas. THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS, BRIDESHEAD REVISITED, WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE, EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED, DO NOT SAY WE HAVE NOTHING.
5: Author-illustrator graphic novels (in all age groups) and picture books. I could make a list a mile long of favourites, but think TEA DRAGONS, THIS ONE SUMMER, BE PREPARED, and anything by the Fan Brothers or Jessie Sima.
4: Manga was biggest growing subgenre in publishing in 2020, and if you have something that evokes this culture but for a Western audience, I’d love to see it. My favourite manga is LAID-BACK CAMP.
2: Slice of life stories with low stakes, bonus points for cottagecore aesthetics, across all genres and age categories. Comps: NOTHING MUCH HAPPENS, the concept of the anthology A QUIET AFTERNOON.
1: High-concept contemporary is what’s making my heart sing right now. I recently read SHINE by Jessica Jung and devoured it. That said, hints at the speculative are always special for me. (Focus on hints.)
emmy, purveyor of spines @emmy_of_spinesWe are now well and officially into 2021! I have been doing a lot of reading and a lot of thinking this year, so I have a new #MSWL thread to share! Buckle up, I worked hard on this one (for real)! #WritingCommunity #AmQuerying 🧵
First: I always prioritize queries from LGBTQ2S+, disabled, chronically ill, and/or BIPOC authors. That applies to ALL my asks below, and I am grateful for all of you who choose to query me.
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