Emmy Nordstrom Higdon
emmy, purveyor of spines @emmy_of_spinesAlright, cats and kittens. We are more than halfway through this year, and maybe 11 PM on a Friday is not the most algorithm-friendly time to drop a new #MSWL for #AmQuerying authors, but I've been working hard on it tonight, so here it is! 🧵
As always: 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.
Relatedly, I would love a book on CTE and traumatic brain injury, contact sports, capitalism, identity, and culture from an expert on the subject and/or a contact sport athlete (I'm looking at you, #DerbyTwitter). #MSWL
#WritingCommunity: When folks wonder what kind of true crime I'm looking for, Killer Inside on Netflix is exactly it. This story weaves together questions about social norms, capitalism, culture, and deviation thoughtfully and with nuance. #MSWL
I was, frankly, horrified to encounter this book on Edelweiss+ this week, yet NYU Press is planning to print 15K of these babies next year. If you are writing the counterpoint to this anti-sex work fake news, I want it ASAP. #MSWL
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.