Emmy Nordstrom Higdon
How’s this for an #MSWL premise: YA romcom. Talented queer girl becomes trainee to be around girls and delay marriage by becoming a star. Right before her debut, she meets the love she’s always dreamed of, and has to choose between becoming a star or living her true dream life.
emmy, purveyor of spines @emmy_of_spines1: I am still, since the beginning of my lit agent career, looking for the perfect YA thriller. I am beginning to think I am doomed never to sign one! Think: I KNOW YOU REMEMBER, by Jennifer Donaldson. This is really the only YA I’m actively seeking right now. The lists...
...for kids are upsetting as all get out. Almost exclusively established authors and IP. I’m sorry, but I hate it.
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
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.
Okay! One more to close out the night, and this one is YA horror. This one I love because it's definitely 1, Welcome to Night Vale vibes, which is completely #MSWL for me. And 2, it makes me LAUGH. My sense of humour is... a little shy... but this book nails it.