John Cusick


Agent and VP with Folio Literary Management / Folio Jr. Author of GIRL PARTS, CHERRY MONEY BABY, and DIMENSION WHY. He / him 🌈 Sub guidelines at

New York, NY

Folio Literary Management

John Cusick @johnmcusick · Feb 25

Okay #writer and #amquerying friends, I'm dying for some new #adult #horror-- could be speculative, realistic, paranormal, what have you. I'm particularly keen to see #horror that explores important contemporary issues, a la Get Out. You've got it, I wanna read it. #MSWL

John Cusick @johnmcusick · Jan 28

So, if you are an author of quirky, adventurous, challenging and bold sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, please be in touch. And if you are an author who isn’t quite sure whether your work is for the YA or adult market, query me and we’ll figure it out.

John Cusick @johnmcusick · Jan 28

I’m particularly eager to find voices from historically underrepresented perspectives in adult SF/F and horror, and as a queer man, I am especially drawn to LGBTQIA+ and feminist perspectives for those genres as well. #MSWL

John Cusick @johnmcusick · Jan 28

John Cusick @johnmcusick

I am so excited to announce that I am now representing adult and crossover sci-fi, fantasy, and horror! MG & YA will continue to be a large part of my list (and I'm always looking for more!), but now I'm also actively pursuing and selling genre projects in the adult space.

So what am I looking for? I want explosive, colorful, funny, bizarre, exciting stories that examine technology, identity, and human relationships of all kinds. As in kidlit, I’m eager for vital, personal, and poignant stories in the #adult sf/f and horror genres. #MSWL

John Cusick @johnmcusick · 29 Oct 2019

Oh my gosh speaking of true love stories, this just made my year. #GBBO #MSWL…

John Cusick @johnmcusick · 9 Oct 2019

The other day a senior editor brilliantly observed, "Teens read to become fans." And this...yes, this feels so true to me, and I love it. Give me your books that kids and teens will want to cosplay as. Give me your fandom-inspiring tales. #MSWL

John Cusick @johnmcusick · 24 Sep 2019

You know here's another thing: I really want #YA and #MG from the pov of underprivileged kids, especially in non-coastal states. #MSWL

John Cusick @johnmcusick · 24 Sep 2019

I'd love to see more #YA fantasy, sci-fi, and speculative fiction with queer characters at the center. Basically just take your fav HBO hits and give them some LGBTQ leads. #MSWL

John Cusick @johnmcusick · 24 Sep 2019

Also pretty much everything @stephlystein has tweeted today is my #MSWL

John Cusick @johnmcusick · 24 Sep 2019

As always, I'm looking for stories by marginalized voices. I'd really want to see more body diversity in #MG and #YA. #MSWL

John Cusick @johnmcusick · 24 Sep 2019

More #MG about family businesses, a la FRONT DESK. #MSWL

John Cusick @johnmcusick · 24 Sep 2019

#MSWL What I'll call "Shiny Sci-Fi," a la The Thousandth Floor or Minority Report, with world-building that shows both the polished surface and the grimy world underneath. #YA #MG

John Cusick @johnmcusick · 24 Sep 2019

#MSWL time! I'd love an #MG like The Hazel Wood: a fantasy grounded in a specific American city, where magic mixes with the every day.

John Cusick @johnmcusick · 23 Sep 2019

Tomorrow is #MSWL day! And my wishlist is more of a wish-tome. As ever, my big focus is #MG and #YA, so if you've got something wonderful, weird, and/or exciting to share with kids and teens, watch this space!

John Cusick @johnmcusick · 3 Sep 2019

Speaking of #MSWL, I would love something that combines espionage and WWI or WWII for the middle-grade audience. CODE NAME VERITY for younger readers? Show me whatcha got.

John Cusick @johnmcusick · 28 Jun 2019

Hey gang I'm on the hunt for more amazing MG. Looking for touching and thoughtful stories a la @JoKnowles, @josephinewrites, and @kellyyanghk, as well as quirky and surprising a la @Qsosnaspear, @TraceyBaptiste and @mollybrooks. #MSWL

John Cusick @johnmcusick · 31 May 2019

If you've been waiting on a response from me, thanks for your patience! I'm rolling myself back into the query pile this weekend, and seriously hungry for new stuff. #MSWL