John Cusick


Agent and VP with Folio Literary Management / Folio Jr. Author of GIRL PARTS and CHERRY MONEY BABY. Mostly harmless. Sub guidelines at

New York, NY

Folio Literary Management

John Cusick @johnmcusick · Sep 3

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 · Jun 28

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 · May 31

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

John Cusick @johnmcusick · Feb 28

I get a lot of great queries from marginalized voices (thank you, keep them coming!!), and one gap I've noticed is characters with disabilities. Define that however you choose, but I want to see more of this kind of representation in kidlit, and on my list specifically. #MSWL

John Cusick @johnmcusick · Feb 28

I do a lot of fantasy, but I also do a ton of contemporary, and I'd love to see more big-hook stories set in our world. If you want a great example of hooky, high-concept contemporary YA I love that we rep here @FolioJr: DUMPLIN' and TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE. #MSWL

John Cusick @johnmcusick · Feb 28

John Cusick @johnmcusick

Hellooo #amwriting friends, I am looking to sign new authors, so here's a #MSWL thread. (And for new followers, please note I'm only seeking books for the kidlit market at present).

As a colleague pointed out to me, you can find truth in tragedy, but you can also find truth in joy. I'd love to see YA and MG that find truth in joy. Give me your funny books, effervescent love stories, your joyous and triumphant journeys, adventures, relationships. #MSWL

John Cusick @johnmcusick · Jan 16

Also, I would love to work with more graphic novels this year, so #graphicnovel authors and artists, hmu with your MG, YA, and even adult ideas. #MSWL

John Cusick @johnmcusick · Jan 16

Secondly, YA: I love genre stuff, fantasy, sci-fi, even the right historical. I'd love to see some really high-concept stand alone, too. And in all things, diverse voices, diverse stories, under-represented points of view, ALWAYS. #MSWL

John Cusick @johnmcusick · Jan 16

John Cusick @johnmcusick

Hi gang, I'm pretty much caught up on queries, so time for a #MSWL thread:

Firstly, middle-grade! Adventure, suspense, quirkiness, heart. @marinacohen, @Qsosnaspear, @anndeeellis, @cmheidicker, @josephinewrites, and @jerameykraatz are some of my MG people, and I'd love to work with more brilliant humans like them. #MSWL

John Cusick @johnmcusick · 12 Sep 2018

And also YA that's a little quirky in ways comical, fantastical, and/or romantical, like A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE and THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE. #MSWL

John Cusick @johnmcusick · 12 Sep 2018

As always, I'd love some heartfelt, tear-jerker MG like THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH and COUNTING BY 7'S #MSWL

John Cusick @johnmcusick · 12 Sep 2018

John Cusick @johnmcusick

So before it gets too late, let's do some #MSWL tweets!

Firstly, of course, I'd love some more #ownvoices, and specifically contemporary (rom-coms, perhaps?), like TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE and DUMPLIN' (can never get enough). #MSWL

John Cusick @johnmcusick · 17 May 2018

It's #MSWL time! I'm on the hunt for contemporary middle-grade, and middle-grade with speculative or magical realism elements. Sound like your book? Hit me up.

John Cusick @johnmcusick · 19 Apr 2018

In all seriousness, if you are working on a YA that has a fresh take on vampires, I am legitimately into that. #MSWL

John Cusick @johnmcusick · 11 Dec 2017

Guys, I want the book that explores the aftermath of the “bullied kid is supported by celebrities after their story goes viral.” Could be YA or MG, from either/or victim and bully’s POV. Watchable got? #mswl