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 @johnmcusickI LOVE proper espionage and spy novels in the adult space (just finished Kate Atkinson's TRANSCRIPTION), and I would love to see the scheming, plan-making, white-knuckle near-misses and Good Vs. Evil elements done for middle-grade readers. YA too, btw, but especially MG.
FYI, this is still true #MSWL
Stephanie Stein @stephlysteinYA fantasy is evergreen, but what I want to see is where the genre is going next. A more contemporary direction, a new take on paranormal, twists and turns on some heavy-hitting elements like dragons, gods, monsters, the nature of story? Bring it to me!! #MSWL
Yes please! #MSWL
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
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 @johnmcusickHellooo #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