John Cusick


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

New York, NY

Folio Literary Management

John Cusick @johnmcusick · Oct 29

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

John Cusick @johnmcusick · Oct 9

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 · Sep 24

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 · Sep 24

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 · Sep 24

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

John Cusick @johnmcusick · Sep 24

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 · Sep 24

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

John Cusick @johnmcusick · Sep 24

#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 · Sep 24

#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 · Sep 23

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 · 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