Lauren Is Open To Queries!
Linda Epstein @LindaEpsteinTwo things I decided/learned from listening at the #highlightsjewishkidlit weekend: writers don’t need to define if it’s “a Jewish book,” just write what’s there. And we’re all Jewish enough (or not too Jewish) exactly however we are. Also, YES please to Jewish fantasy & sci-fi!
Jewish fantasy or sci-fi!! #mswl
Writers, I have a few kidlit #mswl items I'd love to see in 2019!
-funny, contemp YA a la WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI, HOT DOG GIRL, HERETICS ANONYMOUS
-LatinX characters! Please!
-Grounded dark fantasy, a la SAWKILL GIRLS, THE DEVOURING GRAY, THE RAVEN BOYS
#MSWL Lightning Round:
--MG with a unique hook and a focus on friendship
--f/f YA that explores the lines between friendship and romance
--Adult psychological thriller that *isn't* about a woman who might be crazy/imagining the whole thing
--Adult SFF that makes me cry
I just listened to a story about The Svalbard Global Seed Vault in the Arctic Circle, and now I desperately want to read a SFF that features an intergalactic version of this amazing place. Maybe it’s a heist book?! #mswl
Charlie Stross @cstrossFantasy worldbuilding props if there's a quasi-illegal alternate currency made out of very small persistent spells created in bulk in sweatshops by apprentice sorcerers, that is causing an inflationary bubble as it gradually depletes the global mana supply all magic relies on. twitter.com/redtwitdown/st…
Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan#MSWL: anti-colonialist adult #SFF that’s not just about throwing off the hegemon’s rule, but also the complexities of economic independence, recovering lost cultural heritage, & constituting a government that doesn’t replicate oppressive structures put in place by the colonizer.
I would love to see this. #mswl
Lauren [closed to queries in August] @laurenspiellerthat might not seem like a ton, but when you consider how many genres I represent across multiple age categories, it is a LOT
When I open to queries again in September, I hope to continue receiving YA Fantasy (because I love it) but I also hope I see more
☻ Middle Grade Fantasy
☻ YA Contemporary
☻ Adult SFF
☻ Adult Psych Thrillers
I'm also looking for upmarket YA Fantasy. I'm a sucker for thoughtful and elegant prose, and deep (not wide) worldbuilding that feels effortless despite it's intricacies. Contemp fantasy, second world fantasy, whatever--it's all great, as long as it sweeps me away. #mswl
Lauren's book is ON SHELVES! @laurenspiellerI'm closing to queries on 8/1/18, so here's a quick run down of my top #mswl items. Please keep in mind: 1) these are my priorities right now, but I'm still considering projects in other categories, & 2) I will re-open to queries on 9/1 so don't hurry! Good > Fast.
Here we go!
I would love to see more Middle Grade in general, but I am particularly excited about contemporary fantasy (fantasy set in our world) and stories inspired by non-western cultures. #mswl
Nivia Evans @NiviaEvansAny SF adventure books where the MC is a reporter/journalist? Not near future, but actually taking place in space on a colony or alien planet... I would love to see that #mswl
I want this book! Reporter in SFF! #mswl
Brit Elisabet Hvide Busse @bhvideHonestly I want more political fantasy about mothers as heroes orchestrating the rise of their children to power. It happens in history all the time. These women’s stories deserve to be told with magic and hecking dragons.
Ooo this. I want this. #mswl
Brit Elisabet Hvide Busse @bhvideMom’s never get enough love in fiction. Particularly not SFF. They’re always dead or dying or gone. This is often to give character’s agency because they KNOW their real mothers wouldn’t let them go traipsing off killing dragons.
Have a SFF where the MC is a mom? I want to see it. #mswl