Penny Moore (on Hiatus)
I’d really love to see more cozy and warm contemporary fantasy projects, full of whimsy and fun, in my query inbox. It can be adult, YA, or crossover.
I’m a bit burned out on the dark and heavy stuff right now. Basically, looking for a hug in book form. #mswl
Penny Moore @literarypennyWhen I was a kid, I had to change elementary schools four times across different countries and states. It was difficult for me to make friends and adjust every time. I’m sure a lot of children go through this, and it’s hard because they never have control in these situations.
Often times parents have to move for work or family dynamics change in a way that requires them to be uprooted from familiar places. So I think it’d be great to see more coming-of-age MG stories about transient children, especially ones with diaspora backgrounds. #MSWL
Okay, so Plan B is the teen reproductive rights movie I needed.
Also, the fact that one of the MCs is crushing on a guy who shares a mutual love of Sailor Moon is everything. 😂
I’d like to #mswl a YA story like Plan B!
I know an all female Lord of the Flies type of retelling has been done, but I’d love one similar to The Wilds where each of the girls are unapologetically messy and broken before they land on the island. This show is surprisingly great (minus the Dr. Klein aspect). #MSWL
I have a big time #MSWL for a story like Never Have I Ever! There’s just so much to love about this show. It’s everything I’ve wanted and more in a coming of age comedy for teens. Also, I wish I had a Paxton Hall-Yoshida when I was in high school. 😍
I don't know if any of you have been watching The King Eternal Monarch on Netflix, but I'd love to see a Korean inspired historical YA fantasy that blends the present with the past in this vein. It's so good! #mswl
I want a YA version of Never Let Me Go. Light speculative elements and haunting friendships/relationship. Kathy is a voice that still sticks with me to this very day. #mswl
W.T. Brown @W_T_Brown@literarypenny That would be a funny TV series -- an Asian kid who fakes going to med school while pursuing an acting career, knowing she can't tell her parents until she's a success
When are we getting a Big Hero 6 sequel? Also, I’d really love a MG in this vein! Group of misfit kids with skills, banning together to stop the world from being destroyed — all with an adorable robot friend in tow! #mswl
I’ve worked on a lot of books that explore identity and culture bc I feel a personal connection to such stories. They’ll always have a soft spot in my heart. I’ll continue to work on them. But I also love books with commercial hooks that are light and fun. Please send! #mswl
- Graphic novels by author/illustrators.
- More children’s MG and YA nonfiction, everything ranging from memoir to platform nonfiction.
I’m watching a crazy K-drama called Angry Mom where a very young looking mom disguises herself as a high school student at her daughter’s high school to figure who has been bullying her daughter. It’s freaking nuts and amazing. I don’t do many adult novels, but #MSWL please.
I’d love a YA/MG that explores living with OCD, specifically dermatillomania (what I suffer from) or trichotillomania. Often times when people think of OCD, they tend to think of people who clean obsessively or fixate on numbers. There’s also the kind that hurts physically #MSWL
One evergreen reminder about #MSWL is that even though it’s a great tool for agents and queriers, you don’t have to force fit your project into our requests. It’s great if you do have something that matches, but it’s okay if it doesn’t. Just stay true to what you wrote!
I'm still searching for a fantasy of any sorts inspired by Korean culture (this is for my historical fantasy K-drama lovers!), since this has been a very personal wish of mine as an agent for a very long time! #mswl