In middle grade, I’m always hungry for action, adventure, magic, and humor. It can be fantasy or contemporary, or a little bit of both. Give me your fresh takes on magical school settings or just fun friendship stories filled with hijinks. #MSWL
As for children’s, I’m always open to YA in almost all genres, especially fantasy, contemporary, and thriller. I just want strong concepts and smart MCs with engaging voices that pull me along for the ride and make me want to root for them the entire way. #MSWL
I want to see fun and sweet contemporary romances with high concept hooks in the adult space as well. Think Lily Chu’s The Stand In or Emily Henry’s Book Lovers. I’m probably not the right agent for more serious romance stories. #MSWL
I’d love to see more horror in my inbox. It can be adult (or YA). Not slash and hack bloody horror, but the kind that builds psychological tension in a smart and surprising way. #MSWL
I’m expanding into repping more adult projects in genre fiction. I want to see more cozy fantasy, romantic or not, with low stakes, warmth, humor and whimsy. Basically a hug in book form. #MSWL
It’s #MSWL Day! I’ve always been so bad of coming up with specifics because I really am a reader who likes being surprised and is open to falling in love with a great story, but with that being said here’s some info about general things I’m looking for:
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