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 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
I'd love a contemporary YA that explores diaspora teens and their complicated family bonds while growing up between cultures, a la Lulu Wang's The Farewell. Hits hard at the issues, while still being able to punch things up with humor and wit. #mswl
I know this is specific but I’d love a contemporary MG or YA where the MC has to wear a back brace bc they have scoliosis, kyphosis, or scoliokyphosis, and has to deal with all the complications it inflicts on socializing and fitting in. This was me growing up. #MSWL
Stephanie Stein @stephlysteinThis moment will never not be epic. Thanks to everyone who was rooting for me on tonight’s @Jeopardy! You all know I never would have lost to anything less than a record-breaker. 😆 pic.twitter.com/hD75JoWhsu
Now someone send me a YA contemporary with a character like Stephanie appearing on the high school Jeopardy tournament! 👍🏼 I love stories about smart girls! #mswl
I’m going to put it out there again. I’d really love to see younger YA contemporary that focuses on young teens starting high school for the first time with all of the mixed up feelings that come along with them!
And as always, send me great MG of all genres! #mswl
I’m still looking for a feel good contemporary YA rom com with a big commercial hook featuring POC characters a la Jenny Han. It’s like the great white whale of my career. Someone send it to me now, please. #MSWL
What I'm currently looking for:
1) Culturally rich MG contemporary that will make me ugly cry.
2) Culturally rich YA fantasy or contemporary with unapologetic female protagonists who aren't afraid to get their hands dirty. #MSWL
I’d love to see a YA contemporary featuring body positivity in Asian culture. I know growing up it was the vicious cycle of constantly being told I needed to lose weight while mom and relatives always told me to eat more at mealtimes. Definitely a cultural thing. #mswl
Currently listening to The Last Five Years score. It makes me think I’d really like to see a YA contemporary where two main characters tell the story from different points in time and meet in the middle. That would be really cool. #mswl