Larissa Melo Pienkowski
🚫 anything having to do with Nazis, ESPECIALLY romance, omg
🚫 historical fiction about wartime
🚫 COVID memoirs
🚫 business, economics, capital-P politics
🚫 sci-fi and space operas
🚫 true crime, unless it involves aforementioned heists, cons, scams, etc.
right now, i am NOT a good fit for:
🚫 post-apocalyptic or dystopian anything
🚫 military/detective/police protagonists
🚫 fantasy w/ elves, aliens, robots, fae, dragons (but i love ghosts, mermaids, bruxas, non-western mythological creatures, and feminist monsters)
✨ contemporary and well-researched historical queer romance, with pining and butterflies and swoony tension and steaminess and a REALLY strong hook
✨ books that celebrate books, both MG and adult
✨ heists, cons, scams, the more glam the better (no cishet man protags)
✨ cozy mysteries w/ high personal stakes, found family, and evocative settings
✨ "unlikable heroines" in the vein of Dorothy in A CERTAIN HUNGER and Lynnette in THE FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP
✨ feminist horror, thriller, suspense, you name it
i would love to see:
✨ BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled, neurodivergent, undocumented, historically excluded voices
✨ adult fiction set in latin america (esp brazil) across genre, own voices
✨ MG fantasy feat. non-western folklore and high personal stakes
happy new year, everyone! 🎉 may this one be infinitely more gentle to all of us.
also, since my inbox reopened today, i thought i'd update my wish list for 2022, though everything mentioned on my website bio and actual #MSWL profile still stands. 🧵
Ashley Herring Blake @ashleyhblakeCan I get a sapphic YA rom that is essentially an ANNE OF GREEN GABLES retelling but with Anne and Diana admitting they’re totally gone for each other please and thank you. 👩🏼🦰👩🏻🌈💜 #MSWL
for REAL #mswl
medusa @tinykinseyscaleDo a lesbian period drama about two black lesbians who meet and fall in love during the Harlem Renaissance instead of another movie where rich white women look at each other longingly in polite society.
for info on how to pitch me, check out jillgrinbergliterary.com/contact/ and please, please, pleeeease send your first 50 pages as an attachment, not in the email itself (help spare my already questionable vision so i can do this for a v long time)
can't wait to read your work!! ❤️
✨ books calling out white supremacy, toxic masculinity, the "isms"
✨ coming of age stories feat. characters and communities of color
✨ charming yet murderous women (contemporary + historical fiction) (5/7)
IN THE DREAM HOUSE, FRESHWATER, etc.
✨ all the queer horror! (YA and adult)
✨ complex + complicated mother/daughter, sister/sister, + best friend relationships
✨ more protagonists who are fat, trans/non-binary, mixed-race, dark-skinned, etc. (4/7)
✨ smart + sexy rom coms that make you lol and feat. unforgettable protagonists (i do love a good enemies-to-lovers trope...)
✨ narrative nonfiction about perfume! beauty! cosmetics! poison! power! etc.
✨ "experimental" writing that stretches and transcends genre like... (3/7)
✨ quirky/haunting MG set in new england (born-and-raised masshole here)
✨ vibrant MG adventures exploring black + brown joy
✨ LGBTQ+ historical fiction, especially in non-western contexts
✨ #ownvoices stories by indigenous people (2/7)
a late-summer update to my #MSWL for the #amquerying folks! dying to read:
✨ non-western gothic horror + underrepresented folklore/mythology with deep emotional relationships + rich world-building
✨ contemporary fiction feat. central/south american characters/culture (1/7)