Kidlit agent w/@mansionstreet. I write craptastic books. Some people think I'm funny. You should probably be worried about those people.
Oh, and I have a soft spot for Southern Gothic. Especially from/about POC. And I don’t mean just tossing a side character who practices hoodoo/voodoo into a mostly white story. *side eyes Hollywood* #MSWL YA/MG
Cimone Watson @bachbunnyReminder on #mswl day: Almost no one's MSWL is 100% comprehensive, so don't be discouraged if agents or editors don't say they're looking for your exact premise. Just because they want A, B, C, and D, doesn't mean they DON'T want E (unless they say "I don't want E.").
The purpose of #MSWL is to give writers an idea of the *kinds* of books we’re looking for. If your ms has a similar tone, theme, genre, etc., then that agent/editor might love your story too. #MSWL tweets are examples, not the only things we want.
Dark fantasy or magical realism à la Pan’s Labryinth is another love of mine. I’ve been reading the novelization by Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke, and it has that creepy, ethereal feel of magical realism and folklore mixed with a dash of horror. #MSWL Again YA/MG ONLY.
Michelle Witte @michellewittePull out the popcorn, because this is a fascinating story from history with a fantastic ending. twitter.com/michaelharriot…
Oh, and I should mention that a MG or YA retelling of this (or similar type of story) is most definitely #MSWL.
After going through the fantastic #DVpit pitches this week, there's one particular #MSWL that I didn't see but am dying to find. I'm a bit obsessed with Wuxia—Chinese historical tv shows—right now, especially Legend of Fuyao. I would lovelovelove to find a YA fantasy like that.
Lauren Naturale @lnaturale"The 14th-century nun apparently faked her own death by creating a dummy 'in the likeness of her body' before running away from her convent."
I demand that someone film this heist movie. twitter.com/The_H_Train/st…
My kingdom for a YA of this. #MSWL
Luke Flowers @lafcreativeAt my daughter’s school it’s medieval day. Everyone else wore Disney princess dresses or homemade knight costumes.
THIS KID marches to his own drum.
#plaguedoctor ✊respect pic.twitter.com/jamPEVdi4J
Kids who think like this will always be a #MSWL for me.
Kaleigh Rogers @KaleighRogersMeet Saga, an 8-year-old Swedish girl who went into a lake and pulled out an ancient viking sword and whom I will follow into battle anywhere, any time. ALL HAIL SAGA! motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/… pic.twitter.com/3x6uzcs667
I will #MSWL this forever, especially for mg. Note: Looking for girl MC, as there are already so many stories of boys discovering swords and such (magical or not).
Anne Thériault @anne_theriaultThere’s a post circulating tumblr/Facebook asking why so many tween girls go through a witchy “let’s read fortunes and levitate” sleepover/jr. coven phase. I actually talked to an expert about this exact thing two years ago! medium.com/the-establishm…
I would die for a YA/MG along these lines. #MSWL Real magic or just imagined, doesn't matter. I especially like stories that focus on girl friendships/sisterhood.
Grace Kendall @GraceKendallLitFor any of you who have a Teen-Girl-Becomes-Serial-Killer-Who-Targets-Misogynists-with-Overwhelming-Success manuscript sitting on your hard drive, have your agent submit it to me in the morning, please and thank you. #mswl
YES PLEASE. #MSWL
Allison Moore 📚 @allisonm610I studied journalism and will always have a soft spot for it -- I'd love a fascinating and teen-centric narrative journalism story like The 57 Bus, or a celebration of the power of the press like Spotlight #MSWL
Yes please. I worked for 2 years at a large metropolitan newspaper (as both a reporter and copy editor), so I'd love something with the feel and energy of the newsroom, but in a high school or jr high newspaper (since I only do kidlit). Fic or nonfic. #MSWL
The other day I stumbled upon DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) Twitter, and I would LOVE to see manuscripts and short story collections (fiction and nonfic) from writers with DID. #MSWL (No need to wait until I reopen to queries on this one, but I only rep kidlit.)
With all of the attention and love that teen rom-coms are getting right now, I'm wondering if we'll start seeing a resurgence of light, fun romances in YA. I AM HERE FOR THIS. #MSWL
Now to get publishers interested in acquiring them...