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...
Sam Sykes @SamSykesSwearsMamma Mia except a young daughter learns her mom sold her soul to one of three demon lords and has to find out which one she needs to kill to get it back.
Michelle Witte @michellewitteOh man, a YA along the lines of W or Goblin would be AMAZING. #MSWL twitter.com/sarahrmccabe/s…
A YA historical fantasy would also be fantastic. Faith (aka The Good Doctor) is still one of my favorite kdramas. Secret Healer (aka Mirror of the Witch) is another that I love. Plus, I've been fascinated by the cdrama Tientsin Mystic. So much fun. #MSWL
Sara Kenigsberg @skenigsbergok this is my new fav letter to the editor pic.twitter.com/KGfX8BgZlH
A middle grade novel starring a girl like this would be amazing. Something along the lines of Frankie Landau-Banks for the mg set. #MSWL
Jeff Sharlet @JeffSharletSo here's a new picture. I don't put my kids' pictures on the public internet, but with my daughter's approval -- this is part of her "burning anger" -- here she is, adding her slogan, #keepourcountrycolorful, to one of which she approves, not far south of the border. pic.twitter.com/aQLniu1USF
#MSWL When I eventually reopen to queries, I want to see all the middle grade manuscripts about girls burning with anger at injustice in the world and how they’re fighting back, especially by and about POC and other marginalized groups.
Reminder: I am currently closed to queries. I'll announce when I reopen and pin that tweet, so be sure to check this space before asking.
Also, I sometimes tweet #MSWL while I'm on query hiatus as a "for future reference" type thing.