I’m a bit late to the conversation but: THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT, y’all! I’m as obsessed with it as my 16-year-old self once was with the musical, Chess. This kind of elegant, cerebral-to-the-point-of-the-almost-fantastical, setting-rich, character-driven storytelling is my fave. #MSWL
Irène DB @UrbanFoxxxxAbandoned houses in Mirlo Beach, a once thriving oceanfront town on North Carolina's Outer Banks now slowly being reclaimed by the sea (some of these buildings have since been moved or have collapsed)
[photos: Greg Fitzgerald/ Island Free Press/ Don McCullough] pic.twitter.com/RaMMIis0Pc
#MSWL MG, YA, or graphic novels with this mood / setting / ambience / evocative sense of the fantastical waiting-to-happen as a jumping-off point.
Amanda Isabel Ramirez @AmandaIsA_RamThe corona quarantine is almost exactly like the Hurricane Sandy quarantine back when I was in college except I don’t have a boyfriend to break up with me while I’m TRAPPED IN HIS LITERAL HOUSE this time.
Los Angeles Times @latimesTV has a new kind of heroine: The Latina genius. Here's why it matters latimes.com/entertainment-…
1000% seeking MG (& YA & GN) w/ similarly strong, memorable Latinx leads (genius is not a specifically-required trait, but they *do* need to have agency, fresh/compelling story arcs, & be buoyed by masterful writing from creators who share the main character’s identity). #MSWL
Theodora Goss @theodoragossMy father belongs to a scientific academy that always has exactly 350 members. Someone has to die before new members are admitted. He looked horrified when I told him that was a perfect motive for murder. This is why we need STEAM, not STEM.
Tiffany Liao @Tiff_LiaoHuzzah #MSWL day! I'm still yearning for this speculative, twisty YA, something ambitious in scope and structure that doesn't forsake emotions or characters. twitter.com/Tiff_Liao/stat…
Extremely same! #MSWL
I’m admittedly a gringa, but I grew up in Houston, TX with Latinx influences woven thru every part of life. I’d love to see the work of more Latinx creators—across all kids/YA categories & niches—in my inbox, b/c I want readers to be able to find more of it on bookshelves. #MSWL
Selling graphic novels for kids/teens is giving me great JOY lately (lots of 'em I haven't even been able to tell y'all about yet, Twitter, b/c Publishing Is Slow). If you're a cartoonist/graphic novelist making deeply true or wildly creative or just plain FUN work, gimme! #MSWL
I love middle grades that highlight the power of human-animal connections. (Think THE ONE & ONLY IVAN or—my own client’s—SONG FOR A WHALE.) Bonus points if readers come away knowing cool animal facts & having a greater sense of our collective humanity! #MSWL
Heartfelt &/or humorous middle grade that is rich & textured in its characterizations, stylistic choices, language, & telling. Give me subplots & side characters & settings that all work to make a story feel sophisticated & fully-realized & ALIVE. #MSWL #MG
Root Literary @RootLiteraryAhhh! There are currently three #RootLiterary titles sitting pretty on the @nytimesbooks’s best seller list: REFUGEE, THE FIRE KEEPER, and TUNNEL OF BONES! We could not be more excited and proud! Congrats, @veschwab, @jencerv, and @AlanGratz!! 😊🙌🎉💃 #ProudAgency pic.twitter.com/Pz7uj5llor
Proud to bursting for our hat trick of THREE clients who are NYT MG bestsellers this week: congrats to @jencerv & @veschwab & @AlanGratz & especially to powerhouse agent @hroot! P.S. Authors, send us your middle grade manuscripts; we know what to do with them, yo! #MSWL
Hollywood Reporter @THRLatinx characters make up only 4.5% of speaking roles in top 1,200 films, study finds thr.cm/U54iRt pic.twitter.com/uwG9OSrG4c
This is appalling & I suspect the showing in kids/YA/MG books would be equally dismal if calculated. Our young readers deserve more + better. Latinx writers, illustrators, & cartoonists creating work for young readers: my inbox is (perpetually) very open to you. #MSWL
The Human Experience @thehumanxpThe Xoloitzcuintli Quetzal (Mexican hairless dog) is considered a guide for the dead towards the underworld by the Aztecs. Photo Credit: Anna Lydin pic.twitter.com/yBnpOT6J19
#MSWL (especially as a graphic novel, I think?)
Norma 🔜 BookExpo (parties) @normajeanesaysI’d love to see this novel in my inbox. #MSWL twitter.com/LATBermudez/st…
The New York Times @nytimes“Everyone freaked out. Nothing like this had ever happened in my work before." A mysterious painting was discovered behind a wall at a new Oscar de la Renta boutique in Paris. nyti.ms/2FQoecw
I LOVE hidden in plain sight discoveries like this. #MSWL a story with a jumping-off point like this, s’il vous plait, but turn it into middle grade & perhaps add some ✨magic✨!
Random House Editors @randomeditorialOn Dorothy Porter, who recognized the importance of how we categorize books and knowledge and challenged the racial bias in the Dewey Decimal System