In middle grade, I really read quite widely. I'm particularly eager to find ambitious, emotional middle grade reads. Some favs include THE THING ABOUT LUCK; THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH; HELLO UNIVERSE; the upcoming FROM THE DESK OF ZOE WASHINGTON. #mswl
Regardless of genre, some themes and subjects I love: family history/family identity; regret; sibling relationships; break-ups/romance gone sideways; extracurricular activities (such as sports, plays, mock trial), stories about letting go of shame, etc. #mswl
I'd love to find a YA paranormal (romance or not) that feels fresh and has epic external stakes & high internal drama (and I remain partial in particular to vampires and werewolves). I love monsters of all stripes & would love something like Rick Yancey's MONSTRUMOLOGIST. #mswl
In YA I'd love to find a thriller; something that is a compulsive page-turner & smart exploration of the ways we form meaning & identity during our teen years (which includes, surely, some number of secrets!) & how we examine & challenge the ideas & beliefs we've inherited. #mswl
Among the many things I’m excited for in 2020? Working with new clients! One of the best parts of my job is the magic of falling in love with a writer’s story for the 1st time & in 2020 I'm looking to discover works across a wide range of MG & YA genres. A 2020 #MSWL thread...
Stephanie Stein @stephlysteinAt the top of my #MSWL this year: AMBITION. I'm looking for books that take big swings at big feelings and bigger questions, with writing that makes me stop in my tracks and whisper, holy $%!*. Let's do this, 2020.
SAME. I would love to find big, ambitious YA and MG -- whether contemporary, fantasy, historical, you name it! #MSWL
Peter Knapp @petejknapp#amquerying writers, I'm going to dedicate time over the holidays to read submissions, so now is a great time to query!
I'm eager to find more middle grade, from contemporary standalones & illustrated MG to sweeping adventure & fantasy series. I'd love more YA contemp & grounded YA fantasy or "twist of magic" stories, too. And YA paranormal (I'm here for your vampires & werewolves) #mswl
Dahlia Adler @MissDahlELamaI love that point where an author has made things very obvious to the reader about what will be a big revelation but the MC very believably hasn’t figured it out yet and you are just PAWING through pages until you get to where it all clicks.
cr: KILLING NOVEMBER
#amquerying writers: want agent feedback? I’m doing a quick submission feedback giveaway for YA & MG fiction today and tomorrow only, providing short feedback on submissions. Please see and follow guidelines in the link below! #mswl #amwriting
Also on my #mswl always is YA contemporary, including mysteries, thrillers, and contemporary with a touch of magic or a speculative element. I particularly love grounded stories with magic such as THE RAVEN BOYS.
Still high on my #MSWL is (you guessed it!) middle grade. I'd especially love a really sweeping, high-stakes & action-packed fantasy/contemporary fantasy, and/or something with cozy-magic. And I'm always on the hunt for MG contemporary!
Cimone Watson @bachbunny@petejknapp What does that mean? Books that take place in autumn? Or books that have autmn-esque themes?
mostly it means I love this weather -- but definitely autumnal books, witchy books, books that feel either cozy or spooky all are on my #mswl!