Peter Knapp
@petejknapp
Literary Agent
Lit agent with @parkandfine representing kid lit with enthusiasm! petejknapp.com
269 MSWL
118 AskAgent
228 Queries
5 Tips

#MSWL - Anything that feels high concept and cinematic in YA, whether it’s sci-fi, fantasy, or contemporary with a speculative twist. Stories with big “what if” premises.

Peter Knapp
@petejknapp
Literary Agent
Lit agent with @parkandfine representing kid lit with enthusiasm! petejknapp.com
269 MSWL
118 AskAgent
228 Queries
5 Tips

#MSWL - Smart, commercial YA thrillers & mysteries! Think Tiffany Jackson, Karen McManus, E. Lockhart. Also, YA horror! I’d love something like MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, with a good speculative twist.

Peter Knapp
@petejknapp
Literary Agent
Lit agent with @parkandfine representing kid lit with enthusiasm! petejknapp.com
269 MSWL
118 AskAgent
228 Queries
5 Tips

#MSWL - middle grade or YA graphic novel series, whether contemporary, contemporary with a twist of magic, or fantasy. Especially would love to find a great contemporary series with a great concept.

Peter Knapp
@petejknapp
Literary Agent
Lit agent with @parkandfine representing kid lit with enthusiasm! petejknapp.com
269 MSWL
118 AskAgent
228 Queries
5 Tips

Peter Knapp @petejknapp

Hello! I'm looking to find some great projects while I'm home with lots (and lots) of reading time. Here's a quick #MSWL rundown: a thread.

#MSWL - MIDDLE GRADE. Any and all middle grade! I am hungry for it: standalone contemporary, sweeping fantasy series, sci-fi, horror, you name it. I’d love something high concept, like CITY OF EMBER, NEVERMOOR, ARU SHAH & THE END OF TIME, etc.

Peter Knapp
@petejknapp
Literary Agent
Lit agent with @parkandfine representing kid lit with enthusiasm! petejknapp.com
269 MSWL
118 AskAgent
228 Queries
5 Tips

Closing out the day & week with a #mswl: I love middle grade adventure series (whether paranormal, sci-fi, or fantasy) with lots of heart & humor. If that's what you're querying, I'd love to see your project!

Sub instructions here: parkfine.com/get-in-touch/

Peter Knapp
@petejknapp
Literary Agent
Lit agent with @parkandfine representing kid lit with enthusiasm! petejknapp.com
269 MSWL
118 AskAgent
228 Queries
5 Tips

In short: I want to collaborate with clients who are ambitious storytellers with strong visions for their careers...who have something they want to say, and something they want to build. And I want to help them do it. Let's go, 2020! #mswl

Peter Knapp
@petejknapp
Literary Agent
Lit agent with @parkandfine representing kid lit with enthusiasm! petejknapp.com
269 MSWL
118 AskAgent
228 Queries
5 Tips

And there's much more I'm looking for, including the thing I don't yet realize I'm looking for, so try me with your MG and YA queries, please! I can't wait to read them! #mswl

Peter Knapp
@petejknapp
Literary Agent
Lit agent with @parkandfine representing kid lit with enthusiasm! petejknapp.com
269 MSWL
118 AskAgent
228 Queries
5 Tips

I also love speculative, especially for MG & would love to find something for fans of the AMULET series or something like THE WITCH BOY. And a recent fav was FAKE BLOOD. #mswl

Peter Knapp
@petejknapp
Literary Agent
Lit agent with @parkandfine representing kid lit with enthusiasm! petejknapp.com
269 MSWL
118 AskAgent
228 Queries
5 Tips

I’d love to find graphic novels in 2020, too. On the contemporary side, favs include ROLLER GIRL, BEST FRIENDS, AWKWARD. #mswl

Peter Knapp
@petejknapp
Literary Agent
Lit agent with @parkandfine representing kid lit with enthusiasm! petejknapp.com
269 MSWL
118 AskAgent
228 Queries
5 Tips

I'd also love a serious MG fantasy series...something dark, dangerous, and with a large canvas and great world-building. #mswl

Peter Knapp
@petejknapp
Literary Agent
Lit agent with @parkandfine representing kid lit with enthusiasm! petejknapp.com
269 MSWL
118 AskAgent
228 Queries
5 Tips

I'm also dying for more fun & high concept middle grade series, like THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD & EVIL, NEVERMOOR, ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY, MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY, etc. And as in YA, in MG: monsters. #mswl

Peter Knapp
@petejknapp
Literary Agent
Lit agent with @parkandfine representing kid lit with enthusiasm! petejknapp.com
269 MSWL
118 AskAgent
228 Queries
5 Tips

Also Rebecca Stead's upcoming THE LIST OF THINGS THAT WILL NOT CHANGE is a new favorite. I love its exploration of both regret (see above: a fav topic!) and family identity. #mswl

Peter Knapp
@petejknapp
Literary Agent
Lit agent with @parkandfine representing kid lit with enthusiasm! petejknapp.com
269 MSWL
118 AskAgent
228 Queries
5 Tips

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

Peter Knapp
@petejknapp
Literary Agent
Lit agent with @parkandfine representing kid lit with enthusiasm! petejknapp.com
269 MSWL
118 AskAgent
228 Queries
5 Tips

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

Peter Knapp
@petejknapp
Literary Agent
Lit agent with @parkandfine representing kid lit with enthusiasm! petejknapp.com
269 MSWL
118 AskAgent
228 Queries
5 Tips

YA contemporary will ALWAYS be a go-to for me. I particularly love stories that deal with heartache but lead hope-first, where the optimism always bleeds through. #mswl

Peter Knapp
@petejknapp
Literary Agent
Lit agent with @parkandfine representing kid lit with enthusiasm! petejknapp.com
269 MSWL
118 AskAgent
228 Queries
5 Tips

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

Peter Knapp
@petejknapp
Literary Agent
Lit agent with @parkandfine representing kid lit with enthusiasm! petejknapp.com
269 MSWL
118 AskAgent
228 Queries
5 Tips

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

Peter Knapp
@petejknapp
Literary Agent
Lit agent with @parkandfine representing kid lit with enthusiasm! petejknapp.com
269 MSWL
118 AskAgent
228 Queries
5 Tips

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...

Peter Knapp
@petejknapp
Literary Agent
Lit agent with @parkandfine representing kid lit with enthusiasm! petejknapp.com
269 MSWL
118 AskAgent
228 Queries
5 Tips
Peter Knapp
@petejknapp
Literary Agent
Lit agent with @parkandfine representing kid lit with enthusiasm! petejknapp.com
269 MSWL
118 AskAgent
228 Queries
5 Tips

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