Jordan Hamessley @thejordacheYES to BILLY ELLIOT. That last shot of Billy's leap onto the stage made 12 year old me gasp after I'd already been sobbing since his goodbye to Michael. "Oy! Dancing boy!" I did the stage show a year ago and always cried watching that scene from the wings. twitter.com/sabaatahir/sta…
Just a reminder if you have a YA BILLY ELLIOT, it is still at the top of my #MSWL!
Cheryl B. Klein @chavelaqueFree YA romcom concept: Two teens come to NYC to participate in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (but with their own private quests), meet, march, help each other navigate the city/solve the quests, fall in love, drink hot chocolate
Thor Stenhaug @ThorStenhaugMy 13-year-old brother has been cast in his school production of Mamma Mia. It’s him and 16 girls. He’s playing all three dads. I’m dead.
This is hilarious. Will he switch back and forth between characters Jekyll & Hyde-style? Switch hats?
Also, this is totally the kind of story I’d add to my #mswl. I’m super picky about theater stories these days, but I love this idea.
I've been saying it for years, but I desperately want a YA novel about a male ballet dancer. OR a memoir by a male ballet dancer about his experiences growing up in ballet. Give me the YA Billy Elliot I've been dreaming of! #MSWL youtube.com/watch?v=IhwPMb…
Preeti Chhibber @runwithskizzersIt's pride month! I'm gonna re-up my publishing ask for more upper middle-grade / younger YA books that feature kids (esp kids of color) who identify as being on the ltbtqia+ spectrum, THANKS.
This is eternally on my #MSWL. I really want diverse lgbtqia+ middle grade on my client list, especially stories for those queer girl-identifying tweens.
Britni de la Cretaz ⚾️ @britnidlcI dug through hundreds of obituaries & spoke to gay ballplayers from the 1940s up through the 1990s to find the queer history of women in baseball that we stand to lose if it isn't documented. narrative.ly/the-hidden-que…
This piece on the queer women of baseball is brilliant and worth a read to start off #Pride. Also, if anyone's writing a queer take of A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, please send it my way! I'd love to find a F/F historical YA sports project. #MSWL
Everyone is looking for non-fiction across all ages PB-YA. I would love to find some great MG and YA narrative non-fiction or memoir. Untold stories and POVs throughout history or STEM! #MSWL
I agree with everything in this piece on Jane the Virgin, particularly talking about the visuals. Honestly, if you have a book that will make me laugh, gasp, and cry like Jane the Virgin, with complete with diverse rep, send it my way. #MSWL newyorker.com/magazine/2018/…
Patrice Caldwell @whimsicallyoursSeeing several writers talking about their fear that their queer girl books won’t sell and how that’s stopping them. Please write these stories, find agents, etc. who will champion them. I certainly want to see them and I know SO MANY other editors who do as well. Please 💕🙏🏾
I've been standing on this soapbox for years. Send me your queer girl stories. Especially middle grade. Make me cry like the first time I saw FUN HOME and heard "Ring of Keys." These stories deserve to be heard! #MSWL
In honor of the #alayma this morning, here is a #MSWL of the awards I'd love to have a client receive someday. The Schneider Family Book Award and The Stonewall Book Award. Even better if it's in one book! So send me your LGBTQAI+ and disability rep.
Jordan Hamessley @thejordacheI'm obsessed with #Chopped and #MasterChef. I love the teen/kid competitor episodes. A YA foodie novel would be a ton of fun. #MSWL
What happens to the kids AFTER they win Masterchef or Top Chef Junior and they go back to real life after being on tv for three months? Do they feel pressure to go to culinary school when they are 17 after spending months saying that's their dream at 11? #MSWL