Lastly, as always, in all areas my focus is on uplifting marginalized communities, so stories about BIPOC folk, queer folk, disabled folk, folks with mental illness, etc are what I'm looking for. 9/10
For Nonfic, I'm looking for Narrative nonfiction, some memoir and cultural criticism. I'm pretty flexible here, but generally looking for authors who have a personal stake in the subject matter and who can infuse their own perspective into whatever they're investigating 7/10
I'm open to books set mostly in the real world, but that have speculative elements that help tell stories in interesting ways. I'm also looking for some upmarket fiction and short stories! Similar themes/ideas as in Lit Fic 6/10
I love coming of age novels too (whether they feature a young protagonist taking on the world on their own for the first time or a second coming of age that takes characters into new phases in their lives.) 5/10
Workplace novels. Novels about power, control, resistance. Novels that investigate the ills of capitalism and the commodification of art. Also, speaking of art, I'm interested novels that make fresh and interesting social commentary on art, music, fashion, entertainment etc. 4/10
Specifically, I'm looking for complex family sagas that span decades (must include a contemporary component). Stories about friendships and the ways those bonds build and sometimes fracture. Sibling stories. Novels about home, belonging, lineage, legacy, and inheritance. 3/10
Amber Oliver @Amber_Oliver007I haven't done a #MSWL in a while, so you know what time it is. Here's what I'm looking for these days. Agents, holla at me. 1/10
Literary Fiction! I'm always on the hunt for beautiful, lyrical, haunting prose. Sentences that will stay with me for a long time. But I also want these books to have plots that move the story along, that have heart and wit and sharp observations about the world around us. 2/10
Hi agent friends! Just wanted to put this out there as we look ahead to the new year. #MSWL: I'm hungry for voicey contemporary literary fiction with gorgeous, delicious prose in the vein of Ocean Vuong, Jesmyn Ward, Colson Whitehead etc.
Send me your novels about hard-earned anger, about generational inheritance, both physical and non. Send me your novels about colonialism and the disservice of American influence. I want to see it all! Please and thank you!
Send me your novels about music, about lust, about people fighting for space in male-presenting spaces. Send me your novels about gentrification, about black and brown people trying to survive in this country, in this world. Send me your novels about joy.
Atmospheric novels are my jam. Transport me to your country, city, town, village. I want to see and smell the food, hear the sounds of the people, of nature, of the music, feel the fabrics, immerse myself in the world within the pages.
I am forever enthralled by millennial novels with a crackling, fresh voice set in big cities featuring BIPOC characters grappling with life in various ways. Extra points if the novels are set in NY the outer boroughs.