Liesa Abrams

Editor

Random House

Batman-loving editor of MG and YA books. Editor-in-Chief at (new!) Labyrinth Road imprint @ Random House Children’s Books. (Tweets are my own.) She/her

Liesa Abrams
@BatgirlEditor
Editor
Batman-loving editor of MG and YA books. Editor-in-Chief at (new!) Labyrinth Road imprint @ Random House Children’s Books. (Tweets are my own.) She/her
11 MSWL

Liesa Abrams @BatgirlEditor

As promised, here’s a little more info about my #mswl for Labyrinth Road! (Thread)

Some additional more specific elements that often call to me within these below frameworks are Jewish representation, and themes of absent father/daughter angst or difficult mother/daughter dynamics. #mswl

Liesa Abrams
@BatgirlEditor
Editor
Batman-loving editor of MG and YA books. Editor-in-Chief at (new!) Labyrinth Road imprint @ Random House Children’s Books. (Tweets are my own.) She/her
11 MSWL

I remain committed to my platform of sex positivity in YA, de-stigmatization of desire & sex, & inclusive (& intersectional!) representation for diverse sexual & gender identities.

Liesa Abrams
@BatgirlEditor
Editor
Batman-loving editor of MG and YA books. Editor-in-Chief at (new!) Labyrinth Road imprint @ Random House Children’s Books. (Tweets are my own.) She/her
11 MSWL

On the YA side, whether fantastical or realistic, I gravitate toward books w/ high concept hooks and stories anchored in themes of identity, sexuality, & loss & grief. (Grief & sex can be complex labyrinths to navigate, as we know...).

Liesa Abrams
@BatgirlEditor
Editor
Batman-loving editor of MG and YA books. Editor-in-Chief at (new!) Labyrinth Road imprint @ Random House Children’s Books. (Tweets are my own.) She/her
11 MSWL

Graphic & hybrid novels & series are welcome too! Some examples there from my past titles would be DORK DIARIES and THE OKAY WITCH. Quintessential MG stories about finding your way through the labyrinth of family, school, & friendship twists and turns.

Liesa Abrams
@BatgirlEditor
Editor
Batman-loving editor of MG and YA books. Editor-in-Chief at (new!) Labyrinth Road imprint @ Random House Children’s Books. (Tweets are my own.) She/her
11 MSWL

Liesa Abrams @BatgirlEditor

As promised, here’s a little more info about my #mswl for Labyrinth Road! (Thread)

First & foremost—epic, accessible, *character-driven* MG fantasy & adventure series! I’m excited to build series that could sit well alongside my previous projects like KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES, STORY THIEVES, THE UNWANTEDS, FABLEHAVEN.

Liesa Abrams
@BatgirlEditor
Editor
Batman-loving editor of MG and YA books. Editor-in-Chief at (new!) Labyrinth Road imprint @ Random House Children’s Books. (Tweets are my own.) She/her
11 MSWL

So I've mentioned to a few people how lately instead of looking for escapism I gravitate more than ever toward books about loss & grief & suffering, in my need to feel less alone with the emotions. In thinking what this means for my worklife and my #mswl --

Liesa Abrams
@BatgirlEditor
Editor
Batman-loving editor of MG and YA books. Editor-in-Chief at (new!) Labyrinth Road imprint @ Random House Children’s Books. (Tweets are my own.) She/her
11 MSWL

In realizing that my last movie was “Pain and Glory” & I just ordered the book “Pain,” it occurs to me I sure have a brand. My #mswl is easy for agents to target via Mad Libs style mashup titles of language for sex, sadness, grief, or anguish!

Liesa Abrams
@BatgirlEditor
Editor
Batman-loving editor of MG and YA books. Editor-in-Chief at (new!) Labyrinth Road imprint @ Random House Children’s Books. (Tweets are my own.) She/her
11 MSWL

What’s on my #MSWL? More of THIS. More books that make me feel how I do about publishing this book, out today in paperback. Close friends of mine not in publishing called me after reading it to say “Liesa I need to talk to you about this book.” Because we are stronger together.

Liesa Abrams
@BatgirlEditor
Editor
Batman-loving editor of MG and YA books. Editor-in-Chief at (new!) Labyrinth Road imprint @ Random House Children’s Books. (Tweets are my own.) She/her
11 MSWL

On my mind this week for #mswl --stories about relationships that exist outside regular "categories." Not easy to define but life-changing.

Liesa Abrams
@BatgirlEditor
Editor
Batman-loving editor of MG and YA books. Editor-in-Chief at (new!) Labyrinth Road imprint @ Random House Children’s Books. (Tweets are my own.) She/her
11 MSWL

A #MSWL for me and @jennybent -- a book for TWEENS (not teens) on how to process society's messaging about women & sex.

Liesa Abrams
@BatgirlEditor
Editor
Batman-loving editor of MG and YA books. Editor-in-Chief at (new!) Labyrinth Road imprint @ Random House Children’s Books. (Tweets are my own.) She/her
11 MSWL

My new shorthand for #mswl between my middle grade fantasy taste and my realistic YA taste: "Dragons & sex." Not at the same time, though.