Editor at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Brian Geffen @Brian_Geffen3/ 2019 #MSWL Agents: 1st and always, I want to curate a list of authors (and books) that accurately reflects the world around me--one that is filled with diverse creators and content--and support them in our shared goal of creating more mirrors (and portals) for kids and teens.
Shannon Hale @haleshannonBlack cartoonists and writers and creators, please! Please make middle grade graphic novels starring Black girls! There's a HUGE lack. (and middle grade is SUCH a wonderful space and age of readers...join us...you'll never want to leave) twitter.com/varianjohnson/…
I would love to see these books pop up in my inbox, agents. #MSWL
11/ #MSWL: Finally, I promise I’m not ALL about darker books, as much as I love them. Send me some books with humor too! I’m looking for sarcastic and witty rather than goofy and silly. I promise I’m not uptight, but potty humor just isn’t my thing!
9/ #MSWL: Middle-grade and YA graphic novels about identity, particularly coming-of-age stories that explore relationships and friendships with emotional depth. Books like This One Summer, Real Friends, and American Born Chinese.
8/ #MSWL: High-stakes MG and YA contemp that feature breakers of tradition and characters who forge their own paths, as well as novels about identity and overcoming adversity. Wonderful books like I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, Dear Martin, and The Stars Beneath Our Feet
7/ #MSWL: Deep contemporary YA! The gritty and dark variety as well as quirky and poignant novels. Books that deal with challenging subjects, mental health, and other important questions and ideas that affect teens, but ultimately offer hope. I.e. Jandy Nelson & Nina Lacour.
6/ #MSWL: I'm ALWAYS on the hunt for affecting, beautifully-written middle grade contemporary in the vein of Kate DiCamillo, Jacqueline Woodson, and Katherine Applegate. Stories that feel like coming of age experiences (I refuse to let YA monopolize this term!).
5/ #MSWL: Fast-paced, high-stakes YA fantasy, specifically with unique magic systems and fresh worldbuilding. I'm particularly attracted to lyrical prose, and recent YA favorites include Leigh Bardugo's King of Scars and Laini Taylor's Muse of Nightmares.
4/ #MSWL: I would love to find more MG fantasy that combines commercial, high concept plotting with gorgeous prose. Books packed with action, adventure, heart, & friendship that tow the line between literary and commercial. Wildly original worldbuilding, always!
3/ 2019 #MSWL Agents: 1st and always, I want to curate a list of authors (and books) that accurately reflects the world around me--one that is filled with diverse creators and content--and support them in our shared goal of creating more mirrors (and portals) for kids and teens.
Nilah Magruder @nilaffleJuuuust putting it out there~
We could use more cartoonists in the kids graphic novel market. Especially marginalized cartoonists. Especially WOC.
It's an eagerly growing market. Lotsa big publishers are aching for more GNs... and the money's pretty good. 👀
I am proud to be among those editors aching for more GNs, particularly from marginalized cartoonists and WOC! #MSWL
Brian Geffen @Brian_GeffenI cannot adequately express how much I loved #StrangetheDreamer. It is a masterpiece and I'm in awe. Thank you, @lainitaylor, for writing one of my all-time favorite books.
Kristin Nelson @agentkristinNLAAgents want a high-concept story. What does that mean & can u land agent w/o? @DanielleBurby answers: ow.ly/84ah30gqjCM #PubRantsPosts pic.twitter.com/PewlFhPJ66