Sarah Guan @🏡

Editor

Erewhon Books

Works in the book trade (edits adult & YA speculative fiction @erewhonbooks ). @Stanford 🎓, New Yorker, Earth citizen. All views my own. (she/her)

Sarah Guan @🏡
@Sarah_Guan
Editor
Works in the book trade (edits adult & YA speculative fiction @erewhonbooks ). @Stanford 🎓, New Yorker, Earth citizen. All views my own. (she/her)
140 MSWL
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A meeting today made me think: I’d LOVE to see a huge, sweeping pre-Columbian epic fantasy novel in my inbox.

Before the Europeans landed and ruined everything, there were vibrant, sophisticated, and competitive empires in the Americas. That’s as epic fantasy as anything. #MSWL

Sarah Guan @🏡
@Sarah_Guan
Editor
Works in the book trade (edits adult & YA speculative fiction @erewhonbooks ). @Stanford 🎓, New Yorker, Earth citizen. All views my own. (she/her)
140 MSWL
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Leesha Hannigan @LeeshaHannigan

"Clarity" pic.twitter.com/IhOmTDCxAY

This artwork is incredible. I would buy a book with this warrior woman on the cover!

In other words, #MSWL: a fantasy novel with this protagonist.

Sarah Guan @🏡
@Sarah_Guan
Editor
Works in the book trade (edits adult & YA speculative fiction @erewhonbooks ). @Stanford 🎓, New Yorker, Earth citizen. All views my own. (she/her)
140 MSWL
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Sam Sykes @SamSykesSwears

Breakfast Club, but they are at wizard school.

Bring It On, but they are at wizard school.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but he’s at wizard school.

It’s just that easy to make a new genre of film, fellas.

YES—give me “Bring It On” at wizard (or space) school! #mswl

I want #SFF stories about socioeconomic disparities at academic institutions.

Public school zoning on Mars? Affirmative action at fantasy college? Exploitation of student athletes at interstellar universities? PLEASE.

Sarah Guan @🏡
@Sarah_Guan
Editor
Works in the book trade (edits adult & YA speculative fiction @erewhonbooks ). @Stanford 🎓, New Yorker, Earth citizen. All views my own. (she/her)
140 MSWL
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2 Tips
Sarah Guan @🏡
@Sarah_Guan
Editor
Works in the book trade (edits adult & YA speculative fiction @erewhonbooks ). @Stanford 🎓, New Yorker, Earth citizen. All views my own. (she/her)
140 MSWL
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E. TONG @_iwakeli_i

hey @guardian, i fixed your headline for you pic.twitter.com/p0Fu06bZgC

I can’t stop thinking about this.

Someone write me a reverse, PoC Howard Carter #SFF novel where cultural artifacts are repatriated to their rightful inheritors. Give me the fantasy or future tech inverse heist novel. #MSWL twitter.com/_iwakeli_i/sta…

Sarah Guan @🏡
@Sarah_Guan
Editor
Works in the book trade (edits adult & YA speculative fiction @erewhonbooks ). @Stanford 🎓, New Yorker, Earth citizen. All views my own. (she/her)
140 MSWL
5 AskAgent
2 Tips
Sarah Guan @🏡
@Sarah_Guan
Editor
Works in the book trade (edits adult & YA speculative fiction @erewhonbooks ). @Stanford 🎓, New Yorker, Earth citizen. All views my own. (she/her)
140 MSWL
5 AskAgent
2 Tips
Sarah Guan @🏡
@Sarah_Guan
Editor
Works in the book trade (edits adult & YA speculative fiction @erewhonbooks ). @Stanford 🎓, New Yorker, Earth citizen. All views my own. (she/her)
140 MSWL
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Elders who contribute meaningfully, whose experience & wisdom are respected. Collective policymaking (even in monarchies).

Just because Western (esp. American) narratives default to youthful, heroic individualism doesn’t mean it’s the only way to build a protagonist.
#MSWL #SFF

Sarah Guan @🏡
@Sarah_Guan
Editor
Works in the book trade (edits adult & YA speculative fiction @erewhonbooks ). @Stanford 🎓, New Yorker, Earth citizen. All views my own. (she/her)
140 MSWL
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Domesticated species, architecture, etc. that make sense for the terrain/biome depicted. Even—or rather, especially—in #SFF, consistency in worldbuilding makes a story that much better.

Yes, I want more battle rhinoceroses. I admit it. #MSWL

Sarah Guan @🏡
@Sarah_Guan
Editor
Works in the book trade (edits adult & YA speculative fiction @erewhonbooks ). @Stanford 🎓, New Yorker, Earth citizen. All views my own. (she/her)
140 MSWL
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Addendum: anger that masquerades as love, as idealism. Characters who persuade themselves of the righteousness of their own cause, who rationalize extremism born of a seed of compelling truth—because that’s how it so often begins.

You know what I’m talking about.
#MSWL #SFF

Sarah Guan @🏡
@Sarah_Guan
Editor
Works in the book trade (edits adult & YA speculative fiction @erewhonbooks ). @Stanford 🎓, New Yorker, Earth citizen. All views my own. (she/her)
140 MSWL
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Different types of love & loyalty at war with each other, esp within the same person. Romantic love. Familial love. Love of country. Love for one’s people. Love for the downtrodden.

Love is stronger than hate, and opposing loves often make the most powerful conflicts.
#SFF #MSWL

Sarah Guan @🏡
@Sarah_Guan
Editor
Works in the book trade (edits adult & YA speculative fiction @erewhonbooks ). @Stanford 🎓, New Yorker, Earth citizen. All views my own. (she/her)
140 MSWL
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Beautifully choreographed fight scenes that advance plot, develop character, and worldbuild.

Yes, #BlackPanther has the advantages of a visual medium. It’s harder in prose fiction, but it can be done so, so well. (See @FondaJLee.)
#SFF #MSWL

Sarah Guan @🏡
@Sarah_Guan
Editor
Works in the book trade (edits adult & YA speculative fiction @erewhonbooks ). @Stanford 🎓, New Yorker, Earth citizen. All views my own. (she/her)
140 MSWL
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Accents, dialect, and non-English languages in English-language fiction, used in ways that enhance characterization and worldbuilding rather than othering or exoticizing the speaker. #SFF #MSWL

Sarah Guan @🏡
@Sarah_Guan
Editor
Works in the book trade (edits adult & YA speculative fiction @erewhonbooks ). @Stanford 🎓, New Yorker, Earth citizen. All views my own. (she/her)
140 MSWL
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White characters interacting with non-white societies at a disadvantage. Non-white civilizations that do not exist for the white gaze, that treat with outsiders on their own terms. #Wakanda, and hundreds more nations like it. #SFF #MSWL

Sarah Guan @🏡
@Sarah_Guan
Editor
Works in the book trade (edits adult & YA speculative fiction @erewhonbooks ). @Stanford 🎓, New Yorker, Earth citizen. All views my own. (she/her)
140 MSWL
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Postcolonialism 2.0: multifaceted conflicts that go beyond colonizer and colonized. Give me diaspora, give me infighting on all sides, give me vehement disagreement about a nation’s future that is borne of genuine patriotism and idealism. #SFF #MSWL #BlackPanther

Sarah Guan @🏡
@Sarah_Guan
Editor
Works in the book trade (edits adult & YA speculative fiction @erewhonbooks ). @Stanford 🎓, New Yorker, Earth citizen. All views my own. (she/her)
140 MSWL
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Economically realistic motives for colonialism & war. Vibranium is spot-on as an analogue for resources that drove (historical & current) conquest: oil, gold, tea, slaves, spices...

#SFF is full of war stories; give ‘em better reasons than righteousness & border conflicts.
#MSWL

Sarah Guan @🏡
@Sarah_Guan
Editor
Works in the book trade (edits adult & YA speculative fiction @erewhonbooks ). @Stanford 🎓, New Yorker, Earth citizen. All views my own. (she/her)
140 MSWL
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Female characters of all stripes with interior lives and motivations that don’t revolve around the male main character. Even if the male protagonist is supposed to save the world. #SFF #MSWL

Sarah Guan @🏡
@Sarah_Guan
Editor
Works in the book trade (edits adult & YA speculative fiction @erewhonbooks ). @Stanford 🎓, New Yorker, Earth citizen. All views my own. (she/her)
140 MSWL
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WOC in science who are brilliant, fearless, multifaceted, and celebrated for their contributions. (This last point is important.)

Shuri is the Disney Princess of my dreams. (I was a STEM kid; I have FEELS, ok?) #MSWL #SFF #BlackPanther

Sarah Guan @🏡
@Sarah_Guan
Editor
Works in the book trade (edits adult & YA speculative fiction @erewhonbooks ). @Stanford 🎓, New Yorker, Earth citizen. All views my own. (she/her)
140 MSWL
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Sarah Guan @🏡
@Sarah_Guan
Editor
Works in the book trade (edits adult & YA speculative fiction @erewhonbooks ). @Stanford 🎓, New Yorker, Earth citizen. All views my own. (she/her)
140 MSWL
5 AskAgent
2 Tips