Adib Khorram @adibkhorramI want to see a de-centering of whiteness as the queer default. I want intersectionality. I want to see depictions of disabled queer people. Indigenous queer people. I want to see those books getting movie adaptations and critical acclaim and bestseller status. #kidlitpridechat
How can I “like” this a million more times??? #mswl
ray stoeve (they/them) @raystoevef/f YA has almost NO trans girls in it, have we ever talked about that??? that needs to change. publish more trans women. write trans girls as your LIs (WITHOUT being transphobic or weird about it or making the girl's trans status the focus of the plot/pairing).
Stephanie Stein @stephlysteinWould love a killer middle grade mystery.* Spooky/supernatural, cozy, and Westing Game puzzle-style varieties all encouraged. #mswl
*no actual murder required
Me too! Me too! *well-washed grabby hands* #mswl
Brandon @blgtylrYou ever think about how witches and nuns are like the same thing.
Witches & Nuns:
- Wear black
- Commune with spiritual forces
- Speak Latin
- Chant things to do magic
- Have ancient, leather-bound texts with all their secrets
- Live in tight-knit communities
I want to read this graphic novel #mswl
Kayla Ancrum @KaylaAncrumHey wanna hear something really gay?
A girl I was in love with back in high school had S.A.D. And when it was winter, and had been grey for a while, I would put sunscreen on in the morning before school so that she could smell it on my skin and remember the light of the sun.
My kingdom for this YA novel #mswl
Melissa Edwards @MelissaLaurenEOne day I will read a book with a fat character who exercises because she likes it with no intention to lose weight and not because she’s being forced and I will raise my hands to the heavens in delight
Maleeha Siddiqui @MalSidInkI love morally gray, complex, & layered characters as much as the next person, but I miss stories that have genuinely GOOD, compassionate, and kind-hearted MCs (that are put to the test by having to make some tough choices that might not make them seem so nice!).
Yes, this! Kind-heartedness and complexity are not mutually exclusive #mswl
In 2020, I want to acquire more books! (It is also my job.) So, agent friends, here's a #mswl thread that I'll add to all year long.
TL;DR: Send me PB, MG & YA projects that have a distinct POV and something to say. Bonus points for queerness & a net emotional outcome of joy.
Liz Lawson @LzLwsnI wish there was more YA that focused on the complicated relationship teens have with their parents.
In my experience, that relationship (good, bad, ugly) is one of the defining factors of being a teen. Pushing against them, loving them, fighting, craving their love. All of it.
I, too, wish this & would like to see more more manuscripts like this in my inbox, agent pals! #mswl
Malinda Lo @malindaloThose Little Women Are Lesbians — On Louisa May Alcott’s classic book and my love for it, especially at Christmas time. loandbehold.substack.com/p/those-little… pic.twitter.com/eI9Xuff8dR
Betsy Bird @FuseEightI need you to read these and then I would like to request that someone (@Devas_T comes immediately to mind) write a Mr. T picture biography right now. Done right it could be extraordinary (and don’t tell me it wouldn’t sell like crazy): pic.twitter.com/7JwjTwP8PG
Yes! YES! #mswl