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).
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
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
Cora Harrington @lingerie_addictIn this era of revenge porn and rape threats and dick pics, the story of Artemis turning Acteon into a stag because he dared to see her naked feels more relevant than ever. Imagine being able to punish someone so immediately and so profoundly for violating your boundaries.
#MSWL I'd love to see a YA retelling of this. Think the immediacy and poignancy of Joy McCullough by way of the slippery surrealism of AS King.
Bridget Smith @bredalotI'm also really into YA stories that take a romance structure/trope and use it to construct a fantastic friendship story (a la FOOLISH HEARTS, an enemies-to-BFFs contemp). #mswl
Send to me, please! #MSWL
anna borges @annabrogesi can't believe the american education system led me to believe that emily dickinson was some spinster shut in when she was actually busy writing super gay love letters to her brother's wife
Is anyone writing a YA novel about a queer teen's mind being blown upon reading these letters and then petitioning their high school to change the curriculum's portrayal of Emily Dickenson? Because I super want to publish that #mswl
Vulture @vulture"When I started reading the correspondence to Susan, I was like, This stuff is pretty sexy" vult.re/2XiwqHW
Honestly, #mswl. Gimme that gay YA historical fiction. Bonus points for epistolary novels.
Camryn Garrett @dancingofpensGive me coming of age movies where black girls get to be horrible and funny like in LADY BIRD or where they get to be weird and funny like in BOOKSMART or where they get to be cute and fall in love like in TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE
I don’t make movies, but I do make books & I’m very much looking for this in MG & YA #mswl
Danielle Burby @DanielleBurbyThings I'm looking for right now: Creepy atmospheric forests, queer love stories, YA and MG fantasy, sister stories, boarding schools, complicated family and friendship dynamics, seaside novels, literary writing with commercial plot, interesting magic, feminism #MSWL
And when you find it... #MSWL
Wow, agent friends. I'm really tweeting you a lot, huh? But this is the cutest things I've ever heard of and I need it to be a smart, funny, pignant, nuanced YA novel so... #sorrynotsorry #mswl
Good morning, agent friends! As you may have guessed from my #dvpit RTs, I want to see more queer novels in my inbox (MG or YA). I would especially love to work on a book that centers queer friendships #mswl
High Class Filth @Filth800so last summer i randomly met this 80 y/o woman on words with friends. we played 300+ games together and she actually ended up becoming a good friend of mine. today i got to go to florida and meet her in person💜 pic.twitter.com/VXDbNS4eUo
Zan Romanoff @zanopticon.@lithub let me write about one of my persistent obsessions: the tropes of depicting female friendships lithub.com/more-than-the-…
A literary YA that deconstructs, subverts, and/or otherwise thoughtfully engages with the trope(s) of The Beauty and The Heroine #MSWL