For picture books, I gravitate toward quirky, funny, offbeat, and clever stories that center on a memorable character(s) or weave in deeper themes about friendship, mental health, etc. I'd love to find author-illustrators who can capture that sensibility in both text & art. #MSWL
I’d also love to find some hooky YA contemporary! In addition to my dream of finding a Jewish rom-com, I’ve also loved reads like Fangirl, Geekerella, and Simon Vs. with fully realized characters and fun hooks (themes of nerd/pop/fandom culture always interests me, too!). #MSWL
And in YA fantasy, I’m always looking for a lush, fully realized world that feels fresh and new somehow—but also for compelling characters who will root the reader in the story. I’m always game for a really inventive, smart magic system, too. #MSWL
Fantasy was my first love as a reader, so I'm always seeking that in MG & YA, too! On the MG side, I'd love to find "modern-feeling classics" that evoke the spirit of Ella Enchanted, or humorous, wry voices in the Dealing with Dragons vein. #MSWL
I'd also love to find mind-bendy, genre twisting stories that feel in the vein of my recent Netflix obsessions Black Mirror, Russian Doll, The OA, and Dark. That obviously includes a huge range, but they're all contemporary-rooted stories with speculative elements woven in. #MSWL
In tandem with that, I just wached the series finale of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and I really loved the way Rachel Bloom wove Rebecca Bunch’s Judaism into a bigger narrative (and of course, THE MUSICAL NUMBERS)—I’d love a book about a teen version of that character! #MSWL
Firstly, I'm really eager to find more Jewish voices, across categories & genres. I have a stronger interest in contemporary (for YA, rom-coms included!) or sci-fi/fantasy stories that features Jewish characters. I've found I'm not usually the right person for historical. #MSWL
Kaye Dreams of Fluffy Romcoms @gildedspineThis is your Wednesday reminder that if you are a marginalized author writing a magical school, I AM SO HERE FOR IT AND YOU. Write it. Please.
Also, there are no limits to writing magical schools with different functions, experiences and value. Do not cancel yourself out.
YES. I'm all about this!! #MSWL
I'm also all about epic, sweeping fantasies. I'd love to see thoughtfully built, fresh-feeling worlds (bonus points if they contain rich magic systems), inhabited by complex characters. And I'm always excited to see fantasy from diverse voices! #MSWL
Hali Baumstein @halibaumsteinOh hey, #MSWL day! I don't take unsolicited subs, but agents, here's what I'm looking for these days...
In YA, I would love to find a near-future sci-fi in the vein of Black Mirror or Orphan Black. I also just saw the film Ex Machina, which asks incredibly fascinating questions about AI. #MSWL
Hali Baumstein @halibaumstein#MSWL!!! I love stuff that feels like it SHOULD be sci-fi... but it could actually happen. twitter.com/ShuttleCDRKell…
Also #MSWL--any story that was inspired or could be a topic covered on two of my fave NPR podcasts, Hidden Brain and Invisibilia.
Penny Moore @precociouspennyI want fresh YA SFF projects that are rooted in non European cultures and have strong worldbuilding. The less derivative the better. #mswl