a more complete 2022 #mswl is coming, but in the meantime here are some v specific things i am looking for in ✨YA✨this year:
-stories ft BIPOC on the aro/ace spectrum
-ballet stories from a non-cishet non-female POV
-anything inspired by THE MUMMY (and ft BIPOC)
i'm a sucker for: boarding school stories (the soapier the better); stories that take place over 24 hours; generational family stories; & stories that put BIPOC in places where we don't often get to see them (like boarding school, on vacation, the world of ballet, etc) #mswl
for disney-hyperion, give me ALL THE TROPES (seriously all of them) but make them feel ✨new✨ again
i want stories where BIPOC to take center stage when it comes to all the fake dating, graduation night, only one bed, epic road trip, one last summer, joy-filled tropes #mswl
im ALWAYS looking for ✨contemporary✨ stories that center BIPOC & lead w joy!!!!
for RRP i'd love stories w an emphasis on intersectionality, deeply tied to culture & identity--bonus points for stories that play with magic/supernatural/mythology in fresh, exciting ways #mswl
...but one thing i do accept is that theres much more i can do to work towards a better world for BIPOC creators & young readers.
authors of color are writing some of the most incredible books right now, & i can't wait to see even more of them in my inbox! now onto my #mswl ☺️
...& my fear of turning off agents is why i've hesitated until now to state this outright. but publishing is broken, & that inequity disproportionately affects authors of color. so i'm doing what i can to work towards a more equitable system for BIPOC creators...
first, i want to say that my lists at both RRP/disney-hyperion are focused on 📚 from BIPOC creators that center BIPOC voices--& these are the only stories i'll be acquiring. i'm very conscious of the fact that some may see this as me drawing an unfair line in the sand...
for RRP MG, i want snarky, funny, action-adventure 📚 featuring young BIPOC & deeply rooted in ✨mythology & magic ✨
here too i'd love to see even more intersectional protagonists & stories that subvert the typical RRP formula, like the upcoming SERWA BOATENG! (4/6)
#RickRiordanPresents does YA now! i'd love to see📚 that center BIPOC w/ an emphasis on intersectionality, & stories that feel deeply tied to culture & identity.
i want to explore genres outside of fantasy+cont. fantasy! i truly think this imprint can do it all ♥️ (2/6)
i was an ecology major, but somehow i still reference the episode of the wild thornberrys where eliza ruins the galapagos ecosystem by giving a bird a needle more than anything i learned in college.
anyways, i acquire MG now & i would ❤️ a BIPOC eliza thornberry-esque mc! #mswl
i want stories with big hooks that are stuffed with YA tropes 🥰 and center BIPOC. i'm a big fan of stories about "lasts" (the last day of school, the last summer before college, the last dance, the last chance) #mswl
contemporary fantasy!! i want it!! ESPECIALLY (really only) if it draws from diverse folklore and/or reimagines evergreen fantasy elements (witches, vampires, chosen ones, etc) with BIPOC at the center of the story 👸🏽🧙🏽♀️🧜🏿♀️