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)
& bc examples are always helpful, here are some of my all-time fav contemporary YAs:
⚽️FURIA by yamile saied méndez
💕THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL by maurene goo
😈SHADOWSHAPWER by djo
🐼AMERICAN PANDA by gloria chao
📚THE EDUCATION OF MARGOT SANCHEZ by lilliam rivera
i love contemporary YA full of heart that plays with speculative elements in a way that hinges on the emotional connections between people.
i want stories that tackle weighty sociopolitical issues from an emotional, character-first POV, & with a thru-line of hope & joy #mswl
the best thing about YA is that high emotional stakes can come from something as simple as a first date, a text msg gone wrong, a misplaced love letter 💗--& i want to feel those stakes so much that they give me goosebumps & butterflies & tears #mswl
agents! while my inbox is overflowing with amazing MG subs right now, my list is predominantly YA & i would love to see more of it! so here is an updated YA #mswl so you can PLZ SEND ME MORE YA💕📚
as a reminder i acquire YA for both disney-hyperion & #rickriordanpresents!
for disney hyperion, i'm looking for YA by underrepresented creators ft. underrepresented characters, specifically commercial, contemporary 📚 that lead with joy
i love diverse romcoms & romdrams & anything soap-y, highly aspirational, & with high emotional stakes (5/6)
#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)
ICYMI i'm now a senior editor at #RickRiordanPresents & disney hyperion...so its time for my 2021 #mswl! its a long one, but it covers what im looking for across RRP & disney hyperion, in both YA & MG
agents, i cant wait to see the stories you have for me ♥️📚 (1/6)
finally, i'm still looking for my ✨YA indiana jones✨ re-telling, with the mc taking cultural artifacts back from museums and returning them to their countries of origin. plz plz plz send this to me. #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
i'm desperate for diverse, commercial, soap-y, contemporary YA that is both highly aspirational and has high emotional stakes. basically, if it feels like a shonda rhimes show in book form, with teenagers, I MUST HAVE IT #mswl
Rebecca Kuss @reebsthereader1 year ago today i joined @InkyardPress. it wasn't the year i (or any of us) expected to have, but i'm forever grateful for this team & this job & these books that i ❤️so much.
so here is my 2021 YA #mswl. agents & authors, i can't wait to make more book magic with you! 📚✨
first and forever(more), i am looking for YA by marginalized creators, featuring marginalized characters - especially contemporary fiction that leads with ✨joy✨ #mswl
i'm looking for a YA that gives me the same feeling i get when tom holland lifts up his arms and is drenched in water at the exact moment rihanna sings "gonna let the rain fall" (1:29 for reference). in other words, total joy.
Sarah Barley @SDBarleyMood: sitting on a Central Park bench in the rain listening to the Dixie Chicks
✨exactly✨ what my dream down-and-out YA heroine would do before her grand climactic moment #mswl
Rebecca Kuss @reebsthereaderagent friends! watching bong joon ho make history last night 🇰🇷🥳💕 has restored my faith in the power of creativity
so here is my 2020 YA #mswl. let's make stories together & continue to strive towards a better world that offers mirrors, windows, and doors to all young people
after a full week of being in bed with a fever, cough, body aches, and chest pains i'm finally coming out in the other side and ready to do something other than watch the office...
agents, check out my #mswl and ✨PLEASE✨send me those YA submissions. i am R E A D Y to read.
i'm desperate for commercial, soap-y, contemporary YA that is both highly aspirational and has high emotional stakes. think anything from casey mcquiston's RED WHITE AND ROYAL BLUE to jennifer lynn barnes' THE FIXER #mswl