Now, for things that I’m not particularly looking for, but that are undeniably just a ME thing in YA and Adult Fantasy:
1. Sisters/siblings who really don’t like each other. It’s okay when family has issues that can’t be resolved. I’m def here for this.
In addition, I’m looking for so many things in both YA and Adult fantasy, that’s it’s harder to pin down what I WANT than it is to just list the things I DON’T want. So here goes things I DO NOT LIKE in fantasy: #mswl
"Send me all your ghost stories. I'll take adult fiction (scary or fun), a history of haunted places in America, an illustrated book—you name it, I'm here for it. Spook me!"
For Adult: I’m also interested in romcoms, fantasy romcoms, and upmarket fiction. I love books set in the South with queer narrators, and I gravitate toward sharp, witty prose. 💖
For Adult: sweeping, weird, and darkly lyrical SFF and horror. I especially love stories with setting as character, monsters (body horror!), villains, and gorgeous writing. Think Ava Reid’s JUNIPER & THORN or Jennifer Giesbrecht’s THE MONSTER OF ELENDHAVEN.
As always, submission is via our website. You're looking for the Adult Fiction submission form at the link below. Please send here rather than to me directly as I've got it set up to send to kindle etc. so I don't miss things.
I’m not usually one for horror (scaredy cat party of 1 😅) but I’d love to try some horror in my QM. Bonus points for being something out of the ordinary. Adult fiction only please. #mswl
-BIPOC-led mysteries and thrillers, especially those with romantic and cozy *elements* even if you may not consider them fully cozy. e.g. there are dogs. there is a bakery. there is a fluffy tooth-rotting romance
-again, more BIPOC in the great outdoors
Lisa Amstutz @LJAmstutz#amquerying writers, I am now open to queries! Please see my submission guidelines at stormliteraryagency.com/submissionguid… for a QM link. @StormLiterary
I would love some locked room mysteries/ thrillers.
YA/ Adult Horror like Kiersten White’s Hide, Kathryn Foxfield’s books, or Clown in a Cornfield.
Giant sharks/ cryptid books.
Lisa Amstutz @LJAmstutzI'm excited to share that I will be opening to queries again on 10/5! My guidelines are on the @StormLiterary website. #amagenting
Romantic, steamy adult fantasy romances. Deals of convenience, betrayal, political intrigue, dueling families, rivals to lovers to enemies, immortals w/longstanding wars and deep histories. Ballroom dances that end with a dagger to the throat. Rich world building & magic systems
For the first time, I’m opening up to romance in the adult space, particularly contemporary stories that have a lot of layers, have a great backdrop, and an ensemble cast. I’ll be pretty picky here, but here are a few of my faves from the last year 🤍
✨🤍📖I’m open to queries✨🤍📖
I am so so stoked to open my QM again and this time I have new things on my #mswl! I’m especially in the mood for:
MG & YA heists, competitions, mysteries, and thrillers
Adult fantasy romance
Adult contemporary romance
"Seeking adult rom coms with new twists on classic tropes: friends/enemies to lovers, fake dating, stuck together, opposites attract, second chances."
I'm super into Stardew Valley at the moment and would love a book with that gentle fantasy, people going about their lives, kind of vibe. I think YA but I would stretch into adult, and particularly keen to see something from marginalised creators! #mswl