By Literary Assistants

James McGowan @jmcgowanbks · Jan 10

I finally watched The Post (2017) and holy hot damn that was a hell of a movie. I want a historical novel on my list as tense and informative and relevant as that was. #MSWL

James McGowan @jmcgowanbks · Jan 10

I’m actively seeking submissions in:
Literary/Upmarket fiction
Mystery, Crime, Thriller
Humorous middle grade fiction
Middle grade non-fiction
All picture books (fiction & non-fiction)
#MSWL

James McGowan @jmcgowanbks · Jan 10

We’re sharing our 2020 Must Haves graphics over at @bookendslit. Here’s mine. I’d love to see a query from you! #MSWL

Susan Velazquez @susannprogress · 8 Nov 2019

If you are a pop culture or music writer obsessed with the girl groups and boy bands of the 00s (Dream, 3LW, A*Teens, Dreamstreet) hmu because I’d love to find a non fic narrative about 00s music scene and how it paved the way for pop music today #mswl

James McGowan @jmcgowanbks · 8 Oct 2019

Ashley Congdon @AshleyCCongdon

@jamerrson What themes, topics, styles, etc. excite you right now for picture books? #askagent

Replying to @AshleyCCongdon

Is it fair to say everything? If I had to choose, non-fiction is most exciting to me right now, and I’m especially looking for some climate/environment related stuff. But I always love funny pbs. #MSWL

James McGowan @jmcgowanbks · 24 Sep 2019

Some favorites: Margaret Finnegan's WE COULD BE HEROES, GHOST, ONE AND ONLY IVAN.

Next up on my TBR: THE TRUTH AS TOLD BY Mason Buttle
#MSWL

James McGowan @jmcgowanbks · 24 Sep 2019

On the contemporary fiction, if it feels like Jason Reynolds could have wrote it, I'd love to see it. Realistic stories that don't shy away from hard topics. With characters we all can love.#MSWL

James McGowan @jmcgowanbks · 24 Sep 2019

I'm recently open to middle grade, and I'm primarily looking for funny projects, along the lines of THE BAD GUYS, LIONS & LIARS #MSWL

James McGowan @jmcgowanbks · 24 Sep 2019

I'd love to find more PB NF-- things like THE SEA BOOK or SEA BEAR. I like little known history and people, or climate/science geared topics. #MSWL

James McGowan @jmcgowanbks · 24 Sep 2019

I gravitate towards humorous, sarcastic, clever books like Jory John. I love punny and clever, and ordinary things turned on their heads and made hilarious. Think THE GREAT INDOORS. #MSWL

James McGowan @jmcgowanbks · 24 Sep 2019

James McGowan @jamerrson

It's #MSWL day! (pt. 2) (Children's Fiction)

My door will always be open to picture books, running the gamut.
Fiction, non-fiction, funny, heartwarming, STEM, arts, anything. #MSWL

James McGowan @jmcgowanbks · 24 Sep 2019

I also love mysteries and thrillers that gravitate towards dark horror elements, like THE WHISPER MAN. One of my top reads so far this year. #MSWL

James McGowan @jmcgowanbks · 24 Sep 2019

I've been on a #horror kick and would love some more in my inbox. I tend to gravitate towards psychological horror, or ghost stories. #MSWL

Think Jennifer McMahon, Hill House, Paul Tremblay.
I'm not one for demons and creatures or what have you.

James McGowan @jmcgowanbks · 24 Sep 2019

I also *loved* LONG BRIGHT RIVER, and want to see a m/s/t that centers around addiction the way this one does.

On my TBR- THE HUNTING PARTY & THE SILENT PATIENT.
#MSWL

James McGowan @jmcgowanbks · 24 Sep 2019

James McGowan @jamerrson

It's #MSWL day, and I don't make the rules, so here I go.
(Adult Fiction)

Adult #Mystery, #Thriller, #Suspense-- I love my dark mysteries and thrillers along the lines of Tana French. I will never do a #MSWL without Tana French's name. Ever. I've read a ton of Ruth Ware this year, and loved it all.

James McGowan @jmcgowanbks · 13 Sep 2019

Here’s my top 4 novels of the year so far to constitute the #MSWL of my dreams, folks.

(Partially cheating because LONG BRIGHT RIVER is a 2020 pub) instagram.com/p/B2Wxhv2n3Mf/…