By Literary Assistants

James McGowan @jamerrson · Feb 7

Since I'm caught up on queries and subs to Jan 11th, I will take this time to say that for 2019, I'm on a major hunt for some diverse YA (in any genre). It's my #1 goal this year to find some books like those by Samira Ahmed & Jason Reynolds, or Neal Shusterman & Marie Lu #MSWL

James McGowan @jamerrson · Jan 23

Send me a YA as badass and edgy as @DeadlyClassSYFY. Preferably something lower on the fantasy scale, but who am I to tell you how to write the books? #MSWL

James McGowan @jamerrson · Jan 15

I’m on the hunt for a great contemporary #YA. I’m open to anything that feels fresh— and would love something like Samira Ahmed or Ben Phillips’s The Field Guide to the North American Teenager. #MSWL

James McGowan @jamerrson · 19 Dec 2018

#MSWL-- A main character obsessed with True Crime + a mystery. Preferably in YA?

James McGowan @jamerrson · 12 Dec 2018

It has taken me all week to nail down my top 10 reads of 2018, but I’ve finally done it. Send me your thoughts/Send me your top books!

James McGowan @jamerrson · 12 Dec 2018

Send me your #ownvoices and diverse books! I want to read your stories. I want to be a part of bringing them to shelves.

James McGowan @jamerrson · 12 Dec 2018

In Mystery, Tana French is my favorite. I’d love mysteries with writing elevated to her level, but really I’m looking for ANYTHING in mystery. From procedurals to regular old mysteries, psychological thrillers. Suspense like Susan Furlong!(Excluding spy books, please). #MSWL

James McGowan @jamerrson · 12 Dec 2018

In Literary/Upmarket Fiction, I’m looking mainly for books that explore families like Sing, Unburied, Sing (or groups, like Station Eleven) #MSWL

James McGowan @jamerrson · 12 Dec 2018

James McGowan @jamerrson

I also love speculative elements that run the gamut from DRY to STRANGER THINGS. Ultimately, I like stories grounded in our reality, no matter a spec element. #MSWL

I’m dying (heh) to find a thriller author like BookEnds’ very own Amanda Searcy or Karen McManus. Twisty and dark. Bonus points for something as unputdownable as Watch You Burn’s fire obsessed Jenny! #MSWL

James McGowan @jamerrson · 12 Dec 2018

James McGowan @jamerrson

Not all of them were pubbed this year, but every one of them is *exactly* the type of story I’d like to build my list with.

I’m looking for picture books like Elise Parsley, Tammi Sauer and Ryan T Higgins. I prefer humorous, silly or witty picture books. Things kids (okay I) can read over and over again and still laugh. #MSWL