By Literary Assistants

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)…

Catherine Bradshaw @__cbradshaw__ · 10 Sep 2019

#MSWL commercial and literary fiction—particularly voice-driven narratives in ~unique~ settings filled with emotionally compelling characters!

James McGowan @jmcgowanbks · 3 Sep 2019


Ilove a good 2nd person/interactive picture book and Jory John’s I WILL CHOMP YOU is one of my favorites. Buford is a little mad he got no cake, though.

My best tip for writing these: have a very……

James McGowan @jmcgowanbks · 12 Jun 2019

I watched #Oceans8 the other day and now I want a heist book. Who doesn’t want a heist book? #MSWL

James McGowan @jmcgowanbks · 30 Apr 2019

I don't think I've stressed how much I enjoyed Daisy Jones & The Six, though. Seriously loved it. Send me something similar! #MSWL

James McGowan @jmcgowanbks · 30 Apr 2019

Lastly, I'm always looking for picture books. Of the funny and whimsical variety. #MSWL

James McGowan @jmcgowanbks · 30 Apr 2019

And #YA #Thrillers. Nuff said. But I do like things that have an online component to them. Has anyone seen Searching? A YA version of that would be incredible. #MSWL

James McGowan @jmcgowanbks · 30 Apr 2019

I'm also looking for #YA! At this point, I'm leaning more towards Contemporary YA (think funny like The Field Guide to the American Teenager, or books dealing with important topics like On the Come Up or Heroine). #MSWL

James McGowan @jmcgowanbks · 30 Apr 2019

I remember reading Let the Great World Spin two years ago and being amazed by it. I love fiction that follows a cast of characters through their respective stories like that. Or the way The Immortalists does it. #MSWL Bonus points for something "near-historical" like that.

James McGowan @jmcgowanbks · 30 Apr 2019

Some things I'd love to see in these genres. Family Saga, Small Towns, Missing Persons, Cold Case, Something dealing with Alzheimers/dementia, Anything Irish related or set in Ireland. #MSWL

James McGowan @jmcgowanbks · 30 Apr 2019

I'm also actively on the look out for #upmarket fiction along the lines of Daisy Jones & The Six and/or Where the Crawdads Sing. Something with really great writing and characters that grab you instantly. #MSWL

James McGowan @jmcgowanbks · 30 Apr 2019

James McGowan @jamerrson

Hey #AmWriting Twitter-- I'm all caught up on submissions and dying for something good right now. Here's an up-to-date #MSWL:

I'm admittedly savoring the Tana French books I still haven't read. I'm currently reading Broken Harbor, and would love some twisty #mystery books with hard to read characters. Can be set anywhere, but I'd love a setting I've not seen before (preferably in the US). #MSWL

Kemi Faderin @KemiFaderin · 10 Apr 2019

Just discovered @sixthemusical exists!! Come to NY!!!🙏🏾 Also, #MSWL: writer friends please send similar content to my inbox.