Foyinsi
@OyinAtiOmi
Editorial Assistant
(Foe-yin-see); πŸ‡³πŸ‡¬; She/Her; Editorial Assistant (MCPG); opinions my own; if you’re not *actively* fighting against racism/homophobia/misogyny/etc. why bother
2 MSWL
rachel del grosso
@racheldelgrosso
Other
canadian in las vegas. associate publisher at @wisewolfbooks / @wolfpackpub . I pretty much talk about three things: writing, reading and john mayer.
1 MSWL
Foyinsi
@OyinAtiOmi
Editorial Assistant
(Foe-yin-see); πŸ‡³πŸ‡¬; She/Her; Editorial Assistant (MCPG); opinions my own; if you’re not *actively* fighting against racism/homophobia/misogyny/etc. why bother
2 MSWL

I never thought I’d want anything to do with #TheCanterburyTales once I graduated but now I feel like a YA contemp/fantasy novel (loosely) inspired by/based on it (like structurally) could be really cool???

Guess after having it in 4+ classes, the brainwashing worked...

#MSWL

Quressa Thee Secrets Dragon (she/her/queen)
@qnrisawesome
Literary Agent
I like good books. I cannot lie. MFA from @ColumbiaSOA . Fire Nation. Lit agent @ Nelson Literary. All Fae Lives Matter. Hella Bay. Lover of Dragons. Sith Rights
122 MSWL
1 AskAgent
27 Tips

Me After Watching Teen Witch and all four Halloweentown movies: MORE WITCHES.

So Salem witches historical or contemporary MG/YA/Adult but make it Black. Also, BIPOC witches forever and ever. #MSWL

Sarah Homer
@SarahHomerReads
Assistant Editor
Assistant Editor @HarperChildrens and @HarperTeen . Loves libraries, live music, and binge watching cooking shows. Taller than you'd expect. she/her
10 MSWL

After spending the summer swooning over Jasmine Guillory novels, I'm excited to expand my #MSWL to include contemporary romances in the YA space! Looking for fresh, substantive stories with a great hook and stand-out voice that pull at the heartstrings.

Ashley Hearn πŸŒ–πŸŒ—πŸŒ˜ Buy THE YEAR OF THE WITCHING!
@AshleyHearn
Editor
Author. Editor @PeachtreePub . Equal parts coffee, craft beer, and chaos. #OnWisconsin . ✨ Ig: _ashleyhearn. πŸ“š Rep: @alibelle . she/they πŸ’œπŸ–€
58 MSWL
7 AskAgent

In general, so, so, so much of what I'm looking for in contemporary hinges upon the presence of a: great setting, tropes I love, and a voice and characters I adore. #MSWL

Ashley Hearn πŸŒ–πŸŒ—πŸŒ˜ Buy THE YEAR OF THE WITCHING!
@AshleyHearn
Editor
Author. Editor @PeachtreePub . Equal parts coffee, craft beer, and chaos. #OnWisconsin . ✨ Ig: _ashleyhearn. πŸ“š Rep: @alibelle . she/they πŸ’œπŸ–€
58 MSWL
7 AskAgent

I'm especially on the lookout for stories with trope-heavy plots and unbelievable voice that are informed by contemporary teen issues but not wholly centered around them. See: HOME AND AWAY by @candiceamanda and YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN!

Ashley Hearn πŸŒ–πŸŒ—πŸŒ˜ Buy THE YEAR OF THE WITCHING!
@AshleyHearn
Editor
Author. Editor @PeachtreePub . Equal parts coffee, craft beer, and chaos. #OnWisconsin . ✨ Ig: _ashleyhearn. πŸ“š Rep: @alibelle . she/they πŸ’œπŸ–€
58 MSWL
7 AskAgent

HUMOROUS VOICES! A lot of the contemporary I read and acquire has a witty/ funny narrator, and an author with a gift for humor (see: Cece in @SoniaHartl1's HAVE A LITTLE FAITH IN ME). Please, please send me your funny books! #MSWL

Ashley Hearn πŸŒ–πŸŒ—πŸŒ˜ Buy THE YEAR OF THE WITCHING!
@AshleyHearn
Editor
Author. Editor @PeachtreePub . Equal parts coffee, craft beer, and chaos. #OnWisconsin . ✨ Ig: _ashleyhearn. πŸ“š Rep: @alibelle . she/they πŸ’œπŸ–€
58 MSWL
7 AskAgent

Agents! I'm putting a HIGH priority on YA contemporary realism in my inbox right now! My tastes are more picky in realism than they are in spec-fic, so here's a list of what I'm really drawn to in this broad category... #MSWL

🧼 Lauren Spieller πŸ–
@laurenspieller
Literary Agent
Twitter Valkyrie | Associate Lit Agent @TriadaUS | Author of YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT + SHE'S THE WORST. I love dogs like it's my job.
486 MSWL
51 AskAgent
2 Queries
76 Tips

4. LatinX representation in kidlit- all ages, all genres, though I am particularly interested in finding a YA contemp & a MG fantasy! A few favorites: @LauraTNamey, @Nina_Writes, @acevedowrites, @djolder, and @CeliaCPerez. (You should be reading *all* of them!)

Peter Knapp
@petejknapp
Literary Agent
Lit agent with @parkandfine representing kid lit with enthusiasm!
242 MSWL
118 AskAgent
228 Queries
5 Tips

In addition to commercial MG series, I’m eager for strong middle grade contemporaries with singular voices and that pull no punches. #mswl

Devon Halliday
@devonrhalliday
Literary Agent
Literary agent @TransLitAgency building my list in literary/upmarket fiction and narrative/investigative/small-picture nonfiction. Open to queries!
17 MSWL
2 Tips

One might think my wishlist would decrease in correlation w/ my exploding query inbox, but alas, I am still full of wishes. #mswl page now up!

manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/devo…

Hattie
@hatteatime
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at @tbp_agency . She/her. Bookseller Rising Star 2020 🌟 Great job, great hair. 'A very precocious twelve year old'. Views my own.
33 MSWL

I'm looking for dark, gritty or issues-driven contemporary fiction. I'm here for tricky family dynamics, generational divides, the nuances of modern relationships. I loved My Dark Vanessa, Normal People, Such A Fun Age.

Hattie
@hatteatime
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at @tbp_agency . She/her. Bookseller Rising Star 2020 🌟 Great job, great hair. 'A very precocious twelve year old'. Views my own.
33 MSWL

Hattie @hatteatime

I judge all my submissions on three criteria - strength of concept (is it marketable? is it individual? is it interesting?), confidence of voice (you get a sense of the fluency of a voice from one page alone) and sustained compelling storytelling (which I need a full ms to judge)

Right now I'm looking for contemporary fiction (both commercial and upmarket), historical fiction and crime fiction. I'm really keen to hear from diverse voices - BIPOC writers, LGBT writers, regional writers, disabled writers, working class writers, writers without a degree.

Kiki Nguyen
@kianangu
Literary Agent
YA/Adult Agent at DMLA. Samwise Gamgee. She/her. I smile a lot/make inappropriate jokes πŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸ’œ Half-hour pilot, DATING INDIA, rec’d on Liz Alper’s grid.
119 MSWL
25 AskAgent
17 Tips

Maddie Jay @maddiejaymusic

Undertow video out now πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί pic.twitter.com/FSuf73Q4za

okay like now that audio is on Twitter, I LOVE this song!! And want a contemporary YA or Adult WF or Romance that feels like this #mswl

Caitlyn Averett
@craverett
Editorial Assistant
Editorial assistant (acquiring) at JIMMY Patterson Books @HachetteUS , writer, & diverse book enthusiast. INTJ/Virgo. She/her. (Opinions my own.)
15 MSWL

#MSWL Would really like to see some LGBTQ+ contemporary YA in my inbox when I’m back from vacation, so, agents, if you’ve got something you think I’d enjoy, please send it over! I love complex characters, and deep, emotional stories. Hooky concept + voice, please!

Natascha Morris
@SoCalledYALife
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at The Tobias Literary Agency, representing kidlit. Query me at QueryManager.com/natascha For Editorial Peeps, see website!
751 MSWL
31 AskAgent
194 Queries
46 Tips

Also, I need a lady knight book. Maybe in a contemporary? #MSWL #YA

Shannon Snow
@ssnow_lit_agent
Literary Agent
3 MSWL
1 Tips

If I missed your #Pitmad for #a #ya #cr #r #rs, rom-coms too, and you match my #MSWL, feel free to check my post this morning on how to query. Welcome #POC and #BVM. Also dystopian, or post-apoc. 😊