Last night I procrastinated so much on Actual Things (cleaning? life? etc) that I made myself a website 👀 taragonzalez.com
i'm a sucker for: boarding school stories (the soapier the better); stories that take place over 24 hours; generational family stories; & stories that put BIPOC in places where we don't often get to see them (like boarding school, on vacation, the world of ballet, etc) #mswl
“I really love literary fiction that takes you into small worlds and communities where I'm an outsider. A glimpse inside a complex family, or a workplace.” @ericsmithrocks #MSWL ericsmithrocks.com/mswl
“Novels about dysfunctional families. Extra bonus points if they’re wealthy (think HBO’s Succession) because, let’s face it, reading about rich people in trouble is fun. Super extra bonus points if there’s an immigrant angle in there.” @ceciliaclyra #MSWL psliterary.com/submissions/
🌪️Stories set in the near future, dealing with the climate emergency (think THIS FRAGILE EARTH)
🌷 Strong romantic subplots!
👩👩👧👦Strong family bonds!
Adria Goetz @adriamgoetzSince I’m now back open to queries, I’d love to share a bit more about what types of projects I’m currently looking for. Buckle up for a #MSWL thread. 💜
In the PB space, I have 3 top priorities:
1. Stories by BIPOC creators in general, particularly family narratives. I love falling in love with a new fictional family!
2. Humor! I need a good laugh. Kids do, too.
3. MAGIC! Send me magical stories!!! ✨
DIAL A FOR AUNTIES @thewritinghippo is my latest #MSWL obsession! It's the romcom I'd like to rep: dark AND funny; accessible AND intelligent. I also 💜 how it's the story of a dysfunctional family & a trad b-meets-g love story. Please query me if your work is a comp!
Picture Books #MSWL
☑️ break down gender stereotypes
☑️ variety of family structures
🚫 Anthropomorphism (objects/animals)
🚫 Issue books, saviorism, or "inspirational" (written to center the dominant narrative of "overcoming" an identity
Bryn Donovan @BrynDonovanHey authors and agents! I'm looking to acquire several books for @HallmarkPublish in Sept. We make deals with agents on 3 chapters and a synopsis. Here are a couple of specific things I'm looking for, but I'll have more wishlist items later in the month!
1. Romance or women's fiction with higher stakes than you might expect from us; think Kristin Hannah, but make it Hallmark. Focus on family, friendship, and/or community. Contemporary only, happy ending only.
#MSWL #romancelandia #WritingCommunity
I've had this on my shelf for years but never made time for it... which is? very stupid?? because I finally read it and LOVED IT. Dark family secrets, twins, sisterhood... all my favorite things! Send me books like this! #MSWL
Multiverses and space opera! I love expansive worlds with a close knit cast of characters, like NOPHEK GLOSS. I love the strange and alien, horror in space, and found family tropes. Another recent favourite of mine was THE SPACE BETWEEN WORLDS. #MSWL
#MSWL I have a love for contemporary MG books with quirky plotlines and lovable characters that you just want to hug as you see them grow. I’d love to see unique family arrangements and unique communities with those characters too.
- Other diverse experiences, such as neurodiversity, mental illness, physical disabilities, chronic illness, or non-nuclear/“found” families
- Compulsively page-turning YA thriller with deep emotional engagement
- Immersive YA high fantasy that’s dark, twisty, and queer AF (4/6)