Kendall Berdinsky
@klberdinsky
Literary Assistant
agent assistant @ DG&B 👩🏻‍🏫 👩🏻‍💻 rom-com and Austen obsessive | OPEN to queries | she/her | no DM queries please!
15 MSWL

I’m on the lookout for family sagas, new adult-ish protagonists, and anything that explores the human experience with nuance.

Laura Zats
@LZats
Literary Agent
Founder & Agent @HeadwaterLit . Host of the award-winning @printrunpodcast . Publishers Weekly industry MVP. She/her & Ms/Mx. Open to queries!
213 MSWL
176 AskAgent
3124 Queries
162 Tips

I love YA that in its surface is about monsters or magic but is actually about family or community or growing up #mswl

Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
SVP & Senior Lit Agent @PSLiterary MA in Publishing Studies @CityUniLondon Co-host of @TSNOTYAW VP of Professional Assoc. of Canadian Literary Agents
153 MSWL
229 AskAgent
334 Tips

Fiction #mswl

I mostly read to be entertained. I like to read about topics of class, social issues, motherhood/domestic issues, family, ambition, love, family, tragedy, and desire.

I liked LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY, SEVEN DAYS IN JUNE, I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS FOR YOU, THE GUNCLE 1/2

Taj McCoy
@tajmccoywrites
Literary Agent
Author, Agent (@reesagency), & Consultant. Out: SAVVY. Next: ZORA, 04.25.23 (MIRA), EVEN IF THE SKY IS FALLING, May 2023 (HQN). Rep: @Jemiscoe . 🖤🇹🇭🇵🇭🏳️‍🌈
13 MSWL

On the kidlit side, I'm looking for lovable introverts, pride in culture and identity, angsty crushes, teachable moments, belonging, and emotional range. Hints of magic, family businesses, best friend groups, complicated home situations, and underdogs are welcome. #MSWL

Taj McCoy
@tajmccoywrites
Literary Agent
Author, Agent (@reesagency), & Consultant. Out: SAVVY. Next: ZORA, 04.25.23 (MIRA), EVEN IF THE SKY IS FALLING, May 2023 (HQN). Rep: @Jemiscoe . 🖤🇹🇭🇵🇭🏳️‍🌈
13 MSWL

I'd really love to see more family sagas with old secrets that unfold over time, mothers and daughters breaking cycles of generational trauma rather than perpetuating it, and something fresh and laugh-out-loud funny in terms of non-fiction narrative. #MSWL

Catherine Cho
@Catkcho
Literary Agent
Story seeker. Literary Agent @PaperLiterary . Author of INFERNO: A Memoir of Motherhood and Madness, @BloomsburyBooks 🇬🇧 @HenryHolt 🇺🇸 amzn.to/3ht9raB
2 MSWL
1 Tips

The updated Manuscript Wishlist website looks wonderful - what a great resource. As always, my #MSWL is broad - a multi-generational family saga; speculative; something escapist/hopeful. My full #MSWL is here: manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/cath…

Nicole Luongo
@nicoleluongo_
Editor
editing @parkrowbooks / @harpercollins | open to acquisitions 📚 | she/her
3 MSWL

Happy #MSWL Day! My inbox is open to acquisitions 📚📚📚 Here’s my MSWL profile to help give you a sense of what I’m looking for:

manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/nico…

Stuti Telidevara
@StutiTelidevara
Literary Agent
she/her // @ParkandFine // former: @RavenLiterary @orbitbooks @TransLitAgency // opinions own
15 MSWL

In high fantasy, my taste is super broad, but right now I'm esp looking for court intrigue, sprawling worlds, stories centering family dynamics, and of course stories w/ diverse voices. Send me South Asian inspired fantasy & novels starring wlw please!

P.S. Literary Agency
@PSLiterary
Literary Agency
Representing a diverse list of internationally published, award-winning, bestselling and debut creators.
2641 MSWL
71 AskAgent
3 Queries
179 Tips

"I want 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."
@ceciliaclyra #MSWL

psliterary.com/submissions/

Kristie Choi
@minjipatterson
Editor
Acquiring EA @ Atheneum (S&S) | she/her 🌈💗💛💙 최민지, Korean-Am, cottagecore meets a punky morbid grandma, waterbender, sex/kink-positive leftist Christian
23 MSWL

MG: stories highlighting the beauty of kids going through difficult things and complicated family dynamics; experiences of first love and crushes esp of queer kids discovering themselves; misfits finding connection, friendship, and the stirrings of desire.

P.S. Literary Agency
@PSLiterary
Literary Agency
Representing a diverse list of internationally published, award-winning, bestselling and debut creators.
2641 MSWL
71 AskAgent
3 Queries
179 Tips

"For rom coms, my taste veers towards genre-blends, i.e., a rom com that's also a family saga or a romcom com that's also a thriller. DIAL A FOR AUNTIES by Jesse Q. Sutanto is a great example and my all-time favorite rom com."
@ceciliaclyra #MSWL

psliterary.com/submissions

Caroline J. Trussell
@carolinejtrulit
Literary Agent
junior literary agent with @metamorphlitag , mental health advocate/warrior, reader, indie/self pubbed author. INFJ & Capricorn😇 (she/her)
47 MSWL

I would really like to see stories with complicated family dynamics where blood is not necessarily thicker than water #MSWL

Tanera Simons
@tanera_simons
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Darley Anderson📚 📖 All views my own.
11 MSWL

Speaking of toxic, I raced through SUCCESSION and love how it confronts our obsession with wealth while exploring the rot it creates within family/friends/relationships (8/12)

Tanera Simons
@tanera_simons
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Darley Anderson📚 📖 All views my own.
11 MSWL

Friendship and family dynamics endlessly fascinate me, from the juicy drama of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES to the more wholesome GRACE AND FRANKIE (5/12)

Ash Stann
@ashtynwrites
Editor
Freelance Editor for @fluxbooks and @jollyfishpress | Writer | Retired Book Blogger and bookseller | Lover of Happily Ever Afters 💗 Tweets are my own. she/her
6 MSWL

Across all genres, I’m looking for:
-LGBTQIA+ representation
-neurodiversity
-representation of physical disabilities or chronic illness
-racial or cultural diversity
-unique or non-traditional family units (including found families)
-imperfect characters trying their best

Daniele Hunter
@DanieleDHunter
Literary Agent
Junior Agent, @mcintoshandotis , KidLit!! Queer, disabled. Wife/cat lady; she/her. Ambidextrous optimist. #WeNeedDiverseBooks #BrainTumorSurvivor #Endometriosis
57 MSWL

I also love stories featuring relationships—the good, the bad, and everything in between: friendship and found family, “friend break-up”, complicated family dynamics. And I adore romance (especially LGBTQIA+!), but prefer it as a subplot.

Christa Heschke
@ChristaHeschke
Literary Agent
Children's Literary Agent, @McIntoshandOtis , movie-fanatic, dreamer, kid-at-heart, #GoPackGo , Western NY born and bred.
79 MSWL
13 Tips

More specifics:

-Witches!

-Magical libraries

-Secrets and lies—and the aftermath when the truth comes out!

-Ensemble cast comedies like OUR FLAG MEANS DEATH (but not pirates)

-Stories that mix magic & mystery (HOTEL MAGNIFIQUE)

-Family bonds, especially sisters

Alexandra Weiss
@akaweiss
Literary Agent
Associate agent at Azantian Literary. Book lover, space enthusiast, dream chaser. (Closed to queries!) She/her. 💖💜💙 Profile pic: @KaneIcarusLynch
63 MSWL
2 Tips

Things I DO love/DO want to see: fun settings that push the story along (museums, resorts, amusement parks, public transit, etc.), wholesome cinnamon rolls, anti-capitalist themes, non-western mythology, school trips, smashing the patriarchy, found family, cozy fantasies

#MSWL

Elisa Houot
@ElisaHouot
Literary Agent
Literary agent at @seymouragency Agent littéraire
19 MSWL
1 AskAgent

Elisa Houot @ElisaHouot

I am opening back up to queries today! Time for an updated #MSWL 🧵 QueryManager.com/ElisaHouot

I am always looking for Picture Books (non-rhyming)! I tend to prefer funny stories and stories that focus on family, but I love a good unexpected narrator!

Emily Byron
@emilycbyron
Editor
Commissioning editor of science fiction and fantasy @OrbitBooks UK. Usually found shouting about books. Views are my own. (She/her)
14 MSWL

I’m a total sucker for found family in any setting. Epic fantasy, space opera, I don’t mind. Just give me
those heartfelt 'with-you-to-the-end-no-matter-what vibes' #MSWL