"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."
In modern fantasy I'm looking for things like Jade City. Give me family shenanigans, politics, with really unique magic systems. Babel and Black Sun are always top on my list. Overall anything with colonizer bashing themes, non-western mythos, pirates, or dark academics
"I really love literary fiction that takes you into small worlds and communities where I'm an outsider. Give me a glimpse inside a complex family, or a workplace."
All the TV series I have loved of late - @Yellowstone , @ThePeakyBlinder , @succession - have a complex, competitive, ruthless but loyal, loving & unforgettable family at their core. If one of these is at the centre of your novel, please send it my way 🙏 #MSWL #manuscriptwishlist
I am forever a lover of WITCHES, so whatever slant you have on it: I want to see it. I would love to find something with the contemporary family feel of Charmed. A cosy series would make me very happy - particularly if it featured protagonists from non-European cultures. #mswl
I do love a GOTHIC setting & creepy old houses definitely do it for me - particularly with witchcraft or an ancient family with secrets to hide. In general I am intrigued by the slightly sinister but beautiful: apothecaries, circuses/fairs, old trains/trams and the like. #mswl
Upmarket! Something commercial w/gorgeous writing, featuring people who are not okay bc sometimes we're not okay. I want to feel the spectrum of emotions. Break my 💔, tell me the story out of order or backward. Familial or friendship stories or just a strong cast of characters.
"Seeking generational stories of parenthood and family with non-binary and/or trans characters in the commercial or historical adult fiction genre (ie. heavy with plot!)"
Villains being truly and genuinely villainous, romance at the forefront but politics at the core, family dynasties, high stakes adventure, historical dramas, highly aesthetic spaces, thoughtfully done ensemble casts with series potential. Give me more Fourth Wing
I'm still hungry for historical! On that front: I can't stop thinking about GREAT CIRCLE, which I waited a criminally long time to read. I'm desperate for an epic family novel told across timelines and generations.
I'm really keen to see some more cosy fantasy submissions in my inbox. A hug in book form please. I want characters you would die for by the end, kindness, warmth, platonic friendships, found family, love in all it's forms... #MSWL
Hyper-specific I LOVE: Ensemble Casts; Found family; QPR (queerplatonic relationships); Time travel/multiverse jumping; witch covens as femme solidarity; Non-traditional sports (roller derby, parkour, pro wresting); Tabletop RPGs (and it doesn’t just have to be D&D!)
YA and up: Family dramas that make you LOL or weep, no in between; Cute romances; kids trying to find their people and find themselves on the way; All sorts of spec-fic; all kinds of horror; cyber/solar-punk, with an emphasis on the punk; books that will radicalize kids
Stories where the protagonist builds their own community/family. 🏼
Books that will radicalize teens/kids. 📢
Truly escapist fantasy with a world I become absolutely obsessed with! 🤯
Experimental (but not tooooo gimmicky) storytelling that just works! 👏🏼