Some ✨personal news✨
My entire personality is now Turning Red. What a PERFECT film. I loved the kids, Mei and her mum, the aunties, 4-Town, ALL OF IT!!!
Huge #mswl for the friendship dynamic.
#MSWL (agented only) - adult - big, book club fiction about complex relationship dynamics (family, friendships, romance), forever holding out for a great, big family saga (like Pachinko)
#mswl my kingdom for contemporary MG horror in my inbox... especially with series potential. Excellent ensembles and friendship themes are a bonus!
-stories where the bff relationship is front and center. Give me your Shawn-and-Gus, weirdos together forever friendships.
-stories about the arts. I am forever that theater girl.
Adult romcoms with new twists on classic tropes: friends/enemies to lovers, fake dating, stuck together, opposites attract, second chances.” @claire_m_harris #MSWL psliterary.com/submissions/
some random things i just want to see because they'd bring me joy
- a character who has a pet hamster (i have two and they're SO CUTE)
- ragtag team-up that goes from reluctant to "i would die for any of you" in friendship/romance intensity
Natasha Rothwell @natasharothwellSo good. theatlantic.com/magazine/archi…
I can, have and will always enjoy reading about friendship.
But I am so interested in adult friendship dynamics these days. #MSWL
I want to read about:
✨ Queer kids & their queer friends
✨ Indigenous teens
✨ Deaf and/or HOH kids
✨ Mysterious towns w/ big secrets
✨ Kids living outside of the US
✨ Hyper specific hobbies & interests
(Women's fiction) psychological thrillers/suspense, mystery, & family/friendship drama. I gravitate towards upmarket/commercial.
(Contemporary Romance) rom-coms, rom-coms & more rom-coms! Would love to see more LGBTQ+, diversity, relatable, & unique plots.
Erin Bedell @erindaydreams#MgBookChat A3: Maybe this is going in a different direction, but as a kid I would've benefited from more books that had friendships that ended, and how to navigate that. It was devastating for me!! twitter.com/NancyTandon/st…
I’m open to queries again & I’ll be sending out some #mswl requests here and there! The first is for more #ya; I’d love to see rom-coms, family dramas, friends sticking together. I love dramas but I’m also in the mood to laugh right now; pls bring on the funny! #amwriting
Swoony friends/rivals to lovers contemp. romance brings me joy. Think Emily Henry, Farah Heron, Beth O'Leary, Denise Williams. #MSWL
Love, love #YA girl friendships with bite -- and I don't mean vampires (though I could!). Think: Undead Girl Gang or Marlena for young adults. #MSWL #amquerying
-YA stories featuring LGBTQIA+ and neurodiverse main characters, as well as feminist, post-colonial, intersectional, and environmentally conscious themes.
Diverse ensemble casts welcome.
I also love my found families and strong friendships.
🌟Authentic, own-voices rep of characters w/ marginalized & intersectional identities in stories of adventure, romance, friendship, joy, & personal growth. Especially but not exclusively:
▪️Protags w/ disabilities &/or neurodivergences
On the book club side, I love stories about toxic female friendships, family sagas with the layers and humor of a prestige soap opera, and novels that skirt the line between commercial WF and thrillers. #MSWL
Special Call Outs!
✨Friendship stories where the complete cast is BIPOC
✨Latinx fútbol-centric stories
✨After-high-school stories not set in 4-year, majority-white universities, including trade schools, community colleges, non-European international universities, and HBCUs...
Genres I'm on the hunt for:
MG fantasy, MG literary contemporary, YA humor, YA fantasy, YA rom-com, Upmarket Women's fiction.
#MSWL - international settings, folktale re-imaginings, funny friendship banter, twisty YA thrillers, multiple POV, found family.
😂 Make me laugh! Note I am not one for super zany young MG or grossout humor, but I love self-aware wryness or a bit of quirk
😭 & make me cry, especially with contemporary MG about family, friendship, & kids figuring out their place in the world #MSWL
In YA, I’d love to see:
☀️RomComs—enemies to lovers from diverse voices
☀️Contemporary—stories that deal with illness. Funny heart-warming stories that build on friendship & family
☀️Sci-fi—with a romance thread
☀️LGBTQ—centered on love/growth