Attn: writers seeking agents! My queries are open! Find out more about my updated #MSWL and how to query me here: manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/kristin-ostby/ #amquerying
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
For #MG, I’m really picky about voice because I think it’s so hard! I’m looking for a big heart without being saccharine, friendship-centered contemporary, and small adventures that feel big to them like Stand By Me. #MSWL
Related to the above, contemporary teens that work! Love stories in industrial fridges while waitressing, finding friends at the boardwalk surf shop, finding yourself at the water park (like one of my faves, the Way Way Back) #MSWL
I also really enjoy a powerful, character-driven YA contemporary. I love friendship stories, niche skills/competitions, and deep emotions.
I do not tend to be the right person for stories that center eating disorders, however.
"I want unlikely friendship novels with heavy plot and a feel-good ending."
A MG adventure filled story about misfit kids with a super high stakes plot. I want peril, I want friendship, I want humour - like a group of friends that find an old map and have to race some dastardly criminals to find the treasure and save their family home...
A fun sporty YA that has friendships, drama, humour and heart with lots of scope for brilliant characters - like two rival cheer teams competing for a national title with a stunning tropey romance running in the background (best friends brother etc.)...
Hello #mswl and #amquerying friends! We have updated our imprint-wide wishlist. You can find what @CarinaPress editors are looking for at the @Write4Harlequin website: writeforharlequin.com/carina-press-m…
I’m just a dumb raging thot who wants an Girls Trip Adult novel for queer BIPOC whores who want to have a good time at the expense of their friendship (before reconciling, of course!) #mswl
it has finally happened! i have a #mswl!
take a peek and see if i'm a good candidate for your submission 🐱👀🤠❣️
I am obsessed with friendships! Understanding the depth & importance of platonic relationships, friendship breakups, what kinds of relationships get prioritized & why, making meaningful connections as an adult.
Fiction or nonfiction, I wanna see! #MSWL
🌟Isolated settings such as islands, carnivals, and boarding schools and novels with a survival component
🌟Characters growing up in unconventional or nontraditional settings
🌟Revenge stories with unreliable narrators
🌟Strong sibling relationships and misfit friends
🌟Evergreen themes: body positivity, self-love, coming-of-age, girls supporting girls, friendship and friendship breakups, sex positivity
🌟Ghosts, creepy crawlies, witches, and things that go bump in the night
Two specific #MSWL items that will be on my list when I reopen to queries:
1, survivors of family "reunification" programs (like Building Family Bridges), fictionalized or NF accounts
2, fiction that explores the unique friendships between gay men and lesbians
4. books about the dynamics of friendship groups—I’d love something YA or MG with the feel of NOW & THEN, but more diverse (Celia Pérez’ STRANGE BIRDS does this really well, eg)
Here is another for my #queryingauthor friends. #MSWL
In middle grade, I’m always hungry for action, adventure, magic, and humor. It can be fantasy or contemporary, or a little bit of both. Give me your fresh takes on magical school settings or just fun friendship stories filled with hijinks. #MSWL
Happy #MSWL Day! I’d love to see…
Generally fic that gets a little weird and makes me feel things (see Lisa Taddeo’s ANIMAL, Jessamine Chan’s THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD MOTHERS)
A YA crossover witchy or obsessive girlhood friendship
An unusual & chaotic contemp workplace romance
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.