Nicole Bea (Bezanson) @nicbeawritesI’ve had a few ppl ask for an updated #MSWL since my pinned one is a little old. I thought instead of a graphic, I’d make a thread of the top 8 story types I’d love to find in my inbox. These aren’t the only things I’m looking for but simply ideas of what I’m seeking. #amquerying
1. YA/MG stories dealing with death - especially think of those with sort of a paranormal twist. I’d love to see a take on Love Letters to the Dead mixed with your own imagination. Ghosts are welcomed!
A great ghost/haunted house story (adult).
-Adult fantasy, #histfic, mystery, thriller, horror
Not into gore or books where kids are the victims; I don’t rep kidlit.
I'd love a literary mystery. Some twisty suspense that feels *new* and avoids the girl-gone-missing trope (or turns it on its head).
More #ownvoices, please!
HORROR/a fresh ghost story.
Yr big ensemble cast that will make me cry. Make me cry, dammit! 🤗
41 Strange @41StrangeA storm-damaged tree at Durand-Eastman Park, Rochester, New York, is attracting a lot of attention due to it's resemblance to a famous local ghost named 'White Lady' pic.twitter.com/xHg7KpuU2L
#MSWL, especially in conjunction with the Bella in the Wych Elm project I’ve wanted for years!!!
Susan Hawk @susanhawkIt’s just a week until Halloween and I’m in the mood to read something spooooky! If you’re writing a heart-stopping horror story for MG or YA, I’d love to see it. #MSWL
That said, I don’t care for gory or gross horror. Psychological horror is the sweet spot for me. Something Gothic, or with ghosts – also good! #MSWL
Tiffany Liao @Tiff_LiaoA brief review of #TheHauntingofHillHouse:
BF: I'm so thirsty but I'm too scared to go get a glass of water. Will you go with me?
Me: Drink your spit.
We've read stories about a medium helping spirits cross over. What if we're in the spirit's POV as he tries to find a medium & convince her to help? I'd love to see something like this in MG or YA. Send query & 1st 5 pages to: querylynnette (at) theseymouragency (dot) com. #MSWL
Ask @ryandouglassw, @KatyaDeBecerra, @LizParkerWrites and @2furiosa - I like my YA dark. Horror, dark fantasy, paranormal, ghosts, vampires, werewolves, spirits. Scare me and you’ll win my heart. #MSWL MG, YA, and Adult.
#MSWL Still looking for a creepy MG ghost story. One of my favorite books as a kid was THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS*, by John Bellairs. Would love to find a modern day haunted house MG.
(*The illustration of the headlights still keeps me up at night. Eep!)
- Adult Gothic Horror (think Crimson Peak)
- Adult High Fantasy featuring women as leaders
- Retellings of fairytales by #OwnVoices authors!!
- Spooky MG ghost stories
- MG stories with witches and elaborate settings
Random topics & things I’m into (idk it might help???): animal rights / boy bands / comics / crows / design / the environment / friendship / ghosts / LGBTQ+ characters / mental health / pop music / teen dramas / Zelda / the 90s. #MSWL
Ok! Supernatural creatures #MSWL:
- super gross/scary mermaids or sirens; no Disney here
- ghosts, demons (but please no angels vs. demons)
- obscure legends (think the Grimm or Supernatural tv shows)
- Swamp monsters
- Asian inspired like Jorogumo or Nukekubi