Is it possible for a #mg novel to be both high concept AND literary? If so, I want THAT. Something with a BIG hook but also beautifully written, complex characters, a story that will make me both LOL & weep. #MSWL
OK, so I just updated my #MSWL.
And just as a warning, y'all....it's long.
I'm not sure if it is more or less helpful now...
I LOVE THESE BOOKS. High concept, character-driven, bold, brilliant writing that explores Big Themes. Sentences you want to read aloud to the person sitting next to you. Also, 🖤 the novella length! Send me your tight speculative fiction. #MSWL
Have updated my Looking For page! Take a look and get in touch if you have something that might fit. (And please don't judge the Mariah Carey-esque photo. It was VERY WINDY that day.) #mswl
My #MSWL: love stories - high-concept love stories (maybe with a speculative twist?), fresh takes on millennial dating, big historical epic romances, romances in beautiful dream destinations...
For #MSWL day, here's my current list: I am always looking for high-concept commercial fiction for MG, YA, adult. Favorite genres are horror, mystery, suspense, thriller, and contemporary.
Picture books: illustrator-driven projects that are high-concept and/or highly detailed; concept or platform-driven stories with a commercial hook that resonate with my core values of inclusion, empowerment, and making the world a better place. #MSWL
High-concept, commercial sf/f with crossover appeal--I'm always a sucker for things that are close to our world (A la THE NIGHTJAR, ZERO SUM GAME, SORCERER TO THE CROWN, THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY, Kadrey's Sandman Slim, etc.) #MSWL
Contemporary YA! Especially commercial and high concept YA that can be pitched as x meets y. Especially especially a rom com. The next TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE, a younger RED, WHITE, & ROYAL BLUE, etc. Diverse voices!
Currently acquiring: Fresh, high-concept contemporary romcoms. Also small town, contemporary cowboy romance. Single-title and category lengths. A diverse cast that reflects the world around us is a must. #MSWL entangledpublishing.submittable.com/submit/ ATTN: Heather
Thing I’ve noticed: my YA list skews more girl, and my MG list more boy. I’d like to balance that, but still maintaining my overarching tastes: high concept, good plots, not-issue-books, joy and exploration and fantasy (both literal and just escapism). #MSWL
A little too busy for a long #MSWL thread - but I always want high concept, X meets Y, big ideas books across the age ranges, packed full of humour and fun. Characters must be determined, goal oriented, chipper. I want joyful books. Books that make me smile. Nothing joyless!