High Concept

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Dec 6

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

samantha🌻 @samanthashnh · Dec 5

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...

Lauren Spieller @laurenspieller · Nov 13

I'd love to find a super high concept YA thriller in my inbox. #mswl

Bibi Lewis @Bibi_Lewis · Nov 13

I'm on the hunt for a juicy and high concept Contemporary YA. Bring on those big hooks! #mswl

Chelsea Eberly @chelseberly · Nov 5

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

Alice S-H (but festive) 🎄🤶🏻 @alibelle · Oct 25

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

Hattie ☀️ @hatteatime · Oct 3

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...

Carlisle Spiderwebber @carliebeth · Sep 24

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.

Catherine Laudone @CatherineLaud · Sep 24

Looking for more high concept #YA #fantasy with lush world building and a hook that I haven’t seen before! #MSWL

Kendra Levin @kendralevin · Sep 24

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

Diana Gill @dianagill · Sep 24

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

Laurel Symonds @LaurelSymonds · Sep 24

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!

Allison Moore 📚 @allisonm610 · Sep 24

A high-concept, adorable and swoony YA romance, especially featuring POC characters #mswl

Allison Moore 📚 @allisonm610 · Sep 24

YA that takes a nuanced look at abortion and/or consent from a unique lens and/or high concept setup #mswl

Heather Howland @HeatherHowland · Sep 24

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

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · Sep 24

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

Gemma Cooper @gemma_cooper · Sep 24

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!

Happy HollZABÉs ⛄️🌲❄️ @ZREllor · Sep 24

#MSWL high-concept MG fantasy w/ series potential, preferably with a female MC

Annie Bomke @ABLiterary · Sep 24

I love books with a high-concept hook, like THE DEAD QUEEN'S CLUB. #MSWL