On the YA side, whether fantastical or realistic, I gravitate toward books w/ high concept hooks and stories anchored in themes of identity, sexuality, & loss & grief. (Grief & sex can be complex labyrinths to navigate, as we know...).
Time for a #MSWL update! When it comes to genre, I’m omnivorous. In #MG and #YA, I’m especially hungry for:
High-concept genre elements combined with literary writing and an exploration of timeless themes.
Genre mash-ups! Give me that...
Mandy Hubbard @MandyHubbardI would LOVE more genre-blendy high concept projects, whether magical realism, SFF, time travel, etc. Also love reimaginings/retellings/flipping any fairy tale on it's head. MG and YA. #AskECLA #MSWL
So much this...#MSWL
Mandy Hubbard @MandyHubbardWhile we're doing #AskECLA, let's talk about what stuff we're dying to see in our inbox, eh? (@LindaEpstein @GarrettAlwert) I'll start by saying ROMANCE. ALL THE YA ROMANCE. Or hints of romance in MG. Dark and angsty or light and funny, BRING IT.
Thao Le @AgentThaoI would love to get some more adult romcoms that have the high concept hooks and diversity that's been happening in YA romcoms! My adult list is still very bare and I'd love to flesh it out more with some new writers and projects. #mswl
Same! #MSWL (agented only, so send to Thao first! 😉)
I would love to get some more adult romcoms that have the high concept hooks and diversity that's been happening in YA romcoms! My adult list is still very bare and I'd love to flesh it out more with some new writers and projects. #mswl
Good morning #amquerying writers! Amanda has re-opened to submissions - if you've got a high-concept thriller, a sweeping love story, or a conversation-starter for book clubs, she'd love to see it!
More info on Amanda's #mswl can be found here: lbabooks.com/agent/amanda-p…
As any good fantasy nerd, I love fantasy. In MG and YA, but I am picky nowadays. So it has to feel different. But give me high concept stories. Give me beautiful writing. Give me morally complex characters. #MSWL
#amquerying writers: I'm really in the mood for high concept (i.e. emphasis on plot) romances/women's fic with HEA, especially stories where the romantic interest is perceived to be the obstacle to the protagonist's goals and we get all that delicious tension 😍 #mswl
Alice Williams @alicelovesbooksI’m now OPEN TO SUBMISSIONS after a few months catching up on reading! If you have a children’s book project ready to query, please follow the submission guidelines on my website. See thread 👇 for #mswishlist #mswl.
I’m excited to see what you’ve been working on!
I’m especially keen to see funny or lyrical picture book texts/dummies, author-illustrated young fiction, magical middle grade, literary and/or funny and/or high concept YA, clever non-fiction angles… and diverse voices in all of the above.
I’m only open to queries for a few more days (closing 8/15!). Here is what is at the top of my wishlist:
-High concept middle grade
-kidlit graphic novels
-Adult RomCom w a great hook
-Adult female driven suspense + thrillers
Agents, I'm dying for more high-concept, heart-in-your-throat, race-through-the-pages YA thrillers and horror by BIPOC authors! I promise, you will make my day!! #MSWL
“LGBTQIA+ novel in the vein of ONE DAY (high concept, unique structure, deep and sweeping love story).” @carlywatters #MSWL psliterary.com/submissions/
(Note: Carly will be reopening to queries July 1st!)
Ashley Hearn 🕷 Preorder FOREST OF SOULS (6/23)! @AshleyHearnI've officially updated my MSWL profile to reflect what I'm looking for at Peachtree Publishing! It's changed a bit—particularly regarding stories that skew toward the younger end of the YA market—so take note!
I'm especially on the lookout for high-concept stories w/ a standout voice, and strong coming of age themes that speak strongly to teen issues, without those issues defining the plot.
In all submissions, I'm prioritizing inclusive, diverse stories and marginalized voices. #MSWL