In YA, i still love most genres and everything from light to dark. I love hope and depth and humor and stories that can change lives, whether from joy or empathy and validation. More specifically:
1. Super high concept contemporary and speculative contemporary
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2. Commercial fantasy adventure series, ensemble casts with or without a talking creature or two
4. Contemporary family stories
5. LOL high concept, character-strong stories
6. Hooky, character-driven contemporary series
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#MSWL Middle Grade Mystery w/a girl protag! Think THE INHERITANCE GAMES but for middle grade (not that exact concept; I’m just giving an example of 🔥-high-concept mystery). Fast plotting. Short chapters. Chapter cliff hangers, pls. Commercial but some emotional nuance too pls!
I have a spot on my list for a fresh, high-concept historical romance series! Print potential for the right book/sales track. Agents, authors…who has a yummy Regency, Highlander, or Viking series for me to devour?#MSWL (see pinned tweet)
Madeleine Milburn Agency @MMLitAgencyAssociate Agent @liv_maidment wants to see your submissions! Find out what she's looking for here: bit.ly/31bTMmP pic.twitter.com/o5AsZP44OC
Send me your manuscripts, I can't wait to read them! 😊 📚📚📚 #mswl
racquel marie ✨ @blondewithab00kmore books about characters in their late teens and early twenties!!!!! publishing thinks you turn 17 and disappear until you're 30
#MSWL Especially high concept uplit with characters in their early to mid 20s.
1: High-concept contemporary is what’s making my heart sing right now. I recently read SHINE by Jessica Jung and devoured it. That said, hints at the speculative are always special for me. (Focus on hints.)
“I am interested in a variety of YA genres: contemporary, magical realism, horror, mystery, thriller, and light fantasy. I enjoy literary prose combined with a strong voice and high concept.” @msmariavicente #MSWL mariavicente.com/representation
I am actively building my list right now. I’m looking for high concept contemporary romances, moving middle grade novels, and thrillers that feel teen #mswl
3) High-concept YA contemporary or contemporary-with-a-twist, especially if it comes with an irreverent, self-referentially funny voice. Sarcastic or endearingly self-deprecating humor to the front of the line. I love a protagonist who feels like a co-conspirator.
near-future, high-concept SCI-FI with a literary bent, that dissects our own world more clearly through another—looking for hopeful postapocalypses, dystopian utopias, Gibsonian cyberpunk from new perspectives #mswl
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Megan Carroll @MeganACarrollWe are reopening our #submissions tomorrow (eeeek!) so I thought I’d go through what I’m looking for this year in a hopefully helpful thread. #MSWL
In fiction I’d love to see high concept love stories for both commercial and reading group/literary crossover readers. I’m keen to see historical fiction and gothic horror - think Stacey Halls, Laura Purcell and Bridget Collins.
I’m looking for YA fantasy that is ownvoices/by marginalized voices! MENA authors, Black authors, queer authors, send me some! I love commercial fiction that’s character driven, with voice that drips off the page, high concept and tightly plotted. I’m an avid fantasy reader #MSWL
Write Here… @WriteHereUK'I’d love to find a high-concept love story, a funny adventure for Middle-Grade readers, contemporary YA, or something new and exciting in horror.' @watsonlittle #LiteraryAgent @MeganACarroll tells us what she's looking for: tinyurl.com/y2br2nsr
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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