Emilia Rhodes
@emiliarhodes
Editor
Editorial director at HMH Books for Young Readers and Etch. I tweet a lot about dogs, and think a lot about dessert. All opinions are my own. (she/her)
26 MSWL

On the speculative side of YA, give me a world or a circumstance I’ve never seen before. I love high-stakes, plot-driven fantasy and sci-fi, where the world enhances the story more than is the focus.

Lori Steel
@Bookishsort
Literary Agent
Agent at Raven Quill Literary @Ravenliterary repping PB-YA. #VCFA ; #SCBWI ; #kidlitwomen ; she/her.
9 MSWL
3 Tips

Eagerly seeking upper MG with first love, emerging identities, high stakes, and self-reliance. If there's music, dance, cooking and/or rollerskating - all the better! #MSWL #kidlit

Hillary Sames
@hillarysames
Assistant Editor
⚔️ Assistant Editor (acquiring!) @orbitbooks 🚀 Former indie bookseller. Lover of books, videogames, and D&D. Opinions are my own! TX➡️NYC (she/her)
9 MSWL

It goes without saying, but send me big, big epic fantasy! Multiple POVs, innovative magic systems, tense politics, huge stakes – the whole nine yards. Recent faves include THE RUIN OF KINGS, THE UNSPOKEN NAME, THE CITY OF BRASS, THE BLACK PRISM, the list goes on 😉 #MSWL

Charlotte Ellis
@cellisharlequin
Editor
Editor for @MillsandBoon Modern/@HarlequinBooks Presents ❤️📚
1 MSWL

KissPitch @KissPitch

It's almost here! Are you ready?

#KissPitch #FridayKiss #amwriting #romance #womensfiction #writingcommunity #amediting #amquerying pic.twitter.com/8SmzvlfTeE

Can't wait to read your #KissPitch pitches today for Harlequin Presents! I'm looking for stories with glamorous international escapes, captivating emotional drama and high-stakes seduction! As well as new voices that will bring diverse perspectives, characters and stories #MSWL

Rachel Stark
@syntactics
Editor
Editor at @DisneyBooks ; formerly @01FirstSecond & more ▫️ House Stark; more of an Arya than a Tony ▫️ Opinions my own; pic @JarrettWilliams 's ▫️ she/her
87 MSWL
6 Tips

• Stories about (non-anthropomorphic) animals, human-animal bonds, nature & high-stakes survival
• Select author-driven nonfiction, primarily with a radical, social justice–oriented focus—think prison abolition, open borders, union organizing, anarchy, socialism
#MSWL 16/?

rebecca kuss
@reebsthereader
Editor
senior editor @ rick riordan presents+disney hyperion. 🇰🇷✡️. she/her.
37 MSWL
7 AskAgent

for disney hyperion, i'm looking for YA by underrepresented creators ft. underrepresented characters, specifically commercial, contemporary 📚 that lead with joy

i love diverse romcoms & romdrams & anything soap-y, highly aspirational, & with high emotional stakes (5/6)

#mswl

Caitlin White
@caitforestell
Literary Agent
editor | associate agent @emeraldcitylit | formerly news @hellogiggles , books @bustle | BOS to YOW | big fan of shark movies and em dashes (she/her) 🫀
24 MSWL

I'm dying (lols) to get a locked-room mystery #YA. I want high stakes, high energy, and I want to be guessing who did what and why and then be surprised that I was wrong. Send it if you've got it! #MSWL

Stephanie Stein
@stephlystein
Editor
Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. 🎮🏒📚🌈
198 MSWL
34 AskAgent

6) Competitions, tournaments, puzzles, and mysteries! Give me those sweet aha! moments and high stakes.

Stephanie Stein
@stephlystein
Editor
Senior Editor @HarperChildrens & @HarperTeen . 47% caffeine by volume. She/her. 🎮🏒📚🌈
198 MSWL
34 AskAgent

1) ROMANTIC AF fantasy (give! me! pining!) (also enemies to lovers, sword lesbians, star-crossed high stakes, we-can't-touch-'cause-we're-cursed, etc; love me a good fantasy-with-kissing tropefest)

rupaul atreides
@gelrdrgz
Editor
book editor @HachetteUS @orbitbooks , ajena 🪐🇻🇪, some words @dailydot @WeAreMel views my own
11 MSWL

angeline rodriguez @gelrdrgz

It’s a new year, and I have plenty of room in my heart and on my list for new voices!

it’s also been a while since I paid tribute to queen RiRi

so 😗

🌸🌺MY #MSWL AS RIHANNA: A THREAD🌺🌸 pic.twitter.com/EibUWSEkfw

off the top, I’m always looking for:

✨BIPOC voices, lore, histories, the stories only we can tell
✨queer visibility
✨distinct, unmistakable voice
✨high, character-driven stakes
✨beloved tropes used in new ways
✨literary chops and crossover potential
✨smooches💋
#mswl

Claire Draper 🏳️‍⚧️♥️🏳️‍🌈
@draper_claire
Literary Agent
Agent @ the Bent Agency | Closed to queries, will reopen 8/21 | Check out my #MSWL by clicking the link below | they/them | header by @TheRippedBodice
112 MSWL
1 AskAgent
1 Tips

For YA and MG genre, I love genre fiction with fast pacing and high stakes. I am generally not preferential to any specific genre as long as the rules of the genre are respected and understood.... #mswl

Claire Draper 🏳️‍⚧️♥️🏳️‍🌈
@draper_claire
Literary Agent
Agent @ the Bent Agency | Closed to queries, will reopen 8/21 | Check out my #MSWL by clicking the link below | they/them | header by @TheRippedBodice
112 MSWL
1 AskAgent
1 Tips

I prefer books with a fast pace, high stakes, and strong emotional development for the main character(s). I do not want to see books from authors writing identity based books not of their own identity. #mswl

Linda Epstein
@LindaEpstein
Literary Agent
Senior Agent @EmeraldCityLit Writer (Repairing the World, Aladdin/S&S, Summer 2022) lindaepsteinauthor.com New School MFA alum Repped by @renarossner she/her
167 MSWL
81 AskAgent
63 Queries
52 Tips

You know what I love? A ticking clock. Think @rlynn_solomon's Today, Tonight, Tomorrow or @loversdiction's Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist or @NicolaYoon's The Sun is Also a Star. Give me 24 high stakes hours! #MSWL

Tricia Skinner
@4triciaskinner
Literary Agent
Champion of underdogs. Nerdy Agent @FuseLiterary . Likes the hero, but loves the villain.
27 MSWL
10 Queries
7 Tips

I will never get bored with enemies-to-lovers or forced proximity romance tropes. Conflict must be high stakes. I want the tension between the couple to be off the charts. #mswl

Peter Knapp
@petejknapp
Literary Agent
Lit agent with @parkandfine representing kid lit with enthusiasm! petejknapp.com
270 MSWL
118 AskAgent
228 Queries
5 Tips

#MSWL - MG series with big concepts and high stakes. Think NEVERMOOR, THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL, upcoming AMARI & THE NIGHT BROTHERS, etc.

Regan Winter
@reganmwinter
Editor
associate editor @LittleBrownYR // karaoke star // she/her
11 MSWL

watching Home Alone (like you do on Christmas Eve Eve) and am just desperately craving a MG with the same cozy feeling and high (but believable) stakes/hijinks #MSWL

Linda Epstein
@LindaEpstein
Literary Agent
Senior Agent @EmeraldCityLit Writer (Repairing the World, Aladdin/S&S, Summer 2022) lindaepsteinauthor.com New School MFA alum Repped by @renarossner she/her
167 MSWL
81 AskAgent
63 Queries
52 Tips

How about a YA art heist or DaVinci Code type story (maybe without the religious stuff though)? Something super high stakes, quick pace, lots of museums and/or cool architecture, but also with... a f/f/ romance built in? I'd read the crap out of that. #MSWL

Peter Knapp
@petejknapp
Literary Agent
Lit agent with @parkandfine representing kid lit with enthusiasm! petejknapp.com
270 MSWL
118 AskAgent
228 Queries
5 Tips

I want both MG and YA paranormal. And while it doesn’t need to be paranormal romance, let’s be real: I love romance. I love love. So if you’re writing a paranormal romance with a sweeping, high stakes story, I’d love to take a look! #mswl

Peter Knapp
@petejknapp
Literary Agent
Lit agent with @parkandfine representing kid lit with enthusiasm! petejknapp.com
270 MSWL
118 AskAgent
228 Queries
5 Tips

Peter Knapp @petejknapp

Heading into fall (my favorite season!), I am excited to find fantastic new books to fall in love with in my submissions pile. Here’s what I’m eager to see… a #mswl thread:

First and foremost: MIDDLE GRADE. I am extremely hungry for a big middle grade series with stellar world building, cool magic, and a strong emotional core. I love my middle grade with lots of heart that works hand-in-hand with the high stakes adventure. #mswl