Courtney Stevenson @courtney_psI am taking a good chunk of much-needed vacation time this week, and looking forward to fitting in a lot of fun reading over the holiday. But when I’m back, I would love to dive in on new submissions! Here’s my #mswl these days:
Elements I’m always looking for: Historical fiction that reaches across the years (particularly stories we don’t see enough), family dynamics, settings as character, interesting narrative formats, clever humor, and writing that pulls you along to the next page.
For MG, I’m looking for:
I’m especially interested in stories that tackle difficult topics in compassionate, thoughtful ways. Bonus for a strong voice! #mswl (5/7)
I'm currently being very selective in the #middlegrade category, but here I'd happily take a look at #horror, #mysteries, stories with quirky characters a la client @merrill_wyatt 's Sloane and Amelia in forthcoming TANGLED UP IN LUCK. Also, I love humor in middle grade -
I’m sorry this has turned into a #MSWL account but if you have a book that feels like OVER THE GARDEN WALL please send it my way! It’s my favorite part of autumn! I love its strangeness and its allegory and its quirky humor.
I just did a MASSIVE update to my #MSWL page to hopefully clear up some questions about what I'm looking for. Authors, if your book seems like a good fit, let's chat!
#WritingCommunity #amquerying I am open to queries so I’ll do a quick #MSWL thread of what I’m looking for:
In Adult- I want to see the best of your literary, gritty, dark (extra points for dark humor!), realist writing. 1/x
Bibi Lewis @Bibi_LewisA new year and a new age have me feeling revitalized and hungry for new projects. Here’s a quick lil #mswl while my work computer wakes up
Top of my list is juicy contemporary romance. Give me humor, give me tears, and above all give me side friendships as nuanced as the main romance #mswl
#MSWL big-hearted, body-positive, representative rom-coms that tackle the ugly and beautiful bits of love with humor. As always, very interested in leads who do not lose weight to find love. As always, very interested in canine co-stars. See: FLOAT PLAN, ONE TO WATCH, Emily Henry
Adria Goetz @adriamgoetzSince I’m now back open to queries, I’d love to share a bit more about what types of projects I’m currently looking for. Buckle up for a #MSWL thread. 💜
In the PB space, I have 3 top priorities:
1. Stories by BIPOC creators in general, particularly family narratives. I love falling in love with a new fictional family!
2. Humor! I need a good laugh. Kids do, too.
3. MAGIC! Send me magical stories!!! ✨
#MSWL I'm a sucker for the fish out of water trope, especially if that fish is fresh to a new identity (freshly turned vampire, just found out hidden paranormal genes run in the family, etc). Add humor, and I'm all-in!
#MSWL I'll start with the one I've wanted the longest and still haven't found... Someone PLEASE send me a lighthearted, humorous, small-town Paranormal Romance! Think Hart of Dixie + True Blood!
I'm eager for fun middle grade series, humorous or not -- but definitely heartfelt. Sweeping worlds, sweeping adventures, kids wrapped up with gods and monsters and magic. Bonus points for fun animal (or magical-creature) sidekick characters! #MSWL
I love the quirkiness and humor and vibes of TAZ (The Adventure Zone) so much. So if someone wants to send me a YA about a bunch of friends doing their actual play/gaming podcast and just living their best lives I would be forever in your debt. #mswl
I'm also acquiring the select picture book! I'm looking for heartfelt stories about marginalized folks' experiences, nonfiction bios, and laugh-out-loud pbs with sneaky adult humor.
- contemporary, joyful, humorous slice-of-life stories about marginalized characters and their middle school problems
- commercial light fantasy adventures with extraordinary heart
- sister stories, competitor-turned-friend narratives, first crushes