3/4 #MSWL Middle grade: character-focused narratives with compelling voice; coming of age; mystery; wilderness; historical adventure; contemporary humor; digestible plot; STEM; LGBTQ+; diverse families and ownvoices; author-illustrators; series proposals
2/4 #MSWL Picture books: fiction-only; character-driven humor; quirky & well-developed characters; strong narrative; motivated page turn; heartwarming (but not suffocating); community; identity; friendship; self-esteem; LGBTQ; diverse families and ownvoices; author-illustrators.
Correction #2: Middle Grade: Humor--if you can make me laugh, I'll sign you up. Literary: I've never had a Newbery-winning client and I want one. Adventure stories, grounded fantasy (but not epic fantasy), sci-fi. #ownvoices for sure. Artists, MG graphic novels! #MSWL
YA: Much the same as MG--humor, realistic teen stories, #ownvoices, adventure, sci-fi. Also, love a good teen romance, horror, mystery, but not super-dark.
Children's NF at all levels: curriculum tie-ins, PB bios, multicultural history, science, sports, pop culture.
Middle Grade: Humor--if you can truly make me laugh, I'll sign you up. Literary: I've never had a Newbery-winning client and I want one. Adventure stories that aren't fantasy, grounded fantasy, sci-fi. #ownvoices for sure. Artists, MG graphic novels! #MSWL
11/ #MSWL: Finally, I promise I’m not ALL about darker books, as much as I love them. Send me some books with humor too! I’m looking for sarcastic and witty rather than goofy and silly. I promise I’m not uptight, but potty humor just isn’t my thing!
James McGowan @jamerrsonNot all of them were pubbed this year, but every one of them is *exactly* the type of story I’d like to build my list with.
I’m looking for picture books like Elise Parsley, Tammi Sauer and Ryan T Higgins. I prefer humorous, silly or witty picture books. Things kids (okay I) can read over and over again and still laugh. #MSWL