Mysteries and thrillers are a category I want to move into (particularly in YA) but I am more drawn to character driven stories than one that focus on a huge plot twist. This will likely be more commercial or upmarket fiction than strict genre mysteries. #MSWL
Romance—way more of it! Rom-Coms so funny that make me snort out my coffee, historicals with so much tension I want to pull my hair out, adventure/caper romance that takes me on a nailbiting ride or presents me with a mystery to solve. #MSWL
Young Adult/New Adult: I am open to magical realism, contemporary fiction, thriller (+), mystery, and low fantasy. I am especially on the lookout for a sports story (where sports is the center of the story, like the shows Spinning Out, Pitch).
Middle Grade: I am looking for mystery stories! I also welcome magical realism and contemporary. In contemporary, I am especially looking for a story where sports is a big part.
Adult Mystery: My tastes here are pretty specific. If you've listened to my old friend, @taylorswift13, say you have a story that would comp to “Vigilante Shit” or “no body, no crime” then you’re 100% in my wheelhouse. #mswl
The @TheTobiasAgency #mswl day is over, but I wanted to clarify: When I say I want anything under the SFF umbrella, most people know I mean fantasy and sci-fi but they don't realize I also want things that are other genres (mystery esp) with a speculative twist!
Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRothMaking a rare Twitter appearance to say:
- I reopened to queries today.
- I am now open to adult contemporary, commercial fiction (romcom, romance, mystery/thriller, etc) 😬
- I am scared.
As far as what I want in adult: Good hooks, gripping plots, strong characters. I either want light, funny & swoony for the romcom/romance, or layered, smart and edge-of-seat for the thrillers. Sticking with commercial, contemporary for adult for now. No SFF. #mswl #querytip
#MSWL, I'd love to see more thriller/mystery/suspense novels with really unique and unusual protagonists--I'd love to see protagonists who are not current or ex-law enforcement agents; unusual people at the center of a mystery please!
Also I blame @chatgreenfield for why I can't stop thinking about a teen in cozy mystery. Maybe murder at the quilting club, or underground grandma karaoke goes awry.
Side note, I am a huge fan of the TRULY DEVIOUS novels so you can also see the influence there #MSWL
If you think we could be a match, query me! Your MS does not 100% have to match something listed on my #MSWL
If you have a mystery and I take mysteries, send it my way. It doesn't have to be a retelling of CLUE (but I am still am searching for should you have it)
I updated a #MSWL one-sheet for January '23, plus I'll keep tweeting and evolving like the book gremlin I am!
Also, credit to Inkyard Press for the idea of using scales to help capture vibes ::gestures to self::
Mystery/thrillers! I'm especially looking for YA mysteries that comp to Holly Jackson, Courtney Summers, and Tiffany D. Jackson! For Adult, I'd love to see historical mysteries like DEAD DEAD GIRLS, academic mysteries like THE IT GIRL, and fun thrillers a la Stacey Willingham!
Annalise Errico @AnnaliseErrico✨2023 MSWL✨
It's that time of year for my updated #MSWL! I'm so excited to jump into a new year of reading all of your queries. Here's what I'm looking for:
Academia! Forgive me for desperately missing university, but I'm still looking for all of those old-book vibes. Dark academia historical mysteries; professor MC/love interests a la DANI BROWN; and an abundance of libraries!
The romcom market is very full right now, so if you're writing romcoms, think about what might make yours stand out from the crowd. Consider, perhaps: a cozy mystery romcom? I'd love to see it. Think Mia P. Manansala's Arsenic & Adobo. #mswl
I've opened back up to queries, looking for adult fiction: #mystery, #suspense, #thriller, #bookclub and #upmarketfiction. More info on what I'm looking for + my QM link here: bookendsliterary.com/myauthors/jame… #MSWL