Fantasy is my first love, but I'd really like to see more diverse fantasy drawing from underrepresented voices/myths/folklore/worlds, etc. I'd love to see some historical fiction/fantasy/alternate history! Gothic/Horror! Spies! Heists!
If your novel is a (NOT HIGH FANTASY) retelling of myth or folklore, we might just be a match.
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I’m particularly in the mood for astrology-inspired fantasy, courtly intrigue, a witchy romance, myth & fairytale retellings, sapphic romantasy, undercover assassins, life or death trials and anything dark academia...
Grab my attention:
Setting in the American South
Narratives by & about queer folks
Neurodivergence in all its manifestations
Stories informed or inspired by folklore, mythology, fairy tales, superstitions
Light elements of spec fic (no high fantasy)
In Middle Grade, I'd love to see:
⚽️Fantasy inspired by myths, folklore, or legends
⚽️Historical that centers POC stories
⚽️Contemporary with an environmental bent
⚽️Horror with ghosts, creepy crawlies, and witches
⚽️Growing up in non-traditional settings
Also some mythical retellings and / or adventures inspired by non-Western myths and legends for the middle grade market? #mswl
Things I love across the board:
🌟Stories inspired by mythology, folklore, and legends
🌟Empathetic villains and morally gray heroes/antiheroes. Bring on the thieves, assassins, and characters with questionable pasts
I would also love to see some retellings in my inbox, whether that be of classics or myths #MSWL
Things I DO love/DO want to see: fun settings that push the story along (museums, resorts, amusement parks, public transit, etc.), wholesome cinnamon rolls, anti-capitalist themes, non-western mythology, school trips, smashing the patriarchy, found family, cozy fantasies
I want to see tales inspired by myth and folklore (from any part of the world) with the rich, lush storytelling of master-wordsmith Alix E. Harrow. Please and thank you #mswl
For both #mg and #ya, would love historical fiction, especially stories not centered in Western history or culture.
#mswl for #ya:
--fresh "inspired by" takes on familiar tales, myths or classics, rather than retellings
--I'd love an historical novel based on the Trung Sisters.
I would love to see Egyptian, Roman, and Greek mythology retellings in my submissions #MSWL #manuscriptwishlist
Some favorite Adult Romance tropes would include:
- second chance romance
- only! one! bed!
- beauty and the beast re-telling (any fairytale/folklore/myth really)
*** bonus points for including a small, furry partner in crime 🐶🐱🐰
Give me books with religion that aren't *about* religion. If you have a manuscript that explores myth, faith, anthropology, philosophy, or the intersection of those, but isn't for an explicitly religious audience, I want to see it.
I have some favorite topics and genres. I have a soft spot for portal fantasies, magical realism, time slip, nature-heavy settings, popular science, religion, myth, philosophy, gothic fiction, handcrafts, biographies, and music.
Kristie Choi @minjipattersonI'll always want witches & myth retellings! Just give me a strong voice, layered characterization, & beautiful textured writing with them. Would especially love to see witches from underrepresented backgrounds - like, can I get a witch living in a hanok in the woods? #mswl twitter.com/KarolinaSutton… pic.twitter.com/Au8jlPrj8j
Karolina Sutton @KarolinaSuttonFrom the coalface of publishing: all editors are saying no more witches please or retellings of myths.
I'll always want witches & myth retellings! Just give me a strong voice, layered characterization, & beautiful textured writing with them. Would especially love to see witches from underrepresented backgrounds - like, can I get a witch living in a hanok in the woods? #mswl twitter.com/KarolinaSutton…
Liza DeBlock @lizadeblockHi #authors! In anticipation of #NaNoWriMo I want to let you know that I am on the hunt for some great books to sign! People always wonder what #literaryagents look for, and I have a few things I am desperate to see hit my submissions inbox. What are they? Let me tell you…
I love historical fiction. I love mythological retellings, and I would love to find what comes next! Send me your folklore, your Tristan & Isolde, or better yet: King Arthur’s court written from Guinevere’s perspective! Give me new perspectives that make you excited!
things I’ve been dying to see in my inbox #MSWL
- unapologetic female protagonists
- revenge stories
- retellings with a twist
- mythology, meddling gods
- smart mystery thrillers
- spooky middle grade