Larissa Melo Pienkowski
@lmpnk
Literary Agent
latine literary agent @JillGrinbergLit , writer, editor, asst publisher, ceramicist. she/her 🏳️‍🌈🇧🇷🇵🇱 #LatinxinPub #PocPub #WeNeedDiverseBooks
33 MSWL

a late-summer update to my #MSWL for the #amquerying folks! dying to read:

✨ non-western gothic horror + underrepresented folklore/mythology with deep emotional relationships + rich world-building
✨ contemporary fiction feat. central/south american characters/culture (1/7)

P.S. Literary Agency
@PSLiterary
Literary Agency
Representing a diverse list of internationally published, award-winning, bestselling and debut creators.
2591 MSWL
71 AskAgent
3 Queries
179 Tips

“Middle Grade: luscious fantasy based on myths/traditions from non-Western culture.” @msmariavicente #MSWL mariavicente.com/representation

Shannon Snow
@ssnow_lit_agent
Literary Agent
Literary Agent & Audio Subrights Manager at CMA. Mom of adult kids, owned by 4 chihuahuas, wife to a homemade soapmaker hubby, lover of books & their creators!
13 MSWL
5 Tips
Savannah Brooks
@SBLitAgent
Literary Agent
Literary agent at @ktliterary & U of MN pub and lit lecturer (opinions my own) // I believe books make people better people // she/her 🏳️‍🌈
87 MSWL
2 Tips

For MG fiction, my interests fall heavily on the action-adventure scale, especially stories informed by non-western mythology and folklore. Loud and funny is a better fit than quiet and contemplative. In nonfiction, I love topics that kids—and I—can geek out about.

Tara Gilbert
@Literary_Tara
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at @ktliterary | 🌈she/them | ✨magical | opinions my own | Gemini ☼ Pisces ☽ Capricorn ↑
245 MSWL
46 AskAgent
25 Tips

Tara 💫🌌✨🔮 @Literary_Tara

I'm really craving stories where the setting is the main focus. Very atmospheric and spooky. A sense of place. Or setting's that feel like home. Dripping with culture. If you can make an epic mood board for your book, I want it. #MSWL

To add to that. Boarding schools, haunted houses, creepy forests, swamps, dark caves, hellscapes, small-town adventures, underrepresented cultures, myths, and folklore based on places, clubs, secret societies, organizations. Places and communities that come alive at night. #MSWL

Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
SVP & Senior Lit Agent @PSLiterary MA in Publishing Studies @CityUniLondon Co-host of @TSNOTYAW VP of Professional Assoc. of Canadian Literary Agents
153 MSWL
229 AskAgent
334 Tips

A mix of themes I like to see explored (not all at once!): nature, motherhood, identity, making difficult decisions, travel, myth of meritocracy, feminism, longevity, family, heartbreak, secret histories, individuality, modernism, trust, class, money, race, art, memory. #mswl

Kelly Peterson
@LitAgentKelly
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at @reesagency . Twitter Valkyrie. Philadelphian. Pisces. She/her. Multitasks #LikeABoss . Gandalf of #TheFellowship . Tweets are my own.✌🏻
263 MSWL
217 AskAgent
40 Queries
115 Tips

Also really looking for some amazing African mythology and cultural beliefs/customs via contemporary fantasy, historical fantasy, or just plain fantasy. #MSWL Saw one in my box and am saving it to circle back. I’d love more!!!

Kelly Peterson
@LitAgentKelly
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at @reesagency . Twitter Valkyrie. Philadelphian. Pisces. She/her. Multitasks #LikeABoss . Gandalf of #TheFellowship . Tweets are my own.✌🏻
263 MSWL
217 AskAgent
40 Queries
115 Tips

I’m still begging for own voices Native stories, especially involving Native mythology and/or cultural beliefs and stories. #MSWL

P.S. Literary Agency
@PSLiterary
Literary Agency
Representing a diverse list of internationally published, award-winning, bestselling and debut creators.
2591 MSWL
71 AskAgent
3 Queries
179 Tips

“Picture Books: the Wheel of the Year, cultural traditions/history, tales of mythology and lore, object-based nonfiction (no biographies), ghosts.” @msmariavicente #MSWL mariavicente.com/representation

Trisha de Guzman
@trishadeg
Editor
🇵🇭 Filipino immigrant ✨ Editor at Farrar Straus Giroux Books For Young Readers ✨ wannabe outdoorsman @mackidsbooks @fiercereads #WNDB #POCinPub
36 MSWL

Trisha de Guzman @trishadeg

Like many of us in these strange times, I’ve been taking comfort in books. And it’s made me think of the kinds of stories I want to champion.

Most of this won’t be a surprise, but for what it’s worth, here’s my current #MSWL:

YOUNG ADULT

- high-concept, darkly comic modern fables with literary writing and crossover appeal like THE PISCES or GEEK LOVE
- eerie and atmospheric fantasies inspired by non-Western mythology
- sweet contemporary rom-coms about QPOC main characters

#MSWL

P.S. Literary Agency
@PSLiterary
Literary Agency
Representing a diverse list of internationally published, award-winning, bestselling and debut creators.
2591 MSWL
71 AskAgent
3 Queries
179 Tips

“Middle Grade: luscious fantasy based on myths/traditions from non-Western culture.” @msmariavicente #MSWL mariavicente.com/representation

Savannah Brooks
@SBLitAgent
Literary Agent
Literary agent at @ktliterary & U of MN pub and lit lecturer (opinions my own) // I believe books make people better people // she/her 🏳️‍🌈
87 MSWL
2 Tips

I’m really itching for some MG manuscripts that take me on an adventure, especially #own ones about non-Western places and cultures. I love mythology and folklore and spooks and puzzles, and I’m a sucker for a snarky narrator. If this is your book, please send my way! #MSWL

Kat Kerr
@thekatsmews
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at DMLA, writer, foodie, theatre nerd. ESTP. Horribly mundane person. All views my own. 💖💜💙🇰🇷QueryMe.Online/katkerr
27 MSWL
6 AskAgent
10 Queries
23 Tips

However, I would be interested in retellings from classics not often covered. Some examples I’d love to see retold are Picture of Dorian Grey, Jekyll and Hyde, Faust, Korean/East Asian legends and fables, and Mesopotamian myths. #mswl

Retellings 2/2

Megan Ilnitzki
@megilnit
Editor
Senior Editor and Word Witch at HarperCollins Children's, opinions are my own. She/her
69 MSWL

A MG or YA about the Fates from Greek Mythology #MSWL

Megan Ilnitzki
@megilnit
Editor
Senior Editor and Word Witch at HarperCollins Children's, opinions are my own. She/her
69 MSWL
Stephanie Winter
@readbystephanie
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent specializing in nonfiction, graphic novels, and select fiction. She/Her. 🌈 @PSLiterary Work Updates Only.
51 MSWL
40 AskAgent
1 Queries

#MSWL GNs that:
-play with myths, magic, the elements
-have strong female characters
-feature heartwarming story arcs
-have a strong use of color
In short, if you have a GN, pitch me!

Priyanka Krishnan
@mspriyanka
Editor
Senior Editor @orbitbooks . Formerly of @HarperVoyagerUS and @randomhouse . @MedillSchool alum. Views are my own. She/her.
22 MSWL

...and there are so many amazing female figures in mythology (or history) whose stories have been overlooked/untold. I would love to work on a book like CIRCE or THE LOST QUEEN--but maybe moving east for the source of inspiration #MSWL 7/

Ali Herring
@HerringAli
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom+1 📚 Eclectic in life & books. I 💙 Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. #TeamSpencerhill Ali-ens 👽 rock!
230 MSWL
1 AskAgent
11 Queries
33 Tips

Also give me some contemporary fantasy rooted in myth, lore and legends 1- #MSWL. I also specifically would love a Korean author to send me a YA contemporary fantasy w/the story of Jacheongbi as foundation! 2- #MSWL.

P.S. Literary Agency
@PSLiterary
Literary Agency
Representing a diverse list of internationally published, award-winning, bestselling and debut creators.
2591 MSWL
71 AskAgent
3 Queries
179 Tips

“Picture Books: the Wheel of the Year, cultural traditions/history, tales of mythology and lore, object-based nonfiction (no biographies), ghosts.” @msmariavicente #MSWL mariavicente.com/representation

Rach Crawford
@RachAC
Literary Agent
Literary agent @WolfLiterary 📚 🌱🌈 Open to queries: QueryManager.com/rachac
33 MSWL
1 AskAgent
12 Tips

Whoever is doing a Madeleine Miller style treatment of the Cassandra myth I want that in my inbox. It's I can think about as we, place-by-place, scream at our community to stop. going. out. #MSWL