Kelly O'Connor Lonesome @kellyoc5 · Jan 2

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (with @Billyjensen @PaulHoles), The Fact of a Body (@alexmlwrites): Nonfiction that captures the atrocities and fear of the subject matter, but is not voyeuristic, with stranger-than-fiction twists. #mswl

Kelly O'Connor Lonesome @kellyoc5 · Jan 2

In the House in the Dark of the Woods (@LairdHunt), The Changeling (@victorlavalle), The Merry Spinster (@daniel_m_lavery): Creatively reinvented and nightmarish fairytales & folklore -- from all cultures please, not just Western! #mswl

Kelly O'Connor Lonesome @kellyoc5 · Jan 2

Friday Black (@NK_Adjei), Her Body & Other Stories (@carmenmmachado), The Pisces (@melissabroder): Speculative fiction with a dark bent, surreal Twilight Zone-type stories gone malicious, literary fiction with subtle horror veins. #mswl

Kelly O'Connor Lonesome @kellyoc5 · Jan 2

Mongrels (@SGJ72), A Head Full of Ghosts (@paulGtremblay), When We Were Animals (Joshua Gaylord): Coming of age stories with monsters as metaphors, monsters inside of us, cleverly subverted horror tropes with contemporary twists. #mswl

Kelly O'Connor Lonesome @kellyoc5 · Jan 2

Beginning the new year by looking to the future and dreaming about the possibilities for my @TorNightfire list. So, here’s a quick 2020 #horror #mswl based on some of my favorite books of the last decade (THREAD!):

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jan 2

-My long shot: Still looking for a literary epic multigenerational family saga with magic realism set in the South. A Southern 100 Years of Solitude. Does it exist? Did you write it?!

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jan 2

-Nonfiction (kids/adult): Pop science projects, biographies about lesser-known figures

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jan 2

-Literary fiction (adult): I haven't stopped thinking about HISTORY OF WOLVES since I read it, so, lit fic about complex family relationships, growing up/aging, mental health, darker topics. Also, since it's election year & my anxiety will be running high, hopeful topics.

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jan 2

-Character-driven sci-fi, always (YA/adult), & sci-fi grounded in the earth/plant life/climate change issues (like ANNIHILATION, WILDER GIRLS)

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jan 2

-Horror (YA/adult): Psychological horror, body horror, hauntings, & other weird/new/different horror. (Also, I am NOT looking for zombies/werewolves/vampires/other creatures at this time.)

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jan 2

-Low fantasy/portal fantasies (YA/adult): Something transportive but based in our world, like THE HAZEL WOOD.

-Middle grade: All. Of. It. Especially mysteries: Always looking for GREENGLASS HOUSE or WESTING GAME vibes.

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jan 2

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn

I'm about to reopen to queries, but before I do, a little #MSWL thread of what I'm hoping to see in my inbox in the coming months:

#writingcommunity #amquerying

-Domestic thrillers (adult): I love them, & I never get these! Please send me your domestic/psychological thrillers; I vastly prefer them over any other kind & would love to find one with an amazing hook. One of my recent favorites was JP Delaney's THE GIRL BEFORE.

Molly Cusick @molly_cusick · Jan 2

Let's start 2020 off with a #MSWL! Over the holiday I read & enjoyed THE STARLESS SEA (possibly 2019 fave?), GIDEON THE NINTH, and THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS. If you have any YA that's similar to one of these (great world building! fresh voice! dark, pacey, & twisty!) send it over, pls!

beth phelan (closed to unsolicited queries) @beth_phelan · Jan 2

Happy 2020! I’m back open to queries!! Send me...


LOL fantasy, contemporary tackling big topics, queer madcap ensemble adventures!


Weird crimes/myths, underdog fantasy, dark paranormal, experimental shit!

#querytip #mswl #subtip #amquerying

Bryony Woods @BryonyWoods · Jan 2

I’m very excited to be reopening to submissions today! Send me quirky, magical middle-grade or YA novels to fall in love with. Send me adult fiction that I can’t put down. But more than anything, send me books that are filled with hope. Writers from all backgrounds welcome! #MSWL

Melissa Edwards @MelissaLaurenE · Jan 1

I’d love some more contemporary romance for the new year that celebrates odd duck leads. Characters for whom the lid and the pot are unusual sizes and shapes— that it really took serendipity to match them up. #MSWL

Savannah Brooks @slbrooks91 · Jan 1

Been slowly making my way through the Rick Riordan presents lineup, and sweet peaches (see what I did there?), these books are so good. I’m very much so looking for an MG action/adventure global mythology standalone or series. VERY MUCH SO. #MSWL