Mystery/suspense – I really like creepy, gothic suspense like A FORGERY OF ROSES. And GALLANT—it feels like gothic, fantasy, & horror all in one! Anything that comps to CRIMSON PEAK is always on my list—creepy manor, period piece, lots of secrets, ghosts, some romance!
I love monsters of any kind in MG, and I’m interested in ghosts! For MG contemporary, I’m interested in all types of coming-of- age with authentic dialogue and lots of humor (always love Chad Lucas’s MG dialogue!).
Middle grade – In addition to my constant favorites, fantasy & horror, I definitely have a soft spot for all things creepy & mystery! I'm a constant fan of THE GREENGLASS HOUSE, THE CLACKITY, NIGHTBOOKS, & I was a huge SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK fan as a kid.
Graphic novels – All genres and types in MG and YA! Comps: NIMOMA, ROLLER GIRL, SNAPDRAGON, AGONY HOUSE, SMILE, THE WITCH BOY, BEETLE AND THE HOLLOWBONES, 5 WORLDS series, LAURA DEAN KEEPS BREAKING UP WITH ME, Remy Lai.
Rom-coms – Funny with smart dialogue, and tons of witty banter between the romantic leads! Nothing overly corny or predictable. For adult: BOOK LOVERS, RED WHITE AND ROYAL BLUE, THE LOVE HYPOTHESIS, GET A LIFE CHLOE BROWN. For YA—love Gloria Chao’s books!
Comps: PAN’S LABYRINTH for fairy-tale horror, Carrie Ryan (especially THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH), THE YEAR OF THE WITCHING, FINAL GIRLS, MEXICAN GOTHIC, WILDER GIRLS. I also can’t get enough horror movies—BODIES BODIES BODIES and BARBARIAN are two more that’ve stuck with me!
Horror, YA & adult - To me, the best horror has social commentary (WHAT WE HARVEST, EAT YOUR HEART OUT). I love horror blended with fantasy or fairy tales. I never get tired of creepy forests & small towns with secrets, whether it’s a current setting, historical, or high fantasy!
LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS, Neil Gaiman, Holly Black (love her fairy books), VE Schwab, Garth Nix (SABRIEL books), Mercedes Lackey, IN THE NAME OF THE WIND, the RHAPSODY books, A COURT OF THRONE AND ROSES, ATLAS SIX, THE MAGICIANS,THE HAZEL WOOD, Erin A Craig.
Fantasy, YA and adult - Unique world-building, atmospheric writing, and strong characters first and foremost (I gravitate towards strong female leads especially!). Comps and topics I love:
Of course, per previous MSWLs, I’m always interested in elevating underrepresented/diverse voices. In terms of writing, I always am drawn to literary, but am open to more commercial as long as it has strong characters—it’s all about the characters for me!
Christa (Heschke) Cifelli @ChristaHeschkeAuthors! I’m excited to tell you about my #MSWL for 2023. Some big changes this year! A thread:
This year, I’ll be looking first for MG, then YA, then adult, then PB. My preference is for dark genre work (fantasy, horror, suspense) and rom-coms/lighter contemporary! I’m newly open to adult rom-coms after falling in love with a few last year. 😁
"I'm looking for nonfiction books on occult topics, like BECOMING DANGEROUS edited by Katie West, WITCHES OF AMERICA by Alex Mar, and Taschen’s THE LIBRARY OF ESOTERICA series."
Other things I’d like to see
- YA stories set in boarding schools
- stories set in the Fall in where season is a character almost
- stories set in Northeastern small, Gothic towns
- stories about secret cults or societies
Something similar to the NATIONAL TREASURE, THE MUMMY, or INDIANA JONES movies #MSWL could be a twist in any age group
"I am passionate about representing under- or misrepresented voices, including BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+, disabled or chronically ill, and neurodivergent authors. I would especially love to get more submissions from fellow Latinx writers."
The town I spent every summer in had a gas station that had a lot of groceries and a lunch counter. That was our grocery store and the only restaurant in town.
I want a book set in that kind of town written by someone who lived there. #mswl
Yale School of Public Health @YaleSPHBobbi, 9, was the subject of alleged racial profiling while working to eradicate the invasive spotted lanternfly in Oct. Last week, she was honored by @Yale. The lanternflies she donated to @yalepeabody will be forever associated with her name.
More: m.yale.edu/bf48 pic.twitter.com/uxuLQoRSOv
I'm a total softie who releases all the spiders in my house, but this is truly a touching story. Is this a picture book yet? #mswl
🚨 Alice is reopening only to YA and crossover fantasy queries. Think romantasy, Legends & Lattes, Stardew Valley. Recent favourites include:
- Daughter of the Pirate King
- A Deadly Education
- This Poison Heart
- Iron Widow