Melissa
@MARechter
Editor
Lover of puns. Editor at @crookedlanebks and @alcovepress • opinions are my own.
22 MSWL

I acquire a few genres between our two imprints, but to break it down:

Crooked Lane:
thrillers, historical mysteries, cozy mysteries, and horror.

Alcove Press:
historical fiction, magical realism, speculative fiction, romcoms, bookclub fiction, and romantasy.

Melissa
@MARechter
Editor
Lover of puns. Editor at @crookedlanebks and @alcovepress • opinions are my own.
22 MSWL

A 🧵 on my #mswl and what I’m hoping to see in the new year (or in the next two weeks since my inbox is still open 😂)

Becky Bagnell
@LindsayLit
Literary Agent
Literary agent who loves stories both adult and children's. Mother of two, grew up in Northern Ireland. Interests include food, education & the sea... (she/her)
15 MSWL

But most of all I like to be surprised… To submit please follow the guidelines on lindsayliteraryagency.co.uk/submissions-2/ and then email: info@lindsayliteraryagency.co.uk 3/3

Becky Bagnell
@LindsayLit
Literary Agent
Literary agent who loves stories both adult and children's. Mother of two, grew up in Northern Ireland. Interests include food, education & the sea... (she/her)
15 MSWL

For MG I'm interested in finding a high concept fantasy adventure, or a funny heart-warming narrative. I'm always on the look out for writing from underrepresented voices and so please do get in touch with your stories. 2/3

Becky Bagnell
@LindsayLit
Literary Agent
Literary agent who loves stories both adult and children's. Mother of two, grew up in Northern Ireland. Interests include food, education & the sea... (she/her)
15 MSWL

I'm on the look out for new authors so in case it's useful on my wish list currently is... a complicated YA romance story in an unconventional setting, a YA Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Tomorrow or Americanah. I'd love to see more from Irish writers particularly Northern Irish! 1/3

Deidra Purvis
@FSPacquisitions
Editor
Acquiring editor for @freespiritbooks (@tcmpub), the leading publisher of social & emotional learning books for kids, teens, & educators. Write for us! She/her
5 MSWL
Bethany Jett
@BetJett
Literary Agent
Assoc Lit Agent, Boymom x3, Milspo🇺🇸 🙏🏻 💖 #INFJ ✨ I live in a world of books, but I’m literally allergic to them. #colophony | AALA SCBWI
18 MSWL

Future #MSWL & QM update:
I have less than 40 undecided queries/submissions. I plan to reopen mid-late January to a few genres. This info is not on my website or MSWL page yet— it’s just a head’s up and I hope it’s helpful!

✨ ADULT FICTION✨
• contemporary romance - think Emily Henry but low spice or Melissa Ferguson
• upmarket / book club
• cozy mysteries

✨ NONFICTION✨
- same as what’s on website -

✨ KIDLIT ✨
• PB/MG/YA - classic-style with a literary bent. Secret Garden. Bridge to Terabithia. Winnie-the-Pooh.
• PB - humorous character-driven series

‼️Not looking for SEL or rhyme.‼️

Lisa Amstutz
@LJAmstutz
Literary Agent
Author, ecologist, agent @StormLiterary . Currently closed to queries. linktr.ee/LJAmstutz
4 MSWL

#amquerying authors, I've reopened to adult nonfiction only - I'd love to see some more science/nature projects in my inbox! #MSWL QueryManager.com/2006

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!
237 MSWL
1 AskAgent
11 Queries
33 Tips

I know I'm closing to queries tomorrow, but authors keep me on your list for a "rowdy family book," preferably middle grade but YA might work too. Think in the spirit of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever or Cheaper by the Dozen. #MSWL

Jill Marr
@jilliganjonze
Literary Agent
Literary agent, baseball mom, wine lover, cake eater--not necessarily in order of importance.
27 MSWL
Caroline J. Trussell
@carolinejtrulit
Literary Agent
junior literary agent with @metamorphlitag , mental health advocate/warrior, reader, indie/self pubbed author. INFJ & Capricorn😇 (she/her)
35 MSWL

Oh my gosh I don’t even normally go for historical romance but someone give me something like QUEEN CHARLOTTE the next time I’m open to queries. I am giddy watching this #MSWL

H.AlOmari
@inkbyomari
Editor
✨📖 Editor 📑✨ @shaherazadshelf || ☪️🕊️revert || 🇵🇸💍 تحيا جنين
15 MSWL

Historical Fiction • romance, war & conflict (e.g. Palestinian). Open to ancient to near modern time periods.

Non-fiction • some Islamic history, memoirs (esp. reverts to Islam)

H.AlOmari
@inkbyomari
Editor
✨📖 Editor 📑✨ @shaherazadshelf || ☪️🕊️revert || 🇵🇸💍 تحيا جنين
15 MSWL

Dystopian • overreacting govts, secret societies, collapse, revolution, apocalyptic (esp w/ religious themes)

Romance • any of the above, historical, contemporary, enemies to lovers, childhood sweethearts, love triangles, no explicit content, would love halal

H.AlOmari
@inkbyomari
Editor
✨📖 Editor 📑✨ @shaherazadshelf || ☪️🕊️revert || 🇵🇸💍 تحيا جنين
15 MSWL

Sci-fi • space opera, aliens, monsters, romance

Fantasy • high/epic/second-world, retellings, mythical creatures, *limited* magical systems, time travel, academia, romance

H.AlOmari
@inkbyomari
Editor
✨📖 Editor 📑✨ @shaherazadshelf || ☪️🕊️revert || 🇵🇸💍 تحيا جنين
15 MSWL
Colleen Oefelein
@eerie_o
Literary Agent
Literary Agent MacGregor & Luedeke Lit Christian Disabled Veteran PTSD warrior Penn State alum Also Author CM McCoy: EERIE Loves Irish dance, space & Pokemon
23 MSWL
2 AskAgent
14 Tips

#MSWL
Manuscript wish list:
Fiction:
- Adult space only for Dec 2023
- Thrillers
- Psychological thrillers: character-driven & twisty
- Horror: thoughtful, more suspense than gore, unexpected endings.
- Mystery: 70k-100k words, historical & contemporary with or w/o a hint of romance, trad cozies, police procedurals, amateur sleuths & private 👁️ fiction
- Suspense: 75k - 100k words, no paranormal, lower to mid-level descriptions of violence
- Romance: Historical & Contemporary (with series potential), Romcom (with new fresh spins on old tropes), Small Town Western Settings, Diverse Romance, Holiday Romance
- Historical Fiction (no WWII fiction) from the ’20s, ’40s and Victorian era
- I would LOVE a creative retelling of The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes
- I would also love a contemporary take on AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE
- High-concept book club fiction with a commercial hook. Anything provocative, humorous, and/or haunting
- Novels featuring complex family and/or racial dynamics and unforgettable characters - Speculative fiction with quirky characters
- For all fiction: a magnetic opening, well-trained, flowy writing and cliffy chapter endings please!

NonFiction:
- Only from authors with an established/large platform
- Commercial nf with a wide reach
- Sports
- History
- Celebrity or true crime autobiography - Book club nonfiction books with take-away
- Stories infused with faith/positive spirit
- Space-related memoir & other space nf from authors with a platform

I may add more! And if you're very keen on working with me, but you aren't sure if you've got what I'm looking for, you can always DM or comment with your questions.

Colleen Oefelein
@eerie_o
Literary Agent
Literary Agent MacGregor & Luedeke Lit Christian Disabled Veteran PTSD warrior Penn State alum Also Author CM McCoy: EERIE Loves Irish dance, space & Pokemon
23 MSWL
2 AskAgent
14 Tips

I am now open to submissions until 31 Dec!
I AM SO EXCITED TO READ!
Please see my #MSWL below, and feel free to DM me your questions.
QueryManager.com/colleenoefelein

Colleen Oefelein
@eerie_o
Literary Agent
Literary Agent MacGregor & Luedeke Lit Christian Disabled Veteran PTSD warrior Penn State alum Also Author CM McCoy: EERIE Loves Irish dance, space & Pokemon
23 MSWL
2 AskAgent
14 Tips

#MSWL
As always, this isn't an exhaustive list. If you think you have something (in the adult space) that you've seen me mention before or that's so insanely well-written you think I'd love it, but you don't see it on the list I posted, please feel free to send me your Dec query.

Rebecca Eskildsen
@rleskildsen
Literary Agent
Writers House. Probably tweeting about my cat. She/her. I am open to queries.
46 MSWL
1 Tips

And finally, since I'm not seeing many of these in my inbox, I'd like to put out a call for Indigenous stories, and not limited to the US region. No limits on the topic either - I'm seeking Indigenous stories of any topic for all age groups (MG, YA, adult). #MSWL

Rebecca Eskildsen
@rleskildsen
Literary Agent
Writers House. Probably tweeting about my cat. She/her. I am open to queries.
46 MSWL
1 Tips

I'm always on the look out for friendship stories and messy young women! #MSWL

On the YA side, this spans from NOTHING BURNS AS BRIGHT AS YOU to A LESSON IN VENGEANCE.

On the adult side, think QUEENIE or REALLY GOOD, ACTUALLY.