Caitlin McDonald @literallycait · 22 Aug 2019

I know we all love medieval fantasy but I am hugely into ancient civilizations and in love with @Fall_of_Civ_Pod by @PaulMMCooper. I would LOVE stories set in or inspired by these civilizations--historical or fantasy, either is fine! Would also love nonfic on the subject! #mswl

Ali Herring @HerringAli · 22 Aug 2019

#MSWL Women's fic subs with a thriller/suspense element. For ref, see a book I worked on about a breast cancer survivor whose cancer is back, trapped by a forest fire, whose decision to give up or fight is complicated by 2kids & 2dogs trapped with her.

Bibi Lewis @Bibi_Lewis · 22 Aug 2019

My latest #mswl is for the friendship dynamics shown in Derry Girls. Earnest, unique individuals who shouldn't work together but somehow do, who are outlandishly funny, obliviously teen, and above all have each others backs.

Deborah Nemeth @DebNemeth · 22 Aug 2019

beth phelan (closed to unsolicited queries) @beth_phelan

i feel like there is all this anxiety surrounding agents' mswl's because i think it can feel like a "skip the line" opportunity, and in some ways it is, but ultimately i think a lot of us are also looking to be surprised and find something in our inbox we hadn't thought of yet.

This applies to editors too: I don't always know what I want to acquire until I read it. If a ms doesn't fit my exact wishlist, a submitting author/agent shouldn't be concerned. I'm most excited by fresh ideas that surprise me. The only limitation is if we pub that genre.

Phoebe Low @_lowpH · 22 Aug 2019

phoebe @p_lowren

other things I like:
- banter!
- enemies to lovers!
- the slow burn!
- parents who aren't dead! #MSWL

also if you have JADE WAR X CRAZY RICH ASIANS I will absolutely fight someone for it. (but politely. without breaking aisho.) #MSWL

Katelyn Uplinger @KatelynUplinger · 21 Aug 2019

Katelyn Uplinger @KatelynUplinger

I feel like I haven't traveled enough outside of the US to have a definite fav yet, But my first favorite was the Jennie Wade house in Gettysburg as a tween because of the tragic love story. #HFChitChat…

I want to add a historical fiction #MSWL as an agent for a story about Jennie Wade. Maybe one that switches between Jennie's tragic story and the present about a woman's experience with the legend surrounding the bullet hole in the door.

Phoebe Low @_lowpH · 21 Aug 2019

other things I like:
- banter!
- enemies to lovers!
- the slow burn!
- parents who aren't dead! #MSWL

Phoebe Low @_lowpH · 21 Aug 2019

Also, as de facto three crows in a skinsuit, I am inherently attracted to shiny, sharp prose re: anything by Madeline Miller, Tana French, Gillian Flynn, Catherynne Valente #MSWL

Phoebe Low @_lowpH · 21 Aug 2019

phoebe @p_lowren

heyo! seeing as I have not been smited yet for taking queries, I thought I'd thread a #MSWL here because searchable:

I'd love to see more spec fic from underrepresented / marginalized voices! All-time favorites include Jade City/Jade War, This Is How You Lose the Time War, and Oculus by Sally Wen Mao #MSWL

Stephanie Doig @stephaniedoig · 21 Aug 2019

Thinking about The Family Stone (MASSIVELY underrated) and how much I would love to edit a romance with that kind of complex, emotional family dynamic. #mswl

Bridget Smith @bredalot · 21 Aug 2019

Sarah 💫 @Harriet_Vane_

Homeopathy is obviously fake but swallowing pieces of the Berlin Wall to break down one's own emotional barriers is astonishingly poetic and the beginning of a GREAT SFF story.…

Hello yes if you (someone who is not Sarah, who is represented by my MORTAL ENEMY) write this book, please send it to me, I am extremely into turning history into magic and also all the weight attached to ancient buildings. #mswl

Melissa Edwards @MelissaLaurenE · 21 Aug 2019

Here I stand, speaking my truest desire into the universe:


(don't forget the com, the com is important)

beth phelan, here sometimes @beth_phelan · 21 Aug 2019

if anyone has a MG or YA with a PROTAGONIST who has ADHD, i'd love to see it. in particular, a type that isn't the more commonly associated hyperactive but features the inattentiveness, procrastination, disorganized thoughts, etc. would be open to realistic or fantasy #MSWL

Saba Sulaiman @agentsaba · 21 Aug 2019

Fawzia Mirza @thefawz

Muslim women - I’m developing a show about us. What would you like to see?????

Replying to @thefawz

intersectional muslims; joyful, largely unconfused muslims; muslims who aren't afraid to acknowledge and/or critique the problematic natures of many prominently accepted beliefs and practices within the community #mswl