Stephanie Doig @stephaniedoig · 24 Sep 2019

For a long time now I've been looking for a contemporary romance in which an only child/lonely person is welcomed into a huge, sprawling, loving family. Think While You Were Sleeping. (We're looking now for romances for 2020's holiday season, hint hint.) #MSWL

Headwater Literary Management @HeadwaterLit · 24 Sep 2019

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Tones I like:
-this creepy but strangely magnetic
-oh so this is what dissociation feels like
-you could totally turn this into poetry if you wanted to
-so nerdy I can't stand it
-omg this is so cute only dogs can hear my squee
#MSWL

Stephanie Doig @stephaniedoig · 24 Sep 2019

If you are redeeming a villain? You will have to fight me off. I love jerks. So much. #MSWL

Headwater Literary Management @HeadwaterLit · 24 Sep 2019

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Characters I like:
-bad choices, heart of gold
-i know they're bad, but maybe they can change?
-grumpy but cares SO MUCH
-watch out, they've got jokes!
-deeply enthused about something literally no one else cares about
#MSWL

Chelsea Eberly @chelseberly · 24 Sep 2019

One regret as an editor is that I never had my "kid and their dog" story. It doesn't have to be a dog... but the sensibility of an animal teaching a MG character to better understand Big Truths in a bring-your-tissues kind of read is so satisfying! #MSWL

Stephanie Doig @stephaniedoig · 24 Sep 2019

In terms of character types, if I had to pic a favourite it would be, by a mile, the grumpy hero, especially one who's paired with a softer/more extroverted counterpart. This is my enemies-to-lovers catnip. #MSWL

Headwater Literary Management @HeadwaterLit · 24 Sep 2019

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Romance tropes I like (LGBTQ+)
-we're queer and no one in this book is homophobic!
-enemies to lovers
-o no there's only one bed
-I thought I liked my BFF's SO but maybe I just love my BFF?
-any and all types of bisexual panic
-FWB
#MSWL

Kiki Nguyen @kianangu · 24 Sep 2019

Also, for the love of everything that’s holy, do not send me interracial friendship/romance narratives that overcome racism. That shit is played out and wack. Stories with characters and worlds navigating racism, homophobia, etc yes. The Help type shit? NO. Anti #mswl

Stephanie Doig @stephaniedoig · 24 Sep 2019

It is #mswl day! Here is a quick thread of things I'm looking for. I'm acquiring romance for Carina Press; you can find more about Carina's guidelines here: carinapress.com/blog/submissio…

Headwater Literary Management @HeadwaterLit · 24 Sep 2019

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Romance tropes I like (hetero):
-enemies to lovers
-o no there's only one bed
-fake relationship
-I'm with someone else but sorta love my BFF?
-cinnamon roll heroes
#MSWL

James McGowan @jmcgowanbks · 24 Sep 2019

Some favorites: Margaret Finnegan's WE COULD BE HEROES, GHOST, ONE AND ONLY IVAN.

Next up on my TBR: THE TRUTH AS TOLD BY Mason Buttle
#MSWL

James McGowan @jmcgowanbks · 24 Sep 2019

On the contemporary fiction, if it feels like Jason Reynolds could have wrote it, I'd love to see it. Realistic stories that don't shy away from hard topics. With characters we all can love.#MSWL

James McGowan @jmcgowanbks · 24 Sep 2019

I'm recently open to middle grade, and I'm primarily looking for funny projects, along the lines of THE BAD GUYS, LIONS & LIARS #MSWL

James McGowan @jmcgowanbks · 24 Sep 2019

I'd love to find more PB NF-- things like THE SEA BOOK or SEA BEAR. I like little known history and people, or climate/science geared topics. #MSWL

Kiki Nguyen @kianangu · 24 Sep 2019

Before I forget! I love historical romance, historical fantasies, alternate historical fantasies etc etc in YA and Adult. I’d LOVE an f/f in a period story! Like duchess debauchery or some shit. With WOC!!! Bc racism is a recent phenomenon. #mswl

James McGowan @jmcgowanbks · 24 Sep 2019

I gravitate towards humorous, sarcastic, clever books like Jory John. I love punny and clever, and ordinary things turned on their heads and made hilarious. Think THE GREAT INDOORS. #MSWL