The query inbox at @PSLiterary opens on Monday, and I’m so excited to add new clients to my list in 2020.
Representation info and my updated #mswl is at the link below. Let me know if you have any questions.
This time every year I wonder why we don't have a YA retelling of the Christmas story (Mary, Joseph, etc): the characters are the right age, the conflict is strong and, depending on your beliefs, it could be read as miracle or magic a la GRAVE MERCY. Hard to pull off, but...#MSWL
As promised, here's my #MSWL for January. As ever I am particularly keen to hear from voices that have historically been unheard in the industry. Looking forward to coming back to lots of fabulous queries!
A couple things I REALLY want to read right now.
Historical YA with no magic, especially if its gothic/southern gothic.
Romantic Comedies, but with a new twist or perspective. Example: diverse backgrounds, gender-bending, or a retelling of Shakespeare/fairtales/myths. #mswl
Jennifer Austin 🔥🐺 She-Wolf of Fire & Rage @JLAustin13Reading #MSWL tweets & @_LisaRodgers has a couple from over a year ago that have me now wanting to write an epistolary YA Titanic in Space retelling.
Just saying, if someone gets to this before me, I'm here to read it! pic.twitter.com/uX719Cw2Z6
I still want this! #mswl
Cora Harrington @lingerie_addictIn this era of revenge porn and rape threats and dick pics, the story of Artemis turning Acteon into a stag because he dared to see her naked feels more relevant than ever. Imagine being able to punish someone so immediately and so profoundly for violating your boundaries.
#MSWL I'd love to see a YA retelling of this. Think the immediacy and poignancy of Joy McCullough by way of the slippery surrealism of AS King.
hit me up with your very smartest feminist retellings, your structurally fearless literary fiction, and anything you’d comp to the brilliant Sarah Waters, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Curtis Sittenfeld, or Carmen Maria Machado! #MSWL
Kaitlyn Johnson @kaitylynne13Anyone thought of a Count of Monte Cristo retelling, but from the woman he left behind's perspective? And she's the badass getting into sword fights and proving his innocence? #MSWL pic.twitter.com/gD5UKoXKqA
OOORRRRR a genderbent COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO about a woman who was set up to take the fall for a male and is now coming to get hers? #MSWL
Other random elements I love: historical fiction, witches (historical and contemporary, but less on the humorous side), boarding schools, food, slow build romance, whimsy, retellings...#MSWL
#MSWL - #YA: I've become so much pickier in terms of genre fiction because I want to see something new. Give me a new twist on court intrigue or "chosen" ones. More contemporary fantasies/magical realism. Retellings of new/different stories.