What is an agent thinking about when s/he's reading your query and first 250? Check out @OpAwesome6's newest #PassOrPages excerpts, on retellings of myths, folktales, and fairy tales (which I love! send if you have!): bit.ly/2NJgfDh. #queries #querytip #query #YA #MSWL
Jenny Bent @jennybenthey everyone we have a cool announcement #TBA @LaurelSymonds thebentagency.com/laurel-symonds pic.twitter.com/JiUlv5RzL4
I am so thrilled to join The Bent Agency as a literary agent!
Writers, send me all* your books!
*Specifically good ones that fit the linked criteria. Bonus points if they include mighty girls, dogs, sisters, baking, or magical happenings.
in light of recent snake news, I'd *really* like a queer own voice retelling of Bai She Zhuan where Suzhen & Xiaoqing fall in love while on their rescue mission & realize that striving for an immortal human soul is the patriarchy & being a snake witch is better. #mswl
Specific #ownvoices #MSWL I’d love to see: a YA historical retelling of SOME LIKE IT HOT about a teen trans girl discovering her identity when she joins an all-girls musical group to escape vengeful mobsters
#MSWL Underrepresented minority and/or interracial romance, gene hacking, modernized Slavic heroic quest, characters with identities that span communities & their struggles, characters with East Asian, Slavic, and African heritage, & dark fairy tale retellings. MG, YA, Adult.
I’d love to see someone take a modern/contemporary well-loved/well-known story and flip it on its head to a historical. A flipped retelling if you will. Bonus points for some magical realism. #MSWL
- Adult Gothic Horror (think Crimson Peak)
- Adult High Fantasy featuring women as leaders
- Retellings of fairytales by #OwnVoices authors!!
- Spooky MG ghost stories
- MG stories with witches and elaborate settings
Thao Le (currently closed to queries) @ThaoLe8I'm still dying for a Count of Monte Cristo retelling. Genderbend it. LGBTQ it. Make it contemporary. Or fantasy. I'm down for it! #mswl
I basically like revenge plots a whole lot. Especially when it's a long con type thing and the right people get their justice! #mswl
still on YA:
*mystery/thrillers w/ atypical narrative structure and/or mixed media formats
*paranormal that feels fresh
*anything with a high-stakes plot
*fairytale retellings that feel fresh
*smart contemporary that makes me laugh and cry
So, for example, @ggmccall's SUMMER OF THE MARIPOSAS is a retelling of THE ODYSSEY abt 5 Mexican American girls on a road trip with a dead guy (Weekend at Bernie's meets Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants)--more like that, please! #MSWL
Stephanie Stein @stephlysteinOooh, #MSWL day! I don’t have a ton of time to pop in today, but check out past tweets or my (up-to-date!) post on the site, linked in my profile. But while I’m here...
Bring me a YA romance that reads like your favorite fanfic. High-concept premise (fake relationship? Austen retelling? Whatever!), slow burn, Big OTP Energy. #mswl