"Seeking romance, literary, commercial, suspense, young adult, middle grade, and picture books."
- YA historical/ +fantasy/ +romance that doesn’t take itself too seriously a la My Lady Jane, Gentleman’s Guide, Bridgerton, The Great
- Native and rural voices, especially from the Pacific Northwest or Inland Northwest
Adult Romance: High concept stories that are just shy of bonkers are always my jam. If you have to caveat an idea with “wait, but hear me out” it’s likely that I will be interested in seeing more. #mswl
Adult Romance: Romance that sweeps me off my feet. Heroes who love hard and fast and true. I ADORE a good HE FALLS FIRST story. I also love it when HE TRIES TO SAVE HER BUT SHE SAVED HERSELF FIRST. #mswl
Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRothMaking a rare Twitter appearance to say:
- I reopened to queries today.
- I am now open to adult contemporary, commercial fiction (romcom, romance, mystery/thriller, etc) 😬
- I am scared.
As far as what I want in adult: Good hooks, gripping plots, strong characters. I either want light, funny & swoony for the romcom/romance, or layered, smart and edge-of-seat for the thrillers. Sticking with commercial, contemporary for adult for now. No SFF. #mswl #querytip
(And as always, if you can pitch your manuscript as "Twin Peaks meets romance" I will drop everything to read it. I am fully convinced this idea makes for a great romantic suspense novel and I will drop everything to read it.)
--A Rom-Com+. A great romance with high quality writing and a meaningful B-plot, like Joya Goffney's EXCUSE ME WHILE I UGLY CRY. (or the romance could be the B plot)
--Sweeping, cinematic adventures with a fun romance
It's #mswl for @TheTobiasAgency! My wishlist and other info can always be found at sarahnfisk.com, but I thought I'd highlight a couple things.
I'm especially looking to find adult romance, contemporary ya, and some fun MG right now. Not that I'm not open to others!
I want an Anne and Gilbert romance because let's just acknowledge the epic tropes here.
Also that slate smashing scene is still 🤌🤌 #MSWL
Stefanie Rossitto #MSWL I am also looking for a book on menopause: I want it to be timely and hilarious - it can be a rom-com/ romance/ women's fiction
To go along with this, in romance any of the following is greatly encouraged to find its way into my inbox
Friends to Lovers
Please send me your f/f romances! ❤️
If you can comp Delilah Green Doesn't Care, I need your MS immediately.
I updated a #MSWL one-sheet for January '23, plus I'll keep tweeting and evolving like the book gremlin I am!
Also, credit to Inkyard Press for the idea of using scales to help capture vibes ::gestures to self::
Historical romances! Anything that comps to Evie Dunmore, Cat Sebastian, or Mimi Matthews with a queer, feminist, and/or BIPOC focus is for me! Also send holiday historicals like A HOLIDAY BY GASLIGHT my way!
Contemporary romances! I'm looking for book-heavy reads like BOOK LOVERS; career-heavy reads like THE EX TALK; romances that talked grad school like LOVE IN THE TIME OF SERIAL KILLERS; romances that explored fandom like SPOILER ALERT; and sweet & emotional reads like REEL!
In adult fantasy I always want a little romance with my magic like in A Marvelous Light by Freya Marske #mswl
And just because I didn't add any historical romance, romantic suspense, etc. doesn't mean we're not acquiring it! I'd love to read those projects too. :) Check the guidelines for a full list of genres we're currently looking for.
Fantasy romance/paranormal romance: This is another one where I’m on the lookout for two different things. 1: cozy, feel-good fantasy, the kind of romance you can sink into and know nothing bad is ever going to happen to anyone. A warm bath of a romance (is that gross?!). #mswl
Also in contemporary romance: melodramatic romance. HUGE emotions, big plot twists, big conflict. Messy characters who don’t always act in their own best interests in the heat of the moment. This is where I’d love to see my fave hero type: the jerk with secret feelings. #mswl
Contemporary romance! I'm looking for two different things here: first is complex, emotional, upmarket contemporary—think Kate Clayborn or Lucy Parker. Love caretakers for this, especially if they’re kind of grumpy/seem uncaring on the outside. #mswl