Friendly reminder to #amquerying authors: I open to all queries (within YA & Adult SFF and romance) on Friday, 9/1!
I’m in pretty good shape with numbers right now (I think 60 ish queries and 25 fills), and I’m excited to see what y’all send me!
1. Adult Contemporary/Romance: I love a gushy romance or a strong feel-good contemporary with a bittersweet ending. I'm a big fan of second-chance romance (bonus points if it's dual timeline). If it's comp'd to Emily Henry or Taylor Jenkins Reid, I want to see it. (2/8)
#MSWL 🧵 before I open to queries on Friday!
I will be open to most genres of YA and Adult including but not limited to contemporary, romance, thriller, speculative, dystopian, issue-driven, fantasy, eco-fiction, sci-fi. Here's some things I'll be keeping my eye out for. (1/8)
"Looking for romance with autistic protagonists, whether it's central to the narrative or just a fact (eg. ACT YOUR AGE, EVE BROWN by Talia Hibbert and ALWAYS ONLY YOU by Chloe Liese)."
My bookshelf is 50% character-driven sff/speculative/spooky, 50% realistic contemporary/historical (coming-of-age romance, mystery/thriller, action-adventure, and verse novels), mostly by BIPOC, queer, or traditionally underrepresented folks, & my taste very much reflects that.
#MSWL Agents, I've been seeing some fantastic YA sff subs. I'll never say no to sff that captures my heart, but I'm also on the lookout for gorgeously written verse/prose, layered coming-of-age (historical or contemp) esp if it weaves in queer romance and/or mystery/suspense.
Novelists of Twitter (I refuse the other name): where is the RushTok romance we all need? Or…a mystery? Pls hmu with this important literary contribution. And also note I was in charge of recruitment for all sororities at my college so I mean business. #mswl
Booker Albert Lit @BookerAlbertLit✨Announcement✨
We are very excited to announce that Rebecca Lawrence and @andiesmithbooks have been promoted to junior agents! They will be open to queries September 1st. Please check out our website to submission details.
So thrilled and excited to have them with us!
Thrilled to announce my promotion to Junior Agent at @BookerAlbertLit
!! MSWL link in bio and thread coming soon. I’ll be open to queries on September 1!
I’m so excited for this next step and cannot wait to read your stories! #amagenting #WritingCommunity
"I want unique, genre-blending romance novels. I wish I had worked on THE PLUS ONE by Sarah Archer or any of Roselle Lim’s breathtaking romantic contemporary fantasy novels. Give me an adult rom com in space, or with magic."
Fall 2023 #MSWL
YA thrillers or rom-coms with a fresh twist
MG magical realism or high concept action/adventure
Illustrators or author/illustrators
Select Adult manuscripts in upmarket fiction and contemporary romance
Awkward/ridiculous/LOL in any genre
Y’all. I just finished KT client @JamiePacton ‘s THE VERMILLION EMPORIUM this past weekend and THIS is 100% my type of fantasy. Please, when I reopen to queries, send me projects with this vibe, this whimsy, this type of romance! ✨😍✨#MSWL
"Send me romance with queer protagonists, especially aro/ace-spec (eg. DELILAH GREEN DOESN'T CARE by Ashley Herring Blake, LOVE & OTHER DISASTERS by Anita Kelly, and THE ROMANTIC AGENDA by Claire Kann)."
And as always, I'm still looking for commercial fiction across the board but predominantly in crime/thriller, accessible book club and romance spaces. Make me laugh, cry or scared to read at night!
I also recently came across queeringthemap.com (I know, very late to this) and it made my heart full and achey. I would love a romance novel that ties this concept in... it's beautiful and full of yearning and nostalgia and drama and gossip.
Okay so I have more on my super specific wish list (beyond all the usual: really good commercial fiction that will make me want to scream about it from the rooftops)...
I've already covered a thriller (or romance) set in a Fire Lookout in the US: