- Would love some more big romance with a hook. Smart and swoony. If there's an irreverent quality to it (ala VIOLET MADE OF THORNS), all the better.
- Speculative twists and hooks. Splashes of magic or sci-fi.
- Books that feel like going on a vacation somewhere exciting.
#mswl SF (broadly defined) & speculative literary. But weird. I want more weird. Absurdity. Humans with two heads and shit. Stuff that's funny & dark. Books that go too far.
I find humor in SF/F tough, so I'm shying away from that. But if you can get me excited, or scared, or happy, or joyous for your protagonist (or antagonist!), I'm in.
#MSWL: More sub-genre specific, I want magic systems, found family, old protagonists, complex antagonists
You can query me here: querymanager.com/query/mwbelford
And below, I'll include some other MSWL tags I've done in the last few months about some specific SF/F projects I'm looking for.
For genre fiction, more than anything else, I need amazing characters.
*if romance I like banter and not too convenient HEA because life isn't like that
*an author open to edits or suggestions who is willing to work to engage readers
* if scify/fantasy, a world that pulls me in immediately
* all the feels
Rom-coms, paranormal romance, dystopian romance, science fiction/fantasy/speculative, & thriller/suspense. I would love to see: diversity, LGBTQ+, environmental issues/climate change, school settings, and mental health.
I am officially open to queries! You can query using Query Manager at QueryManager.com/2011
I accept adult SFF, including horror, and adult cozy mystery.
I accept all genre of YA and MG.
I am not looking for PB, NF or graphic novels at this time.
For sci-fi manuscripts, the softer and cozier the better. Anything set on a spaceship, with a strong romantic subplot, a diverse cast, and high, commercial stakes, will sweep me off my feet.
I'm open to queries again! Which means it's about time for an updated ✨2022 MSWL✨
I am still focusing exclusively on adult genres, with my priority being romance, science-fiction, and horror. #MSWL
#MSWL I’m mainly looking for speculative fiction and science fiction stories. 👉 We also publish romance, fantasy, and suspense/thrillers.
We are accepting manuscript submissions.
And across genres and age ranges, I'm especially fond of SFF (including horror) with deep roots in folklore and culture, casually queer stories, and beautiful prose paired with high, commercial stakes. I can't wait to read your words! #MSWL
—Mystery and horror in certain genres (In mystery, think cozies or women’s fiction-adjacent, instead of hard-boiled detective stories; in horror, think Hill House, not Halloween).
—Character-driven sci-fi and fantasy. Send your sweeping, sexy Kushiel’s Dart-style epics, please!
Kritika H. Rao (she/her) @KritikaHRaoWoke up and realized I didn't because it's not that kind of epic fantasy, no swords here, and felt a lot better until it hit me this is debut year and panicked for other reasons 🙃
I love VERY DIFFERENT fantasy. The more genre-bending the better. Kritika's books blend epic fantasy (no swords!) with a touch of sci fi, STRONG sense of place, & strong contemporary relevance. If you're wondering what I mean by "very different fantasy" on #MSWL - add this TBR!
Seeking literary & commercial crime/mystery, thriller & speculative/scifi. Unique hooks & new, diverse views in these classic genres. Linguistic & storytelling mastery, high personal stakes, psychological depth.❤️Tana French, Hervé Le Tellier, Octavia Butler, Kazuo Ishiguro #MSWL
✨ Surreal, atmospheric horror that unpacks societal and/or personal traumas
✨Monster reimaginings from BIPOC POVs or steeped in SWANA or other non-western mythologies
✨Body horror, psychological horror, gothic, historical, and/or genre-blended with fantasy or sci-fi.
Norma @normajeanesaysHello, literary agents! It’s been awhile since I’ve done this, so here’s a thread of #MSWL requests, aka the submissions I want to see in my inbox:
First off, work by BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and/or disabled authors are always welcome in the genres I edit, which includes romance yes, but also mystery and thrillers, upmarket fiction, fiction with fantasy/sci-fi/ speculative elements that are mainstream crossovers, and nonfiction.
-Immersive YA high fantasy and sci-fi with well-defined rules (be it unique magic systems or technology)
-YA inspired by or reimagining folklore or mythology
-Humorous, voice-y MG, as well as MG that recognizes the harder truths of the world while being ultimately hopeful
More specifically, I’m seeking:
-Engaging, escapist YA that also offers social commentary. Bonus for genre-blending. Do you have a sci-fi thriller that interrogates what it means to be human? A horror fantasy that comments on the immigrant experience? Send it my way!
Generally, I’m looking for YA contemporary, thriller, mystery, horror, historical fiction, high fantasy, and sci-fi stories.
In MG, I’m looking for contemporary, action/adventure, mystery, fantasy, and sci-fi stories. #mswl