Adult: Narrative nonfiction/memoir about food, Southern culture, adventure, extreme sports, journeys, science/medicine, from perspectives we have not seen before/enough of & whose narratives tackle bigger-picture subjects alongside personal narratives.
As agents, we all have ‘ones that got away’. One of mine was Ginny Myers Sain’s DARK AND SHALLOW LIES. And I would love to see something like that in my inbox right now, #amquerying authors! #writingcommunity #MSWL #southerngothic #alltheatmosphere
#MSWL I love a good Southern setting, anything related to Italy, and REALLY want to see some health/illness stories and #disabilityinclusion
YA & New Adult- send me your romcoms, your fresh takes on classics, but please no SFF
Short story collections! I want to see ‘em. 2/x
I love grounded, upmarket genre fiction. The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires, The Rook, The Warehouse, Hench, Mexican Gothic, Station Eleven. When I reopen to queries on Sept 1, please send me books like this.
#mswl #sff #horror
High on my #MSWL list:
Contemporary Southern Gothic
Creepy Historical Gothic
Give me haunted manors, haunted woods, haunted histories
Add a dash of magic, even better!!
More YA urban fantasy
MG adventure and mystery and puzzles to solve
GN for MG and YA
Agent #MSWL Felice is particularly excited to see upmarket and literary fiction, especially in the sub genres of Southern Gothic and Magical Realism. If you're not sure if your manuscript is Magical Realism, check out Elizabeth Buege's post to be sure! elizabethbuege.com/magic-realism-…
Monthly reminder that I'd love more of the following stories:
- Southern Gothic
- Small town/isolated settings with a darkness to them and how characters deal with it. Think Sawkill Girls or Burn Our Bodies Down
- Queer found families with various dynamics.
Some #MSWL things I've been craving in my inbox:
🌈 Queer MG, especially first crushes
💙 Found family dynamics
🌳 Small towns/isolated settings especially with a speculative element
💀 Southern Gothic
♣️ Stories that involve tarot/playing with fate
Across the board, I will be prioritizing authors from marginalized communities. I'd love to see more Southern fiction by marginalized authors, think BOYS OF ALABAMA or BLACKTOP WASTELAND. Still dreaming of a sweeping multigenerational family saga by a Southern BIPOC author.
I am listening to BOYS OF ALABAMA by @genhudson on audio, & it's just what I always dream of in Southern fiction: It explores everything that's beautiful & ugly about the South, with a touch of magic. It's stunning. #MSWL
I am still on the hunt for the book I’ve been dreaming about since I became an agent: a multigenerational family saga with spec elements set in the South, a Southern 100 Years of Solitude. Dream big, right?