In YA, i still love most genres and everything from light to dark. I love hope and depth and humor and stories that can change lives, whether from joy or empathy and validation. More specifically:
1. Super high concept contemporary and speculative contemporary
#mswl cont ⬇️
Horror / Speculative:
Grounded horror or speculative fiction that is creepy and unsettling, but rooted in the real world.
Think LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND, and THE CABIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD.
Other Favorites: Jennifer McMahon, Simone St. James and Alex North.
Hey Twitter. Some updates to my #MSWL:
My picture book list is quite full, so I am TEMPORARILY closing to PBs. I remain open to illustrators.
I'm very eager to find: ADULT mystery, crime, domestic suspense and horror/speculative fiction.
Been meaning to mention that I have an editor #MSWL page a la @ManuscriptWList.
#Writers: this may also be a helpful starting point to see what a #literaryagent is looking for in #submissions.
Madeleine Milburn Agency @MMLitAgencyAssociate Agent @liv_maidment wants to see your submissions! Find out what she's looking for here: bit.ly/31bTMmP pic.twitter.com/o5AsZP44OC
Send me your manuscripts, I can't wait to read them! 😊 📚📚📚 #mswl
"Immersive speculative YA fiction like Children of Blood and Bone by Toni Adeyemi, Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza, and Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyhebuchi." @msmariavicente #MSWL mariavicente.com/representation
1: High-concept contemporary is what’s making my heart sing right now. I recently read SHINE by Jessica Jung and devoured it. That said, hints at the speculative are always special for me. (Focus on hints.)
I finished line editing a client’s gorgeous MS that’s a family saga with a speculative twist, & I feel like I know generations of a whole town’s worth of people so intimately. Please send me more family sagas with speculative twists. I would so love more books like this. #MSWL
I'd love to see some more #adult projects in my inbox. #speculative, #contemporary, #historical, #romcom--I'm open to almost ANYTHING, but looking for a great hook & great voice. Something that I'll have hard time putting down #mswl #a (still also looking for #MG & #YA)
I'd love to see in my queries:
- Atmospheric, woodsy, lush horror like THE YEAR OF THE WITCHING (YA, A)
- Domestic/psychological thrillers by BIPOC authors (A)
- Scavenger hunts (MG, YA, A)
- Eerie spec fic in isolated settings (CATHERINE HOUSE, THE WATER CURE)
Channa Prakash @AgBioWorldMeet YInMn, the First New Blue Pigment in Two Centuries! Created accidentally in 2009 by chemists at Oregon State University. Named after its components — Yttrium, Indium, and Manganese — and its luminous, vivid pigment never fades.
#mswl: a speculative novel that feels like this exact color—luminous, vivid, never-fading
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
Thao Le @AgentThaoI would love to get some more adult romcoms that have the high concept hooks and diversity that's been happening in YA romcoms! My adult list is still very bare and I'd love to flesh it out more with some new writers and projects. #mswl
I still want more adult projects! I'm building my romantic tinged adult speculative fiction and romcom list. =) Am also open to select historical, but I'm hoping from something along the veins of Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo #mswl
Copps Literary Services @CoppsLiteraryHello, #amwriting Twitter! We're a new literary agency founded by @escopps & @CKEmmelhainz and we are officially... open! Check us out and please help us spread the word: coppsliterary.com #pubtips #amquerying pic.twitter.com/oWpUCmS4tO
Query tip: research. You have the best shot of finding the right agent if you check out their #mswl before querying. Here's mine: adult or YA fiction or non, for fiction specifically rom com, hist, mystery, true crime, spec. Love strong female leads, diverse voices.