Future #MSWL & QM update:
I have less than 40 undecided queries/submissions. I plan to reopen mid-late January to a few genres. This info is not on my website or MSWL page yet— it’s just a head’s up and I hope it’s helpful!
✨ ADULT FICTION✨
• contemporary romance - think Emily Henry but low spice or Melissa Ferguson
• upmarket / book club
• cozy mysteries
- same as what’s on website -
✨ KIDLIT ✨
• PB/MG/YA - classic-style with a literary bent. Secret Garden. Bridge to Terabithia. Winnie-the-Pooh.
• PB - humorous character-driven series
‼️Not looking for SEL or rhyme.‼️
I know I'm closing to queries tomorrow, but authors keep me on your list for a "rowdy family book," preferably middle grade but YA might work too. Think in the spirit of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever or Cheaper by the Dozen. #MSWL
✨📑Open for submissions with @shaherazadshelf ! Accepting YA & Adult.
Submit to me 🎁 shaherazadshelves.com/submit
#scifi #fantasy #romance #dystopian #publishing #writingcommunity #amediting #amwriting #mswl
And finally, since I'm not seeing many of these in my inbox, I'd like to put out a call for Indigenous stories, and not limited to the US region. No limits on the topic either - I'm seeking Indigenous stories of any topic for all age groups (MG, YA, adult). #MSWL
I'm always on the look out for friendship stories and messy young women! #MSWL
On the YA side, this spans from NOTHING BURNS AS BRIGHT AS YOU to A LESSON IN VENGEANCE.
On the adult side, think QUEENIE or REALLY GOOD, ACTUALLY.
Horror! I'd love to see more YA horror in my inbox, and I'm also opening up to adult horror!
For adult, I'm particularly interested in horror with a social commentary focus.
I'm also open to non-horror social commentary, like YELLOWFACE.
"If you have how-tos for beauty and self-care, I'm interested. Think sustainable and eco-friendly, capsule wardrobes, and decluttering, etc. Adult and YA welcome."
I would really just love some romance with a spec twist in my inbox right now (adult or YA, I'm not picky) -- give me your ghost hunters falling for each other, your vampire crushes, your love spells gone wrong. #MSWL
Contemporary #YA with a literary voice about ordinary teens dealing with life, family, relationships, friendships falling apart, sexuality, mental health, or recovery. A blend of genre and literary would be best of all.
"I want weird and wonderful tales for YA like WILDER GIRLS by Rory Power, THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END by Adam Silvera, and THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER by Leslye Walton."
Maria Vicente #MSWL
-BIPOC rom-coms with great depth
-books that pull readers in for the hook(s), but make them stay for the relatable, tear-jerking emotional arcs
-sweeping historical and family dramas
-new adult / first year of college stories
-Gossip Girl-esque thrillers
Promotions mean a new #MSWL !!
I'm looking for contemporary and light fantasy MG and YA fiction + the select picture book, with a focus on character-driven marginalized stories that center around joy and hope.🧵