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MSWL & Querying Me

UPDATED: 8/26/23 - No matter the age group or genre, I am looking for emotional resonance and authentic, voicey characters that highlight the complexity and curiosity of the human nature.

Adult:

  • Romance - from sweet to steamy, from M/F to LGBT, from contemporary to fantasy/paranormal, but no thank you to erotica or historical

  • Upmarket - friendship stories, strong power bad-ass women stories, or make me laugh-out-loud stories

  • Literary - Beautiful prose with a strong cast of characters

  • Thriller - twisty, wildly intense Thrillers (or thriller-ish). Especially those that examine our social construct like GET OUT.

 

Young Adult (REFERRAL ONLY):

  • Romance - RomCom, fantasy or paranormal, and/or LGBT. Give me all the love stories in whatever form they come.

  • Contemporary - especially, but doesn't have to be friendship joy or struggles

  • Fantasy - low fantasy ONLY. Must be grounded in our reality.


Middle Grade (REFERRAL ONLY):

  • Contemporary - can deal with hard themes, but with added humor for the younger reader. I am especially looking for stories that cover marginalized voices, biracial storylines, and interracial friendships!

  • Fantasy: magical realism, paranormal, urban fantasy, but must mimic themes that young people deal with on a day-to-day

  • Horror - would love any kind

  • Graphic Novels


Chapter Books (REFERRAL ONLY):

  • Friendship, Familial stories

  • Fantasy – grounded, though

  • Club or Sports stories

  • Mysteries

  • Graphic Novels

Picture Books (REFERRAL ONLY):

  • Culture stories

  • Kids being bad but not knowing it (drawing on the walls, running around butterball)

  • Stories with humor

  • Affirmation stories

  • Rhyming stories

  • Graphic picture books (it’s a thang)
     

*Note: I am the most selective in picture books*

Illustrators: 

  • Open to artists who are interested in picture books all the way up to Adult cover work. 

 

What I'm not open to:

  • Sci-fi

  • Non-fiction (except for MG)

  • Historical

  • High Fantasy

  • Military or War Fiction

  • Short Story Collections (although, I might be down for the right voice)

  • Manuscripts that have a strong religious theme

  • Books where the oppressor learns their lesson off of the marginalized backs

 

Some of my favorites:

  • The Goonies

  • Spirited Away

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

  • Frequency (the movie, y’all)

  • Hidden Figures

  • The Last of Us (the game and the show)

  • When Harry Met Sally

  • Black Panther

  • A League of Their Own

  • The Mighty Ducks

  • The Sandlot

  • Friday Night Lights

  • Remember the Titans

  • Rookie of the Year

  • The Time Traveler’s Wife

I AM OPEN SELECTIVELY TO NEW QUERIES. IF I'M NOT OPEN TO YOUR AGE GROUP/GENRE, PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR WHEN I OPEN MORE WIDELY. 

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