Steampug! Why are there more steampunk cats than steampunk dogs? This is a great mystery of life.
Happy Friday, everyone!
Amy Zhang’s debut novel, FALLING INTO PLACE, is a Top Ten Indie Next pick for Fall! See the whole list here.
I’m going to practice my moves, katiemwrites!
I never really know what I’m looking for until I see it. But here are some of my #MSWL tweets.
In addition: I’d like to see more middle grade in my inbox. I always like quirky characters and humor, but also with heart. Not just wackiness for wackiness’s sake. Maybe something with an adventure or set in the wilderness like MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN? (I was obsessed with that one as a kid.) Or a mystery that doesn’t feel forced and obvious.
For YA, I have some serious paranormal fatigue. I still love contemporary YA stories but they have to feel special—not just a love story. And if you’re doing an “issue” book, you really need to see if it’s been done before and try to make yours stand out.
I always like epic fantasy in YA, but again I like ones that feel different. I see Irish myths and Arthurian legends, like, every day. One of the reasons I asked for “non-Western” fantasy in the above MSWL tweet was just because I’m sick of seeing the same fantasy tropes and creatures. (But also diversity is nice.) Fantasy is supposed to transport you to a new world. I don’t see the point of going back to the same ones over and over.
I haven’t taken on a lot of YA SF. I tend to shy away from aliens and lean more towards machines, new theories and the implications of all that. What does it mean to be human—that kind of thing. A lot of the SF I get pitched is someone’s old dystopian that they are trying to rebrand. Agents are wise to this game now.
I like historical but don’t take on a lot of it. Mostly because a lot of the ones I see are “historical-ish” but the author hasn’t really done enough research to really transport me. I like to learn about new stuff and time periods though.So if you have a good one, you can query me.
Would also like to see more YA and MG nonfiction projects. I don’t get a lot of those.
For adult, I am not looking for that much adult fiction at the moment. Mostly women’s fiction that is smart—a book club type read.