What I’m looking for #MSWL

My wish list…

Last updated: January 11, 2018

Mission Statement:

I look for books that delight readers, that help inspire wonder and imagination, that foster deep empathy and compassion for our fellow human beings, that provide rich character representation of marginalized people groups, that take the reader on an adventure, that uncover fascinating stories from history’s footnotes, that explore issues of faith and how to apply Christ’s teachings to our own life, that celebrate women and the female experience, that ask nitty gritty questions and don’t settle for easy answers, that make people disappointed when they have to close the book and go to bed, and books that add a touch of magic to readers’ lives. 

What I represent, in general:

  1. Picture books
  2. Middle grade
  3. Young adult
  4. Lifestyle
  5. Gift books/coffee table books
  6. Christian Living
  7. Devotionals
  8. Adult Christian Fiction
  9. Adult Nonfiction

In 2018:

  1. In 2018 I’m particularly hoping to build up my list of YA projects, gift books, and devotionals. I’d also like to see more submissions for MG, PBs, Adult Fiction for the Christian market, and Adult Nonfiction for the general market.

PICTURE BOOKS:

  1. A story set in the Pacific Northwest! Perhaps a lyrical ode to our trees + gorgeous environment?
  2. NF in general. (I tend to veer toward interests in history/anthropology, but also love a good pop science book.)
  3. About a volcano!
  4. Magical feel without actually including magic (See The Night Gardener, The Bear and the Piano, The Antlered Ship for reference.)
  5. Natural hair routine: a mother/daughter story
  6. Pop science, or something peculiar that happens in nature
  7. Nature stories
  8. Foster family, adoption, or any sort of blended, non-traditional family structure
  9. Muslim child/family
  10. Jewish tradition
  11. Refugee family
  12. An #OwnVoices piece about a Native American legend from a tribe within Washington state (Especially something from the Puyallup Tribe, Maka Tribe or How Tribe.)
  13. Lesser-known Christian tradition from a non-western country/culture
  14. Martinmas lantern parade set in Sweden
  15. Lesser-known holiday or cultural tradition
  16. Food + cooking + recipes (making a family recipe)
  17. Mental health issues
  18. Glow worms!
  19. Biography of a lesser-known woman in history (particularly a WOC)
  20. Lesser-known woman of the Bible
  21. A story from history’s footnotes
  22. Cute + creepy (See Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett for reference)
  23. Girls in STEM
  24. Humor
  25. Bilingual (esp. Spanish/English)
  26. Something that introduces the concept of different personality types (ex: through the Enneagram)

YOUNG ADULT:

  1. Boarding school setting
  2. A teenager with a personal project or mission
  3. A teenager passionate about social justice
  4. Horror/supernatural
  5. Romance
  6. Gothic setting
  7. Anything CREEPY
  8. Contemporary realistic
  9. Contemporary realistic romance
  10. Christian Fantasy
  11. Historical fiction (or present day) exploration of how mental health issues are viewed in different cultures.
  12. Christian YA novel feat. teenage girl wrestling with the discrepancies between what she reads in the Bible + what she hears preached from the pulpit

MIDDLE GRADE:

  1. Historical fiction
  2. Take me on an adventure! (Trends in PBs + YA are ever-changing, but when it comes to MG, MG readers wanting to go on an adventure seems to be an evergreen priority.)
  3. Anything magic-tinged

NONFICTION/LIFESTYLE/GIFT BOOKS:

  1. Books that tow the line between lifestyle and cookbook (books like Scandinavian Gatherings, Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break, How to Hygge, The Year of Cozy. etc.)
    1. I’d especially love a lifestyle/cookbook based around a concept like Fika/Hygge, except from a non-Scandinavian culture.
  2. Guidebook for how to live a fair trade lifestyle
  3. Guidebook/workbook for self-care
  4. Quirky/novelty gift books/coffee table books
  5. Adult coloring book
  6. Cookbooks (esp. single focus)
  7. Photography books (especially would love something funny + clever, in the vein of The Art of Clean Up)
  8. Drone photography book
  9. Pop science/citizen science
  10. Mental health
  11. Pop psychology

CHRISTIAN LIVING/DEVOTIONALS:

  1. Christian Living book with a social justice focus
  2. Christian Living book that unpacks the goat + lamb parable in Matthew 25:31-46.
  3. Devotional for dating couples
  4. Devotional for women
  5. Devotional for creatives
  6. Devotional for someone with anxiety + depression (Important to note I see these as mental health issues, not sin issues.)
  7. Devotional with a social justice focus
  8. Devotional coloring book
  9. Devotional with interactive elements
  10. Anything that loops in the Enneagram

NOT QUITE MY CUP OF TEA:

  1. Memoirs
  2. Sports stuff
  3. Adult Romance
  4. Erotica
  5. Time travel
  6. Space operas

5 thoughts on “What I’m looking for #MSWL

  1. I’ve been trudging my way through scads of (oh-so-dry) MSWL this week, and none have been particularly exciting or inspiring until now. This! This is how picture books should be! Full of substance and delight!

    My background in public health has already inspired me to start working on picture book ideas for 6, 10, 15, and 22. I’m a bit giddy to see someone else in this industry with a passion for diversity, science, Christ, social justice, fair trade, and glow worms! You’ll be hearing more from me in 2018.

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  2. It made my heart smile to read your request for books on applying Christ’s teachings as well as books on the Jewish tradition. That is Christ’s teachings in action. I’m cooking up some sticky spaghetti to gently toss at your lovely wall. Julia Richardson

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