What I’m looking for #MSWL

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My wish list…

Last updated: April 18, 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. Books for Young Readers: Board books, Picture books, Middle Grade, Young Adult (both for the general market + Christian market)
  2. Lifestyle
  3. Gift books/coffee table books
  4. Adult Fiction + Nonfiction for the Christian market
  5. Adult Nonfiction for the general market
  6. Christian Living
  7. Devotionals
  8. Graphic Novels (MG/YA)

In 2018:

  1. In 2018 I’m particularly hoping to build up my list of YA projects!

PICTURE BOOKS:

    1. Magical feel without actually including magic (See The Night Gardener, The Antlered Ship, Owl Moon for reference.)
      1. Just a quick clarification here: I’m not ~against~ a “real” magic presence in picture books, but I just love stories, like the ones I mentioned above, that feel magical though they’re technically not. I also love stories that capture ordinary moments that feel like they’re tinged with magic–moments like capturing fireflies, making bread, watching a bird murmuration, the Northern Lights, planting a seed and having it grow into a living plant, and so on. 
    2. Pop science, or exploring something peculiar that happens in nature
    3. Nature stories
    4. Food + cooking + recipes (making a family recipe)
    5. NF in general. (I tend to veer toward interests in history/anthropology, but also love a good pop science book.)
    6. A story from history’s footnotes
    7. Natural hair routine: a mother/daughter story
    8. Foster family, adoption, or any sort of blended, non-traditional family structure
    9. Christian PB that explores joy in a fun, non-preachy way
    10. Christian PB about baptism
    11. Any Christian PB that explores tangible ways for how we can live like Christ did (without being preachy!)
    12. Muslim child/family
    13. Jewish tradition
    14. Refugee family
    15. 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.)
    16. Lesser-known Christian tradition from a non-western country/culture
    17. Lesser-known cultural tradition
    18. Mental health issues
    19. Biography of a lesser-known woman in history (particularly a WOC)
    20. Lesser-known woman of the Bible
    21. Cute + creepy (See Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett for reference)
    22. Girls in STEM
    23. Humor
    24. Bilingual (esp. Spanish/English)
    25. Something that introduces the concept of different personality types (ex: through the Enneagram)
    26. A story set in the Pacific Northwest! Perhaps a lyrical ode to our trees + gorgeous environment?
      1. Just a quick clarification: I’d like to work with someone who currently lives here in the PNW for a project like this!

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
  4. Mystery
  5. Graphic novel
  6. #OwnVoices
  7. Epistolary novel between two pen pals

YOUNG ADULT:

  1. Horror/supernatural
  2. ~Ghosts~
  3. Thriller/Suspense
  4. Anything CREEPY
  5. Mystery
  6. A teen girl obsessed with true crime
  7. True Crime
  8. #OwnVoices
  9. Fantasy inspired by mythology/folklore from non-Western countries
  10. Boarding school setting
  11. A teenager with a personal project or mission
  12. A teenager passionate about social justice
  13. Romance
  14. Gothic setting
  15. Contemporary realistic (particularly if it’s an #OwnVoices piece)
  16. Christian Fantasy
  17. Historical fiction (or present day) exploration of how mental health issues are viewed in different cultures.
  18. Christian YA novel feat. teenage girl wrestling with the discrepancies between what she reads in the Bible + what she hears preached from the pulpit
  19. Graphic novel

NONFICTION/LIFESTYLE/GIFT BOOKS:

  1. Anything centered around linguistics
  2. Pop science
  3. Citizen science
  4. Pop psychology
  5. Photography books (especially would love something funny + clever, in the vein of The Art of Clean Up)
  6. Books that tow the line between lifestyle + 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.
  7. Guidebook for how to live a fair trade lifestyle
  8. Guidebook/workbook for self-care
  9. Quirky/novelty gift books/coffee table books
  10. Adult coloring book
  11. Cookbooks (esp. single focus)
  12. Drone photography book
  13. Mental health

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 with a social justice focus
  7. Devotional with interactive elements
  8. Anything that loops in the Enneagram

NOT QUITE MY CUP OF TEA:

  1. Memoirs
  2. Sports stuff
  3. Adult Romance
  4. Erotica
  5. Space operas
  6. Super hero stories
  7. Amish Fiction
  8. Angel/Demon narratives

6 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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  3. Should I just e-mail you my query? I didn’t see any submission guidelines, and I want to make sure it gets the the correct place. Thanks so much!

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