Manuscript Wishlist (MSWL)

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My wish list…

Last updated: February 6, 2019

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. Gift/coffee table books
  5. Adult Nonfiction
  6. Christian Living
  7. Devotionals
  8. Graphic Novels (MG/YA)

In 2019:

  1. In 2019 I’m particularly wanting to sign more picture book author/illustrator clients, graphic novelists, and diverse voices in general! I’m also eager for a fun YA Rom Com.

PICTURE BOOKS:

    1. I’m particularly hungry for humor right now! Please make me laugh. 🙂
    2. I LOVE books with a magical or surreal feel to them (See The Night Gardener, The Antlered Ship, Ocean Meets Sky, Owl Moon, The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore for reference.)
    3. Stories that celebrate the ordinary magic of everyday life: 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.
    4. Pop science, or exploring something peculiar that happens in nature (unique/quirky animals, plants, etc.)
    5. Food + cooking + recipes (making a family recipe)
    6. A story from history’s footnotes
    7. Foster family, adoption, or any sort of blended, non-traditional family structure
    8. Anything that loops in Mexican culture in particular (recipes, traditions, etc.)
    9. Story ft. Native American family (#OwnVoices)
    10. House-cleansing or blessing ceremonies/traditions
    11. Spooky (See How to Make Friends with a Ghost by Rebecca Green for my spooky book crush.)
    12. Girl power
    13. Quirky story about cats (very picky on these!)
    14. Would love a raccoon story. ❤
    15. Creative/artistic process (in the vein of Peter Reynolds’ The Dot, Ish)
    16. Bilingual (esp. Spanish/English)
    17. A story set in the Pacific Northwest! Would love something centered around PNW culture, like hiking, camping, etc. I’d like this to be written by someone who currently lives here, please!

MIDDLE GRADE:

  1. #OwnVoices stories in the vein of FRONT DESK by Kelly Yang
  2. Magical realism
  3. Graphic novels
  4. Historical fiction
  5. Mystery (esp. in the vein ofTHE DOLLHOUSE MURDERS)
  6. Take me on an adventure!
  7. Anything magic-tinged
  8. Multicultural slice of life
  9. Epistolary novel between two pen pals

YOUNG ADULT:

  1. #OwnVoices
  2. Romantic Comedy (esp. a biracial couple!) I love high concept Rom Coms as well.
  3. Thriller/Suspense (I loved ONE OF US IS LYING by Karen McManus)
  4. Contemporary realistic (particularly if it’s an #OwnVoices piece, or if it’s voice-y/in the vein of Robyn Schneider/John Green)
  5. Graphic novels
  6. Magical Realism (I loved THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER by Leslie Walton)
  7. Mystery (I am loving the TRULY DEVIOUS series by Maureen Johnson)
  8. Anything CREEPY. I love anything with a horror or Gothic element.
  9. #OwnVoices slice of life
  10. I would LOVE a Romance set in the Seattle grunge scene
  11. Voice-y
  12. I love books with a very atmospheric setting—boarding school, lighthouse, forest, things like that.

ADULT BOOKS (PRIMARILY NONFICTION/LIFESTYLE/GIFT BOOKS):

  1. Cookbooks
  2. Anything centered around linguistics
  3. Pop science
  4. Citizen science
  5. Pop psychology
  6. Photography books (especially would love something funny + clever, in the vein of The Art of Clean Up)
  7. 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.
  8. Guidebook for how to live a fair trade lifestyle
  9. Guidebook/workbook for self-care
  10. Quirky/novelty gift books/coffee table books
  11. Drone photography book
  12. Interactive journals
  13. Poetry with a visual element attached

CHRISTIAN MARKET:

  1. I’m on the hunt for a funny Christian PB!
  2. PB that explores joy in a fun, non-preachy way
  3. PB about baptism
  4. PB that explores tangible ways of how we can live like Christ did (without being preachy!)
  5. Devotionals: for dating couples, women, teen girls, kids, creatives
  6. Devotionals with interactive elements
  7. Interactive journals

NOT QUITE MY CUP OF TEA:

  1. Memoirs
  2. Sports stories
  3. Erotica
  4. Space operas
  5. Super hero stories
  6. Amish Fiction
  7. Angel/Demon narratives
  8. Epic Fantasy
  9. Stories with a “dreamscape” element

11 thoughts on “Manuscript Wishlist (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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  4. I have the same question as Lindsey Slater (above). What is the best way to get a submission to you? Thank you, and God bless.

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