Monday, January 14, 2019

MSWL 2019

Now that we're well into 2019, I've noticed that I've had a lot of people asking me what I'm looking for in terms of new projects, authors, etc. so I thought I would give a bit of an #MSWL update in this post!

This is a much more general what-I'm-looking-for post, so please also keep an eye out for my tweets with the #MSWL hashtag, since I often use that when I see a specific movie, book, or article that inspires my wish list.  Primarily, though, what I'm on the lookout for are projects that really blow me away.  Vague, I know, but this is the thought process behind it:  I often don't know what I want until I see it.

There are certain topics that I'm always intrigued by (Cults!  Asian fantasy!  Baking!  Conspiracy theories!  History!)  and certain topics that are non-starters for me (The '70s.  Medical memoirs.), but I love manuscripts that are fresh, unique, and slightly weird, so I enjoy being surprised by something that I've never seen before.  And since I've never seen it or expected it, it makes it hard to vocalize what that might look like.

The main components that I always want to see, though, are great voice, strong commercial plotting and pacing, and vivid characters.  

Now that my list is fuller and I'm busier than ever, I'm making an effort to only take on writers and projects that blow me out of the water.  This means that I often pass on manuscripts that I like and think are good because I don't feel that falling-in-love spark or because I've already seen too many books like it in the marketplace.  

I think that most agents feel similarly, so when getting ready to send out a new manuscript, take some time to think about what makes your book fresh and exciting and be sure to highlight that in your query!