Happy New Year!
The maybe pile helps me with this. When I’m reading queries, sometimes a submission can stand out as good because I’m comparing it to a run of things that are really not right for me. However, when I look at it fresh, I can make a better judgement. I have offered on things in my maybe pile, so it’s not necessarily a bad place to be. With fresh eyes, I can often think, ‘man, I wish I’d asked for this last night so I could read the next chapter now!’
The types of things I’ve been requesting
- YA historical with great voice – my most requested genre
- Literary MG – again, I’ve requested a few of these
- Diverse MG in a paranormal/fantasy setting, where the plot isn’t at all about diversity
- YA with a psychological bent, or a clever twist
- YA retelling that feels fresh
- YA Sci-Fi with boy POV
- Gross-out chapter book/younger fiction
- Animal-based chapter book series
- YA contemporary romance
What I have signed
I have signed a fantastic young fiction (8+) with series potential – set in a Roald Dahl type world of not quite normal, with a strong voice and amazing cast of characters.
I am also seriously considering a YA historical murder/mystery that has Agatha Christie elements with a Downton Abbey feel.
What is still on my wish list
I wrote a blog post just before Christmas about my favourite books of 2012 and a very detailed wish list.
Key things to take from this are:
- Boy POV – still very keen on this, but tending more towards MG at the moment.
- Character driven or action/adventure. Funny or high suspense. Please keep sending.
- Books that make me cry. I‘d love more heartwarming stories that genuinely get under my skin.
- A YA romance. I want to fall in love!
- Still on the historical kick, so keep them coming. Any age, but I do prefer them to have a diary-type feel, so generally 1st POV.
- Any sort of mystery/crime for YA or MG, please!
You can send me children’s or YA submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with your title and genre in the subject line, and your first 10 pages pasted under your query letter.
Submissions guidelines can be found here. I’m really looking forward to seeing what 2013 has to offer. Happy to answer any questions in the comments.