Getting down to business
First and foremost, I'm building an inclusive list with a variety of voices and genres. I'm looking for BIPOC voices, queer voices, disabled voices, and generally, voices from historically excluded backgrounds, regardless of genre. I love identity-driven stories that reflect the first-hand, lived experiences of the creators.
In a nutshell, I am looking for fresh voices and fresh takes in the following categories:
- I prefer human characters over animal characters any day of the week in my PBs
- Books that don't shy away from tough topics
- Cultural and family traditions and how they shape us
- Celebrating the messiness and complexity of family
Creative books that pique curiosity and imagination
- Think Ish or The Book with No Pictures
- Silly and fun wordplay
- Give me a story with a magical school where the MC is a POC. Something with humor and heart and, of course, magic!
- Stories inspired by myths, folklore, or legends, particularly those that are non-European in origin
- I'm particularly interested in Aztec and Mayan-mythology based fantasy
- I would love to find a MG version of The Mummy (the Brendan Frasier version, of course)
- Autistic characters, but the story conflict is not centered on that; it's just who they are. Let's normalize Autism in our kid lit!
- Accessibility is key for my taste in sci-fi. While I love a good space opera, I'm looking for character-led stories that you don't need a degree in physics to follow along
- One of my favorite series are the Animorphs books, so if you can comp to that, I've already got hearts in my eyes
Horror or paranormal
- Give me the ghosts, creepy crawlies, and witches
- High concept contemporary fiction aimed at all genders. Bonus points if it makes me laugh and/or cry. Evergreen themes: self-love, coming-of-age, girls supporting girls, friendship and friendship breakups, and slow-burn romances.
- Romantic comedies starring queer characters! I'd love to find more ace, aro, and trans-led stories in this space
- Topical contemporary fiction addressing real issues that teens face
- Character-driven fantasy (urban, contemporary, high — all of it!). A new retelling of an old trope? A mythical setting inspired by a non-European culture? A reluctant hero who inevitably shouts, “I never asked for any of this!”? Sign me up! I'm looking for strong world-building, strange magic, empathetic villains, morally gray heroes, and subversive fantasy tropes
- Special interest in Native and Indigenous stories
- Creeptastic thrillers with a tightly-knit, well-paced plot, clever and nuanced characters, and a twist that readers will never see coming. I generally steer clear of excessive on-page violence.
- I love isolated settings such as islands and boarding schools
- Ghosts, vampires, witches, and the otherwise macabre are very much welcome in my inbox
- Southern Gothic and other very atmospheric vibes always a plus!
- Special interest in stories set at carnivals or theme parks
Commercial contemporary that straddles the line between YA and Adult audiences
- I’m particularly interested in the adventures of twenty-something women navigating the start of professional life after college
- Romantic comedies, especially if they are queer! A story that will make me laugh and swoon at the same time
- Books with a baking or cooking aspect to them. If you can comp to a show on the Food Network or GBBO, I'm sold
- Dark and devious stories like Leigh Bardugo's Ninth House. Paranormal aspects welcome!
- Stories that are gothic and witchy and atmospheric
- The key for adult fantasy, for me, is accessibility and intrigue. More Patrick Rothfuss than J.R.R. Tolkien. I am not a good fit for epic fantasy. I'm looking for a well-developed world and magic system with very real stakes. Bonus points if your MC isn't the typical "Chosen One."
Can't wait to hear from you!