I’ve been querying my novel, Thorn Pricked for a few weeks now, and that means I’ve been doing LOTS of research on agents. In order to receive manuscripts that fit their preferences, agents create manuscript wish lists that explain what types of manuscripts they are most likely to represent. These range from a sentence or two, to multi-paragraph essays on what they like.
Reading all these manuscript wish lists (MSWL for short) always makes me want to write my own. No, I’m not an agent, and no, I don’t need an MSWL, but as a distraction from the nerve-racking process of querying, I created my own MSWL, or my BWL (book wish list). If you know of any books that match the list, send them my way!
In non-fiction I prefer science, especially physical science, history that reads like a novel, and am always a fan of little known and underrepresented figures. And bears. Send me books about bears. Not interested in how-to, self-help, or pop-culture.
For picture books, I like short, funny, and/or rhyming books done well. Less interested in sentimental and “lesson” books, but if they are amazing, then send them my way. Continue reading