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mixed-bag of submissions updates


HI Guys!

I haven't done a submissions/slushpile update in awhile-- so here it is.

I have been reading some FANTASTIC material lately! I'm almost entirely up to date on queries. My oldest query is from July 12th. If you queried prior to July 12 and do not have a response, please requery. I'll have all of my queries requested/rejected in the next 24 hours, so I'll have a clean slate.

I have three fulls from May and then everything skips into July. Working diligently to get through the TBR stack!

To give you a flavor of what I've requested lately, I have in my TBR stack:
Contemporary YA: 7
Contemp MG: 2
Fantasy MG: 3
Fantasy YA: 5
Fantasy YA with a dystopic or sci-fi bent: 3




A note on my response times in general: I do have an intern sorting queries into various folders for me, and that's why sometimes folks who queried after you do may have a response already. She knows my tastes very well, as well as my current client list, so sometimes she may send a rejection becuase she knows it conflicts with a current client, doesn't fit what I rep (it's adult, a chapter book, etc), etc. I respond to all queries, so if it has been more than 6 weeks, simply requery.

On an FAQ: If I reject your work, you are free to query the other YA/MG specialist here at D4EO, Kristin Miller.

We cannot consider your material simultaneously, but if one of us has passed, you are free to try the other. Our tastes differ quite a bit, so you never know. :-)

Lastly, I'm still definitely building my list and there are a ton of things I'd love to see:

A) A novel in verse that knocks my socks off. I came close on one this week... still looking!

B) A genre-blending fantasy or sci-fi. Bring on the alternate histories, strange sci-fi experiments, paranormal capabilities, crazy creatures, time travel, steampunk, gravediggers, dystopian-esque worlds, alternate realities....  blend a couple of those things together, and I'm yours. A steampunk thriller! And alternate history with crazy goblins! Something! 

C) Romance, Romance, Romance. This has been, and will be, on every list I ever make. If you compare yourself to Jennifer Echols, Simone Elkeles, Stephanie Perkins... wherein the story IS the romance, (as opposed to a romantic subplot), I'm your agent. Query me! :-) 

D)  Thriller/Suspense/Mystery: After sweet valley high, I moved straight into a Mary Higgins Clark phase. I read 20+ of her novels. If you have a whoodunnit with a heart-thumping pace, I want to see it.

E) Something beautifully lyrical and literary that emotionally wrecks me.

F) Something so insanely dark, you're not sure it could possibly sell. Like LIVING DEAD GIRL.

G) A girly MG with a fantastic hook that lends itself to a series-- a fantastic voice, and relatable MC is a must.
 
H) That hard-to-find MG that apeals equally to boys and girls, preferably with a fantastical twist.

If you have any questions, please do let me know!

~Mandy

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boothyisawesome
Jul. 15th, 2011 02:35 am (UTC)
I'm not sure if I can ask a question here, but will do so anyway, lol. Does it matter the kind of romance? I'm not even close to finishing my novel, but it's a gay romance with a love triangle (and a paranormal twist). The romance is the center of the story though as I'd like to stay away from the good vs. evil/save the world plot that is common in paranormal romances. Or even just a contemporary gay romance, which is something else I'd like to do. Is gay romance something you'd consider?
mandyhubbard
Jul. 15th, 2011 03:13 pm (UTC)
Absolutely! I have actually considered/requested them in the past, so I'm totally open.

Zombies as a love interest, though... just... NO. haha.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 15th, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
LOL It's not zombies, don't worry, though there is a really good gay zombie love story in Zombies vs. Unicorns anthology. So it can work, but I do not find zombies sexy in any way so don't think I could ever have them as a paranormal love interest in any story of mine. :P Thanks for answering my question!
boothyisawesome
Jul. 15th, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC)
By the way, that anonymous comment was me. This is what happens when I use email in one browser and LJ in another, lol.
rayden_jay
Jul. 15th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
This is a question more out of curiosity. What are your thoughts on New Adult?
mandyhubbard
Jul. 15th, 2011 09:37 pm (UTC)
... it's a very clever marketing plan for adult books published by one publisher (and one startup pub has run with it too, that I know of...). It is not, in fact, a genre.

Since I rep YA, it's semi-irrelevant. Unless bookstores create a "new adult" section and more publishers jump on board, there isn't a real genre. You're just writing adult books with younger characters.
Dee R
Jul. 15th, 2011 11:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info. My WIP might just fit into one of those "things I'd love to see" categories. :) Woo hoo!

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