You’ve now read a month of #MSWL posts during the BookEnds #MSWL Madness and you know which books we would love to see on our lists and some of our favorite themes and genres. What you don’t always know when reading #MSWL is how you should interpret our wants, desires, and favorite books. Does that mean Jessica Faust only wants single-title transgender sleuths with magical abilities?
Not at all. The truth about #MSWL is that there is one thing we all really want. We all want a book that makes us miss our subway stop, read late into the night and feel like we’ve just found the greatest treasure the world has to offer. It makes us itch to pick up the phone at 2 am when we’re pretty sure the author isn’t awake enough to receive our offer call. That book could fit exactly our #MSWL or it could be something we didn’t even know we wanted.
#MSWL works. We’ve all had successes because we advertised, promoted and connected with what an author was writing, but most of the clients I took on in 2017 had nothing to do with #MSWL, they were just books that I loved reading. Some, frankly, I probably wouldn’t have wanted at all if you’d described it in vague #MSWL terms, but the query got me anyway.
So use #MSWL to see if there’s a seemingly perfectly matched agent out there. And then query everyone else as well.