For years I have been posting #MSWL on the blog and Twitter. This is my manuscript wishlist, those books I’m hungry for right now and usually a more specific list than that found on our submissions page. The difference between my #MSWL and the list of genres I represent is that #MSWL is ever-changing depending on my list or even my mood.
I’m an agent for mysteries, suspense, thrillers, women’s fiction, and upmarket or literary fiction. I also represent nonfiction–most specifically business and personal-empowerment books. Those genres, while they will evolve and change with the market, will do so slowly over time. Right now my #MSWL is for a mystery featuring a transgender protagonist and women’s fiction featuring the struggles of a mom. I want strong business books like START WITH WHY or DRIVE, but written by women. My #MSWL could change next week. Maybe I’ll sign that mom book and then I won’t need another, or maybe one of my clients will write that transgender protagonist and then I won’t be as hungry for another.
To further define: #MSWL is what I’m in the mood for and the genres I represent are what I am an expert in–usually my #MSWL should fit into my genre list.