Jessica Faust Has Serious #MSWL Goals for 2017

  • By: Jessica Faust | Date: Feb 10 2017

I’m excited about the possibilities of a new year and nothing excites me more than new books. I have a lot of amazing projects publishing this year and I’m looking to round out my list with some things I feel I’ve been missing.

While I know we just did one of these, I’m feeling inspired to do another.

I’ve been busy reading business and personal development/personal growth titles. I’d love to add more to my list. I also have a passion for leadership and career books. Here are some examples of recent sales that excite me.

Business development expert and founder of Bunnell Idea Group, Mo Bunnell’s THE SNOWBALL METHOD, effective business development habits that busy professionals of all stripes—from lawyers to freelancers, to book editors—can integrate into their routines to help them find the momentum to win more clients, build stronger relationships, and do more business, to Colleen Lawrie at Public Affairs (World).

I love books on building better habits, growing in your job, becoming a better leader and manager and, generally, becoming a better person and a badass all at one time.

I’ve been looking for a bucket list book for a long time. This is an example of something I’d love to see, but of course with a new and original take:

Author of THE REGULARS, Georgia Clark’s THE BUCKET LIST, about a young woman living in New York who has a major health scare and decides that, after years of playing it safe in love and life, will embark on a year-long journey of sexual mis-adventure and self-discovery, to Emily Bestler at Emily Bestler Books

And of course, I’d love to find more domestic thrillers. I LOVE stories about past secrets coming to light. I also love stories about someone returning home to deal with past issues or stories.

Nova Jacobs’s THE SEVERY EQUATION, a debut featuring the granddaughter of a recently deceased mathematician, patriarch of a family of geniuses, who finds herself unexpectedly charged with ensuring that his final bombshell equation and its grave implications for humanity won’t fall into the wrong hands before she can figure out where the formula has been hidden.

Investigative journalist Jeremy Finley’s debut WHERE THE WATER FALLS, when a four-year-old boy vanishes without a trace from the woods behind the family’s home, the boy’s grandmother realizes that a long-buried secret from her past may be the only key to finding him.

Of course I’m looking for all sorts of mysteries, but those ideas represent books that excite me on the darker end. I’d also love to find an author who is writing stand-alone mysteries ala Lisa Unger or David Bell.

I’ve always thought domestic suspense was the dark sister to women’s fiction. So I’d love more women’s fiction. I want, desperately want, magical realism, but I also love anything connected to food and cooking, to best friends, to failed relationships and to messed up moms. I love messed up domestic stories (with or without the suspense). You know, basically, I’d love women’s fiction with any of the same themes/hooks of my favorite cozy mysteries, but also messed up moms.

Debut novelist Emily Belden’s BURNED, the story of a young woman thrust into the Chicago restaurant scene when her recovering addict turned celebrity chef boyfriend vanishes after she sinks her life savings into his hip new restaurant.

Debut novelist Jamie Raintree’s PERFECTLY UNDONE, about a woman struggling with her sister’s death—and the role she played in it—while her own picture-perfect relationship unravels around her.

Author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and Luck, Love & Lemon Pie, Amy Reichert’s THE SIMPLICITY OF CIDER, about an aloof but gifted cider-maker whose quiet life is interrupted by the arrival of a handsome man and his young son at her family’s struggling orchard.

And lastly, but not at all least, I want more diverse books, that includes multi-cultural and LGBT stories. I’d like to see them in all of the above areas, which is why I left this request until last. I want all of the above, plus this.

I look forward to hearing from you. Help make my 2017 dreams and goals happen.

6 responses to “Jessica Faust Has Serious #MSWL Goals for 2017”

  1. Avatar Ana Calin says:

    The mini-blurbs read great. I know that easy reading is darn hard writing, so I always feel like I need to bow before those who wrote them.

  2. Avatar AJ Blythe says:

    Passed this on to a friend who writes (Aussie) Women’s Fiction (and is also a fan of Liane Moriarty) =)

  3. Avatar Emily James says:

    HI Jessica,

    I had a question about revise and resubmit. I looked all through your R&R blogs but didn’t see this answered, but if it’s there, maybe you could point me to the post?

    When the R&R you get directly contradicts a consensus you got from beta readers – and you do believe those beta reader suggestions improved the material – should you explain why such-and-such a thing is still in your MS if you resubmit?

    I know that agents don’t expect authors to take every single one of their suggestions, but I’m wondering how much “explaining” we should do if we resubmit. If this was an editor I was working with who wanted some changes I didn’t feel should be made, I’d walk into his/her office or pick up the phone and discuss it. But with an agent you barely know, and having dealings all via email, it seems as if “explanations” might come across as not wanting to do the work. For all I know, agents don’t quite remember all their suggestions anyway (I know editors don’t) and will just re-read the MS without going back to check if you’ve done everything they suggested.


    • Jessica Faust Jessica Faust says:

      That’s a worthwhile question. No, I don’t think you need to explain something, but I do think you need to look at all the suggestions and make sure that whatever changes you make are tightening and repairing the book in a way that makes the fix that’s needed.

  4. Avatar Emily James says:

    Thanks, Jessica. I think it’s great that you take time out of your no doubt busy day to communicate with writers you don’t even represent! That said, I will see how I feel when it’s time to resubmit, but my gut instinct is to give some explanation as to why certain suggestions aren’t being taken. I just don’t want to come across as defensive, or unwilling to make changes, but some things were not done/done for very specific reasons and I’d rather err on the side of over explaining than non-communicating. After all, if this person is to be my agent, you both need to know how well you communicate. Thanks again!

  5. Avatar Rhonda Eason says:

    Wow. This leaves me really hopeful that Jessica will like the story I submitted to her. It’s got a messed up mom, a diverse cast, an LGBT story, and a past coming to light. I hope I brought all these elements together and executed the story well.

    Loved this very detailed blog as to what she’s looking for. Fingers crossed!