MSWL Manuscript Wish List

Ernie is currently seeking:

  • Adult Fantasy
    • Including High Fantasy, Low Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Science Fantasy, Contemporary Fantasy, Magical Realism/Fabulism
      • I'm looking for second world fantasy with unique world-building elements, original settings, or based on peoples and histories that are traditionally underrepresented in the genre. In urban fantasy, I prefer stories that feature gritty action, complex characters, unusual plot structure, or any combination of the above. Retellings, but only if it's a fresh take on a concept that hasn't been overdone. I'd especially like to see writers whose characters share their marginalizations, with stories that come from a place of truth. I'd love to see more true diversity in SFF, more BIPOC or LGBTQ+ characters in Fantasy stories with unique, underrepresented settings.
        Favorite authors include: N.K. Jemisin, Neil Gaiman, Erin Morgenstern, Leigh Bardugo, V.E. Schwab, Robin Hobb, Sarah Gailey, R.F. Kuang, Brandon Sanderson, Scott Lynch, Josiah Bancroft, Daniel José Older, Marlon James, Peter McLean, Emily St. John Mandel, Kazuo Ishiguro, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, David Mitchell, Claire North, China Miéville, Haruki Murakami
  • Specific Adult Fantasy Wish List
    • Climate Fantasy that comps SWEETH TOOTH (Netflix)
    • Afrofuturist Fantasy or any BIPOC Fantasy story with BIPOC characters—send me everything that comps N.K. Jemisin
    • Anything that comps THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY, or WARRIOR (HBO Max)
    • Period Alt-London Fantasy that comps THE NEVERS or CARNIVAL ROW
    • Anything that comps PRIEST OF BONES by Peter McLean, or PEAKY BLINDERS with magic
    • Fantasy with cultural roots like BLACK LEOPARD, RED WOLF by Marlon James
    • Adult Fantasy with LGBTQIA+ characters from writers who share their characters' marginalizations
    • Fantasy that blows me away with a brand new, entirely unique magical system
    • IP MAN meets THE MAGICIANS with magic martial arts schools or clans instead of a magic university
    • Adult Asian-based or Asian American fantasy
    • Historical fantasy like JONATHAN STRANGE but from a different culture
    • Urban Fantasy-Mystery like MAGIC FOR LIARS or RIVERS OF LONDON
    • Magical libraries, magical bookstores, magical book stalls with back alley portals to magical worlds. You get the picture.
    • Contemporary fantasy set in Boston like THE CITY WE BECAME, UN LUN DUN, or NEVERWHERE
    • Contemporary fantasy or magical realism that comps ADDIE LARUE or THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY from a BIPOC perspective
    • Black version of UTOPIA AVENUE featuring Magical Realism in Motown or the golden age of Rap
    • Anything that comps Claire North
    • Literary or Upmarket Magical Realism like Carlos Ruiz Zafón's THE SHADOW OF THE WIND
  • Adult Science Fiction
    • Including Science Fantasy, Climate SF (Cli-Fi), Time Travel, Alternate/Parallel Universe, Speculative
      • I'm especially excited for cerebral our-world stories, distant future stories, near future stories (must have exceptionally unique elements or be something unusual and original). I'm also receptive to Cli-Fi, Solarpunk, Science Fantasy with original concepts, Military SF, AI, and some cyberpunk. I'm not particularly drawn to dystopian, post-apocalyptic, science-based zombie/vampire effect, or superheroes/powers, unless they're completely unique and based on peoples or histories that are traditionally underrepresented in the genre. I'd especially like to see writers whose characters share their marginalizations, with stories that come from a place of truth. I'd love to see more true diversity in SF, more BIPOC or LGBTQ+ characters in Sci-Fi stories with unique, underrepresented settings.
        Favorite authors include: Nnedi Okorafor, Ted Chiang, Octavia E. Butler, Cixin Liu, John Scalzi, J. S. Dewes, Martha Wells, Arkady Martine, Michael Mammay, Paolo Bacigalupi, Ursula K. Le Guin, Margaret Atwood, Tamsyn Muir, Chuck Wendig, Rob Hart
  • Specific Adult Sci-Fi Wish List
    • Rescue mission from poor/dying Earth upward through each distinct orbiting level of society to the uppermost/richest hardest-to-penetrate level. Think race/gender-flipped SENLIN ASCENDS meets Altered Carbon S1.
    • Climate Fiction like Paolo Bacigalupi's THE WINDUP GIRL and THE WATER KNIFE or Netlix's SWEET TOOTH
    • Anything that comps THE MURDERBOT DIARIES by Martha Wells
    • Asian or Asian American Sci-Fi, anything that comps SPACE SWEEPERS (Netflix)
    • Time travel stories with strong characters at their heart, think 11/22/63 by Stephen King or KINDRED by Octavia Butler
    • SF 'one room'–style mystery set in the future, where near-ageless conniving matriarch is the prime suspect in deaths of all her adult offspring. Like Speculative KNIVES OUT flipped on its head.
    • Adult Sci-Fi with LGBTQIA+ characters from writers who share their characters' marginalizations
    • Nonbinary protagonists in all subgenres of SF, more Aro-Ace representation
    • Mars rovers meets Battlebots
    • Fabulist Urban Spec Fic like China Miéville's PERDITO STREET STATION
    • Africanfuturist SF, or any BIPOC SF story with BIPOC characters. Send me everything that comps Nnedi Okorafor.
    • Anything that blends the genres of Speculative Sci-Fi with Contemporary Fantasy/Magical Realism
  • Young Adult Fantasy
    • Including High Fantasy, Low Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Science Fantasy, Contemporary Fantasy, Magical Realism/Fabulism
      • I'm looking for young adult fantasy with strong character development, unique world-building elements, original settings, or based on peoples and histories that are traditionally underrepresented in the genre. Retellings, but only if it's a fresh take on a concept that hasn't been overdone, or if it's a twist on a traditionally white cishet story from a very different point of view. I'd especially like to see writers whose characters share their marginalizations, with stories that come from a place of truth. I'd love to see more diversity in YA Fantasy, more BIPOC or LGBTQ+ characters and stories with unique, underrepresented settings.
        Favorite authors include: Sabaa Tahir, Erin Morgenstern, Leigh Bardugo, V.E. Schwab, Marie Lu, R.F. Kuang, Tomi Adeyemi, Adalyn Grace, Rosiee Thor, Julie Kagawa, Roshani Chokshi, Dhonielle Clayton, Naomi Novik, Hafsah Faizal, Natasha Ngan, Rin Chupeco, Daniel José Older
  • Specific YA Fantasy Wish List
    • Anything that comps THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY or THE NEVERS
    • Fantasy with cultural roots like CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by Tomi Adeyemi
    • YA Fantasy with LGBTQIA+ characters from writers who share their characters' marginalizations
    • Fantasy that blows me away with a brand new, entirely unique magical system
    • Asian-based magical schools like THE MAGICIANS with magic martial arts schools or clans instead of a magic university
    • Original YA Asian-based Fantasy or Asian-American Fantasy
    • Latinx YA Fantasy or YA retellings from a Latinx cultural perspective
    • BIPOC Fantasy stories from a BIPOC cultural perspective. Send me everything that comps Roseanne A. Brown, Rena Barron, Dhonielle Clayton, or Bethany C. Morrow.

A few things I'm not looking for: Greek mythology or derivative adaptations, ghosts or supernatural/paranormal, graphic physical abuse, glorification of racist themes.

NOTE: I DO NOT represent Middle Grade, Children's, Women's Fiction, Romance, Non-fiction, faith-based/religious manuscripts, poetry, short stories, novellas, chapter books, or erotica. I'm also not considering previously published or self-published books at this time.

A note regarding marginalization: In stories where protagonists and POV characters are part of a marginalized community, I prefer stories by writers who share those marginalizations. However, public acknowledgement of a writer's own marginalization is neither necessary nor required, as the privacy and safety of every writer is paramount. Supporting writers who draw from their own lived experiences and backgrounds is important to me, but people's stories do not have to be issue-related or center group or individual traumas for them to be valid and have worth. But if writing from one's own experience is not something you believe is important, I may not be the right agent for you.

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