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Amy is actively building her list in the following categories:
MIDDLE-GRADE AND YA
Horror- Give me your dark and twisted tales that make me question reality. Stories set around Halloween, ghosts and hauntings--all with themes of friendship--are perfect stories for me.
Romance- I really want to see sweet first love stories. I want to feel that wave of butterflies first love creates and the awkwardness of a first kiss or that tension of having a crush—no matter the type of coupling (F/F, M/M, or F/M).
Contemporary- I’m always in search of strong, young characters that fight to change the world. Also, enemies to friends, friendship break-ups, and feel good family stories are always at the top of my #MSWL—think MG or YA Schitt’s Creek.
Mystery- I’d love to see stories including a group of teens that band together to solve puzzles and mysteries. Think of a modern day Goonies or Scooby-Doo with diverse characters.
Adventure- As a rescue dog mama of three, I am on the hunt for a story that includes a rescue dog--preferably one with a breed who is often cast as naughty. But please don't send me one where the dog speaks.
I am seeking twisty suspense, light magical realism that is grounded in every day life, dark academia, cozy mysteries, southern gothic, and contemporary upmarket women's fiction.
MG, YA, and Adult- I am looking for powerful stories from diverse voices, including cookbooks that highlight family stories or ancestral anecdotes.
Amy is especially open for #ownvoices stories written by disabled, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ authors.
Amy is NOT the best fit for:
High Fantasy/Science Fiction/Historical Fiction
Political/military/police heavy thrillers
Novellas/short story collections/poetry collections/screenplays
Previously published work
Stories including religious themes, suicide, rape, physical/mental abuse/abductions/violence against children