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If I Was A Literary Agent…

On Twitter, there’s a special hashtag called #MSWL. It stands for “Manuscript Wishlist.”

It’s used by literary agents and the like every so often to let people know what they specifically want in the latest novels.

I was reading Gasp by Lisa McMann last week and something in the novel happened that brought tears to my eyes. For those of you who have never read the book, but it’s on your TBR list I won’t say too much.

I’ll just say that they weren’t happy or sad tears; they were worried tears.

I don’t know what made me think of it, but then I thought about the hashtag and I realized something.

If I was a literary agent my #MSWL would most likely be for a book to make me cry; whether it was happy or sad or anger or what have you.

I like a good cry. I want a book that gets me so emotionally invested that I cry.

That’s when I know the book has let me escape reality; even if it’s only for 300 pages.

If you want to know more about #MSWL, check out their website here.

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

11 thoughts on “If I Was A Literary Agent…

  1. It’s hard to make people cry in a story. It means you reached them in a way they probably weren’t expecting. The same is true if you can make them laugh. So, I try to make my reader laugh and cry in a story if I can. Then I can play them like a piano – and they’ll love the ride.

  2. I’ve heard #MSWL and try to follow them when able. But when writing I always try to remember a quote from Robert Frost, “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”

  3. I always get emotionally attached to characters. If I’m going to invest more than 50 pages of my time into a work, chances are if anything good, bad, or heartbreaking happens to the characters, I’m going to burst into a well of tears. lol

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