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"Quirky and Funny" Middle Grade

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#1 Aevin


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Posted 01 March 2018 - 03:41 PM

In seeking out agents, I'm encountering this phrase everywhere. It seems everyone wants humorous, lighthearted MG, or "the next Diary of a Wimpy Kid." But that's not at all what I'm writing. My projects tend to be action-oriented fantasy with an emphasis on the creepy. Of course it's important that even darker MG stories retain an element of adventure and fun, but "quirky and funny" is quite the stretch here. Where are the agents looking for MG horror? Am I just not looking in the right place? Surely there's a market for this kind of thing somewhere ...

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 10:26 PM

It might seem that everybody wants "quirky and funny," but they're also looking for anything written well that is marketable.
There are agents looking for creepier MG fantasy. They might not be vocalizing it as much the agents asking for quirky/funny/lighthearted books, but they're out there. You just have to do the research.


Check out Twitter #MSWL, follow literary agents, look at their blog posts, study their personal tastes.

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Posted 19 March 2018 - 04:09 PM

Nessa is right. If you write a highly marketable work that can capture readers and turn them into devoted longtime customers, you'll become the person who wrote what everyone else will be saying they're looking for.


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