Do you wish you had a crystal ball that would tell you what potential agents really want to see? If you have a Twitter account, you do. All you have to do is search #MSWL. If that doesn’t look familiar, it should. It stands for Manuscript Wish List. Agents and editor use this tag to help writers find the clues that will lead them to the right agent.
Sometimes what they ask for is pretty general. “Still looking for middle g
rade and young adult novels.” Other times it is much more specific. Janine O’Malley recently asked for books that foster empathy and compassion. Another tweet asked for commercial fiction that handles family secrets with compassion in the vein of Tell the Wolves I’m Home.
If you have a market to place, be sure to sign into your twitter account and check out the postings on February 8, 2017. That’s the next Manuscript Wish List Day. Throughout that day editors and agents will tweet about their dream manuscripts.
Maybe just maybe it will be something that you’ve got in your files. You won’t know until you do that search — #MSWL.