PICK ME! PICK ME!Okay, I know you've been on other mentor blogs, so let me just open with this:
If that's not enough to convince you, how about THESE qualifications:
- Impeccable taste in dark chocolate.
- Love of mountains, the ocean, funny people, sarcastic people, random thoughts and fireplaces.
- East Coast survivor (lived in MA and NY). I now ride a horse to work in CO.*
- Video game savant.
- Swoon-worthy husband who is a marathon runner, expert hunter, and Forensic DNA Analyst. He has a flashy agent badge, a conceal-to-carry permit, and has literally caught us dinner before. If zombie apocalypse survival is a priority to you, well. I think you know which mentor to choose.
hackerI mean... in my other life I used to program stuff.
Or these actually relevant qualifications:
- This is my third time doing Pitch Wars. In January 2014, my mentee and I tied for second place overall with nine full requests, and my alternate Julie Dao signed with an agent in February. Last August, my mentee and I raked in eight requests and one ninja request, landing us again amongst the most-requested entries in the contest.
- That means I am two for two with mentees in the most-requested entries out of 70+ finalists per contest.
- I'm represented by the incomparable Brianne Johnson of Writers House, who found me in an online writing contest much like this one.
- Bri is also one of THE Pitch Wars Agents. Am I conspiring to find my next agency sibling? Yes. Yes I am.
- My debut, DUPLICITY, a YA cyberthriller about a hacker whose mirror reflection goes rogue and trades places with him, released from Macmillan in March this year. It has been highlighted by both the Huffington Post and USA Today.
- I write both boy and girl POV. DUPLICITY is boy POV, and I'm currently working on edits for a YA horror that's girl POV. I've written both contemporary and fantasy, and have helped many a critique partner with world-building.
- My own work has been through many developmental edits by critique partners, my agent and my editor. I know what to look for, what to leave alone, and how to present editorial notes in a constructive, encouraging fashion.
Or maybe you'd rather hear about my boss editing style:
I have done several full manuscript critiques for my mentees and critique partners, all of whom I'm happy to say are now in one of 3 places: 1) working on R&Rs for agents 2) agented 3) have book deals. Should I be lucky enough to work with you, expect that I will be 100% honest about the strengths of your work as much as its weaknesses, though always in the interest of preserving your vision. I'll provide both high-level notes on things like characterization, world-building, structure, and pacing, as well as inline comments for more specific observations. You will have full creative freedom to address my concerns as you see fit. As long as you're willing to address them, we're going to get along just fine.
Please With A Cherry On Top, Send Me:
All genres of YA (except those in the "Not A Best Match" list below). I do mean all. Horror, fantasy, sci-fi, thrillers, historical fantasy, suspense, etc. I'm drawn to boy POV as much as girl. I love quirky, flawed characters and wacky, unique plots. I have a soft spot for anti-heroes, creepy things, magical realism, humor, Twinkies, and psychological anything. I love atmospheric books where the world is its own character, and rich, underrepresented cultures (or unusual fantasy cultures). And if your MC is facing his/her greatest fear or desire, I NEED IT.
Some of my favorite authors are Patrick Ness, Laini Taylor, Leigh Bardugo, and V.E. Schwab. For titles I love, click here. You can also find out more about me on my official bio page and on Twitter.
I'm Not Your Best Match For:
Novels in verse, high/epic fantasy (i.e. anything LoTR/Game of Thrones-ish), historical (without fantasy elements), dystopian/post-apocalyptic, war themes (like Saving Private Ryan or Jarhead) or political themes. Also, I'm not allowed to consider Adult, NA, or MG manuscripts.
If you've subbed to me before: You are welcome to resub with a different manuscript.
You have an amazing story to tell. I have a foot in the door.
LET'S DO THIS.
*Part of this sentence is a slight exaggeration.