I’m just a teensy bit excited to be mentoring YA this year, after an AMAZING experience as the brilliant Evelyn Ehrlich’s mentee last year. The feedback I received in this contest helped me land my dream agent (the wonderful Lara Perkins of ABLA, who just so happens to be a Pitch Wars agent this year!!!!), and ultimately a book deal with Simon and Schuster!
I am so thrilled to be able to put my Pitch Wars experience to work, and help another writer polish their manuscript until it shines! So without further ado, here are Some Things You Should Know About Me:
My critiques are always honest, and sometimes tough. I’ll let you know what I love, but also won’t hold back when I don’t think something is working. I love having a dialogue with my CP’s and exchanging revision ideas, and if you can handle constructive criticism and are willing to work hard, I will be your biggest cheerleader!
Also, I am mildly obsessed with the following: dark chocolate, Earl Grey, Pitch Perfect, stepping on crunchy-looking leaves, swimming in fresh water (I’m a lake girl—still getting used to the ocean), soft pretzels, sea lions, the Detroit Red Wings, and Marilyn Monroe.
Here are some more details on what I’m dying to see in my inbox!
Contemporary YA!!! I’ll be on the lookout for rich settings and an awesome voice, and for writing that strikes a balance between literary and commercial. Male or female POV’s are welcome, as are alternating POV’s. I adore stories that are heartbreaking and honest, and love a bittersweet ending. I’d also love to see any ms’s with psychological elements, and if your ms has a flawed protagonist, slow-burning romance, or an unreliable narrator, please please please send it my way!
I’m also looking for magical realism! I tend to fall hardest for magical realism that is firmly grounded in the world around us, but with a touch of the surreal. Think A.S. King or Sarah Addison Allen.
I’m not the best mentor for your high fantasy or sci-fi novel.
My favorite books are ones that evoke a range of emotion; especially those that make me laugh and cry. Some examples, you ask? In no particular order…
- Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
- Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
- The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
- The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy
- Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
- The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
- Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
- Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn
So, think we’d be a good match? YAY! Feel free to engage me on twitter, and don’t forget to scope out Brenda Drake‘s blog to read all about the submission guidelines and to see the incredible lineup of agents!