adriennekisner.com
@AdrienneKisner

AGENT
Catherine Drayton

WRITES
Contemporary Young Adult

DEBUT
DEAR RACHEL MADDOW (2018)
Feiwel & Friends

BIO
I have lived my entire “adult” life in a college dormitory working in both Residence Life and college chaplaincy. I like the term “dormitory” better than “residence hall.” I went to school for a long time so that now I get to swoop around in a fancy robe and silly hat (like at Hogwarts). I have an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts (a place like Hogwarts). I play both the viola and tennis with more heart than skill. I love my current home in Boston but will always be a Pennsylvanian at heart.

PUBLISHING BACKGROUND
Oy. Well, I’ve written seven books, one published, one will be published next year. Before that I was rejected in the high triple digits at pretty much all levels a person can be rejected.

EXPERIENCE
I have an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. I teach creative writing for Southern New Hampshire University; you’d get all my love and over-educated opinions here for free! I’m relentlessly loyal and stay with my mentee until they get an agent or (ideally) a book deal, even if it takes another book. That’s why I don’t mentor every AMM round. These things can take time.

OVERVIEW
Publishing is hard. But writing is worth it, you are awesome, and I want to cheer you on.

Funny books with kissing, please.

  • Contemporary
  • Magical Realism/Fabulism
  • Own Voices
  • LGBTQIA

If anywhere in your book a character says, without irony, “She’s just not like other girls,” then we probably aren’t meant to work together.

I WILL PROVIDE:

  • Edit Letter (Big Picture developmental feedback)
  • Line edit (dropping notes into a Word Document)
  • Whatever you want, in the realm of legality.

WORKING STYLE
I will send you my opinions in the form of a letter and many in-text comments. You can do with them what you will. I also ask lots of questions about your world, character motivation, etc. I need to understand a character, even if I don’t like them. We can do multiple rounds. I will help you with your query and query list. I used to query to feel alive.

IDEAL MENTEE
Jessica Kim; @jesskimwrites *Sniff* You’ll all know her soon.

SEND ME:
I like a good subtle love story thrown into a book about mostly other stuff. And funny. Send me the funny books.

DO NOT SEND ME:
Well. I mean. I doubt I could help you with Sci Fi. My knowledge of that peaks with ST:TNG.

FAVES
Favorites, in no order whatsoever: Daria, The Good Place, Rachel Maddow, Plants Vs. Zombies, Birding, Dogs, Favorite authors, similarly in no order: Malinda Lo, Judy Blume, Amy Spalding, Britta Lundin, Morgan Matson, Nancy Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett, David Allen Sibley, Dean Gloster, Ally Condie, Cate Berry, Brendan Reichs (but only on one Tuesday out of the year for that last guy)