Austin and Emily met in high school and fell in love over a shared love of Shakespeare. Austin went on to study English at Harvard so he could continue to impress Emily with his literary analysis, while Emily studied adolescent psychology at Princeton. They live in Los Angeles, where they’ve combined their interests and decided to write stories of high school, literature and first love.
Before our debut, we queried one other novel, which led to an offer of representation. We ended up declining and signed with our current agent on the book that became our debut. It was about eight months from sending our first query with our first book to signing with our agent. We were incredibly lucky to get an offer from Penguin in our first round of submission. We also sold a second two-book deal to Penguin for two more YA contemporaries.
We’ve mentored in Pitch Wars in 2017 and in AMM R3.
We feel there are countless writers out there with important, powerful stories to tell, and we want those stories to reach wide audiences. Publishing is a twisty road, and we don’t want writers to spend countless hours figuring it out on their own when we could help navigate it with them. In our own journey, we had important voices encouraging us to keep going while they read our drafts, and we want to be those voices for others.
We’re looking for upbeat YA contemporary with unusual hooks and daring, unlikely characters, and fresh and fun genre.
- Own Voices
We like unusual, outspoken protagonists. We’re not the mentors for the trope of the brooding bad boy and shy girl romance, nor for stories largely focused on grief. We like anything with a flair of geeky or literary. We’d love to read something upbeat, something that makes us laugh and fall in love. Outside of contemporary we’d love to find fun genre like The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and Undead Girl Gang.
I WILL PROVIDE:
- Edit Letter (Big Picture developmental feedback)
- Skype or phone call
Our style is flexible and reflective of what a mentee wants. Every writer is different. If you’re the type of writer who likes to bounce ideas back and forth, we’re there for that. If you’re the type who prefers to work alone until you have a finished product, that’s good with us too!
Someone willing to work, amenable to changes, who sees this relationship in terms not of one book but of a prospective career.
Geek love, the arts in high school (theater! marching band! choir!), unusual settings, riffs on classic literature, outspoken female leads and sensitive male leads, unconventional family storylines. Anything that promises a spin on classic tropes or genres.
DO NOT SEND ME:
Heavy issue books; standard or serious genre.
Books in our genre: Fangirl, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Everything, Everything, The Upside of Unrequited, All the Bright Places, What to Say Next, Since You’ve Been Gone.
Books outside our genre: Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Middlemarch, Anna Karenina, The Great Gatsby.
TV shows: Buffy, Battlestar Galactica, The Office, Game of Thrones (of course).