Contemporary, Contemporary with magical or historical elements
On Submission with a MG Contemporary about a twelve-year-old girl facing her mother’s crimes and her own mistakes with the help of the school’s facility dog.
Bronwyn Clark writes contemporary MG and YA–often with hints of magic or history woven in. She loves animals, hiking in the mountains, writing on rainy days, and lemon-flavored desserts. She shares her life with some very awesome people and two cats and a dog who make her feel guilty every time she sits down to write by staring at her or trying to walk on her keyboard. When she isn’t writing or thinking about writing or reading about writing, Bronwyn can be found binge watching BBC dramas or lighthearted comedies.
I came into writing later in life than most. I had a story plaguing me for years and then I decided to sit down one day and write it. It was not super well-written, but I used it to learn more about the craft of writing. I then wrote another book. And another. I’ve now written six novels (some have been rewritten from scratch a few times). I’ve gotten more rejections than I can count, but my fifth manuscript helped me get my agent (who I adore).
I was a mentee in Pitch Wars and have a whole family of fellow mentees who I can lean on for support and feedback. I’ve critiqued or beta read for writers who are now or who are about to be published (some who have major book deals). My critique partners are incredible, and my Pitch Wars mentor has taught me a ton about critiquing the work of others.
I was blessed to be a mentee in Pitch Wars and despite a lot of agent interest, I didn’t get an offer of representation. It was a tough pill to swallow, but even without an offer, I felt I’d won. I was able to use the knowledge I learned from my mentors to write a new book and that book got me my agent. This business is full of rejection, but what has helped me the most is having people believe in and cheer for me. I want to pay that forward to my mentee. I’ve also done free query and first page/chapter critiques on Twitter and enjoy helping authors celebrate their strengths and learn new things.
I’m hoping to find a manuscript that speaks to my heart. I have to feel a connection with your main character in order to want to keep reading. I want to cheer her/him on.
Voice is important so I’m pulled into your pages.
I love interesting settings with atmosphere, emotions that come off the pages, elements of magic and/or history, social justice that isn’t preachy, lyrical/descriptive writing, humor with heart, sad stories with the potential for happiness, gender stereotypes turned on their heads, diverse characters, secrets, treasures, nature, quiet stories, and adventure.
- Magical Realism/Fabulism
I love contemporary stories. I also love hints of magic or history. I adore a good mystery, and bittersweet/sad stories with the potential for happiness are definitely interesting to me. For fantasy, I fall on the “light” side of that genre. High fantasy isn’t for me. I will always be open to all #ownvoices writers but can only give #ownvoices insight to mental health aspects of manuscripts.
I WILL PROVIDE:
- Edit Letter (Big Picture developmental feedback)
- Line edit (dropping notes into a Word Document)
- Freestyle in chat
I plan on providing an overall edit letter and line edits. I will be available to chat online and connect via e-mail. My mentee needs to truly believe that there are no stupid questions! I want to help you, so if you don’t understand something, I want you to ask. I won’t judge your level of craft knowledge. We are all bettering our craft with each word, sentence, paragraph, chapter, manuscript we write. I want my mentee to feel supported and will point out the good along with what needs work.
My ideal mentee will be open to feedback and learning the craft. I may give reading homework before we get into revising. My mentee will be willing to ask questions. I had to rewrite my entire manuscript when I was a mentee. It was hard to take that in at first, but when I opened myself up to the feedback from my mentors, I became a better writer and my story was much stronger. I may not ask for a complete rewrite, but I want my mentee to be open to changes. My mentee must be willing to find critique partners if he or she does not already have them. I can help with this. Critique partners are a must in this business!
- Contemporary with heart
- Hints of magic/light fantasy
- Mysteries (but not super scary ones)
- Girls who are feisty and boys who are kind/sensitive (anything that turns gender stereotypes upside down and inside out)
- Food elements–I love cafes with desserts and families cooking big meals
- Interesting settings
- Descriptive/lyrical/atmospheric writing
- Stories that tackle the hard things in life (divorce, grief, etc.)
- Settings where magic exists in whimsical ways in the everyday world
- Main characters who have big feelings
- Awesome secondary characters with heart
- Historical elements
- Amazing pets
- Kids doing big things to make a difference
- Family/town/school secrets
- Maps, hidden rooms, buried treasure, adventure
DO NOT SEND ME:
- I am not the mentor for super scary or high fantasy manuscripts.
- No hurt animals (my heart just can’t take it)
- I’m probably not a good fit for animals as main characters, but I might change my mind.
- While I admire Sci-Fi writers, I would not be a good mentor for that genre.
- No potty humor (an occasional reference is fine, but if your manuscript is full of it, I’m not the mentor for you).
- Incorrect/racist/sexist/homophobic portrayals of marginalized individuals, communities, etc.
I am a big fan of:
-Natalie Lloyd (A Snicker of Magic, Key to Extraordinary, The Problim Children)
-Lynda Mullaly Hunt (One for the Murphys, Fish in a Tree)
-Leslie Connor (All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle, Waiting for Normal)
-Lisa Graff (The Great Treehouse War, A Tangle of Knots)
-Sara Pennypacker (Clementine series)
-Jacqueline Davies (The Lemonade War series)
-And though everyone says it – JK Rowling and Harry Potter
-Louisa May Alcott
-Anything with Tina Fey at the helm
-British dramas (Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey)
-The Great British Baking Show
-The Good Place
-The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
And I refuse to be either a cat person or a dog person. I like both!