kwamembalia.com
@KSekouM

AGENT
Rena Rossner

WRITES
SFF

DEBUT
TRISTAN STRONG PUNCHES A HOLE IN THE SKY (Winter 2020)
Rick Riordan Presents/Disney-Hyperion

BIO
Kwame is a father, writer, and pharmaceutical metrologist in that order. A Howard University graduate and a relocated midwesterner, he enjoys impromptu dance sessions and Cheezits.

PUBLISHING BACKGROUND
I’m a debut-everything. My first book I intended to publish landed my wonderful agent, and along with that I hooked up with CAKE Literary around the same time. I queried, entered pitch contests, applied for mentorship (Writing in the Margins, Author Mentor Match) and continually worked on my first manuscript. TRISTAN is my focus right now, and my West African historical steampunk is next.

EXPERIENCE
I have been mentored, both in programs such as AMM and informally through friendships I’ve developed in writing groups and with other published authors. I also critique and do sensitivity reads.

OVERVIEW
To whom much is given much is expected. I’m very fortunate to be where I am, and I need others here with me. If I can help someone on their path to being an author as so many have helped me, I’m doing my part.

Let me read something dope please.

  • Fantasy
  • Sci-Fi
  • Historical
  • Urban/Contemporary Fantasy

Don’t kill/maim/injure a marginalized group to advance a character arc. Don’t use violence against women to advance a character arc. Just don’t.

I WILL PROVIDE:

  • Line edit (dropping notes into a Word Document)
  • Skype or phone call
  • Freestyle in chat

WORKING STYLE
I am a perpetual texter/chatter, so I will be in contact frequently as I delve into the manuscript. I comment as I read through a text, so line edits on the manuscript, along with follow up conversations, is how I will provide feedback to the mentee.

IDEAL MENTEE
Responsive and questioning. This is your story – I’m providing suggestions and questions, not demands and ultimatums. That said, the suggestions are for the benefit of the story, not to hurt the author. Criticism hurts sometimes (TRUST ME) but understand the reasoning behind it and we’ll be good.

SEND ME:
Bring me that “dead/dying” trope/genre that’s been “exhausted” in the marketplace. Give me your Bronx vampires, your Daedalus of the ghetto, your Beauty and the Beastie Boys. Give me your Harlem Renaissance middle grade, your Southside Chicago Stranger Things, your Memphis BBQ child prodigy. I want all things with steeped in your culture, all things inspired by your marginalized imagination. I want kids being kids while doing/living the extraordinary.

DO NOT SEND ME:
Fae as currently depicted in most stories. Other types of fairy mythologies exist.

FAVES
ATLA, FMA, DBZ, Goonies, Sandlot, The Wiz, Percy Jackson #1, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, Hatchet