Isabelle Adrid is a Filipina-American who graduated from the University of San Diego. She writes YA contemporary with speculative elements and is represented by Kimberly Brower at Brower Literary and Management.
Before I signed with my agent, I remember how it felt like to receive rejections, to be stressed out from the never-ending revisions, and to have feelings of self-doubt swirl in my head every night. Apart from providing writing and publishing advice to my mentee, I can provide personal and emotional support when needed. I went through the querying trenches, and I’m always looking at opportunities to find representation. I have experience with many contests (#PitMad, #DVPit, #PitchWars, #PitchMadness, etc.), and #MSWL. My writing friends and I started out unagented together, and I’m happy to say that many of us have agents now! On the achievements side, I received the 2008 President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo award of outstanding achievement in campus journalism. I was also a finalist in the 2016 Writing from Color and Native Voices (WCNV) contest.
I’m hoping to find a YA contemporary with a fresh voice. I usually love stories with some sort of speculative element to it and/or romance, but I also love realistic stories and suspense, mysteries, or psychological thrillers. I want to see authors from underrepresented communities, new takes on old tropes, something unique, or all of the above. My ideal mentee is someone who isn’t afraid of a challenge. I’ll push you to work hard because I know we can turn your manuscript into the best shape possible. I’ll be here to provide you guidance and encouragement as you move forward in your publishing journey!
We’ll create a schedule that works best for my mentee. My strengths are character development and finding big picture or plot issues. I have an eye for pacing, voice, and dialogue issues as well. I’m very straightforward, honest, and constructive. My mentee and I can talk or brainstorm as much as he or she wants to (whether that be through skype, email, or twitter). Overall, I want to be there for my mentee, as both a mentor and a friend.
My ideal mentee is someone who is willing to work hard. Someone who is open to criticism and wouldn’t mind implementing changes or re-writing chunks to further improve his or her manuscript. This is a collaboration, so I’ll provide suggestions and create discussions, but ultimately it’s important to find solutions that work for the mentee.
I have a lot of book faves, but I’ll read anything written by Jenny Han, Stephanie Perkins, Lauren Oliver, and Jennifer Armentrout. For my favorite movies and TV shows: Inception, Arrival, Groundhog Day, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Mean Girls, Heathers, the Breakfast Club, Pride and Prejudice, Something Borrowed, When Harry Met Sally, Pretty Little Liars, and Stranger Things. And I love K-dramas!