Kimberly Brower

YA contemporary

In Revision

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!

YA contemporary! I’m always craving YA contemporary stories with speculative and/or magical realism elements. I also enjoy realistic teen stories and/or suspense, mystery, or thriller. I’m a sucker for a good romance (or hints of romance). I’m also on the lookout for diverse main characters, marginalized and/or underrepresented voices.

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!