Jaime Questell is a writer and graphic designer from Houston, Texas. She has also been a bookseller, a professional knitter, a semi-professional baker, and an administrative assistant. None of these jobs involved wrangling corgis, which is quite sad. She lives in the ‘burbs with her husband, children, very anxious dog, one surly cat, and one recently acquired cojack, which is what happens when a corgi and Jack Russell terrier combine to make doggy magic.
CHARM is my second novel. I had written a novel before and queried it (over 100 queries sent out), before deciding to shelve it. I wrote CHARM as a NaNoWriMo novel and queried it in 2014. I queried for two months, received multiple requests for fulls, and ultimately received two offers of representation. CHARM was on submission for a year and a half before it sold.
I am part of critique group that has met regularly for 6+ years, and they’ve been with me since I was revising my first novel. One of my crit partners also has an agent. Between working with them and my day job (graphic design), I feel that I’ve become very good at verbalizing constructive criticism.
Publishing is a difficult industry to navigate, and while there’s a wealth of information out there, it doesn’t compare to having a person in your corner. Now that my novel is out in the world, I want to help someone get their novel out there.
I want a project with voice, stakes, and a bit of the unexpected. Bonus points if you can make my glittery black heart feel FEELINGS.
- Magical Realism/Fabulism
- Urban/Contemporary Fantasy
I love most tropes, so long as they’re done in an interesting way. And when it comes to relationship tropes, I ADORE the good old stand-bys: friends to lovers, secret relationship, “oh no, we have to pretend to date and now we have FEELINGS!” All of them. Give them to me. In regards to fantasy, I lean more towards The Magicians and Harry Potter than old school high fantasy.
I WILL PROVIDE:
- Edit Letter (Big Picture developmental feedback)
- Line edit (dropping notes into a Word Document)
- Skype or phone call
- Freestyle in chat
- I could also work in Google docs or something similar. I’m pretty flexible.
If I critique your project, my notes are going to be Thorough. I’ve had someone describe my critique style as intense. But that’s only because I want to make something shine. I’m willing to get in there and I won’t leave until we get it right. That said, I’ll always respect the author’s vision, and don’t want to recommend a change that’s counter to the heart of the book. All that said, I always include compliments and never set out to intentionally hurt feelings.
I’d like to work with someone who can take some tough love and is willing to put in the work. I don’t have a lot of patience for someone who thinks their work is so precious that it can’t change/doesn’t need work.
Fairy tale retellings, projects set in the real world but with a hint of magic, and/or fun mashups of the genres I mentioned above. I love writing with voice and beautiful turns of phrase. Projects that can pull off a successful twist are *chef kiss* Humor is a plus, and well-done snark (think the overall tone of Veronica Mars, anything Louise Belcher from Bob’s Burgers says or does) is my catnip.
DO NOT SEND ME:
You’re probably not going to get me to side with a cheater. I don’t want anything misogynistic, racist, or anti-LGBTQIA, and if I’m supposed to sympathize with someone who is a misogynist, a racist, or a bigot, it’s not going to happen. I am not the best person to work with a project with a strong religious theme.
Just about anything by Victoria Schwab, Leigh Bardugo, Neil Gaiman, and Laini Taylor. Daniel Jose Older’s Shadowshaper and Holly Black’s Curseworker series have some damn fine world building. In the TV world, I’m loving The Magicians, How to Get Away with Murder, Grey’s Anatomy, Black-ish, American Horror Story, and Bob’s Burgers. I have a huge soft spot for Wes Anderson, super hero movies, and heist flicks.