Caitlen Rubino-Bradway

YA Fantasy

January 30, 2018

Kim Chance is an English teacher from Alabama, currently residing in Michigan with her husband and three children. When not writing, Kim enjoys spending time with her family and two crazy dogs, binge-watching Netflix, fangirling over books, and making death-by-cheese casseroles. Keeper is her first young adult novel. Kim is also a YouTuber who loves connecting with other writers. She posts videos at www.youtube.com/kimchance1 and is the creator of the #Chance2Connect chat on Twitter. Connect with her on Twitter: @_KimChance, Instagram: kimwritesbooks, Facebook: @kimwritesbooks, and on her website: www.kimchance.com.

I first started my writing journey in 2008. I was recently married, and my husband was deployed. I was living in a brand new city without any friends or family nearby. I spent most of my free time reading. One day, I had an idea for a story, and I thought to myself, “Hey! That would make a really cool book!” Then, it was like this little voice in my head whispered, “Yes, you should write it!” I’d never really given any thought to the idea that I could be a fiction writer, but I really loved the idea and figured I had nothing to lose. I wrote multiple bad drafts for that initial idea. It was pretty terrible and those drafts WILL never see the light of day! HA!

Over the next few years, I tried to write as much as possible, but life was pretty busy. During that time, I went to grad school and got my masters degree, and I also got pregnant and gave birth to twins. I wasn’t able to devote as much time to writing as I’d had in earlier days, but once my twins were a little older, I decided I really wanted to pursue writing with more gusto. I had decided that my original idea wasn’t going to work, and I had a completely new plot twist percolating in my head. That little element just wouldn’t go away, so I spent a lot of time thinking about the characters and the world that would go along with it. Thus, KEEPER was born! I started writing the first draft on June 17th, 2013. I finished that draft on August 8th, 2015. It was one of the coolest moments of my journey so far. I was sitting in a public library with tears pouring down my face because I was so proud of myself for finally finishing.

After that, I did multiple rounds of revising and editing. I recruited two freelance editors to help me whip the manuscript into shape and their feedback was so helpful! They are the reason KEEPER is what it is today. After I had a draft that I was really proud of and felt good about, I began the beta reading process and started entering writing contests. Both of those things lead to even more rounds of R & E. Finally, in March of 2016, I began to query literary agents. I received an R&R from Caitlen Rubino-Bradway (LKG Agency) on May 24th, 2016 and then on September 16th, 2016 after I had sent her the (yet again!) revised manuscript, she offered me representation. BEST. DAY. EVER!! From there, we did—yup! You guessed it!— ANOTHER round of revisions and then took the manuscript on submission. It took several months, but on February 8th, 2017 I was offered a publishing contract! So, it literally took me a decade to make my dream come true! I don’t mind though—I’ve learned SO much along the way, and I know that everything happens in the exact right time it’s supposed to happen. I feel so incredibly lucky to be where I am today.

I have a bachelor’s in Journalism and a Master’s in Education with an English Language Art discipline. I’ve worked as a high school English Teacher for the last seven years. I’ve also worked with professional editors during my publication journey (freelance and with my publisher).

I’m looking for a book that grabs me by the hand and whispers “run!” (And if you get that reference, we can totally be friends!) Honestly, what I love most in a book is a story that captivates me heart and soul–a book that keeps me thinking about it long after the final page is read! I have pretty broad tastes, but what it really boils down to is compelling storytelling with authentic, relatable characters. Creative world-building is also a plus! And magic! Always magic 🙂

Writing can be an incredibly isolating journey, and I think it’s so important for writers to find fellow writers they can connect with. We’re all on the same journey, and I think we’re so much stronger together than we are on our own. I have such a heart for helping fellow writers (maybe it’s the teacher in me!), and I never want a writer to feel alone–we’re in this together! I’ve learned so much in my writing journey thus far, and I’ve benefited greatly from the kindness and knowledge of those far more experienced that me. Being a mentor would allow me to pay forward that kindness and share all that I know and have learned. Sharing is caring after all! 🙂

  • Contemporary
  • Fantasy
  • Sci-Fi
  • Mystery/Thriller
  • Historical
  • Magical Realism/Fabulism
  • #ownvoices
  • Romance
  • Urban/Contemporary Fantasy

Honestly, I’m pretty much open to anything! For me, it’s all about compelling characters and a story that grabs me from the very first page!


  • Edit Letter (Big Picture developmental feedback)
  • Line edit (dropping notes into a Word Document)
  • Skype or phone call

My editing style is kind, but constructive. I believe honestly is the best policy, and I will be open and honest about any potential issues that I see–however, any feedback will be delivered without being harsh or overly blunt. I understand how nerve-wracking it can be to have someone read and critique your work, and while I will be thorough and very direct, I will also be kind and supportive. My plan is to make in-document comments of the issues I see, as well as things that I liked/things that surprised me as a reader. I will also be writing an in-depth edit letter with suggestions and recommendations for improvements and possible changes. I’m also open to a Skype call in order to discuss the issues or to help brainstorm trouble spots. I want my mentee to feel encouraged, supported, and confident in his/her work. I want to facilitate that however I can!

My ideal mentee is someone I can really connect with. Ideally, it would be someone that I would continue working with long after the initial critique is done-someone I can be writing buddies with! I’d love to work with someone who is open-minded and willing to try new things–maybe take a risk or two. They also need to be hard-working and focused, professional, and kind. Bonus points if they love and use gifs as much as I do! 🙂

I’m pretty much up for anything, but here’s a few things I have a soft spot for:
1) Paranormal/Supernatural stories (I seriously can’t get enough of these!); I’d love to see something that had a really unique system of magic!
2) Re-tellings–particularly if they have a darker twist!
3) Books that make me laugh and cry! I love when I get emotionally invested–make me feel ALL THE FEELS!
4) I’m dying for a book that heavily features an anti-hero. One of those where the villain is bad but you love them anyway. Think Klaus from the Vampire Diaries or The Darkling from Leigh Bardguo’s Grisha Trilogy.
5)Romance– I’m a sucker for it! It doesn’t have to be the main focus of your story, but I do love a good kissing scene!
6)Pop culture references– I’m a HUGE nerd!
7) Zombies- god, I love them!

Books that feature rape, violence to children, and animal death/abuse are better suited with another mentor.

Favorite Shows/Movies: Game of Thrones, Outlander, The Walking Dead, Supernatural, Doctor Who, Star Wars

Favorite Books: Anything by Sarah J. Maas, The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon, Harry Potter (Proud Gryffindor), The Great Gatsby, The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu, Eragon, The Lord of the Rings