Maggie Soares graduated with a BA in Publishing Media from Oxford Brookes University before returning home to Toronto, where she lives and works in publishing and writes books about difficult girls. She has two One Direction tattoos, and thinks that says pretty much all anyone needs to know.
I queried five manuscripts over six years, and signed with my agent after I was whipped into shape by AMM Round 2! My agent and I have done two bigger revision passes and a couple smaller ones, and my YA Contemporary is currently out on submission.
On top of being a writer, I work in the industry! I have a BA in Publishing, and I’ve interned for magazines, indie and big-five publishers, and well-known literary agents. I know how to develop ideas, and I know how to make them look pretty for agents.
I had such a fantastic experience with AMM on the mentee side, I wanted to pay it forward! I’m so excited to dive in and start making some cool stuff with one of you.
I’m looking for someone with an awesome concept, who’s willing to work at taking it to the next level. I’m looking for queer girls, characters who feel like family, and, above all, potential!!
I love: funny, sweet love stories with hidden depths, ensemble casts, unusual timelines, angry girls, books someone else might call a “guilty pleasure,” found families, and anything unapologetically teenage.
I don’t love: books with dead queer characters, cartoonish villainy/drama, instalove, the “she’s a genius… why can’t she understand LOVE?” trope.
I WILL PROVIDE:
- Edit Letter (Big Picture developmental feedback)
- Line edit (dropping notes into a Word Document)
- Skype or phone call
- Freestyle in chat
Whatever my mentee needs! I’ll provide an edit letter (which will be everything I love about your book as well as the changes I think we should work on), and then line edits. I’m happy to talk on the phone/skype/text/carrier pigeon about any of the edits, or to be a cheerleader. Once we’re ready, I’d also love to help with the query submission list, and anything else that could come up!
I have a great relationship with my mentor from R2 (Rebecca Barrow), and I’d love to give her an awesome grand-mentee! I’m looking for someone who isn’t afraid to really put their head down and work on what needs to get done, but won’t mind my bombarding them with gifs and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend music videos.
My number one: queer characters. Characters plural. PLEASE. I’m probably not the best fit for something with an entirely cis-het cast.
Small towns: dingy house parties, hanging out in a suburban playground after dark, the secrets everyone knows about everyone else. If your book has the mood of a song by The Front Bottoms, PLEASE send it to me.
Unlikeable girls: I mean this beyond the general “she can beat you up!” (though please send me that, too). Send me your mean girls with broken hearts, your angry and frustrated, your ambitious-to-a-fault girls.
I’d love something a little dreamy or quiet, as long as we’re fully immersed in the MC’s head (or we have the potential to be!)
Extra-curriculars!! Where are my band kids?? My theatre nerds??? My robotics champs????
DO NOT SEND ME:
I’m not a good fit for: cancer/terminal illness books (that’s a hard line, no-wiggle-room rule), Not Like Other Girls, characters who are mean for the sake of it, plots that boil down to “racist/sexist/homophobic/transphobic/etc. person learns to be Less Terrible,” extremely dark humor (love it in movies, can’t mentor it!)
Books: The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan, anything by Nina LaCour, Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee, I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, You Don’t Know Me but I Know You by Rebecca Barrow (obvi.)
TV: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Brooklyn 99, Broad City, The Good Place, Chewing Gum (I’d LOVE a YA Chewing Gum), literally ANY terrible low-budget true crime show
Movies: Corrina Corrina, Clueless, 21 and 22 Jump Street (I maintain 21 Jump Street is the only movie to accurately portray the 2010s high school experience), Saved!, But I’m a Cheerleader!, Ghostbusters (the good one, that came out in 2016), The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Legally Blonde
Musicals: The Wild Party (the Andrew Lippa one), Next to Normal, Spring Awakening (please don’t send me an N2N or SA-related book, though!), Come From Away, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, It Shoulda Been You, Something Rotten