I was born and raised in New York, just outside of the Bronx, between a train station, a prison, and a cemetery. I’m a city girl, but my immigrant mother raised me on endless stories about warring fairy forts and wish-granting kelpies. I graduated in 2017 with a degree in writing, literature and publishing. I was lucky enough to find my lovely agent through #DVpit later that year.
I wrote about five books before I queried a YA fantasy in January 2017. I didn’t know what I was doing at all, but I got heartbreakingly close. I went back to the drawing board and wrote something completely new –– from there, as a seasoned query-er, I was able to generate much more interest. Then #DVpit allowed me to find my agent, who also happens to be the *perfect* agent for me. Sometimes rejection is good! Who knew!
I have a degree in writing, literature and publishing. I was also a head editor for our campus’s literary magazine, which had hundreds of submissions per sub period. I know what it’s like to be in the slush pile AND go through the slush pile.
I would have given up during the querying process if I didn’t have a strong network of writers supporting me. I really owe my success to my CPs, who were not only willing to read my MS and queries, but support me along the way.
Why I mentor: After I went through a lot of heartbreak querying my first novel and pretty much fell flat on my face, I was going through a rough time creatively. I really just wanted to give up. Then one of my professors told me it took him 20 years to get published. Now he works for one of the best lit mags in the world; he’s an award winning writer.
So I wrote another book. I went through more CPs and drafts. And it just worked out. Success is so subjective –– you just have to work toward it. I mean, even writing a whole novel is a success. Then after all that hard work the stars just align, and you get an agent.
An overview of what I’m looking for: I mostly read anything atmospheric. I tend to gravitate toward books that have a concrete world I can fall into, even if it’s not necessarily SFF. Even if you’re not 100% sure you’d think I’d like it, submit anyway. Sometimes books are just a happy surprise.
- Magical Realism/Fabulism
- Urban/Contemporary Fantasy
I love me some girls in leadership positions. Girl friendship or anything with an intersectional feminist flair is A+.
I WILL PROVIDE:
- Edit Letter (Big Picture developmental feedback)
- Line edit (dropping notes into a Word Document)
- Freestyle in chat
First, I go through the MS once. I decide what I like. Then I go through the MS again, and look where the MS could be stronger. From there, I write an editorial letter. This is usually a long letter organized to help make the overarching ideas in your novel stronger (pacing, world building, character dynamics, so on). After, I’m always available for clarification or elaboration –– or even disagreements/discussion. I definitely don’t think I always know what’s right for a MS, especially if it’s not mine. After the writer is satisfied, we can move on to line edits. I’m also available to help with query letters and the like.
I’d love a writer who plans on submitting to DVpit or something similar. I’m an alum, so I’d love to help. BUT really I’m just looking for someone that is willing to make a stronger book.
Send me anything under the spec fiction umbrella that makes your skin crawl, or sends me on an adventure to a world I would have never thought existed.
Specifically, I’m a huge fan of stories that take tropes from fairytales/fantasy and places them in a new setting. Think, in MG: CORALINE. In YA: THE RAVEN CYCLE, A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY, or THE BELLES. I’d also love to see a fantasy epic a la GAME OF THRONES but with a focus on ladies.
In science fiction, I’d love to see some fresh Dystopian inspired by BLACK MIRROR or with a STAR WARS flair, but with a focus on a character that’s not a cis straight white dude.
I also have a soft spot for historicals with lush prose. If you got something like THE HANDMAIDEN/Ah-ga-ssi (the movie) or PEAKY BLINDERS (the TV show), I’m your girl.
DO NOT SEND ME:
I love romance subplots, but if romance is your primary focus, I’m not the best fit. I’m also not the best fit for books about animals or talking animals.
Some writers I’m a fan of: Holly Black, Tamora Pierce, Han Kang, V.E. Schwab, and Nnedi Okorafor.
Some TV I really like: The Handmaid’s Tale, Riverdale, The 100, Black Mirror, Orphan Black, Westworld, and Peaky Blinders.
Movies: Anything directed by Guillermo del Toro, anything Studio Ghibli, The Handmaiden, and Mad Max: Fury Road.