Rosiee Thor is a YA speculative fiction author with a BA in medieval history, and a superhuman love for bread. She spends most of her time hiding from the Oregon rain, and trying to persuade the cat to love her.
I began writing YA as a teen, and though none of it was any good, I got in lots of practice! By the time I was ready to query, I’d written three full novels, a handful of short stories, and a trunk full of plot bunnies. I was selected for Pitch Wars in 2016 where I learned to love revising (seriously, it’s my fav), and I signed with my agent a few months later.
Aside from mentoring in AMM Round 3, I’ve worked as an academic mentor professionally for four years, helping college students and GED students with their essays, and I was mentored in Pitch Wars 2016. I mentored several writers in the 2017 Mentees Helping Mentees event, and have helped friends get into Pitch Wars and other writing contests. Queries are a particular love of mine, and I’ve been able to help friends hone theirs to snag great agents too! Additionally, I am an intern for a literary agent, so I understand what agents are looking for from the other side of the screen.
Being mentored in 2016 changed the trajectory of my career, and made me the writer I am today. Learning from someone with more experience, who knew the ins and outs of the industry, was just the tip of the iceberg, though. The mentor/mentee relationship is something I cherish with my mentor, who continues to give me advice (and sometimes doodles of ghosts) to this day, and I hope to give the same kind of experience to another writer.
Send me fresh sci-fi and fantasy with strong prose and dynamic characters.
For Science Fiction, give me your space books!! I love space opera, space fantasy, all the space books! I’d love some girls in STEM, characters who are competitive and ambitious in their scientific pursuits, and maybe some explosions!
For Fantasy, I prefer second world over contemporary fantasy, and I tend to gravitate toward political themes. I love big dresses and masquerade balls, but prefer them with a murdery twist.
Tropes I love: Slow burn relationship! Give me your enemies to lovers, friends to lovers, and enemies to friends! I don’t need a romantic subplot to love a book, and often enjoy friendship or family centered books even more! I love retellings with a fresh twist (like… murder) and classic stories turned LGBTQIA (please please!!!)
Tropes I hate: There aren’t many tropes I don’t like, if they’re done well or in a fresh and interesting way, but I tend to steer away from princesses who don’t want to be princesses and girls who must disguise themselves as boys to break through social constructs (unless the book also examines non-binary gender identity). I don’t want to see dystopian societies or governments that center around breeding or arranged marriage, and I am not the right mentor for books centered on or that include rape or sexual violence.
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’d like to start with a big-picture edit, looking at structure, characters, pacing etc. I’m a big believer in rewriting as revising, and I’ve got some handy spreadsheets in my arsenal. Second, I’ll do another read for line edits and smaller scale issues. Throughout the process, I’ll aim to be available in whatever capacity my mentee needs/wants. I’m not afraid of the telephone or skype, but I know some people don’t like them, so whatever my mentee’s preferred method of communication works fine for me, and their comfort is most important.
Is you!! Just kidding (or am I?) My ideal mentee is willing to revise. I’m a big believer in rewriting as revising, so I will expect my mentee to be willing to rewrite the entire book, if need be. I also hope my mentee will be open to brainstorming and discussion–the best ideas come from conversation–but on the flip side, my ideal mentee will stand up for what they want their book to be. It isn’t my book–it’s theirs–and it’s important that my mentee’s vision for the book is upheld throughout.
SEND ME YOUR QUEERS!!! My #1 MSWL is for books centering queer characters. I would love to see something with an f/f romance, or an aromantic or asexual character. If your characters are queer… then I’m here… for it.
Also send me political fantasy like AND I DARKEN or MASK OF SHADOWS, gritty fantasy like SIX OF CROWS, and edgy sci fi (small or epic in scale) like ACROSS THE UNIVERSE or SHADOW RUN. I’d love to see a revenge plot with a grisly murder or two, or a mashup of old classics. I’d especially like to see a fairytale or classic reworked in a space setting and/or with queer characters. I’d also love to see a villain or antihero story. If you’ve written anything you can comp to Avatar: The Last Airbender, I want it. Also I’m a sucker for politics, made up or real, so send me your wheeling and dealing ladies making things happen in back rooms or on the (galactic?) senate floor. Give me the Fantasy version of Hamilton Vs. Burr, or the sci-fi where teen space cadets push for legislative change. Mostly, I’m looking for characters with a strong sense of self (or who grow to find a strong sense of self), complex but firmly rooted magic or science systems, and prose that makes me feel things.
DO NOT SEND ME:
I’m not the right mentor for secret royalty or chosen ones, rebellious princesses who rebel just to rebel, or books focused only on romance. I’m also a hard sell on Dystopian unless it’s very original, or subverts classic Dystopian tropes.
Lastly, I just really really really don’t want to read about sexual assault. It has a place, and books that address it are important, but I’m not the right mentor for it. If you have sexual violence of any kind in your book and you want to sub me, you must be willing to cut it if we end up working together. This is a dealbreaker for me, so if you don’t want to let it go, I’m not the right mentor for you.
Some authors I love are Marie Lu, Diana Wynne Jones, Linsey Miller, Kiersten White, Mackenzi Lee, Beth Revis, AdriAnne Strickland
My top three fav movies are Mad Max: Fury Road, Princess Mononoke, and Mean Girls. Make of that what you will. I also adore that 1997 adaptation of Cinderella with Brandy and Whitney Houston.
Oh and uh. Star Wars. Star Wars is my lifeblood.
I will die on the hill of Avatar: The Last Airbender (Zutara or death), and I can’t stop watching The West Wing. I also love Firefly, Full Metal Alchemist, and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.
I also love video games–like Dishonored and Dragon Age–but have no time to play them.