Tiana Smith grew up in Bozeman, Montana, where she never rode a horse or used antlers to decorate anything. She has double degrees in Honors and English from Westminster College, but sometimes she wishes she didn’t give up on her music minor. Match Me If You Can is her debut novel, coming from Swoon Reads/Macmillan in 2019.
I received an offer from a small press in 2015 and ultimately passed, but that opportunity led me to signing with my first agent. She left the industry in the very beginning of 2017. I submitted my manuscript to Swoon Reads (an imprint of Macmillan) the next week and received an offer shortly after. I signed with my current agent, Eric Smith at P.S. Literary this year. My debut book, Match Me If You Can, comes out in January 2019.
I majored in English and Honors with a focus in creative writing. I’ve been attending writing conferences for years and have loved being a mentor for the Storymakers conference. I love to work one-on-one with critique partners and have a special knack for creating killer queries.
I want to give back! Sooo many people have helped me get to where I am now. Publishing can be kind of crazy sometimes. You can’t publicly talk about all the ups and downs because this is a very small community we’re in, but we writers need each other. I want to be a shoulder to cry on. I’ve been there! I know the potential pitfalls to avoid and I know how to make sure you’re putting your best foot forward.
I love everything about contemporary YA. I’m looking for something that makes me feel and root for the characters. I’m all about taking something that is almost there and pushing it up over the top. Taking a work and making it marketable. Pitching to agents and polishing your query. I’d love to work with someone who is in it for the long-haul. Someone who knows that the publishing journey takes time and wants to learn about what things are like “on the other side” of getting a deal. I’m pretty much an open book and will cheer, encourage and help you in any way I can!
- Magical Realism/Fabulism
I LOVE TROPES. All of them. Seriously, give me enemies to lovers, amnesia, fake relationships and more.
I WILL PROVIDE:
- Edit Letter (Big Picture developmental feedback)
- Line edit (dropping notes into a Word Document)
- I also like Voxer – which is a free app like a walkie-talkie. You can record voice chats and the other person can listen to them when it’s convenient.
I like to start with big picture edits before getting down to the nitty-gritty. So I’ll probably send an edit letter suggesting big changes before diving into line edits. I don’t hold back, so if I see something that isn’t working or is problematic, I’ll point it out (but I do try to be nice about it). The type of feedback I’ll give will mostly center around areas where I’m confused, places that fall flat, ways to up the tension, making your voice shine and how to keep the pace moving. I love to brainstorm solutions, so if you want to talk it out, I’m here for that! I want to make YOUR story better. I don’t want to change it to how I’d write it, but make it the best possible story you can make so it stands out from the crowd.
My ideal mentee is someone willing to put in the work. They will take a deep look at their manuscript and be open to making big changes. They’ll be friendly too, because I’m all about making friends!
My MSWL includes anything cheeky and fun. I’m all for the lighthearted reads that leave you loving life. Give me all your tropes! But on the flip side, I also love books that make me think, or question myself and what I stand for. I will read anything that has romance as a major plot point, especially if the lead hero makes me swoon. I have a soft spot for retellings, summer romances, high school misunderstandings and anything awkward. I love commercial contemporaries and contemporaries with a twist (think magical realism or something that takes place in our world but has an “other” element). If you use any of these authors as comp titles, I am all in: Kasie West, Morgan Matson, Maurene Goo, Amy Finnegan, Janette Rallison, Ally Carter, Stephanie Perkins, Sara Zarr. I’m probably not the best fit for “issue” books.
DO NOT SEND ME:
I’m probably not the mentor for you if your book has sexual assault, cheating or if a baby or small animal dies.
Pretty much any chick flick ever made. Disney. Boy bands.