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AGENT
Amy Bishop

WRITES
YA Historical Fantasy, Fantasy, & Mystery

BOOKS
DAUGHTER OF SPARTA (Jimmy Patterson Books)

BIO
I was raised in both Alaska and Scotland, but currently live in Vermont; when not writing, I can usually be found outside swimming, skiing or hiking across the state’s famous green mountains. Driven by my fascination with Greek archaeology and mythology, I sought to breathe new life to the forgotten and often underappreciated Greek myths. My YA debut about ancient Greece, tentatively titled DAUGHTER OF SPARTA, is forthcoming in spring of 2021.

PUBLISHING BACKGROUND
My journey to publication, like many others, has been the long haul. I’ve completed a few books, started many more, and have queried only 2 of these in the last ten years. I queried my first novel ten years ago, hoping for fanfare and receiving instead a deluge of rejections. Knocked from my pedestal, I spent the next few years licking my wounds and nursing a glimmer of an idea for another novel. Post-graduation from undergrad five years ago, I spent what time I should have been job searching instead writing the novel I’m publishing now. I received many requests for DAUGHTER OF SPARTA (then titled OLYMPUS RISING). I signed with one agent, realized that our styles weren’t meshing, felt quite hopeless (but still so in love with this story), subjected DAUGHTER to a massive revision, and signed with the wonderful agent I have today. We went on sub and the rest is history!

EXPERIENCE
My background is in Social Sciences, specifically archaeology, history and anthropology, so I have a keen eye for historical details. I’ve been a critique partner to many other writers, some of whom have gone on to book deals and signing with fabulous agents. I also have a keen eye for grammar (though this might stem for the many, MANY papers I’ve written for my Undergrad degree). I can whip any query into amazing shape!

OVERVIEW
I would love to share with others all that I have learned on my journey to publication, to be a mentor through all the stages. From revisions to querying, more revisions to submission and beyond. The road is long and winding, and I found it invaluable to have someone to share with my concerns and dreams.

I’m interested in unique fantasies, mythology, retellings, mysteries, and fiction from diverse and underrepresented authors. I’m choosy about my historical fiction, preferring it voice-driven and female-centric, giving voice to those long kept from the page. I’d love to read a gripping mystery that always keeps me guessing, though I also need to connect with the characters. #ownvoices, always, please. Give me the hate-to-love relationships, enemies to lovers, and even lovers to enemies! I’m a sucker for all things fantasy, especially if it breaks the rules. For everything that I read, though, I need to be interested in the characters, not just the place.

MENTORING GENRES

  • Romance
  • Fantasy
  • Mystery/Thriller
  • Historical
  • #ownvoices
  • LGBTQIA
  • Urban/Contemporary Fantasy

I hate, hate, HATE Insta-Love. I usually find myself rooting for the most unlikely pairings, and having a couple hoisted onto me from the get-go is the surest way for me to put a book down.

In contrast, I have a soft spot for enemies to lovers storylines. Also, gimme all the animal familiars. I’m a big softie when a dog or cat comes onto the page!

As someone who was raised in Scotland, and who has read/watched a surplus of Scottish entertainment, I’m not to keen to receive anything that takes place here. Been there, done that.

I WILL PROVIDE:

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

WORKING STYLE
I am very hands-on when it comes to revising and mentoring. I will do a thorough read through of the mentee’s novel, and draft up a Edit Letter while simultaneously going through and leaving a Line Edit. After handing it back to the mentee and giving them time to digest my notes, I would love to set up a skype session or phone call to discuss ideas and my notes. After going through my notes, I’m game to do another read through, and then help with revising a query letter/finding the perfect agents to sub to.

IDEAL MENTEE
I am looking for a mentee that is open to constructive criticism and reflection, that is eager to revise.

SEND ME:
Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Historical Romance, Urban Fantasy, Mystery/Thriller

DO NOT SEND ME:
Insta-Love, Sci-Fi and Horror. Please nothing too similar to Hunger Games – I love me some Katniss Everdeen, but I’ve read enough that is too close to the trilogy these days!

FAVES

  • The Vampire Diaries (diehard Klaroline shipper)
  • Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
  • LOST, LotR
  • The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip
  • Helen of Troy by Margaret George is my favorite retelling
  • Tamora Pierce’s Lioness Quartet
  • anything by Isabel Allende, Laini Taylor, & Diana Gabaldon
  • Bitten by Kelley Armstong
  • Wicked King by Holly Black
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • Green Rider by Kristen Britain
  • Britannia
  • Fleabag
  • Villainelle in Killing Eve