A.R. Vishny is a writer, attorney, and occasional television extra based in NYC. She earned a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and earned her JD at the Cardozo School of Law, where she was a Law and Literature Fellow. When she’s not writing or she can be found hunting for cheap theater tickets and cake.
The first project I ever queried was a pretty terrible contemporary YA in 2010 when I was in high school and didn’t understand the concept of revision. After spending undergrad writing nothing but fanfic, tumblr head canons, and close-reading essays, I returned to writing toward publication in 2016. In October of 2018, I was selected for R5 of AMM by Meera Trehan. After revising under her guidance, I queried and signed my awesome agent, Linda Epstein, in spring of 2019 after only about a month of querying. The project that got me my agent was the fourth manuscript I ever queried.
As an English major, I developed a passion for close reading and analysis. In law school I was the acquisitions editor of a law journal, and there became adept at reading and critiquing submissions. I also interned at a literary agency while in law school, and was a mentee in R5 of AMM. In addition to my own work, my feedback on query letters has helped CPs land agents.
I had a wonderful experience with AMM as a R5 mentee, and want to pay it forward! This program became my connection to a brilliant, supportive writing community and brought me much closer to my publishing goals. I would like to help someone else find their footing in this challenging industry.
Above all, I’m looking for something that will make me feel all the feelings. I want something fresh and original, the story that only you could tell. Above all, I l want an engaging voice and memorable characters, a project that I won’t be able to put down.
- Magical Realism/Fabulism
- Urban/Contemporary Fantasy
I read widely, and can fall in love with all kinds of projects. However, I am not the best mentor for epic fantasy and space operas.
I WILL PROVIDE:
- Edit Letter (Big Picture developmental feedback)
- Line edit (dropping notes into a Word Document)
- Skype or phone call
I will provide an initial edit-letter/line edit of your manuscript. We can discuss it over a phone call (if you’re up for it). Once you’ve revised, I’m happy to give it a second read and additional feedback as necessary.
I’m best when it comes to honing plot structure, voice, and sharpening dialogue. The bulk of my feedback will be these kinds of structural matters, but I will also do line edits to the extent necessary.
I also *love* Twitter pitches and query letters, and enjoy researching agents, so when you’re ready I’d be happy to help you with any and all of your submission needs and support on that front.
Ultimately, if things are going well, I’m happy to keep working with you for the long haul.
My ideal mentee is someone who is receptive to feedback and ready to dig into big revisions. My ideal mentee is also someone who approaches history, people, and cultures thoughtfully. Regardless of whether a project is ownvoices or not, I would like a mentee to have done their homework on whatever they’re writing about and to be mindful when they’re portraying real people/cultures. Ultimately, I’m looking for a friend and lasting working relationship.
Historical/Historical Fantasy: All of it! Any of it!
Books that incorporate Jewish history or folklore traditions. I read a lot in this area, and would love to mentor someone writing something fresh and exciting. If you happen to have it, I’m dying for a book set in the Persian Jewish community, past or present.
Books about the children of immigrants and the experience of being second generation, in any genre.
Retellings of Classics/Folklore/Mythology, preferably off the beaten path.
Contemporary/Urban fantasy set outside the US (think CLEVERMAN or A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT).
I would love a fresh take on werewolves/shifters.
I love a compelling romance, but I don’t need a romance if your book explores friendship or family.
I am an attorney by day, and am happy to mentor a project that involves a character navigating the legal system.
I also am a huge theater nerd so anything that involves theater, theater kids, or could comp to a show (*cough*HADESTOWN*cough*).
Or surprise me! I like surprises.
DO NOT SEND ME:
I’m not the best mentor for books about fae, mermaids, eating disorders, and alternate history (i.e. The Man in the High Castle).
Nazi romances are an automatic no from me. Just don’t.
Please don’t send me projects about the Crusades, Ivanhoe, Robin Hood, or Dickens. These are things I do like, but they are too close to current projects of mine.
Books: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue; Ninth House; Carry On; Red, White and Royal Blue; Circe; My Lady Jane; Spinning Silver; The Marriage of Opposites; The The Last Watchman of Old Cairo; The Rabbi’s Cat; The Prince and the Dressmaker
TV: Cleverman; Beauty and the Baker; The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel; Merlin; Call the Midwife; GLOW; Harlots; Churchill’s Secret Agents; LOST
Movies: Colette; Call Me By Your Name; The Woman in Gold; Hunchback of Notre Dame; Brother Bear; A Goofy Movie
Theater: Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812; The Band’s Visit; Indecent; Hamilton; Hadestown; In The Heights, Sleep No More