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@mltate24

AGENT
Sarah Landis, Sterling Lord Literistic

WRITES
Young adult (contemporary, sci-fi, fantasy, thrillers, romance)

BOOKS
THE LAST CONFESSION OF AUTUMN CASTERLY (2/11/2020)

Revising an untitled standalone contracted with Putnam/Penguin Teen.

BIO
Meredith Tate grew up in Concord, New Hampshire, where she fell in love with the many worlds of science fiction and fantasy. Pursuing her love of travel, Meredith spent a semester in London and then backpacked in Europe for a month before earning her master’s degree in social work from the University of New Hampshire. After graduation, Meredith worked in the field in Boston for a few years before deciding to pursue her true dream of telling stories. Meredith and her husband spent three wonderful years in St. Louis, Missouri before moving to Zurich, Switzerland as expats. Meredith now lives in Houston, writing about characters who are much braver than she is.

PUBLISHING BACKGROUND
My publishing journey has been a roller coaster! I started querying my first manuscript in summer of 2011 and signed with my first agent in summer 2012, only to part ways a year later. In 2013, I started querying my second book, MISSING PIECES, and sold it to a small press. While launching that book, I was querying my third completed manuscript and writing my fourth manuscript. I signed with my second agent and we went on submission with my fourth manuscript, but the book in question didn’t to sell and is currently shelved. At the start of 2017, I parted ways with my second agent and sold my third manuscript, FREEDOM TRIALS (2018), to Page Street and my fifth manuscript, THE RED LABYRINTH (2019), to Flux. While working on edits for those books, I signed with my amazing agent for my YA speculative thriller, THE LAST CONFESSION OF AUTUMN CASTERLY, which sold at auction in May of 2018. If I could go back in time and tell myself in 2011 that in 2021 I would be publishing my fifth book, I never would have believed me!

EXPERIENCE
I’ve had many different publishing experiences: I’ve worked with small presses, midsize presses, and a big 5 publisher; I’ve been on submission multiple times; I’ve parted ways with agents; I’ve gotten multiple agent offers on a manuscript; and finally, I’ve gotten around 500 (not a typo) rejections over the years. I’ve been in and out of the query trenches since 2011, so you could say I’ve been around the block a few times and know what to expect!

OVERVIEW
I would not be where I am today if not for all the help, support, and generosity of other writers in the community. I want to give back to the amazing writing community that has helped me so much over the years!

I love YA across genres, and I always love to be surprised with something I’m not expecting! My preferences lean toward speculative with a big hook (fantasy, sci-fi, magical realism, contemporary with speculative elements, etc) and thrillers, but I’m open to everything. If you write YA and think we’d be a good fit, I hope you sub to me! I can’t wait to read your words!

MENTORING GENRES
Young Adult

  • Contemporary
  • Romance
  • Fantasy
  • Sci-Fi
  • Mystery/Thriller
  • Magical Realism/Fabulism
  • #ownvoices*
  • LGBTQIA*
  • Urban/Contemporary Fantasy
  • Horror

I read just about everything and am open to YA in basically any genre! Here are some ideas, but I also really don’t want to limit you; if you think we’d be a good fit, please sub to me regardless of this list! This is just to give you an idea of my taste, but really, a strong voice will hook me more than anything. I love to be surprised!

In addition to these genres, I love genre blending stories. If you’ve got a fantasy with sci-fi elements, a contemporary with speculative elements, a sci-fi thriller, a fantasy romance, etc, send it my way!

Fantasy: I love fantasy in most sub-genres (including contemporary fantasy). I don’t want to specify too much here, because I want to get all your fantasy subs! Especially if there’s a hint (or a heaping dose) of romance.

Some YA fantasy stories I love: THREE DARK CROWNS, FIREBORNE, ECHO NORTH, HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS, SERPENT AND DOVE, SEAFIRE, THE CRUEL PRINCE, SIX OF CROWS, AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, EVERLESS

Sci-fi: I love sci-fi across sub-genres, but I am not the right fit for very science-heavy “hard” sci-fi (it breaks my brain, I’m sorry!)

  • Time travel written in an accessible manner (think ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill)
  • Dystopian is one of my favorite genres, and I’d love to see it make a comeback. If you’ve got a fresh take on this genre, I would love to see it!
  • Near-future sci-fi, or even sci-fi that almost feels contemporary (think MORE HAPPY THAN NOT, OPPOSITE OF ALWAYS, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, or Black Mirror). I love reading about futuristic technology that makes me think.
  • I’d love a fun space opera with a big, rag-tag misfit cast.
  • Heists!

Thrillers: I love a good thriller, but I want it dark, with high stakes that keep me guessing until the end. Even better if there’s a jaw-dropping twist I never see coming!

Romance: Any gender pairing. Some tropes I love:

  • Enemies to lovers / hate to love / rivals to lovers
  • Forced proximity
  • Friends to lovers
  • Grumpy/Sunshine
  • 24 hour romance (if you can comp Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist, I want to see it!)
  • Two people who clearly have feelings for each other but aren’t together yet due to circumstances (think season 2-3 Jim and Pam from The Office)

Contemporary: I am probably not the best fit for “quiet” contemporary.

  • Retellings of classics with a contemporary twist (think Ten Things I Hate About You etc.)
  • Mysteries with high stakes
  • Mistaken identity stories
  • Romcoms
  • Contemporary with speculative elements (BEFORE I FALL, MORE HAPPY THAN NOT, IF I STAY, etc)
  • Friendship breakup stories
  • Stories full of emotion that make me cry

Some contemporaries I love: BEFORE I FALL, THE HATE U GIVE, HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME, HOW TO BE BRAVE, SADIE, YOU’LL MISS ME WHEN I’M GONE, WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI

Horror:

  • I’m looking for more atmospheric and creepy here rather than jump scares. Think “The Village” or HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS. Also love gothic horror!
  • Currently reading WILDER GIRLS and loving it; if you’ve got something similar, send it my way!
  • I love creepy small towns, haunted houses, hauntings, and unsettling places. I love reading a seemingly “normal” situation that gives me some unsettling vibes, but then takes a turn for the totally weird / creepy.
  • Got a horror in a carnival, circus, or amusement park? I want to see it!

I WILL PROVIDE:

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

WORKING STYLE
My mentoring style is a cup of encouragement, a dash of brainstorming, and a pinch of tough love. I want to help you make your book the best it can be. Every book and author is different, so we would first discuss a plan that works best for you and your story.
We’d start by talking about your manuscript. I’d want to get to know you, your writing style, and your publishing goals. Next, I’d send over an edit letter full of my big-picture observations, questions, thoughts, and suggestions – things I liked, and things I think could be stronger. We’d look at things like pacing, plotting, and character arcs here. If you want a mentor who will tell you honestly and up front what isn’t working — but will also add a Gif or two, and squee over all their favorite lines, characters, and ships in your book — then we might be a good fit!

I’ll be as involved in the revisions as my mentee wants me to be – whether you want to take the time to tackle those edits entirely on your own, or bounce ideas and chat about them as you go, I’m here!

Afterward, we’ll focus on line edits including word choices, sentence structure, typos, etc. I’ll be your biggest cheerleader when you query and, if you want, I’m happy to help you hone your query letter, synopsis, and agent query list. Ideally, I’d love to chat with my mentee over email, text, or WhatsApp, but I’m open to Skype or phone calls, too.

IDEAL MENTEE
My ideal mentee is in it for the long run, and they’re willing to put the work in! After all, publishing is a marathon, not a sprint, and I want someone who is serious about pursuing traditional publishing. I want to work with a writer who is willing and eager to dive into revisions, and one who knows editing and rewriting are vital steps of publishing; I want to help make your manuscript the strongest it can be! This might mean there’s a chance I’ll suggest large-scale revisions and/or rewrites. This book is YOUR book, and I would never push a revision that did not resonate with you; however, I would want my mentee to be open minded and willing to seriously consider suggested edits. I’ll always be here to talk through them and bounce ideas with you!

SEND ME:
This is by no means a definitive list, but here are some elements I especially love to read about, across genres. But if your story doesn’t have any of these things, don’t worry , it doesn’t mean I won’t love it – please sub me anyway!

  • Antiheroes/Antiheroines! If your main character(s) lean toward the morally gray, are power-driven, sometimes do the morally-questionable, are driven by revenge, or can be comped to Jude Duarte, Jyn Erso, Arya Stark, James Howlett, or Kaz Brekker, I can’t wait to meet them.
  • Villains! If your main character’s arc revolves around their slow descent into full-on villainy, I want to read it.
  • Anything that can be comped to “Logan,” “Deadpool,” “Mad Max,” “Suicide Squad,” “Black Mirror,” or “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”
  • MCs that actively dismantle the patriarchy
  • Circuses and carnivals. Bonus points if they’re creepy.
  • Marching band
  • Books that remind me of The Twilight Zone
  • Mazes of any kind. I love a good labyrinth!
  • Roadtrips, study abroad, backpacking adventures, and travel of all kinds
  • High-stakes fantasy/sci-fi competitions and tournaments, even better if they’re life-or-death (think THREE DARK CROWNS, A RIVER OF ROYAL BLOOD, Harry Potter’s Triwizard Tournament, THE HUNGER GAMES, etc)
  • Speculative contemporary or light-sci-fi about what happens when technology goes too far (think Black Mirror)
  • Truth or dare. Games that escalate out of control.
  • Riddles
  • Whirlwind romance that takes place over the course of one day
  • Enemies to lovers! If you’ve got the next Cardan/Jude, Jaime/Brienne, Roslin/Adama, Nina/Matthias, or Lou/Reid, I want to read it!
  • Creepy small towns with sinister traditions
  • Found Families
  • As a Hard of Hearing person, I would love to find a story with a Deaf/HoH main character!

DO NOT SEND ME:
I don’t want to limit too much here, as I’ve been surprised before! If you have one of these but still think I’m the right fit, please still sub to me anyway. However, I am probably not the best fit for:

  • Historical fiction
  • Contemporary heavily focused on sports
  • “Fake dating” romance (I’m sorry, I know this is a popular one, but it just isn’t my thing!)
  • Romance between a human and an alien/shifter/werewolf

However, I do have some hard lines I am absolutely not the right fit to mentor. Please DO NOT sub to me:

  • Child sexual abuse
  • Rapist redemption arcs
  • Animal cruelty / animal death (hunting animals for food and / or killing in self defense is okay)

FAVES
BOOKS:
Harry Potter
Six of Crows
An Ember in the Ashes
The Darkest Minds
Three Dark Crowns
Seafire
Serpent and Dove
House of Salt and Sorrows
The Hate U Give
Fireborne

MOVIES:
Lord of the Rings trilogy
Titanic (yep)
Coco
Tangled
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Inception
Logan
10 Things I Hate About You

TV SHOWS:
Game of Thrones (not including season 8, which is dead to me)
Frasier
The Office
Firefly
Battlestar Galactica