brittneyarena.com
@reverieandink

AGENT
Jennifer Azantian

WRITES
Adult & YA Fantasy

REVISING

BIO
Brittney’s passion for storytelling leads her to write emotional and immersive fantasy for both YA and adult readers. With a background in digital design, art direction, and marketing, she has always pursued art in some form or fashion, but it wasn’t until her health took a nosedive that she developed a fierce love for reading and writing, as it became a way to travel and experience new worlds in the comfort of her home. Now, in addition to telling stories, she runs a bookstagram account (@reverieandink) where she talks about all things reading, craft, and illness/disability. She is represented by Jennifer Azantian of Azantian Literary Agency.

PUBLISHING BACKGROUND
My first book was written in IV chairs, hospital beds, and one solitary (broken) recliner in my house, thanks to the illness that toppled my life. Writing became a solace, an escape, and more so, a way to release all of my pent-up creativity. Back in 2017, my first book somehow landed me as an AMM mentee, and the experience was invaluable. Though I sat that book aside (for now), another story soon stole my heart with a heroine who shares several facets of my illness (in a fantasy setting, where disability representation is almost nonexistent). The trenches were tough, especially with Covid, but fast forward to October—after I’d made peace with setting the new book aside—I suddenly found myself trying to choose between amazing agents. I ended up signing with Jennifer Azantian, and we are now revising with the intent to go on submission soon.

EXPERIENCE
As an avid reader and book reviewer, I spent years analyzing books of all kinds. I’m the type of reader who highlights and takes meticulous notes, and I make it a priority to stay up to date with publishing trends and releases. Additionally, I work with several critique partners in various stages, from published authors to both agented and unagented writers. I’m also in an incredible writing group with endless resources and industry knowledge (shoutout to my Guillotine Queens!), and we are in constant contact through Slack and video calls. As a former AMM mentee, I know the process well, and I’ve also given and received multiple edit letters. With my marketing and social media background, I’ve helped several authors market and promote their books, and I keep in touch with industry publicists on a regular basis.

OVERVIEW
Ever since AMM pulled me from the pit of despair, I knew I wanted to pay it forward. Having a mentor in your corner can be a game changer. Writing is often solitary, the process is full of ups and downs, and it’s easy to get discouraged and want to throw in the towel. I want to help someone the way my mentor and critique partners have helped me. I’m a passionate advocate, an avid encourager, and more so, I know the trials and pitfalls of this industry and can help you navigate them.

As a mentor, I can meet you at your level and help you get to where you want to be. I’m a very enthusiastic reader, and I’m excellent at pinpointing strengths. We, as a writers, should acknowledge and celebrate them! I also have a knack for spotting plot holes and inconsistencies, and world building is my jam. I am especially good with magic structures, court politics, and setting up a plot for twists. Overall, though, I excel at helping others find the heart of their story and ensuring that it carries through. I’m also passionate about beautiful prose, but that takes time and patience to master. I don’t expect perfection. I just need to see potential! Additionally, I’m very responsive and I never want my mentee to feel worried about reaching out. I love brainstorming, so if you find yourself stuck, I’ll be right there to help dig you out. I’m open to most sub genres within adult fantasy (and stories with crossover potential), as well as space fantasy and light sci fi.

  • Fantasy
  • #ownvoices
  • Space fantasy and light sci fi

I am open to all sub genres within adult fantasy (second world, historical, romance, etc), as well as fantasy with crossover potential. If you’re worried that your voice/story skews too young, don’t be. I’ll still consider it! I especially love dark fantasy and fantasy with romance, whether or not it’s the focus. Additionally, space fantasy is high on my list, and I’m also willing to look at accessible sci fi that isn’t overly technical. I’m not the best mentor for horror or contemporary fantasy if it has ghosts/demons/etc. I am a chicken when it comes to the real world. That said, I’m much braver when it comes to second world fantasy. Most importantly, I am passionate about advocating for underrepresented voices!

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
I’ll start with a big picture edit letter, along with in-line comments throughout the manuscript so you can see where my head was at while I read. I am very careful with what I suggest, and I will never force you to make changes that you aren’t comfortable with. You know your story best! However, I do hope that you are open to addressing any potential issues in some form or fashion. My goal with this first step is to highlight your strengths but also get you pumped for revision.

Afterwards, I recommend that we set up a video/phone call or online chat where we can discuss a potential revision plan, as well as brainstorm anything you need help with. I’ve learned a few revision tricks, but I will never trample on your process. I’m also available to read a quick snippet here and there if you’re worried about something as you go. I do plan to offer a second read-through following revisions with a special eye for line-edits, and afterwards, we can tackle your query and synopsis. I am also more than willing to stand with you in the querying trenches as much as you’d like, and I can also help you curate your agent list and field responses—whatever you are comfortable with.

IDEAL MENTEE
My ideal mentee is motivated, determined, and understands that writing is rewriting. Revisions play a critical role in publishing, even after the agented stage. I’m looking for a hard worker who is committed, open and able to take constructive criticism, and excited to grow. That said, I would love to form a lasting relationship! I’m a great cheerleader, and I’m hoping to connect with someone who is easy to communicate with and responsive.

SEND ME:
I’m eager for fantasy with diverse casts and unique narratives. I’m especially hoping to hear from ill/ND/disabled authors, but I also want any and all marginalized voices. Additionally, I’m eager for a space fantasy!

Here’s a few of my favorite things:

  • Well constructed villains! I want them all, but a villainous love interest will certainly catch my eye. If your villain can put fear in my heart, I will love them even more.
  • Characters I’m not sure I can trust.
  • Romance in all forms! I have a shipper’s heart, and I love most tropes including enemies to lovers, hate to love, and even love triangles! Give me your complicated relationships, your broken hearted, your difficult, complex love interests (a la Wolf of Oren Yaro).
  • Lush, bold, visual world building.
  • Magic of all kinds. I am especially a sucker for anything whimsical, unusual, or scientific.
  • Characters who have lived and lost, and characters over 30 are a plus.
  • Whimsical historical fantasy reminiscent of The Night Circus or The Ghost Bride.

Lastly, if you have any of the following, I’m bound to take a second look:

  • secret identities
  • banter
  • unlikeable heroines
  • rivals
  • twisty narratives
  • creepy castles
  • revenge plots
  • folklore
  • steampunk
  • fairy tales
  • intimate stakes
  • royalty(!)
  • boarding schools
  • gray morals
  • gothic vibes
  • court intrigue and intricate politics

If you don’t fall into the above categories, please don’t be discouraged. Oftentimes, my favorite books are the most unexpected!

DO NOT SEND ME:
I am not the best fit for current, real world settings. I prefer second world or historical. That said, if you have a transportive fairytale like The Cruel Prince, I want it! I’m not the right mentor for angels, werewolves, demons, zombies, or animal protagonists. Please, no white saviors or magical cures.

FAVES
BOOKS:

  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Wolf of Oren Yaro by K.S. Villoso
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  • The Tethered Mage series by Melissa Caruso
  • A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy
  • The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue & The Shades of Magic series by Victoria Schwab
  • Warcross by Marie Lu
  • Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Warbreaker & Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson (heyooo!)
  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  • Hope & Red by Jon Skovron

MOVIES/TV:

  • Star Wars (especially TLJ & Rogue One)
  • Anastasia
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • The King: Eternal Monarch (if you’ve seen this, you get bonus points)
  • Great Expectations (BBC miniseries)
  • Enola Holmes
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender (Fire nation, anyone?)
  • Jupiter Rising
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • BBC’s North & South
  • Julie and the Phantoms

 Other:

I played World of Warcraft for years (Horde represent!) If you have anything that resembles WoW, I want it.