Cyla Panin is an MG, YA and Adult Author who prefers to look at the world through a dusting of magic. Her YA debut, STALKING SHADOWS will be out with Amulet, Abrams Fall 2021. She is represented by Chloe Seager of the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV, and Film Agency.
I started writing seriously in 2017. After rewriting my first book multiple times, I signed with Chloe Seager in April 2019. My first book went on sub but didn’t sell. While I’d been querying, I’d been writing STALKING SHADOWS so we had a new book to go on sub with. It sold in March 2020 after about 6 weeks on sub.
I majored in English with a concentration in Creative writing during University and also have a strong interest in history. I’ve done professional editing work, and also write and edit as part of my day job in Communications and content creation.
I want to be a mentor because I’m so grateful to the writing community and everything I’ve learned from the great people in it. I’m excited to provide guidance to someone at this stage in their journey.
I’m looking for historical fantasy or light second-world fantasy — extra points for dark/gothic!
I’m looking for stories about people who can save themselves. In both fantasy and historical fantasy, I love an atmospheric story about an unlikely main character. What’s really going to get me is whether or not I feel drawn into your world and drawn to your characters. I love dark fairytale retellings or stories drawn from folklore. Gothic aesthetic is a bonus. No insta-love, please!
I WILL PROVIDE:
- Edit Letter (Big Picture developmental feedback)
- Line edit (dropping notes into a Word Document)
- Skype or phone call
- Freestyle in chat
I’m happy to do an edit letter and be available to answer questions/brainstorm. After we finish big picture edits, I will do a line edit to help tighten before querying. I will also help you polish your submission package!
My ideal mentee is someone who is serious about writing as a career and who is willing to put in the work. Feedback helps you grow, and we all get it!, so I’m looking for someone who is happy to get it.
- Dark fantasy
- Historical fantasy
- Light second-world fantasy
- Diverse characters
- Mental health rep
DO NOT SEND ME:
- Love triangles
I’m here for all the period piece/fantasy TV. Some of my faves are Vikings, Black Sails, Game of Thrones, His Dark Materials. I can’t ever choose a favourite book but I love The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones, Uprooted by Naomi Novik, Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young.