Jasmine Skye is queer, bigender sci fi / fantasy author. She especially loves complex secondary worlds with LGBTQIA+ characters who get to go on heroic adventures and claim their own happy endings. She’s a voracious reader, a hobbyist cosplayer, and a Youtuber.
I began my publishing journey in November of 2017 when I wrote the first draft of a Greek mythology-inspired fantasy. I entered my MFA program in January 2018 and began to really learn how to revise. I started to query that Greek mythology fantasy in winter 2019, got very little in the way of requests, revised it again as my MFA thesis in the late summer/early fall of 2019, queried again (for a total of over 80 queries), then shelved the novel.
Meanwhile, in November 2019, I wrote the first draft of a witch YA novel. I revised it twice in late winter and spring 2020, queried it about 20 times, and got an offer from my amazing agent in August. I revised the witch YA again with my agent—one big developmental revision and one more polishing revision—and we’re now on submission (eek!)
While waiting, I’m currently working on the first draft of an adult space fantasy. Eventually, I plan to have a career publishing both YA and adult novels (all very queer, because that’s how I roll.)
I received an MFA in Creative Writing Popular Fiction from the Stonecoast Program—a top-ranked low-residency graduate program. While there, I was chosen as the Pop Fic ambassador and my cohort’s class representative because of organizational skills, my enthusiasm mentoring new students, and how I engaged with the community.
Additionally, I taught at a creative writing summer camp called Badgerdog for 5 years—a great experience for kids that culminates in publishing a short story or poem in the annual Badgerdog anthology. I taught writing techniques, forms, and mentored my students through revision and the basics of publishing for this anthology. Several of my early students became yearlong writing tutorees who I’ve worked with on a regular basis with more advanced topics of writing craft.
I am where I am today because of the amazing mentors I’ve had throughout my writing journey—from my high school creative writing teacher to my college capstone instructor to my mentors and thesis advisor at my MFA program. I love how writing communities emphasize forming genuine relationships. Though I would be your mentor, I would also love to become your friend, your cheerleader, and eventually your peer in the publishing world.
In a nutshell, I’d love to find a mentee who wants to form a genuine relationship that will last far past AMM. Someone who believes, like I do, that part of our duty as writers is to help enact social change. As a queer person, I would love to support a fellow LGBTQIA+ author. As an ally, I would also be happy to support an author of color. Regardless of identity, I’m drawn to stories set in fantastical or imaginative worlds that deal with complex relationships, exciting plot twists, and social issues in nuanced ways.
My home has always been medieval fantasy (especially well-researched medieval fantasy that falls back on more realistic politics, trade systems, and social classes). I love reading medieval or historical fantasy books set outside of Western Europe, though I myself am most experienced with Western Europes historical accuracies. Within medieval fantasy stories, my favorites tend to deal with courts and nobility politics.
On the science fiction side, I love a good space opera. I’m a fan of science fantasy and other hybrid genres like space fantasy as well. If it’s true sci-fi, I’d prefer it to lean heavily on actual scientific knowledge and theory. If it’s science or space fantasy, I’m happy to suspend my disbelief.
I WILL PROVIDE:
- Edit Letter (Big Picture developmental feedback)
- Line edit (dropping notes into a Word Document)
- Skype or phone call
I would prefer to initially give a large picture edit letter and have a Skype call to go over it together and help brainstorm solutions to any plot or character issues that arise. I can be blunt with my critique, but I always try to point out what I enjoyed as well. I want to help my mentee make their novel best for their own vision, not mine.
Once my mentee has revised to the big picture, I’d be happy to go over it again with a finer-tooth comb and give scene-level & line-level edit suggestions. After we’ve gotten the novel to a polished form, I would love to help my mentee develop a good list of agents to query and create a strong query package.
My ideal mentee is communicative and loves to ask questions. I love brainstorming sessions and long Skype (or related) calls, so I would hope my mentee would to. I’d love a mentee who doesn’t get defensive, but also one who’s willing to take my editorial suggestions and twist them into something that fits their own voice and vision for the novel.
- queer heroes from any side of the LGBTQIA+ spectrum
- high fantasy with a strong historically-accurate base
- military science fiction (or fantasy)
- creative magic systems
- court intrigue
- strong hierarchy (whether by nobility or in a military system, etc.)
- found families or families-of-choice
- anything that feels like a really good fanfic (I love a fun romance trope!)
DO NOT SEND ME:
- heteronormative worlds
- patriarchal societies (even if the story is about tearing it down, I’m just not a fan)
- grimdark or anything with heavy trigger warnings
- Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh
- The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo
- Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat
- Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
- Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
- The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie
- Check Please by Ngozi Ukazu
- Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
- The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
- Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith