Jennie Wexler spent the first part of her career producing television shows appearing on VH1, Bravo, and The Travel Channel. She has a BA in literature/rhetoric from Binghamton University and an MA in television/radio/film from The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Jennie’s debut young adult contemporary novel, Where It All Lands, will be released on July 6th, 2021 by Wednesday Books. She is a member of SCBWI and lives in New Jersey with her husband, son, and Havanese puppy. You can follow her on twitter @jenwex or IG @jenniewexler.
I started writing WHERE IT ALL LANDS in 2015. I had a lot to learn at that time, but I knew one thing—I loved the story and writing it brought me so much joy. I joined a wonderful writing class and found amazing CPs. After a year or so, I joined SCBWI and gathered the courage to attend a critique day. I was nowhere near ready but I learned a ton. I kept writing, revising and learning. I attended more conferences. After about two years, I queried WHERE IT ALL LANDS in a few rounds. During the first rounds I received similar feedback and I knew I had more to learn. It was then that I hired a freelance editor. For me, working with a freelance editor was a game changer. By all means, this is not something writers need to do to get published, but I felt I needed more guidance – the kind of guidance I hope to impart on my mentee! After revising I queried again. A lot of my revisions were re-writes from scratch but it was well worth it. I got two offers of representation and chose my amazing agent, Alex Rice. Alex then sold WHERE IT ALL LANDS to Wednesday Books. This entire journey has been one of the most creative, fulfilling experiences of my life.
I majored in literature/rhetoric at Binghamton University. I am a member of SCBWI and have attended multiple writing conferences. I have revised with a freelance editor, agent, and publisher. My CP’s manuscript just got accepted into Pitch Wars! I absolutely love the revision process and feel that I can relay all the wisdom that’s been passed down to me over the years.
I can’t wait to be a mentor. Revising is one of my favorite parts of writing. I hope to form a strong relationship with my mentee and give back to the writing community. So many talented people helped critique my writing over the past five years and I am eternally grateful.
I am here for all the Young Adult contemporary. I am especially interested in stories with a strong romantic element – whether it’s the main plot or a subplot. I want character driven stories – the type where you feel like you know the people within the pages. I also love stories with a lot of tension that keep me turning the page.
No insta-love but yes to insta-crush
I’m a sucker for love triangles
Love enemies to lovers and friends to lovers
I am here for multiple POV
If your book has an unconventional timeline, send it my way
I WILL PROVIDE:
- Edit Letter (Big Picture developmental feedback)
- Line edit (dropping notes into a Word Document)
- Skype or phone call
I will provide a detailed edit letter first and then a line edit. I am happy to chat on the phone or over zoom/skype/google meet to answer any questions. The bottom line is I am here to help you elevate your manuscript! I am excited to get to know my future mentee 🙂
My ideal mentee is someone who loves to write. I want to work with someone who is telling a story because they are passionate about it, not because the end goal is to get published. Of course, publishing a book is the dream, but for me, that’s not what writing is about. If you love writing for the art, please sub to me. When I first wrote WHERE IT ALL LANDS, it wasn’t about getting published. And I still feel the same way – write what you love and write because you love it.
- Give me all the feels: Only two books have ever made me cry. If your book makes me cry, I’m in.
- Strong romance: I’m here for it all. But no insta-love please.
- Unconventional timelines: I love these stories. WHERE IT ALL LANDS has an unconventional timeline and I can help another writer work out any kinks
- Multiple POV: I love multiple POV stories. But no more than three please.
- Former marching band nerd here: I am here for stories about teens on the fringe
- Strong character development: I want to be thinking about your characters for weeks after I’m done reading
- Music: If your MS has a musical theme/element please send it to me. If you can comp to You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn or Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (YA version), I’m in.
- Bonus points if your MC is Jewish
DO NOT SEND ME:
Please do not sub any cancer stories to me (even if it’s in the backstory or subplot). I think these stories are incredibly important to tell, but I’m not the right person for it. Also please do not send me any stories where an animal dies – I can’t handle that 🙂
Favorite Books (YA only):
THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak
I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson
THE SERPENT KING by Jeff Zentner
MORE HAPPY THAN NOT by Adam Silvera
TELL ME THREE THINGS by Julie Buxbaum
BREATHLESS by Jennifer Niven
THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Katja Millay
THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER by Emily E.R. Pan
BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver
My favorite TV show of all time is Six Feet Under and my favorite show from the past year is Fleabag, closely followed by Schitt’s Creek. My favorite movie of all time is Almost Famous.