Katelyn Detweiler at Jill Grinberg Literary Management

Women’s fiction, YA contemporary

DIAL A FOR AUNTIES (April 27, 2021), Berkley

THE OBSESSION (Feb 2nd, 2021), Sourcebooks

THEO TAN AND THE FOX SPIRIT (Spring 2022), Feiwel and Friends


Jesse Q. Sutanto is the author of Dial A for Aunties, The Obsession, and Theo Tan and the Fox Spirit. The film rights to her women’s fiction, Dial A for Aunties, was bought by Netflix in a competitive bidding war. Jesse lives in Indonesia with her husband, her two daughters, and her ridiculously large extended family.


I wrote 8 books before one of them (book 5) sold! And I’m not on my 4th agent, so 🤪. My journey to publication has taken ten years, so I know what it’s like to have a long, twisty road. I fully empathize with those who have been rejected countless times!


I was a 2019 Pitchwars mentor and loved the experience. My PW mentee is now agented by a top agent and I couldn’t be prouder. I also have a Masters in Creative Writing from Oxford. I have a ton of CPs and I love giving and receiving constructive feedback!


I had the privilege of mentoring for Pitchwars last year and had such an amazing time! I badly wanted to do it again this year. But because of my hectic schedule, I decided that AMM’s flexible format is a better fit for me. The thing is, it took so long for me to sell a book that I know how arduous this journey can be. And I made a promise to myself that once I get there, I’m going to be pulling as many people up with me as I can.

The number one thing I’m looking for, whether in adult or YA, is HUMOR! One of the reasons why Dial A for Aunties is getting so much buzz is because of the humor in it, and I’m hungry for more laugh-out-loud stories. I am also passionate about diversity in literature, so give me all the diverse stories, especially ones that take place outside of the US! Give me all the family drama and the romance and bonus points if there is murder! Mwahaha!

  • Contemporary
  • Romance
  • Mystery/Thriller
  • #ownvoices

I am a sucker for mistaken identity, enemies to lovers, friends to lovers, anything involving murder, family drama, stuck in a room with one bed, fake dating!


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


My past mentee can tell you that I am always reachable over chat! I’ll also schedule a couple of voice calls (Skype, Zoom, whatever), probably after sending you my edit letter, and once more after you do the big edits. Of course, this is all up to you and if you don’t feel comfortable over the phone, we can stick to emails and chats. I will be very busy in spring 2021 as I have two books coming out then. I will try my best to answer questions as they come, but please be patient with me if I take longer to read your MS then! I hope that we will be able to chat about your goals and come up with a schedule that works well for both of us.


Someone who is receptive to making the changes necessary, though I don’t need you to make EVERY change I suggest. Honestly, I see this more as a partnership than a mentorship. I want someone I can chat with about more than just the novel, but also writing in general—the ups and downs of it, all the nitty-gritty details of publishing and so on. I’m so happy to call my previous mentee one of my closer writing friends now, and I hope to have a similar relationship with this year’s mentee.


  • The Honeymooners
  • The Kiss Quotient
  • Arsenic and Adobo
  • You
  • The Female of the Species
  • Leah on the Off Beat


  • NO RAPE. Sorry, but I read so many suspense/thrillers where rape is used as a plot device that I just have a knee jerk reaction to it now.
  • No books about oppression from the POV of the oppressor.
  • No incest.


Crazy Rich Asians, Schitt’s Creek, Breaking Bad, the Ocean’s movies.