Eric Smith

Fantasy, Science Fiction

SPEAK THE OCEAN (7/9/2019) Reuts Publishing

Rebecca Enzor is an analytical chemist in Vancouver, WA, where she lives with her husband, two dogs, two cats, and sometimes chickens. Her articles on writing science in science fiction can be found in Writer’s Digest “Putting the Science in Fiction”. Obsessed with everything ocean, she studied fisheries biology in college and electrocuted herself collecting fish in a river, which inspired several key scenes in her debut novel, Speak The Ocean, out now with Reuts Publishing. For more about Rebecca’s work, please visit

My path to publication has been a long one. I started writing for fun in 2002, but didn’t get serious about being published until around 2010. My ninth book, Speak The Ocean, was the lucky one that got me an agent, and after being on submission for a year and a day, a contract with Reuts Publishing.

I’m a published author who’s done it all: non-fiction (Putting The Science In Fiction), long fiction (Speak The Ocean), and Short Fiction (Myself, Dreamforge, Issue 7). I’ve been through the editing process at all levels, with both agent and editors, and I was a PitchWars mentor in 2018 and 2019, so I know what agents/editors are looking for, and more importantly how to help you polish your work to a shine.


I discovered recently that I prefer helping other folks get their books ready for publication, and have stopped writing for publication myself to focus instead on freelance editing and helping new authors with their books. Helping someone else get to that “aha!” moment where they know what to do with their own work is the most satisfying thing to me.

I’ll be looking for adult SFF. I adore low magic stories or stories that combine magic and science in some way. I don’t read horror, and I’m not into angels/demons/steampunk/zombies, but anything else in the SFF umbrella is game. I’m comfortable with any heat level, and love a dash of romance in my SFF (but no sex robots). I also love stories without any romance, so that isn’t a must. Mostly I’m looking for the unique and fun.

  • Fantasy
  • Sci-Fi
  • Magical Realism/Fabulism
  • #ownvoices
  • Urban/Contemporary Fantasy

I love the friends to lovers trope. It’s my absolute favorite in the world. And while I love contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy isn’t my favorite unless it’s really fresh and new. Mermaids are my brand, so send me all the mermaid stories!



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


If you have gchat/hangouts we can talk as much as you want. *I don’t do phone calls unless it’s important* I don’t have cell service in the lab, so phone calls will have to be scheduled. My strengths for editing are structure, linearity (if your character’s drinking tea on one page and coffee on the next, I promise I’ll notice it), characterization, and dialogue. Oh, and I love synopses, so we’ll definitely polish yours to a shine! I’m also going to ask for one if I’m interested in your book, so make sure you have one ready (even if it’s bad, that’s fine, that’s what I’m here for).

My ideal mentee is someone who listens to my suggestions, even if they ultimately decide not to take them. If you’re going to push back against every suggestion I make without listening to why I suggest them, then this relationship isn’t going to work. I don’t expect you to take every single suggestion, but I do expect you to be open to suggestions and willing to talk them through with me.


  • Sexy mermaids.
  • Killer mermaids.
  • Sexy killer mermaids.
  • LGBT mermaids.
  • Give me all your mermaids!
  • And any other fantasy creature.
  • Give me all your science x mythology stories. They are my favorite!


  • No angels.
  • No sex robots.
  • No horror.
  • I don’t read enough “punk” (steam/cyber/gaslight/etc) to be able to help.
  • I don’t know anything about the military, so no military scifi please.
  • Nothing “inspirational”.
  • NO on-page rape (backstory or off-screen is fine).
  • No nipple mutilation (and because this has come up before: nipples that have been pierced are fine, so long as I don’t have to read about the act of getting them pierced).


My favorite book is THE LIGHT BEARER by Donna Gillespie. It’s historical fiction that feels just fantastic enough, even though there isn’t really magic in it. I also love FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK, FROM UNSEEN FIRE, AND I DARKEN, A LONG WAY TO A SMALL, ANGRY PLANET, MECHANICAL FAILURE, *everything* by Kevin Hearne, and THE BOBIVERSE trilogy to name a few favorites.