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AGENT
Amy Elizabeth Bishop

WRITES
YA Contemporary Fantasy/YA SFF

PUBLISHING STATUS
In Revision

BIO
I was born and raised in New York, just outside of the Bronx, between a train station, a prison, and a cemetery. I’m a city girl, but my immigrant mother raised me on endless stories about warring fairy forts and wish-granting kelpies. Currently, I’m lucky enough to be a Hunter College MFA (’20) candidate.

PUBLISHING BACKGROUND
I wrote about five books before I queried a YA fantasy in January 2017. I didn’t know what I was doing at all, but I got heartbreakingly close. I went back to the drawing board and wrote something completely new –– from there, as a seasoned query-er, I was able to generate much more interest. Then #DVpit allowed me to find my agent, who also happens to be the *perfect* agent for me. Sometimes rejection is good! Who knew!

EXPERIENCE
I was a writing and publishing major in undergrad, and now I’m an MFA candidate. I also have experience querying traditionally twice, as well as twitter pitching. This is also my second time being a part of AMM, so I’m not new to how it works.

OVERVIEW
I would have given up if I didn’t have a strong support network. I fell flat on my face after failing to get an agent the first time I queried. It sucked, and it sucked more because I thought I got so close, and it sucked EVEN MORE because I was dealing with a lot of personal troubles at the same time. It took a lot of convincing, but my network convinced me to write another book. So I wrote the second book, and got an agent after I queried that one. It just worked out. Success is so subjective –– you just have to work toward it. I mean, even writing a whole novel is a success. Then after all that hard work the stars just align, and you get an agent.

BELIEVE ME when I say I have to tell myself the same shtick every single time I get a rejection or have trouble revising or drafting a new work in progress. The key is I have people to message at 3AM that, in turn, give me whatever help I need. I want to be that person for my mentee. I’m here for revising and querying, sure, but I’m also your partner. Have any problems? Hit me up.

I mostly read anything atmospheric. I tend to gravitate toward books that have a concrete world I can fall into, even if it’s not necessarily heavy SFF. If you’re not 100% sure you’d think I’d like it, submit anyway, because chances are it’s just your writer brain playing tricks on you. My last mentee was *the last sub* I received! She told me she almost didn’t sub to AMM at all. And I picked her! So just do it.

  • Fantasy
  • Sci-Fi
  • Historical
  • Magical Realism/Fabulism
  • Own Voices
  • LGBTQIA
  • Urban/Contemporary Fantasy
  • Horror

Hate to love is a MOOD. Also, girls! Nice!

I WILL PROVIDE:

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

WORKING STYLE
First, I go through the MS once. I decide what I like. Then I go through the MS again, and look where the MS could be stronger. From there, I write an editorial letter. This is usually a long letter organized to help make the overarching ideas in your novel stronger (pacing, world building, character dynamics, so on). After, I’m always available for clarification or elaboration –– or even disagreements/discussion. I definitely don’t think I always know what’s right for a MS, especially if it’s not mine. After the writer is satisfied, we can move on to line edits. I’m also available to help with query letters and the like.

IDEAL MENTEE
I’m just looking for someone that is willing to make a stronger book. That’s it!

SEND ME:
Send me anything under the spec fiction umbrella that makes your skin crawl, or sends me on an adventure to a world I would have never thought existed.

Specifically, I’m a huge fan of stories that take tropes from fantasy and put a new spin on them. Think, in MG: CORALINE. In YA: THE RAVEN CYCLE, SKY IN THE DEEP, or THE BELLES. I’d also love to see a fantasy epic a la GAME OF THRONES but with a focus on ladies.

In science fiction, I’d love to see some fresh Dystopian inspired by BLACK MIRROR or with a STAR WARS flair, but with a focus on a character that’s not a cis straight white dude.

I also have a soft spot for historicals with lush prose. If you got something like THE HANDMAIDEN/Ah-ga-ssi (the movie) or PEAKY BLINDERS (the TV show), I’m your girl.

Generally, though, just submit to me if you’re not sure. Some of the best manuscripts are happy surprises.

DO NOT SEND ME:
I love romance subplots, but if romance is your primary focus, I’m not the best fit. I’m also not the best fit for books about animals or talking animals.

FAVES
Some writers I’m a fan of: Holly Black, Tamora Pierce, Han Kang, V.E. Schwab, and Nnedi Okorafor.

Some TV I really like: The Handmaid’s Tale, The 100, Black Mirror, Orphan Black, Westworld, and Peaky Blinders.

Movies: Anything directed by Guillermo del Toro, anything Studio Ghibli, The Handmaiden, and Mad Max: Fury Road.