Rebecca Phillips has been writing YA since she was a YA herself. She’s the author of:
The JUST YOU series
OUT OF NOWHERE
FAKING PERFECT (Kensington)
ANY OTHER GIRL (Kensington)
THESE THINGS I’VE DONE (HarperTeen)
THE GIRL YOU THOUGHT I WAS (HarperTeen)
Rebecca lives in beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada with her husband, two children, and one spoiled rotten cat.
I’ve been writing pretty much forever, but didn’t start taking it seriously until about 2010. In 2011, I wrote a book called OUT OF NOWHERE, which made it to the Top 3 in the now-defunct Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. My success in the contest caught the eye of Carly Watters, my first agent. I signed with her in 2012, but it was two years before we sold a book. Kensington Publishing bought my books FAKING PERFECT and ANY OTHER GIRL, published in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Shortly after, Carly stopped repping YA and my books and I were passed along to a new agent at the agency, who was none other than the amazing Eric Smith. Within two months of signing with him, he scored me a two-book deal with HarperTeen. My 9th completed novel, a light YA contemp, is currently out on submission. *fingers crossed*
I’ve been beta reading/proofreading/critiquing in some capacity for over seven years. Some authors find copy editing annoying and tedious, but I truly enjoy it. Making sentences shine is one of my favorite things. I’ve had several critique partners, mostly new authors and some Big 5 published authors as well, and working with them was an extremely rewarding experience. My speciality is copy editing (I love the attention-to-detail stuff), but I also like the big picture editing–pace, characterization, plotting, etc. Basically, I’m madly in love with words.
I was an AMM mentor in Round 4 too, and my mentee rocked her edits and went on to score an agent (not that I had a whole lot to do with that…she’s amazing and so is her book).
I remember being a new author, confused and overwhelmed by the scary world of publishing. It’s a tough business that requires superhuman amounts of patience and drive, and it helps to have as much support as possible, especially from someone who’s been there and understands. I didn’t really have that at first, and I know it would have made all the difference if I’d had someone to talk to, vent to, celebrate with, etc. I’d love to be that person for someone now.
My dream manuscript would be a realistic, contemporary coming of age YA with at least a hint of romance. I strongly prefer first person, but I’m not opposed to third person. Multiple POVs are cool too. Basically, I’d like something I can get invested in, with characters I want to root for, even if they’re messy and flawed and not exactly likeable.
I love realistic, coming of age stories with an element of romance.
Tropes I love: friends to lovers (especially if they’re childhood friends), love triangles (I really don’t mind them if they’re done well), hate to love (oooh, the tension), opposites attract, forbidden romance, unlikable narrators.
Tropes I do not like: absentee parents (family is a big part of a teen’s life and I want to see that), evil blond cheerleader, girl hate, love at first sight (I want to see the relationship build and evolve), suicide or self-harm just for shock value (I’m okay with these elements if they’re sensitively portrayed).
I WILL PROVIDE:
- Edit Letter (Big Picture developmental feedback)
- Line edit (dropping notes into a Word Document)
- Freestyle in chat
My working style typically goes like this: you email me your manuscript in a Word .doc. I proofread and comment using track changes. I send the marked up manuscript back to you, along with big picture feedback (plot, characters, pacing, what I think works, what I think doesn’t work, suggestions for improvement, etc) in the body of the email. But of course I’m flexible and willing to go with whatever works for you. I’m also open to chatting and brainstorming over email or Messenger.
My ideal mentee is someone who is open to feedback and has the motivation to improve. Preferably with a writing style and voice that clicks with me.
Fun and light romance, dark and serious romance, gritty topics, high stakes, humor, suspense, thriller, unreliable narrators, survival stories, diverse characters, sibling relationships, mental illness, tight-knit friend groups, bullies, toxic friendships, family issues, unique settings.
DO NOT SEND ME:
Fantasy, sci fi, horror, magic, princesses, sports romance, dystopian, books in verse, suicide books (unless really well done).
I’m a total Netflix binge-watcher. Supernatural, Friday Night Lights, Gilmore Girls, Grey’s Anatomy, Queer Eye, and The Office are just a few of my faves. I’m also a reality TV fan, but only the originals, like Survivor, The Amazing Race, and Big Brother (I’d call them guilty pleasures, but I don’t feel guilty).
I will devour any book written by Sarah Dessen, Morgan Matson, Nicola Yoon, Jenny Han, Becky Albertalli, Angie Thomas, Kasie West, Julie Murphy, Brandy Colbert, and Stephen King. Judy Blume is my earliest and biggest inspiration.
I’m obsessed with the Outlander series and Harry Potter. I’m a true crime buff. I love cats, The Sims, and chocolate. Oh, and wine…I also like wine.