Kerry Sparks
MG historical & contemporary
Sunny Sweet series
Bloomsbury, 2013, 14, 15, 16. (MG Contemporary series, humor)
Scar: A Revolutionary War Tale
Calkins Creek, 2016. (MG Historical fiction)
Jennifer Mann is the author of Scar, a young adult historical fiction novel set during the Revolutionary War published by Boyds Mills Press/Calkins Creek. She is also the author of “The Sunny Sweet Series,” a humorous and quirky set of middle grade stories published by Bloomsbury Children’s USA. Jennifer’s short stories have been published by Highlights for Children, where she won the Highlights for Children 2007 Fiction Contest. Jennifer is currently working towards her MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Born in New Jersey, she now lives in Boston with her children, cat, and husband listed in order of affection.
I’m in my last semester at VCFA (and so in the middle of a writing firestorm), due to this, I believe I can be a large help to any mentee interested in the muck and mire of the writing process. I’m part of a long-term critique group together for almost seven years, and have solid critiquing skills. I’ve published five books, and am working on my sixth, and so have extensive experience working with different editors. I know what it means to revise, and the pain of it. I believe I can be a valuable industry resource to a mentee.
I’m hoping to find someone who needs a listening ear as to where they are in their writing and publishing journey, and perhaps could use a little writing/industry advice on next steps. I can be helpful with advice on reading suggestions, writing process, agents, contracts, working with different editors, critique groups, research, and obtaining an MFA.
I’ve published Middle Grade, and so have obviously found success here. But I also love Picture Books, and have experience writing and editing them. I’ve recently been through VCFA’s Picture Book Intensive, an entire semester spent studying the genre, and so feel I have a lot to offer someone writing Picture Books. My historical fiction SCAR borders on YA, but my expertise in say, YA Contemporary is not as strong as my background and experience in Middle Grade and/or historical fiction. I’m well read in all genres. And am an experienced researcher. My favorite types of stories are good ones. (Smile.) Truly, I read everything. Even, gasp, adult literature and adult non-fiction.
I can do both big picture editing and line.
Someone open to revision and suggestion.
I’m a fan of Barbara Parks, Robert Cormier, and Shaun Tan. I will always love: The Doll’s House by Rumer Godden, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, and The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.