Kim Witherspoon

YA Speculative

WILDERGIRLS (Summer 2019)

Rory Power lives in New England, where she works as a crime fiction editor and a story consultant for a production company. When not working, she does puzzles, reads reviews on Sephora, and walks her dog, who is so beautiful that her local coffee shop has named a sandwich after him. She also has a Masters in Prose Fiction from the University of East Anglia.

started writing seriously in 2013, and applied that year to MFA programs with the confidence of a person who knew absolutely nothing. Needless to say, it did not go well. In 2015 I reapplied and wound up going to the University of East Anglia in England to do my MA. (Grad school is not for everyone, nor is it at all necessary! I loved my program, but not everyone does, and I was lucky to attend on scholarship, which made it accessible for me. You don’t need a degree. Not at all.) After graduating, I wrote my debut ms in late 2016, and queried agents in March of 2017. I wound up signing a few weeks later with an agent who saw some of my work in an anthology my grad school published and asked for my full. She was in the UK, so she connected me with my US agent, and I continue to work with both. We revised for about six months before going on sub in October 2017, and the book sold later in the month.

I used to work as a crime fiction editor, and continue to freelance as an editor and as a story consultant for a production company. Before that, I interned for two lit agencies and two Big 5 imprints. Also Glamour Magazine which was…… weird.

I’ve been fortunate to have friends and mentors who have taken time and care to help my work get stronger, and I want to pass that on. We all need somebody to bounce weird questions off of, someone who will give us tough love when we need it. I also love seeing stories grow stronger and seeing writers get more confident and really come into their own.

Publishing is scary, but it’s less scary if you have someone to yell with about it at 3:00 AM when you’re freaking out. That’s who my mentors have been for me, and that’s who i want to be for you.

I’m looking for weird books about weird girls. Dark and creepy is good. Darker and creepier is better. I want something tangled and twisting and thorny, with maybe a glimmer of light in the middle somewhere.

  • Fantasy
  • Sci-Fi
  • Mystery/Thriller
  • Speculative

If you think you’re between genres, I want it. Space kind of freaks me out. I particularly love when a setting is closed or very small. Enemies to lovers, yes. I’m mean to you because I like you, no.


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

It depends, of course, on the MS, but I like to do a big sweep through, with a big edit letter supported by comments in specific places in the MS. From there, I find it helpful to chat through the letter before you dive into it – phone, text chat, however you like, really – and then I’m always around for questions and check ins as you work through changes. I err on the side of more communication, and I love a good text chat with gifs and lots of yelling. After that first round, I usually like to check through and help smooth out the changes with a line edit.

Strengths include repetition (if you use a particular verb or phrase or adjective or WHATEVER too often, you will hear about it), story structure (we will fix that middle!), and continuity. Expect to revise thoroughly and to shore up every single weak spot.

Someone with thick skin, open to detailed and involved critique. Someone who values open and consistent communication. Someone who won’t mind when I drop the facade and resume typing without caps or punctuation like the internet hobgoblin I am.

(Someone who won’t mind when my language becomes increasingly foul the more we get to know each other.)

Weird plants are my everything. Creepy nature. Creepy forests. Trees! Oh wow do I love trees.

Are you comping Nova Ren Suma? GIMME. Are you comping E Lockhart? GIMME ALSO.

I love horrible girls so much. Unlikeable girls. Angry girls. Girls who make mistakes. Girls who do awful things.

f/f romance!!!!!


I dream of the day somebody writes a novel inspired by Padme Amidala.

I especially love if there’s a mystery angle.

No fae, no SJM comps pls!

I don’t tend to vibe with fantastical creatures, unless the point of them is that they’re REALLY WEIRD AND CREEPY.

Straight up contemp without some kind of twist (be it high concept or speculative) is not for me.

Portal fantasy isn’t really my thing.

If romance is the main plot, I’m probably not the right fit.

Books: The Night Circus, Annihilation, The Bear & the Nightingale. Deathless. ALL Nova Ren Suma. We Were Liars. And I Darken. Strange the Dreamer.

TV: um literally everything? But I love shows like Fleabag/Crashing/Can’t Cope Won’t Cope. Episodes is a surprise fave. Also W1A and Veep. Crazy Ex Girlfriend. Against my will, The West Wing. The Office/30 Rock/Parks & Rec. Superstore! The Good Place! Gilmore Girls. The X-Files but not the new ones.

Movies: Star Wars owns my heart. And also documentaries about Lance Armstrong’s doping.