I live in Southern California, though I was born and raised in Northern California. I’m a former competitive figure skater and still an avid fan. History and historical fiction are particular passions of mine, and I love to travel in search of off the beaten path historical details (see my Instagram: @rosedeguzmanauthor). That search has led me to Russia several times, with another trip planned for October 2020.
I’ve been writing fiction for fun since I was in elementary school, but I decided to get more serious and joined a critique group in 2010. With some bumps along the road, I was able to begin querying in late 2017 with my figure skating YA romance. When my first few rounds of queries didn’t get the response I’d hoped for, I applied for AMM. My fantastic mentor, Tiana Smith, helped me revise the MS and query again. That time, I got several requests for the full manuscript, one of which (in late 2018) turned into a revise and resubmit request from my now agent. I signed with her in early 2019 and we are about to take a second book (my first adult MS) on submission.
I was an AMM Round 4 mentee and the experience really helped me in my journey to becoming agented — I know what it’s like on the mentee side of the relationship. I am also in two critique groups, one of which has a majority of writers who are published. Also, I beta read a book (Traitor, by Amanda McCrina) that will be published in 2020 by Macmillan.
I really want a chance to pay forward the help I received as a Round 4 mentee. I really believe in AMM and I know the difference it makes for writers, both in terms of leveling up their writing as well as making connections within an often opaque industry. I’m thrilled to have a chance to help someone else.
I’m especially passionate about historical fiction, though I’m certainly open to contemporary stories as well. Voice and strong prose are important to me. I love light/subtle fantasy elements in a story, such as gothic fiction or ghost stories, but I’m not a great fit for epic fantasy, as I haven’t read enough of it to have a feel for the market, etc. I love stories that stick with the reader, haunting me forever. See my MSWL for more details, but also please know that I’d love to be surprised with something that isn’t on the list.
YA & Adult:
- Magical Realism/Fabulism
- Alternate History
I love anything Gothic or Victorian. Early to mid-20th century history is also a passion of mine. (I’m open to other eras, of course.) I have experience writing alternate history and I’m very, very open to mentoring in this category.
- Edit Letter (Big Picture developmental feedback)
- Line edit (dropping notes into a Word Document)
- Skype or phone call
- Freestyle in chat
I plan to provide both a big-picture edit letter and comments in the MS itself (in Word with comments and track changes). I’m also cool with phone/Skype as well as texting/chat for any questions that come up and to provide help/support during the querying process. I’m an extrovert who is happy to be flexible with communication methods in order to best help you.
I tend to view the feedback I provide as suggestions/advice, as opposed to prescriptions. My ultimate goal is to help you write the book YOU want to write, and then to sell that book. With that in mind, I hope to help you navigate the market and the preferences of agents/editors. I’m a strong proofreader, etc, and I can help put the polish on your prose.
Someone who has gotten their MS *almost* there, but needs outside eyes and expertise in order to get their book truly query ready. Also, someone who is open to collaboration/constructive criticism as well as hard work. I’m not looking to assist with a true “rough draft” but rather to help someone level up once they’ve put some polish on their MS already.
Alternate history, voicey historical that’s well researched and authentic, anything about ballet/figure skating/gymnastics, Slavic anything, British anything, anything with creepy old houses and mysterious passageways or hidden documents. I also love books about famous people, or with characters with interesting careers/lives. I’m a sucker for anything about the theater, Hollywood, and/or the music industry. I also love royalty/aristocracy in stories. If your book could be comped to Downton Abbey or The Historian, send it over here, please!
DO NOT SEND ME:
“modern man in old clothes” in historical (I’m fine with time travel, but characters in regular historical should feel native to their time periods, as should non-time travelers in time travel books), American Revolution historical books, graphic sexual content/erotica
Books: I Capture the Castle, Dr. Zhivago, War and Peace, Forever Amber, Ninth House, The Ten Thousand Doors of January, Came a Cavalier, The Night Circus, anything involving Miss Marple, You’d Be Mine, The Historian, The Golden Hour, A Discovery of Witches, Wicked Saints.
TV/Film: The Crown (Seasons 1 and 2), The Man in the High Castle, Casablanca, Downton Abbey, The Cutting Edge, anything Hitchcock, Brigadoon, anything Rodgers and Hammerstein.
And since you asked about ballerinas, Evgenia Obraztsova is my favorite.