George Jreije majored in the school of hard knocks (well, actually it was political science and business). It was just before grad school that he took a creative writing course and began his writing journey. As a writer of YA, he enjoyed some success with mentoring competitions, but everything changed once he finished that first MG novel. Now, he’s the biggest proponent of fart jokes and diverse stories. When he’s not writing, he’s either upside down during his yoga practice, or nose-deep in a comic book.
After experiencing the thrill of crafting my first story, I knew that children’s fiction was where I belonged. I also knew that my novels were garbage and it took five more tries to figure out just what I was doing. As a writer of YA, my fantasy work earned me entry into the UK-based WriteMentor program. Then, as an MG writer, I was accepted into the PitchWars class of 2019. It was following that program that I found my agent, Jennifer Azantian. Now, after a few months on sub, and becoming a mentor for both those competitions for which I was a mentee, I’m excited to say I’ve got good news that I can’t share just yet (wink wink)!
I’ve been a mentor of YA for the renowned WriteMentor program, and am currently an MG mentor for PitchWars. Beside these, I’m known for offering critique giveaways and helping out aspiring authors, several of whom have gone on to find agents and even publish their novels!
What is a mentor? To me, anyone who’s encouraged me up to where I am now was a mentor in one way or another. Whether my creative writing teacher in the one writing-related class I took five years ago, or my PitchWars mentors who helped me land an agent, all of these have been a positive force in my journey.
As a mentor to you, my prospective mentee, the goal is to leave you further along in your journey than you already are. If that means with a complete manuscript you can be proud of, fine. If it means an agent, well, that’s good too. My only goal is to encourage my mentee to enjoy their writing, and to look to the future with a sense of optimism and excitement.
I’m hoping to find a story that fills me with hope and wonder. One that transports me somewhere I’ve never been, whether that be a new world or a corner of this one I just haven’t gotten to in my travels. That means I have a leaning for the fantastical, but that’s by no means required. I thoroughly enjoy a mystery or adventure story that keeps me guessing!
Diverse voices are very much encouraged. As an #ownvoices writer myself, I’m always excited to champion someone from an underrepresented background!
- Magical Realism/Fabulism
- Urban/Contemporary Fantasy
Fresh and original content for the win! However, I’m a fan of new takes on old tropes, retellings, and most of all, I LOVE when a novel subverts my expectations. Give me all the plot twists and humor. Diverse voices are a plus!
I WILL PROVIDE:
- Edit Letter (Big Picture developmental feedback)
- Line edit (dropping notes into a Word Document)
- Skype or phone call
- Freestyle in chat
We can communicate via attaching messages to pigeons and other wild animals if that’s your preference!
The editing process, to me, is a collaborative one. I have a very laid back approach and will work with you to discover the story in your head, though I do ask that you be open and receptive to feedback (in my opinion, this is what makes a successful writer). If you aren’t a self-motivated individual and may need more hands-on mentorship (which is completely valid!), then I may not be the right mentor for you.
I plan to provide line edits, an edit letter, and then more line edits! I am going to make myself available to you (within reason) across chat and messaging platforms too.
All I ask of a mentee is that they be ready to revise, and that they not be too hard on themselves. Editing a manuscript can be challenging, but it’s also fun, so it’s huge for me that a mentee doesn’t take themselves too seriously. A sense of humor is a huge plus!
Editing is also a give and take, so open-mindedness is something I desire in a mentee. Be willing to concede if I’m strongly feeling a certain change may benefit your manuscript. And, more importantly, understand that I may have other obligations. Respecting that I may be busy at times is huge. It tells me that you know just what a mentor is sacrificing to help you, and also that you’re ready for publishing (which will involve a TON of waiting).
You’ll win me over with stories full of hope, that inspire us all to be our best selves and never give up on our dreams. Strong character and voice are going to keep me invested, and a sense of humor is a huge plus. Some of the things I’d love are:
- Diverse stories and unlikely heroes!
- A new world, place, or perspective 🙂
- A villain that makes me shiver under my sheets, wondering how the hero will prevail.
- A band of friends, or just one really good friend. Give me the fellowship of the ring, but make it MG!
- I HATED science growing up, so make me LOVE it. Show me how fun it can be!
- Take me back in time, or really far into the future!
DO NOT SEND ME:
I’m not the most experienced when it comes to horror or romance. Please don’t give me a story with a sad ending 🙁
In television, I loved: Avatar the Last Airbender, Naruto, Samurai Jack, and My Hero Academia. In books, it’s: Sal & Gabi Break the Universe, the Mystic Cooking Chronicles, Percy Jackson, and Tristan Strong!