AM Kvita is a biracial/Black queer speculative fiction writer, artist, and houseplant collector. They write both Adult and YA books about power, inherited conflict, and restless gods. When they’re not writing, they’re usually keeping their three wretched cats out of trouble. Kvita was an Avengers of Color 2019 Mentee and Pitch Wars 2021 Mentor.
I started querying in 2016 with the first book I ever finished writing. It was not ready for the world, and I didn’t get signed, but I kept writing books and querying consistently until 2020, when I signed with my agents after a very exciting PitMad that ultimately net me 4 offers. It took me 7 books to get agented and I’ve since written 2 more, so I’m known to take the long, slow route. After signing with my agents, Paige and Laura, I went on sub in January 2021 with my adult fantasy and in May 2021 with my YA fantasy. I’m still on sub and have been through two rounds of editors with each—again, I’m taking the long way. That means I have years of experience with cold querying and pitch contests and a lot of experience revising on submission.
After majoring in Architecture and minoring in Urban Studies and Creative Writing, I took a pivot out of the architecture world and into publishing, where I work as an editor in academic publishing and have experience both in acquisitions and marketing. I was a 2019 Avengers of Color Mentee (shoutout to my old mentor Chloe Gong!) and signed with my agents about a year later after many many pitch contests. I was/am also a 2021 Pitch Wars Adult Mentor, mentoring Adult SFF.
I spent a long time in the query trenches and it can be dark and lonely and mean. I view mentoring as a way to make that period (and all that comes after), less dark, less lonely, and less mean. I’m committed to providing long term help to people in many forms, be it a manuscript revision, by being a cheerleader, or by offering practical, tough-love advice. I want to help people figure out their best writing and revising processes and I’m really delighted to have a chance to do that with AMM!
I’m looking to set up a mentorship relationship that lasts beyond the formal bounds of AMM, into the query trenches and beyond. My editorial strengths are complex plots and synthesizing ideas. Give me your grandest stories and I’ll help you walk the razor wire between “so much happening it’s confusing” and “so much happening it’s amazing.” On the flip, I’m also good at taking a book with very little plot and finding a way to inject in high stakes and grand adventure without losing the focus on the characters. I prefer writing-driven stories, then plot-driven, then character-driven stories, but my main strength is producing a strong combination of the three.
As a mentor, I am very flexible. I can be as involved or removed as my mentee needs me to be—I’m here to serve. I’m mainly a fantasy writer so gravitate toward that as a mentor, and generally just love feral characters. What I’m looking for above all is lyrical writing, but close behind is a willingness to dive into revisions with a passion.
- Magical Realism/Fabulism
- Urban/Contemporary Fantasy
- Science Fantasy
Enemies to lovers, lovers to enemies, and friends to lovers are my favorite tropes! I’m also fond of grumpy/sunshine.
I’m not a good fit for historical fantasy and like a romance subplot but not a full romance. Sci-Fi is a tougher fit for me unless it’s Science-Fantasy and has an element of the magical. In all, I’m looking for literary writing.
I WILL PROVIDE:
- Edit Letter (Big Picture developmental feedback)
- Line edit (dropping notes into a Word Document)
- Skype or phone call
- Freestyle in chat
– In the technical sense, I prefer email/writing to calls but can do either (also, I operate on EST). More generally, open communication is key! I want my mentee to feel comfortable coming to me with any sort of question, and with speaking up if they have an issue/disagree with a suggested edit. I never intend to be prescriptive or overly demanding in my suggestions, only highlight areas for improvement and help brainstorm ways to make the book more propulsive and impactful. I’m available for talking through issues both big and small.
— I’m not just here for your words, I’m also here to make sure you feel supported and ready to go out into the great big world of publishing and query. I hope this is a great opportunity for my mentee to think about workflow: what works for them and what doesn’t. Process is very important (and individual) in writing, and I’d like to help my mentee settle on revision processes that help them feel best. This means if there’s something very specific that works for someone (getting edits in a certain way, talking about things in a certain way) then I’m keen on helping my mentee figure that out.
– My mentoring style is flexible: tailored for the individual mentee. I can be a cheerleader, deadline-setter, or tough-love-giver. I can get on a call or chat frequently. In general, I will provide at least one big edit letter and another round of line edits.
My ideal mentee is ready for the long haul. All of my truly creative work happens in revision, and my ideal mentee understands revision as a place where the magic happens, where threads are unbraided and rewoven, where darlings are killed, and where we dive deeper into characters, the world, and the plot. They need to be a good communicator, because while they don’t need to have a long writing history, they do need to be ready to learn!
Above all I am looking for pretty, lyrical writing. I’d love to see the following in my subs:
- BIPOC/LGBT/DIS authors
- BIPOC/LGBT/DIS characters
- LGBT romance subplots
- fantasy/sci-fi sports
- a new spin on exorcists
- intense rivalries
- people who are absolutely feral
- ancient gods
- inherited magic and inherited conflict
- books set in intricate cities/ones based on architecture
- intense worldbuilding in non-western worlds
- in slight contrast to the point above, anything with Greco Roman mythology
- mythology/loose retellings in general are welcome!
- books set in matriarchal or genderqueer societies
- monarchies/court intrigue (so long as they are not blindly pro-monarchy)
- the gritty and the rough, dark atmospheres with a hint of humor
DO NOT SEND ME:
While these are not hard NOs, I’m very unlikely to choose:
- books about fertility
- books set in patriarchal societies
- issue books, especially if they’re contemporary. I’m likely not a good fit for racism/sexism/homophobia
- books that end with “it was all a dream”
- anything where animals are killed/harmed
- fae unless they are set in non-western worlds
Books: THE MAGICIANS, STRANGE THE DREAMER, GIDEON THE NINTH, HARROW THE NINTH, THE SPACE BETWEEN WORLDS, CIRCE, AN UNKINDNESS OF MAGICIANS, THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE THE TIME WAR, LORE, IRON WIDOW
TV/Anime: THE MAGICIANS (again), MY HERO ACADEMIA, ARCANE, BLUE EXORCIST
Comics: COVENANT, LORE OLYMPUS, FENCE, SAGA, CHECK PLEASE!
Video Games: HADES, NIER, WITCHER 3