Elle Gonzalez Rose is a writer/producer based in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BA in Creative Writing from Fordham University in 2017, and is currently a Junior Writer/Producer at MTV. Her work at MTV includes trailers for Catfish, Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, The Challenge, and most importantly, a Twilight movie marathon. When not writing novels or quippy copy she’s either thinking about names for her future dog, or eating breakfast potatoes.
After graduating from college with a half-finished adult sci-fi book and a few short stories under my belt, I felt aimless. I didn’t find the same joy in writing that I did when I was in middle and high school. So, I took a hiatus. After two years of reading as many books as I wanted, and starting a podcast where I read the terrible fanfiction I wrote when I was 13, I decided it was time to try again. Six months later, I had a book that made me fall in love with writing again, but there was one major problem: something was wrong with it, and I had no idea what.
Knowing that I didn’t want to query with a book I wasn’t 100% convinced was ready, I looked into mentorship programs for unagented authors. Enter: AMM Round 8. I was so incredibly lucky to be chosen by my amazing, brilliant mentor (hi Justine!) who helped me completely reshape my beloved, silly romcom into something I really believed in. This was a pretty major rehaul – an ‘open a fresh Word doc and start from 0 words’ type of rehaul – but it was well worth the time and effort.
After about a month and a half of revising through AMM, I sent my first query. Twelve days later I had an offer of rep! After two whirlwind weeks I signed with my wonderful agent, Uwe Stender!
During college I was president and editor-in-chief of our campus literary magazine, evaluating hundreds of submissions for publication, and going on to copy-edit chosen subs. As is the territory with BAs in creative writing, I also participated in dozens of critique workshops that helped me hone my editing skills. As a writer/producer in marketing, most of my day consists of selling a story with as few words as possible, which made crafting and critiquing queries a fun and engaging process! Plus, going through AMM introduced me to the beauty of the edit letter, and how to envision big picture edits for both my own, and my CPs’ work.
Over a year ago I was a clueless baby writer with a book that wasn’t quite right yet, and no one to talk to about it. Being a part of AMM didn’t just help me revise my manuscript – it helped me find my community. My CPs and friends are the most invaluable tools I have in my arsenal, and have helped me both believe in myself, and fall in love with the process of writing all over again. I applied to be a mentor in the hopes of helping another writer out there who might be feeling the same way, not just with guidance, but by making sure they have a supportive community to fall back on every step of the way!
Being an AMM mentee completely changed my writing career, and introduced me to some amazing writers that I’m very lucky to call my friends. And not all of them were mentees! I’m hoping I’ll find someone another writer like Elle of Last Year – not sure where to go, and looking for a guide.
I’m here to support my mentee through ALL steps of the publishing process, which is (sadly) often a long and winding round. From revising to querying to sub, to sending cute animal pictures, to keysmashing in the DMs, I’ll always be in my mentee’s corner. I will bang pots and pans and scream about how much I love your work! Future Mentee, never feel afraid to ask me questions or wonder if you’re annoying me. I will love your book! So much so that I’m going to re-read it a whole bunch and still squeal with you about it every time!
Editorially, I’ll most likely be focusing on big picture edits. Stakes, POV, character agency, pacing, etc. I found that having someone who could be objective about my book as a whole was the most helpful aspect of having a mentor!
The easiest way to draw me in to a story is voice. I’ll follow a compelling character anywhere they want to take me. If your work is less character driven, I’m also pulled in by high-concept and fast paced plots! Give me all the twists and turns, and keep me on my toes. Romance is my bread and butter, so anything that features even a strong romantic subplot is definitely up my alley. That’s not to say that I wouldn’t be open to a story that doesn’t feature any type of romance arc though!
In all, I’m looking for someone who’s excited and ready to put in the work! Revisions aren’t always easy, and I’m here to cheer you on every step of the way!
- Urban/Contemporary Fantasy
I’m a sucker for pretty much all tropes. I’ll read just about anything so long as it has a refreshing and unique twist!
I WILL PROVIDE:
- Edit Letter (Big Picture developmental feedback)
- Line edit (dropping notes into a Word Document)
- Skype or phone call
- Freestyle in chat
Before sending my mentee their edit letter I’d like to 1) scream about how I love their book, and 2) discuss the changes I’m planning on bringing up in the edit letter. This can be over Zoom, or through DMs, whichever is most comfortable for my mentee! This would be an opportunity to go over the initial game plan and big picture revisions I had in mind, as well as a chance to brainstorm one on one about what might be the best way to tackle edits.
After that, I’d pass along my Big Bad Edit Letter (which will not be bad, but will be big because I don’t know when to shut up). Of course I’ll always be available to my mentee while they revise if they have questions or hit a wall. After initial edits are done, I’ll provide in-line comments on their revised MS (half screaming, half helpful), and give more specific feedback for any following rounds of revisions until it’s time to query. I’ll help my mentee prepare their submission package, vet agents, and hold their hand as we send their sweet, beautiful book into the world!
I’m happy to communicate with my mentee however they’d like! Email, DMs, text, carrier pigeon, etc. I’m available on pretty much every social media known to mankind.
My ideal mentee is someone who’s excited and ready to get to work! You don’t have to agree with every single edit and idea that I have – it’s your work after all! – but I’ll work best with someone who’s open to revision, and prepared to put in the work. I’m a huge fan of brainstorming, so my mentee would always be very welcome to throw ideas my way before committing to them.
I’m not a micromanager, so I won’t set deadlines (unless you want me to!), but I appreciate and value open communication! I want to make sure you’re in a good place, and are supported through every step of this process!
Lastly, I’m hoping my mentee and I will have a lasting working relationship AND friendship that isn’t limited just to their AMM book! I want to be your cheerleader for you and your career, and get seven hundred copies of your book personally signed!
- First and foremost: stories with queer, BIPOC, disabled, or neurodivergent leads!
- Contemporary with a strong romantic hook and romcoms are my wheelhouse! If your story will make me a) swoon, b) laugh, c) cry, or d) all of the above, I want to read it!
- TROPES! I love refreshing and unique spins on pretty much all tropes, but some of my favorites are: fake dating, enemies/rivals to lovers, only one bed, forced proximity, and secret relationships
- Books that read like fanfiction! All of the big, swoony feelings and intensely shippable characters
- Joyful QBIPOC stories! Especially if it features supportive families
- Complicated sibling or friend dynamics
- Fun and original settings, including boarding schools and non-US settings! I also have a soft spot for books set in New York or my beloved New Jersey
- I’m a sucker for anything involving food, so send me allllllll the books with lush descriptions of food or where cooking/baking is a prominent aspect of the plot!
- DARK ACADEMIA PLEASE AND THANK YOU. If it comps to Ace of Spades or A Lesson in Vengeance, I want to read it
- ALL THE PINING
- If your story has a plot twist, I want to read it and take a million notes about what I think the twist will be
- If you have a YA Dial A for Aunties please send it to me ASAP
- Funny mystery/thrillers!
- Mysteries/thrillers that don’t have a happy ending
- GIVE! ME! GHOSTS! Coco is one of my favorite movies of all time, so if you can comp to that, or Cemetery Boys, I’m very interested
- If you have a book that can be described as a YA What We Do in the Shadows, I will personally fly over to wherever you are to thank you
- Love triangles where EVERYONE likes each other (bonus points if it ends in a polyamorous relationship!)
- Stories that’re set during freshman/sophomore year of college!
DO NOT SEND ME:
- Stories that have on-the-page death of a parent, or where the offscreen death of a parent plays a major role in the plot.
- Stories that take place any earlier than the 90s—I’m just not a good fit for historical!
- Second world/high fantasy—if it takes place in a world that isn’t ours, I’m not the right mentor for it!
- I’m not the best fit for stories about werewolves or fae
– Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
– Sadie by Courtney Summers
– Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
– You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
– One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
– The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould
– Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
– The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
– The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
– Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q Sutanto
– What We Do in the Shadows
– La Casa de Papel
– Squid Game
– Ted Lasso
Bonus points! If you can comp your book to any Arctic Monkeys, BTS, or Mitski song/album, I will love you forever.