Mentor Page Powars

www.pagepowars.com
@pagepowars

AGENT
Natalie Lakosil, Irene Goodman Literary Agency

WRITES
YA Rom-Com, Contemporary & Speculative Contemporary

BOOKS
THE BORROW A BOYFRIEND CLUB
(2023) Delacorte Penguin Random House/Hachette Kids UK
AND THEY WERE ROOMMATES
(2024) Delacorte Penguin Random House/Hachette Kids UK

BIO
Page Powars is an author based in New York City. He holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Michigan’s School of Music and is a graduate student at NYU. Outside of writing, he makes soundtracks, sobs over masterpieces like Banana Fish and The Untamed, and unfortunately plays Genshin Impact. His YA novels will be published with Delacorte/Penguin Random House and Hachette Kids UK for Summer 2023 and 2024.

PUBLISHING BACKGROUND
In 2019, I was a lost, confused, 22-year-old writer who was tired of not understanding the seemingly mysterious rules to querying and publishing. So, I applied to Round 6 of Author Mentor Match and was lucky enough to be selected by YA author Carly Heath. Although that YA Speculative Contemporary novel didn’t land me an agent, I learned more than I ever could’ve imagined. Even better, I gained a group of trusted friends! My R6 mentees are people I still talk to every day. Later, they convinced me to apply to Pitch Wars, another mentoring program, in which I was mentored by YA authors Sophie Gonzales and Amelia Coombs. After Pitch Wars, I signed three months later with my agent, Natalie Lakosil of Irene Goodman Literary Agency, who I absolutely adore. About a month or so after that, my Pitch Wars book was sold at auction to Delacorte/Penguin Random House (NA) and was also sold to Hachette (UK).

EXPERIENCE
Confession: I didn’t study English in college. I studied a bizarre music composition and technology degree in the basement of the University of Michigan’s School of Music among a small class of students, aiming to become a video game composer. The program emphasized originality over anything else and taught me to take risks with my writing and other art forms, so I really value this experience.

Over the last few years, I’ve also had several mentors teach me the craft of writing and business of publishing. I’d love to offer the opportunity to pass this knowledge to someone else. I’m also finishing up my Master’s in Publishing: Digital and Print Media at New York University. I also have countless, wonderful critique partners, many of whom now have agents and book deals. Working with my editors at Penguin Random House and Hachette, I’ve gained insight into what a publisher expects from a traditional author as well.

 

OVERVIEW
I want to be a mentor to give back! I personally believe I’m only where I’m at because of the Author Mentor Match and Pitch Wars communities. So, I’m passionate to try as best I can to ensure my mentee gains as much as I did.

As a past AMM mentee, I’m looking for someone who’s as excited as I was to meet writer friends, improve craft, and learn more about the publishing world. I’m also looking for anything contemporary, romantic comedy, romance, or speculative contemporary—and especially anything with a funny or engaging voice!

Overall, I have a commercial, marketing-driven brain. I like stories that can be pitched in one line and make people shout, “I NEED THIS NOW!” I understand this is a hard skill to master, so it’s okay if this doesn’t completely fit what you’ve written. But if you submit to me, keep in mind that I’ll have this mindset to help make your book as desirable as possible to the traditional publishing world, whether it’s a quiet or an already loud premise.

MENTORING GENRES
Young Adult

  • Contemporary
  • Romance

Tropes I Love:
– enemies-to-lovers
– rivals-to-lovers
– grump/sunshine energy
– not really found in rom-coms and contemporary, but if your speculative contemporary has a corruption arc of sorts, I’m there
– down with love triangles when done well!
– slowburn romance
– as an author who writes queer YA, if your book is also queer and includes any of the tropes above, I would like to SEE IT PLS

Tropes That Aren’t For Me:
– insta-love
– that’s it actually just insta-love sldfjlsdkfj

 

I WILL PROVIDE:

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

WORKING STYLE
Overall, I’m super informal. My Twitter DMs will always be open to you! At first, though, I’d love to talk over text, phone, or video chat: whichever is most accessible. That way, we can make sure we’re on the same page about everything I love about the book as well as things we both agree could be revised to make it even shinier than it already is. Then, I’d plan to send an edit letter of big picture feedback following another round of smaller comments and line edits. I’m also happy to assist throughout the querying process. I personally think the querying process can be harder on an author than the revising and writing of an actual book, so I’ll fully be there for curating agent lists and assisting with query submission materials.

IDEAL MENTEE
My ideal mentee is someone who’s hardworking but also wants to have fun during this program! I’m more or less of a clown, so I’d hope we can laugh at times among all of the revising. I personally had to rewrite my books for both Pitch Wars and AMM, so I’d hope my mentee wouldn’t be afraid to do the same, either. I understand how grueling that sounds, especially for the first time. But I truly feel like that’s what these programs are for: to get used to what you’ll face once you have a team of people working with you at a publisher. I want my mentee to be comfortable disagreeing with any parts of my feedback, too. At the end of the day, you know your book best!

Lastly, my ideal mentee’s goal also isn’t to only get an agent but to also gain a community like I did. Wanting an agent is so valid, but this industry is unpredictable and requires luck, too. Dealing with this nonsense will be so much easier with a community!

SEND ME:

  • queer and/or BIPOC stories that focus on joy and humor
  • that being said, my favorite books of all time are by Shaun David Hutchinson, who explores the trauma and difficulty of being queer alongside other tough topics, so I’m interested as long as there’s some humor there, whether deadpan, dark, or otherwise!
  • gen z and young millennial voices
  • any contemporary plot or premise that could be considered too “unrealistic” or “cartoon-y”
  • VOICEY VOICEY VOICEY narrators
  • fanfic-y rom-coms and romances
  • high concept contemporary, rom-com, or contemporary with speculative twists
  • painfully awkward, secondhand embarrassment-inducing, hilarious protagonists

DO NOT SEND ME:

  • any horror, sci-fi, paranormal fantasy, portal fantasy, thrillers, high fantasy, epic fantasy, fairytale retellings, or fae (I like reading them but don’t write them, so I wouldn’t be able to help confidently)
  • unconventional formats (epistolary, podcast transcripts, in verse, etc.) since I’m also not familiar enough with these styles
  • not the best fit for Christian books or books heavily featuring Christian values (but if your book comps to Devilman Crybaby, I accept)

FAVES

Favorite Books
– AT THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE and WE ARE THE ANTS by Shaun David Hutchinson
– THE TIMEKEEPER SERIES by Tara Sim
– RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston
– WE ARE TOTALLY NORMAL by Naomi Kanakia

Favorite TV
– The Untamed
– Sk8 the Infinity
– Banana Fish
– Arrested Development