YA! I write Contemporary YA so please send me your Contemporary YA manuscripts! Specifically, I love stories with complicated family relationships, resilient protagonists, swoony romance, and real-life problems. I love a good romantic comedy or coming of age story. As a wheelchair user, I’d also love to see characters with disabilities in stories that are about something other than disability (see What I’m NOT Looking For section below for more on this). I’m also a fan of a good action adventure or survival story! Some of my favorite Contemporary YA authors include Kasie West, John Green, Rainbow Rowell, Huntley Fitzpatrick, and Jenny Han.
I also really love Sci-fi and Fantasy including Magical Realism, Paranormal, and Speculative Fiction! Some of my favorites include The Shiver series and The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, and pretty much everything Richelle Mead writes. Some recent titles that really impressed me were Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre and Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller. I’d love to see a YA similar to The Martian by Andy Weir (one of my all-time favorite books). Ditto for a YA in the vein of All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai. And if you really want to make me happy, please send me something with DINOSAURS!
I’m generally not the ideal reader for stories that involve reincarnation, amnesia, politics, self-harm, suicide, rape, or horror/torture elements. I tend to prefer stories with a single or dual point of view at the most (unless it’s an epic fantasy like Wheel of Time etc.). I mentioned that I’d like to see stories featuring characters with disabilities but I’m not interested in stories that are only about disability. I’m also not the reader for stories where disabled characters are inspirational footnotes in the lives of able-bodied characters or where disabled characters kill themselves so that everyone else can ‘Live Boldly’ (and yes, I’m talking about Me Before You). I’m not opposed to stories featuring disabled characters that are written by able-bodied authors so long as you do your research (an example of NOT doing research: Me Before You).
What To Expect From Me As A Mentor
I’m prompt and thorough. I’ll tell you honestly if something isn’t working for me and I’ll make suggestions that you can take or not because this is YOUR book. I’ll help you brainstorm solutions if you want or be a sounding board if you need. I will be your cheerleader and I’ll help you however I can. I will never impose my opinion on you but I will explain why I think something needs work/further attention. I’ll help you polish/fix/rewrite your query letter and help you with a synopsis (I LOVE writing synopses). I’ll be providing a ‘Big Picture’ letter based on my first read of your MS, then further edits, including line edits, as we go. I’ll plan on reading your MS several times and working with you until it’s as shiny as possible.
What I’m Looking For In A Mentee
I’m looking for someone with drive and dedication, who can take constructive criticism, and meet a deadline. I plan on giving 100% to my mentee and I want the same in return.
Still unsure if your MS is for me? Tweet me @Abigailswriting
2018 Young Adult Mentors
Head back to the Pitch Wars post to see the complete list of mentors or click through the links below.
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