I'm from (the state of) New York and coach competitive gymnastics, throwing girls into the air and catching them on the way down. I love country music, driving down back roads, all things Peeta Mellark, and quotes from The Office. I also like to run (slowly).
I've been part of Pitch Wars since the beginning, partaking as a mentee in the inaugural year and mentoring ever since. Along with being excellent humans and writers, several of my past team members have become agented and one of them, Goldy Moldavsky, has a hawt book coming out in with Scholastic in 2016 called KILL THE BOY BAND that you will all need in your lives!
Why should you pick me?
I'm a writing professor well-versed in providing constructive, in-depth feedback. My BA and MFA are in writing, earned from the blood, sweat, and tears of hours of workshops. I know what it’s like to have your work up for review and what kind of comments are especially useful. (And the ones that aren’t. You know the kind I’m talking about.) I'm encouraging, collaborative, and love brainstorming.
Speaking of feedback/blood/sweat/etc., I’m an agented writer who’s been through the query trenches (and my first novel, LESSONS IN FALLING, is forthcoming!). I’ve also interned with literary agencies, so the slush pile and I have become quite intimate. I see what stands out from the crowd, and I'm going to help your manuscript achieve that -- while having fun at the same time! You can look forward to in-text comments as well as an "edit letter" of sorts that details what's working and offers suggestions for where to improve.
You and I will be a great fit if you're ready to work hard, maintain an open mind, and have a great sense of humor! I also love keeping in touch with my past team members.
NOTE: If I'm intrigued by your entry and want to see more material, I will request a synopsis.
I'd love to see:
Contemporary new adult: Characters in NA situations where romance plays an important role, but so do family, friends, and growing pains. (See: MAKE IT COUNT by Megan Erickson and FIERCE by LG Kelso.) I'm also partial to military stories (SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL by Trish Doller). Humor is welcome. Darkness is welcome. A blend of both? Perfect.
Contemporary young adult: Darker stories and complicated relationships (see: POINTE by Brandy Colbert, MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES by Jasmine Warga, CONVICTION by Kelly Loy Gilbert), stories that invert expectations (RECLAIMED by Sarah Guillory and 17 & GONE by Nova Ren Suma), beautifully-written prose (THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson, JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta). Once again, humor is quite welcome as well (FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell, the forthcoming KILL THE BOY BAND by Goldy Moldavsky).
In both, I also love:
- Stories where the setting is like another character;
- Serious athletes (so many great narratives in sports -- send me your athletes!);
- Strong friendships, fascinating secondary characters, and love interests with a slow burn are all winners for me.
Feel free to chat with me on Twitter to see if we'd be a good fit!
For more details and to see the other mentors:
Visit the indefatigable Brenda Drake or hop along here:
I look forward to reading your work!