Jen and I are so excited to be back and co-mentoring for a second year in a row together for Writementor. This program is amazing, and we couldn't be more thrilled to be apart of it again.
The Writementor summer program is an application-based mentorship that you can apply for if you have a completed PB, CB, MG or YA manuscript that you’d like to develop with the intention of improving craft. It takes place over 4 months
I'm a stay-at-home mom to three daughters (16, 14, 10) and two pups, one big, one tiny, both of which have officially turned me into an obsessive dog lady. I’m married to my high school sweetheart, Chris, and this year we'll be celebrating 18 years of marriage. I live in northwestern Illinois, less than a mile from the Mississippi River, on the Iowa/Illinois border, where it’s either too hot, or too cold 99% of the year.
Author-wise, I am represented by Jemiscoe Chambers-Black from Andrea Brown Lit for both my YA and Adult works.
Recent favorite YA books:
1. The Upside of Falling by Alex Light
2. Cinderella is Dead by Kaylon Bayron
3. The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth
4. Cemetary Boys by Aiden Thomas
5. A Pho Love Story by Loan Le
- Content/developmental editor for several small presses.
- Agent assistant/foreign rights manager for an agency.
- Editorial intern at PS Literary and Ladderbird Lit
- 5 time Pitch Wars Mentor
- Writementor Mentor
I am full-time writer and a stay-at-home mom. I reside in TN with my husband and 3 children. I love Dolly, sweet tea, and any story set in the south.
I am represented by Jill Marsal at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency and write YA Fantasy and thrillers.
Recent favorite YA books:
1. Lore Alexandra Bracken
2. The shadows between us by Tricia Levenseller
3. The night country Melissa Albert
4. Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
5. A Cuban girl’s guide to tea and tomorrow. By Laura Taylor Namey
As your mentors, we will work with you on the big picture as far as your manuscript goes. This includes fixing plot holes, switching conflicts, beefing up characters and conflicts, character development throughout your manuscript, cutting the dreaded telling versus showing, pacing, and all the stuff that goes along with content/developmental edits. We will be your best friends, standing by you long after the contest is over, BUT we will also be the two people who push you the hardest.
If we think your book needs an overhaul, we’re going to need a mentee who is not afraid to tackle that. You only get a few months to make your book shine, so you must be willing to work hard and fast.
If you're not willing to possibly kill your darlings, change your love interest, remove a point of view, or change an entire book from first person to third, or vise versa, then you might not want us as your mentors. We’re not saying this is something that WILL happen, but we will most definitely suggest it we think it needs to be done.
In the end, though, this is YOUR baby. We're only here to make it pretty, and guide you along the way with our knowledge.
We will give you a lovely gushing editorial note with all our big thoughts and plans, then we will each go through your book (twice) doing both content/developmental edits and line edits.
We will help you get your query and synopsis in tiptop shape too.
Working with us will be hard... but a whole lot of fun too! Like we mentioned before, we’ll push you to your breaking point. You may think it's not possible, but it is. If you have the drive and time to make it happen, then we will do whatever we can to help you along the way. More than anything, we want you to walk away from this contest with a top-notch manuscript that’s ready to land that dream agent.
We will be responsive to your questions and needs. We understand that everyone has other obligations and we will respect yours. However, we expect our mentee to commit to the entire process as much as we are, and be willing toward their greatest possible chance of success! We are available by email or DM whenever you need us. We’ll text and call you. We can even set up Zoom or Google Meet meeting to go through any issues if you'd like. We will be here for you and maintain open lines of communication. Our future mentee will become a part of our team, and we’ll form a trio of trust and determination and understanding!
All. The. Romance.
All. The. Kissing.
Bottom line is, if your book does not touch on romance in some way shape or form, whether as a subplot or a straight YA contemporary romance, then it’s probably not for us. (But do ask if you're not sure! We may surprise you.)
- Diversity! We’d absolutely love to read your #ownvoices, marginalized books, including neurodivergent authors.
- M/F. F/F. M/M. We. Want. Them. All.
- Non-linear formats? That will definitely bring out our grabby hands.
- Sports themed YA's? YES pleas. (Basketball, football, hockey, rugby… HAND THEM OVER.)
- Fantasy's with romance? Hand 'em over.
- Ghosts, vampires, fae, shifters? We'll take it!
- Got an unlikable main character who will win us over in the end? SEND.
- Got angst? We’re your gals.
- Rom coms? Heck yeah. If you can make us laugh and swoon, then we are all yours.
- Small town, suburban cities, big cities. Farms, rodeo worlds, colleges, locations not in the U.S.—you pick the setting, and we will be immersed.
- Gender-swapped re-tellings or re-telling’s of ANY kind, really.
- Thrillers and mysteries with romantic elements are our JAM. PLEASE give us those.
We're huge Twitter buffs, so come find us! As us all the questions
We’ll also be participating in the Twitter YA mentor chat on 4/13 though. So, be sure to *cough stalk* us that day!
We love Writementor and the amazing community that goes along with it. We also love sharing our time with you and your fabulous words and hope you'll consider submitting them to us when the time comes. xx