What I’m offering
I’m offering to support a mentee with a submission package of a query, three chapters and synopsis. I’ll use tracked changes and comments to give feedback, as well as providing detailed written feedback. I’m happy to reread my mentee’s manuscript and offer additional feedback after edits. I can’t wait to get started!
I’m passionate about YA fiction and I would love to mentor someone who writes for this audience. I’ve just finished edits of my Gothic YA mystery novel and will soon be going on submission! I specialise in dark, twisty plots and (hopefully) characters that you want to root for.
For several years, I've been part of the online writing and book blogging community. Through editing my own writing, critiquing the work of others and reviewing books, I've gained a strong sense of what works in fiction and how writers can improve their craft. I’ve given a lot of feedback to other writers as part of Write Mentor and reading for the Children's Novel Award.
My feedback style is very detailed and honest. I'll also give plenty of praise and share things I'm really excited about! I’m happy to tailor my feedback to elements a mentee would like to focus on, and will also advise on voice, characterisation, plot and other things that come up.
What I’m looking for
Most books I read are intended for the YA audience but I enjoy just about every genre, from contemporary to horror. I'm very open-minded about what I want to see from prospective mentees. I often veer towards books with horror or fantasy elements and I would LOVE to find Buffy the Vampire Slayer or The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina in book form.
To give an idea of what else I like, some of my favourite authors include Laini Taylor, Laura Wood, Lauren James, Anna-Marie McLemore, Katherine Webber, Will Hill, Kim Curran and Alwyn Hamilton. Mainly, I'm looking for a great concept, writing that has potential and a mentee who is open to feedback.
Intensely issue-driven books, pure romance or anything that deals with grief or abuse in depth is probably not for me.
Thank you so much for reading my post! I’m excited to help someone on their journey towards publication and hope that you might like to work with me.
If you have any questions, feel free to find me on Twitter (@yaundermyskin) or comment below.