Re-read as needed. 🙂
Re-read as needed. 🙂
My name is Lyndsay Ely (that’s eel-ee, like an eel), and I am the author of GUNSLINGER GIRL, a YA Western SFF dystopian genre burrito that came out in January 2018 from Jimmy Patterson/Little, Brown. In 2015, I entered GG (under a different title) into Pitch Wars, and was lucky enough to be mentored by the incomparable Elizabeth Briggs. I am now represented by Laura Zats of Red Sofa Literary, agent and co-host of the Print Run podcast. By day, I’m a marketing graphic designer at a Boston publishing house (which means my life feels like publishing 24/7 sometimes) and organizer of a local speculative fiction writing/critique group.
When I’m not working, writing, or reading, I love searching for antiques and vintage collectibles, finding a great new craft cocktail bar or brewery, playing Pokemon Go!, geeking out at cons, and…other stuff.
Okay, okay—this is supposed to be a wish list.
Once again, I’m just a young adult mentor asking you, the prospective young adult mentees, to send me all of your fantasy, light scifi, historical fiction (especially if it’s SFF), and genre-bent fiction that defies easy categorization. Gimme your complex, morally complicated characters, your worlds saturated with baroque levels of detail, and plots that will twist and turn more than a pair of headphones buried at the bottom of my oversized and rarely cleaned purse.
Got a YA fantasy reminiscent of Marjorie Liu’s MONSTRESS? I want to see it.
An unusual, razor-edged take on familiar elements like THE CRUEL PRINCE? Yes, please!
Lush worldbuilding like THE BELLES or a historical setting with a healthy dash of dark fantasy like GRAVE MERCY? *points at my inbox* It goes in there!
This is always tricky to answer, because just when you think there’s something you couldn’t possibly enjoy—like a space book about singing—an author comes along and upends that. (*glances at SPACE OPERA by Cat Valente*)
But, in general, I’m not looking for:
You bet your backside I do!
Favorite books/comics: The Count of Monte Cristo, the Young Wizards series, Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom, The Cruel Prince, Gods of Gotham, A Darker Shade of Magic series, The End of Mr. Y, The Stand, Strangers in Paradise, Monstress, Saga, Transmetropolitan, Preacher, Fables.
Favorite authors: Leigh Bardugo, V.E. Schwab, Diane Duane, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Scarlett Thomas, R.L. LaFevers, Lyndsay Faye, Warren Ellis, Terry Moore
Favorite TV/movies: Battlestar Galactica, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Archer, Rick and Morty, Steven Universe, Venture Bros, Harlots, Dangerous Liaisons, Titus, Deadpool, Heathers, Muppet Treasure Island, Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Favorite characters: Holland (from A Darker Shade of Magic series), Katniss (from THE HUNGER GAMES), Nina (from SIX OF CROWS), Amethyst (from Steven Universe), Starbuck (from BATTLESTAR GALACTICA), Maeve (from WESTWORLD), Zuko (from ATLA), Leia (from STAR WARS), Katchoo (from STRANGERS IN PARADISE)
Favorite Pokémon: Sandshrew
To start, doing what it takes to get you the materials you need to revise in a timely manner. This will include an edit letter, feedback on revisions, help on your query, synopsis, and pitch, as well as assistance in finding sensitivity readers, if applicable. (Plus, a hand with anything else that might come up.)
And if you need some words of wisdom, one of the wisest mentors out there once said: “There’s no different angle, no clever solution, no trickity-trick that’s going to move that rock. You’ve got to face it head on.”
The rock is your manuscript. And we’re gonna face it head on.
Someone passionate about their writing and the amazing opportunity that is Pitch Wars. Someone who can take criticism, and search for the kernel of truth within it even when it doesn’t entirely make sense to them. Someone who won’t just kill their darlings, but turn their back on them as they are dragged kicking and screaming into the underworld.
And, most importantly, someone who will do the hard work and hit the deadlines, no excuses. (Barring unforeseeable events, of course.) I am a very deadline-oriented person, and I’d like a mentee that is too. Revisions can be intense, even with the extended timeline this year. But if you’re willing to to put in the effort, so am I!