Hey friends! I am so, so excited to be mentoring Young Adult in Pitchwars this year. I entered Pitchwars in 2014 where I met my awesome mentor Emily Martin and so many supportive friends, you would not believe.
So, a bit about me. I currently write YA and am pursuing self-publication for my LDS-themed romance novel. I live in Utah with my husband and our two naughty dogs. I’m an attorney and lover of horror movies, pie baking, and hiking. My agent is the fabulous Maria Vicente of P.S. Literary.
Some of my recent favorite reads are, in no particular order:
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Code Name Verity
The Coldest Girl In Coldtown
Anna and the French Kiss
The Serpent King
The Princesses of Iowa
The Walls Around Us
My mentoring style:
I will provide my mentee with an edit letter of my overall thoughts regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the manuscript. I will also go through the entire manuscript, marking it up as I go. I am up for bouncing ideas around, helping restructure plots, or reading a second time after my mentee has done a revision. A lot of it will depend on my mentee!
I also subscribe to the philosophy that when a reader thinks there is a problem with a story, they’re usually right. When a reader thinks they have a solution, they’re usually wrong. This is your story, I am just trying to help you make it shine! So if you disagree with my ideas, that’s totally okay! The main thing is that we find the solution that YOU need for your story.
My editing experience:
In addition to feedback on pacing, plot holes, and character arcs, I have a fairly good grasp on basic grammatical issues. I was an editor and proofreader for my college newspaper, so I will also keep an eye out for little errors as I read through for big-picture problems.
My wish list:
I am mentoring YA and I have eclectic tastes, so let’s start with the vague and get to the specific! Above all, I love humor. LOVE IT. If you can make me laugh I will put you on the top of my list.
I love a good anti-hero or heroine, and unlikeable MCs as well, but I would also be delighted to read about a totally sincere main character who is trying to make the world a better place. Teenage environmentalists and candy stripers for the win! So basically, don't worry if your character is unlikeable, snarky, or sweet--it doesn't matter to me, as long as they've got a unique point of view and a strong personality!
Getting a little more specific …
- I adore contemporary! Give me friendships both positive and toxic, sibling relationships, parents who exist, and a diverse cast of characters. I also like a dash of romance--and more than a dash is lovely as well ;)
- I would be completely obsessed with a political thriller or mystery.
- I love horror. Scare the pants off me, please! I would seriously shank some of the other mentors for an old school Christopher Pike style manuscript.
- I would be super into a sports book, a retelling of classic literature, or a historical novel (I am a big history nerd).
- I love speculative elements in an otherwise contemporary or historical novel. Does your book have just a touch of sci-fi or magic in it? I am all over that.
- I am not the best fit for high fantasy. I am extremely picky about the fantasy I like, and unfortunately I can’t really tell you why. Fortunately, there are a ton of other mentors who are fantastic fantasy mentors!
Questions, comment, concerns? Hit me up in the comments section or on Twitter @ruthanne_snow
Love you guys!
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