Pitch Warriors! I’m glad you’ve stopped by my blog! Comment on this post and come find me on twitter (@julianalbrandt), I would love to get to know you. I know how much research you’re doing to prepare and decide who to submit to, so I’m going to try and keep this short and sweet.
Why You Should Choose Me!
-If you’re curious about what it’s like to work with me from a mentee’s point of view, check out this blogpost to read and interview with my mentee and alt from last year.
-My writing is represented by the fiercely wonderful agent Emmanuelle Morgen of the Stonesong Literary Agency. I’ve written 10 books (whew–MG as well as YA) and am amazed at how much I’ve learned with each one. I can’t wait to share some of that with you!
-My mentee from last year received a whopping 12 agent requests during the agent round!
-While I love the drafting process, I particularly enjoy revising and editing. I have a large group of CPs that I critique for. I’m prepared to help with both developmental edits as well as line-by-line edits.
-I’ve had a lot of practice honing queries. In fact, I often do giveaways on twitter for them. It’s something I genuinely enjoy. Also, I know the query game. I know what it’s like to be in the trenches. We’ll make yours sparkle.
-I’m passionate about writing in all forms and will work so, so hard for you, if you’re willing to do the same.
-On a not-writing note, I’ve just received my Masters of Education and recently moved to the heart of the Appalachia in NC. I spend the majority of my free-time in the mountains–rock climbing, hiking, running…pretty much anything that gets me outdoors.
Update! I posted on twitter some of my editing strengths. (read tweets bottom to top)
What I’m Looking For!
This year, I’m particularly looking for MG fantasy! I would love to see submissions with unique magic systems and unique worlds. To give you an idea of my reading tastes, check out the list below:
-All of my very favorite MG fantasy has clever twists, whimsical turns of phrase, solid world building, creative/original magic, and well developed relationships between characters. Think HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE (or anything by Diana Wynne Jones, for that matter), THE REAL BOY by Anne Ursu, TUESDAY’S AT THE CASTLE by Jessica Day George, or THE HOLLOW KINGDOM by Clare B. Dunkle.
-I have a soft spot for MG that isn’t as magic-based, such as THE THIEF by Megan Whalen Turner (this is one of my very favorite series, though they really do cross over into YA), THE FALSE PRINCE by Jennifer Nielson, or PRINCESS ACADEMY by Shannon Hale.
-I adore dark fantasy such as THE PECULIAR by Stefan Bachmann. I’m not as experienced with MG horror, but if you have something especially creepy like THE NIGHT GARDENER by Jonathon Auxier, we could be a good fit (though with horror, ghost stories are not the right fit for me).
-I would fight hard for a magical, adventure story like THE MAP TO EVERYWHERE by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis, LIESL & PO by Lauren Oliver, or PETER & THE STARCATCHERS by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.
-A sci-fi story would also be very welcome.
What I’m Not Looking For
*I am not as good of a fit for “chosen one” stories, magic systems that have been seen before (such as elemental magic), or retellings (or stories using fairytale characters). If your MS has any of these and you still want to submit to me, these elements will have to be very uniquely written for me to be interested.
*I am also not a good fit for contemporary. There are some lovely other MG mentors who will do your contemporary story justice, I am just not one of them.
As a note, this year I will not be responding to everyone who submits to me. I will do my best to respond to the people I request material from (and more, if I can!) (Also, as a friendly hint, if I request material, I will likely request a partial along with an in depth synopsis.)
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