Year-Round Mentors

Melissa Welliver
Melissa Welliver

I’m Melissa, I live in the North West of England, and I have completed three Young Adult Manuscripts. In January 2017, I came second in #PeerPitch on twitter and decided that my nugget of an idea might be worth turning into a book. After completing this second manuscript, I applied to #PitchCB in June 2017 and got three requests for the MS. I also sent it out to Peters, Fraser and Dunlop agency around this time, and I ultimately chose to sign with them in early July 2017. In 2018, I was Long Listed for the Bath Novel Award. I am currently on submission.

 

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M. Dalto

M. Dalto is a fiction author of adventurous romantic fantasy and her debut novel, Two Thousand Years, won one of Wattpad’s Watty Awards in 2016. She continues to volunteer her time as an Ambassador, where she hopes to engage and inspire new writers. She spends her days as a full-time residential real estate paralegal, using her evenings to pursue her literary agenda. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading fantasy novels, playing video games, and drinking coffee. She currently lives in Massachusetts with her husband, their daughter, and their corgi named Loki.

 

 

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Carolyn Ward

I have been writing seriously for the last five years. I am working on my debut MG novel and am represented by Chloe Seager of Northbank Talent. I have an English degree and ‘A’ level English at grade A; so do come from a background of studying literature. I also write flash fiction and am published on many websites, in a short story collection, journals, and have had stories featured in my local newspaper. I’ve won writing competitions with Movellas and Senior travel Expert; showing my flexibility with writing. My favourite genres are horror and comedy.

 

 

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Brandy Woods Snow

Brandy Woods Snow is an author and journalist born, raised and currently living in beautiful Upstate South Carolina. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Writing from Clemson University. While creative writing has always been her first love, the media has been her home for more than 17 years, during which time she has built a strong platform that includes articles in Delta Sky, Greenville Business Magazine, Columbia Business Monthly, and Home Design & Décor magazine (Charlotte, Raleigh). She has also worked in corporate communications, public relations and business development for international and regional companies. Brandy is a YA mentor in WriteMentor’s annual program and is an active member of RWA, YARWA, and many other online YA and KidLit forums. Her first novel Meant To Be Broken, the first book in the Carolina Clay series, was published by Filles Vertes Publishing in July 2018.

Kathryn Clark
Kathryn Clark

I have a Masters in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University, a very practical qualification, which is taught by published MG and YA authors. My two years on the course gave me lots of experience of writing in different genres for a variety of age groups, as well as critical reading of published fiction, editing, and giving and receiving feedback/critique. I was one of three co-editors of the 2016 course anthology Paper Worlds. My short stories have been published online, in writing magazines and anthologies, after being placed or listed in competitions. I’m represented by Gillie Russell at Aitken Alexander. I regularly edit, critique and proofread for fellow YA and MG writers in all genres. During 2018, I’ve been involved with two mentoring programmes: Manuscription Magazine and #WriteMentor, giving writers support and encouragement, and helping them to move their writing on to the next stage.

Jodi Herlick
Jodi Herlick

Jodi Herlick is a young adult fantasy author in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has an MFA in creative writing and has taught fiction writing and grammar to a variety of age groups, including kids, teens, and college students.

Her goal as a mentor is to provide feedback that is balanced, thorough, and actionable.

She is represented by Nicole Payne of Golden Wheat Literary.

 

Emma Dykes
Emma Dykes

Emma has been writing for three years (or since she was ten, if you count the Marmalade Atkins fanfiction). In that time she has written two novels for emerging readers, one YA and several short-stories and flash-fictions (some published). Her debut novel was SL for the Bath Children’s Novel Award 2017 and won the PeerPitch 1st 250 competition in the same year. She is represented by Lauren Gardner of Bell Lomax Moreton. With a passion for all children’s fiction but especially young MG, Emma will mentor from any age-range or genre (chapter books welcome). She has completed courses in novel editing and polishing submission packages and has more than a year’s experience critiquing MG, YA and adult novels. Mentoring will be tailored to the needs of the client, depending what stage the manuscript is at. This might involve feedback and support on structure, plotting, pacing, voice, or line edits where appropriate. From the mentee, a commitment to the process is essential, as is an openness to critique.

B.B. Swann
B.B. Swann

B.B. Swann is a mother of three young adults, a wife (of another big kid but don’t tell him she said that), and a 20+ year veteran teacher of little firsties. She has all the age groups covered and draws on their influence when writing her books. Picture book, young adult, new adult, and beyond, they all have one thing in common—life experiences, both the good and the challenging. She graduated from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL with her Bachelor’s of Ed. in Early Childhood Education, then left the corn capital to receive her Masters of Ed. in Language and Literacy from National Louis University, in Chicago. Originally from Winthrop Harbor, Illinois (go ahead, look it up, it’s a real place) she now resides in an Illinois suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. Go Cards! is her new chant but Bear Down will always rule her heart. She loves to run, binge watch Netflix health documentaries, and talk to her three grown children when they have a minute to spare. Most nights you can find her reading or writing into the wee hours. She believes in the almighty power of caffeine and battling old age with purple hair and lots of sarcasm.

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Carla Lewis

Carla Lewis’s debut contemporary fantasy novel, Lineage, is due out on July 16, 2019, by Parliament House Press, and she authored the short story, “Monsters” in the anthology, Flicker, published by Filles Vertes Publishing. She started her editorial career as an intern at FVP in February, 2018, after spending four years helping writers craft and polish their novels. Her plan was to gain some behind-the-scenes knowledge to use in her career as a writer. Well, as you know, plans can often change. Now, she has the opportunity to find those hidden gems out there and make sure they make it to bookshelves everywhere. Carla has formal training in the editorial arts, and is looking to apply that training to adult, YA, and NA stories.

 

Lindsay Galvin
Lindsay Galvin

Lindsay was lucky enough to be raised in a house of stories, music, and love of the sea. She left part of her heart underwater after living and working in Thailand where she spent hundreds of blissful hours scuba diving. Forced now to surface for breath, she lives in sight of the chillier Sussex sea with her husband and two sons. When she is not writing, she can be found reading, swimming or practicing yoga. She has a degree in English Language and Literature, is fascinated by psychology and the natural world, and teaches Science. Lindsay hadn’t written creatively since childhood until the idea for her debut novel The Secret Deep splashed into her mind, and now she’s hooked. Lindsay is an experienced beta reader and critique partner for published authors, and her own writing journey began in the slush pile.

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Julie Marney Leigh

I write contemporary novels for teens about fun, friendship and feminism. I am represented by Chloe Seager at Northbank Talent Management. I grew up in Lancashire, and now live in Scotland, where I gained my Ph.D. in English Literature from Edinburgh University and fell in love with the city. I was a lecturer in English at the university for many years, as well as being co-Director of the Scottish Universities’ International Summer School. In 2016, I completed the Curtis Brown Creative Writing for Children Course with Catherine Johnson.

 

Lu Hersey
Lu Hersey

I write children’s books – mostly myth based, kitchen sink paranormal teen fiction.

Currently working on an MG SF/fantasy series.

 

 

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Emma Finlayson-Palmer

I’ve been writing since childhood wih my first published piece on CeeFax (showing my age) at the age of 8. I am a member of SCBWI and one half of editing duo, Wonder Writers. Organiser of #ukteenchat on Twitter, and lover of words and all things writerly. Favourite film: Rear Window Favourite colour: Red Tea obsessive one cake-a-holic!

 

 

A M Dassu
AM Dassu

A M Dassu is a magistrate and a freelance writer. Her first piece for The Huffington Post, for whom she was a featured writer, was published on the front-page, alongside Barack Obama and Lenny Henry. She is the Deputy Editor for Words & Pictures, the magazine for the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, British Isles. A M Dassu’s previous work experience includes project management, marketing and editorial work at Reader’s Digest. In January 2017, she won the international We Need Diverse Books YA mentorship award. She knows from experience how valuable support from someone in publishing can be and how it can help a writer to submit their work with more confidence. A M Dassu writes contemporary upper middle grade novels and likes nothing better than the thrill of completing a first draft. She has edited and critiqued full manuscripts for multi-published MG & YA children’s writers and also numerous query packages for unagented writers, who have then gone on to be signed by an agent. A query letter and synopsis aren’t as hard to get right once you know how, and A M Dassu would love to help a writer polish their query package and hopefully sign with an agent. She is represented by Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary Agency Inc. You can find her on Twitter @a_reflective and Instagram @a.m.dassu