What’s better than one mentor? Easy, two. And what’s better than two mentors? Two red headed mentors! That’s right, redhead wild things, Stacey Trombley & Rebecca Sky have teamed up and are looking for the third member of Team Gingersnaps (no baking required).

 

We're back for another year and we're mentoring...

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Wondering if you’re the men (or woman) to our tee, the gin to our ger? Here’s what we’re looking for: 

We want your Spec Fic, & we want your Contemporary, & we want it to be…

UNIQUE!
DARK!
VOICE-ALICIOUS! 
(yes, this is a thing)

Unique: We love big concepts, new ideas. Something we haven’t seen before, or if we have seen it, show us a new take. Basically, send us something that excites us. Heard the term High Concept and think your MS fits? Send it to us! 

Dark: We love antiheros, conflicted characters, deep angst. Show us the wounded, the broken, the redeemable! But please don’t depress us, we need to know there’s hope under all that dark.

Stacey’s favorite YA contemporary: The Hate List by Jennifer Brown. 

Rebecca’s favorite YA Fantasy: Laini Taylor’s Lips Touch Three Times… and all her other work. 

Voice-alicious: We want voice, emotions, we want to connect with your heroine/hero from the first page. We’ll be looking at style, tone, atmosphere. We want to feel all the compassion, empathy, yearning, as we read your work.

Stacey’s current favorite YA author’s voice: Jennifer Neilson (The False Prince).

Rebecca’s current favorite YA author’s voice: Mindy Mcginnis (The Female Of The Species).

We would LOOOOOVE an #Ownvoices book, and have direct experience within the spoonie, LGBTQ+(bi), and religious communities.

Now, here's what we don't want...



We don’t want tired clichés;

  • rape and abuse, especially if it's a plot devise, 
  • secret princess saves kingdom from destruction,
  • werewolves, angels, werewolves vs angels...(actually that might be cool),
  • insert other tired cliches here.
If your book falls into one of the above categories and you're certain your voice is epic and your execution is unique, we'd take a look.

 

Here’s what we have to offer:


Rebecca is a writer, keynote speaker, Wattpad Star (literally), presenter, social media chat host, and in her spare time she serializes stories online. Her debut ARROWHEART comes out with Hachette’s, Hodder Children’s Books June 2018 (Hodder brought the world VAMPIRE DIARIES & HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON & THE SUMMONER SERIES among other awesome books) 

Stacey has multiple books published with Entangled Publishing, she’s a young mom, and a book coach.

We love to help talented writers make it to the next step! When we pick you, we BELIEVE in you. You’ll get coaches and friends…and less exciting, you’ll get a whole lot of homework. So be prepared to WORK, because we can guarantee we will be working hard for you. 

Are you a unique voice? Do you have a strong hook? Are you willing to roll up your sleeves and get to work? If so, we want you! 


Not sold yet? Here’s the real reason you should pick us.

If you’re looking for a mentor(s) who will help you through this contest and then disappear from your life forever, we’re not your girls. We’re pouring our blood, sweat and tears into your MS, (okay not blood, why do people say that? It’s creepy!), and we want to see it through to the end. Sometimes it's nice to have a writer friend, or two, in your corner. 

If that hasn’t sold you on Team Gingersnaps, than we should probably tell you that our mentee from last year signed with Suzie Townsend after multiple agent offers, her MS went right on submission (that’s right, no additional edits with her agent), and sold to HMH in a preemptive only a few weeks after the Pitch Wars agent round. She’s kinda a big deal. Read about her here: KINDA A BIG DEAL MENTEE FANGIRLING LINKY

Common issues we’ll be looking to strengthen if you’re our mentee: 
  • Plot/structure issues/holes,
  • Hooking the reader from the start (and focusing on hooking readers at the start and end of each chapter),
  • Pacing,
  • Natural Dialog,
  • Character development (We’re both incredibly character driven--foxhounds on the hunt for character development holes. We will find those suckers!),
  • Voice,
  • Building conflict and making the most of every plot twist,
  • We'll point out some basic writing problems like crutch words and showing versus telling and places that just need work in general (we all have lazy spots we just miss during edits).

Looking for the scavenger letter? Head on over to Stacey Trombley’s website: http://www.staceytrombley.com/ you’ll find it there!

Some of Rebecca’s favorite writers: Lucy Maud Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables), James Thurber (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), Douglas Adams (The Hitch Hiker’s guide to the Galaxy), Lanani Taylor (Lips Touch Three Times and everything else), Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus), Neil Gaiman (Neverwhere and everything else), Suszanne Collins (Hunger Games), Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Boys), Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me), Mindy Mcginnis (The Female Of The Species).

 Some of Stacey’s favorite writers: Jennifer Brown (Hate List), Abigail Haas (Dangerous Girls), Jennifer Neilson (False Prince), Kristin Cashore (Gracling), Maggie Stiefvater (Scorpio Races), Kiersten White (Paranormalcy, Mind Games).


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