Sana Patel is a YA and MG author who writes about #OwnVoices and kick-butt girls, with sometimes a hint of romance. She moved to the States from India at a young age and grew up in Texas where her love for stories, cultural cuisine, and diversity grew. Aside from writing, her main loves are food, Netflix, and baby animals. She’s represented by Katelyn Detweiler.
Some writing background: I’ve worked as an editorial assistant with a small publisher, I’m currently an editor with a private publisher (space industry-related news), and I’m a sensitivity reader.
Give me your DIVERSITY! Your OWNVOICES! Your KICKASS girls!
I’m looking for contemporary, sci-fi, fantasy, historical, mystery, thriller, and horror. I want to be swept away by lush imagery, deep emotions, swoon-worthy romances, heart-breaking moments, heart-pounding scenes. I want to see fleshed-out characters, bone-chilling villains, high stakes, twists and turns.
I want a strong voice that stands out with superb writing. I lean toward humor, but obviously I like the dark stuff, too. You can have an ordinary world, but still make it extraordinary.
I prefer 1 or 2 POVs, although I’ll consider 3. I prefer first person past tense, but will consider third person and/or present tense.
I’m also accepting NA, but with the understanding that it could become a YA.
What I’m not looking for (not to say it’s an automatic pass, because you never know! but if you’re trying to decide between mentors, I don’t want you to waste your slot). I might not be the best for angel/demon, vampires, witchcraft, and *definitely* no plots that glorify or support racism/hate. If your ms has a ton of cursing and graphic violence (please no rape plot device), I will ask you to tone that down where applicable.
Some YA books that I love:
The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer
Of Poseidon trilogy by Anna Banks
Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Now I Rise by Kiersten White
A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Divergent series by Veronica Roth
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Razerland series by Anna Aguirre
Some things I’m looking for in a mentee:
Hard worker, willing to put in the time and effort and polish their drafts within reasonable time frames; Someone who’s able to stay true to their vision but can brainstorm to make the book better; Honesty, speak up but be chill. I’m not here to stress you out; Someone who can take the criticism (I promise it won’t be harsh, no tears!); Someone who respects me and my time and appreciates all the free effort that’s going into helping you; Someone who sees this to the end and will be happy.
Some things that you can expect from me as your mentor:
I’m fast. I’m detailed. We will do several drafts. We can email or text or chat on the phone, although I won’t be available at all times of the day. We will discuss major points and revisions. It won’t be all about what I want, this is your book! We’ll be a word-busting, plot-carving, character-building, ms-polishing dream team. Bam.
I look forward to reading all of your submissions and hope you the best! Please keep in mind that if you don’t get into PW this year, it’s okay! Don’t be disheartened, and don’t take it personally. I didn’t get into PW my first and only time trying. Whether you’re chosen as a mentee or not, take advantage of the PW community. Make friends, find CPs, build your craft. So many congrats on getting this far! Writing a book is not easy, and you should be proud.
Follow me on Twitter: @Sana_Writes
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