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Tara Gonzalez at the Erin Murphy Literary Agency
Alexis Larkin writes funny middle grade novels. Her debut GO BIG OR GO GLITTER, a story about period equity and friendship, is scheduled for publication with Scholastic in Fall 2023. Alexis is represented by Tara Gonzalez at the Erin Murphy Literary Agency. She is an active member of SCBWI and the KidLit TaleSpinners critique group as well as a PitchWars alum and a 2021-22 Rogue Mentor. Connect with her on Twitter @LarkinLetters.
What does mentorship mean to you, and why do you want to be a mentor?
I was lucky enough to be a mentee in Pitch Wars. It changed my writing life, and I hope to give back to the writing community as a mentor. For me mentorship means sharing my experience with another author and encouraging them to develop their unique voice.
What is your mentorship style? What do you consider your strengths and weaknesses?
My strengths are commercial voice and structure. At this time, I am not the ideal person to help with literary fiction or lyrical language.
What makes a great mentee? Describe your ideal mentee/mentor relationship.
A great mentee is an author who is excited to improve as an artist. Ideally, we would discuss their writing goals, I would review their submission package and share my thoughts as a fellow artist, and then we would see is our schedules allowed for additional support during the querying process.
How would you describe your normal working speed?
What kind of communication can your mentee(s) expect from you?
Email - this is a partial so I'll email you an edit letter, some in-line notes, and an offer for a Zoom or other chat.
What kinds of communication are you able to accommodate?
Email, Zoom/Skype/Video, Phone calls
Are you able to make accommodations for mentees that request them?
I would love to give a blanket "yes" answer, but it probably depends on the request. For example, scheduling changes will be more difficult to do than technology accommodations because I'm working on my own deadlines and still helping my 2021 mentee.
I'll provide written feedback on your submission package within a couple weeks of receipt and then we can schedule a Zoom or phone call to discuss at a mutually agreeable time if you'd find that helpful.
Check all that apply: What do you plan to offer as a mentor?
Submission package critique (Query, Synopsis, 50 page sample)
How polished should your submissions be?
You should have already rewritten / revised your entire manuscript even though I'll only be providing feedback on your submission package. An early draft might not be a great fit for this mentorship.
Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Science Fiction, Contemporary, Urban Fantasy, Humor
Fun! Farts! Food! Friendship! If you laugh at your own jokes, send them to me! If your characters make awful decisions and have to figure out the aftermath, I want to read about it! I'm super excited to read your words!
Please do not send me:
I don't read a lot of horror or high fantasy so not the best fit for those genres. I'll also pass on anything similar to my announced book or a work-in-progress.
What are some of your favorite books?
Some recent reads / re-reads: The Aquanaut, Practical Magic, While I Was Away, The Ugly Cry, The Sound of the Sea, Roller Girl
What are some books, movies, shows, games, etc. that you've recently enjoyed?
Schitt's Creek on a loop forever, Encanto, Sunny Bunnies, Pokemon Journeys - I don't always get to decide what we're watching so I'm thankful these cartoons are great!
Is there anything else you want potential mentees to know?
Please note that I am offering a partial manuscript mentorship. If you have your heart set on a long-term mentorship, including guided rewrites of your full manuscript throughout the summer, it may be best to apply to other mentors.