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Mentor Type:

Traditional

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Stacie Turner

Mentor

April

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Quressa Robinson, Folio

Stacie Turner grew up splitting her time between Maine and California. She has a BA in English from Bard College, an MA in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto, and is an alum of both Pitch Wars and Author Mentor Match. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, twin children, and three cats where she puts together themed book collections for her Free Little Library when she’s not writing.

Working Style

What does mentorship mean to you, and why do you want to be a mentor?

I have been fortunate enough to be mentored in both Pitch Wars and AMM, and I think those opportunities helped me level up my writing and get an agent.I want to pay forward both the craft lessons and the industry information I took away from mentoring programs.

What is your mentorship style? What do you consider your strengths and weaknesses?

I've mentored via both Author Mentor Match and Write Mentor, and I feel like at this point I know what works for me as a mentor. I sit down and do a close read of the MS, leaving a lot of comments in the margins. Then I take recurring issues that I see and write up a multi-page edit letter. I tell the mentee to process for AT LEAST a full day before asking questions, then make myself available on email or text.

My strength is 100% story structure. I am a story structure nerd. My weakness is emotions because I am a Vulcan.

What makes a great mentee? Describe your ideal mentee/mentor relationship. 

The ideal relationship is one where goals are aligned and communication is clear. I look at mentorships as a crash course in leveling up your craft skill, and I can be very blunt about what I think isn’t working, but it’s done in pursuit of getting the mentee’s book to a place where it’s query ready. If feedback doesn’t resonate with a mentee, I’d want them to talk about what it is they’re trying to achieve and we can brainstorm ways to get there.

How would you describe your normal working speed?

I will try to have the MS and edit letter ready to send to the mentee upon announment. So, from their end, it should look like no turnaround time. I don't care how long it takes them to get the revision back to me. As long as it takes.

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Communication

What kind of communication can your mentee(s) expect from you?

Email. Twitter DMs if the mentee uses that platform.

I have crippling anxiety around telephones and video calls and will not use them in the course of this mentorship.

I usually respond to things quickly, but feel free to nudge if I haven’t.

What kinds of communication are you able to accommodate?

Email, Text/Whatsapp, Social Media DMs

Are you able to make accommodations for mentees that request them?

I will not do phone or video calls because I hate them (and also it's an anxiety issue)

Mentorship Details

Expected Timeline

Indefinite/As long as the mentee needs to complete our work together, I would expect intense work to taper off after 6 months or so, but am always available for general questions.

Check all that apply: What do you plan to offer as a mentor?

Full manuscript critique, Multiple manuscript passes and query support, Line notes/edits

Submissions

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How polished should your submissions be?

Magic Mirror, Funhouse Mirror, Antique Mirror

MSWL

Age Categories:

MG

Genres:

Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Urban Fantasy, Magical Realism

Send Me:

MG Fantasy/Science Fiction. Magic. Sometimes magic is a series of spells, sometimes it’s a haunted house, sometimes it’s faster-than-light space travel. But I like books that take me on a wondrous journey where the unreal sheds light on the real. In the end, any and all magic is good.

If the question is, ‘Would you be interested in…?’ as long as the book is MG and the answer contains some kind of magic, the answer is yes, I’d love to look at it.

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Please do not send me:

Animal abuse, pet death, sexual trauma, novels in verse

What are some of your favorite books? 

The Bone Houses (Emily Lloyd-Jones)
All the Crooked Saints (Maggie Stiefvater)
Spinning Silver (Naomi Novik)
This Plentiful Darkness (Heather Kassner)
Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls (Kaela Rivera)
Piranesi (Susanna Clarke)
Another Heaven, Another Earth (Mary Helen Hoover)
Doll Bones (Holly Black)
Every Heart a Doorway (Seanan McGuire)

What are some books, movies, shows, games, etc. that you've recently enjoyed?

Dune, Spinning Silver, Beowulf (Headley translation), Unseen Magic

Is there anything else you want potential mentees to know?

I am neither young nor cool. I have always been awkward in human interaction and that will go on until I die. My texts include many voice to text errors.