#WriteMentor 2020

So excited to announce I’m a #WriteMentor 2020 mentor!

I’ve been #WriteMentor-ing since 2018, so this will be my third time around.

Quick note: It’s a bit difficult to focus in these turbulent, scary times, but I believe that working on your manuscript will take your mind off the events floating around the world.

me thinking

Gerardo thinking about his past, current, or future project.

Gerardo’s Writing in Numbers

  • TWELVE years writing experience.

  • FOUR YA novels published: Summerlypse Bacon PieFractalistic, and Avocado Bliss.

  • TWELVE published short stories in various magazines/e-zines across the globe.

  • ONE “Best Short Story of the Year” grand prize winner.

  • THIRTEEN total YA novels written.

  • ONE middle grade novel written.

  • TWO WIPs.

  • NINETY (or thereabouts) books read per year, including unpublished manuscripts.

  • ONE book blog, where I babble review YA novels and the like.

  • ONE critique group leader.

  • TWO hours a day spent producing words for the masses.

More book info on my Goodreads profile.

Looking for

What am I looking for? Quirky/humorous, character-driven YA CONTEMPORARY with lots of feels, where the plot is a character-growth mechanism.

For example:

  • A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi.

  • Looking For Alaska by John Green.

  • Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski.

Actually, I could name a gazillion more novels, but I won’t!

Extra points if:

  • The novel is #ownvoice since I’m a LatinX author and love to write about Mexico, intertwining Español here and there.
  • An out-of-the-ordinary setting is also a plus, like a foreign country.

But, what matters the most is VOICE. Give me a unique, quirky voice and I’m hooked!

What

What kind of mentoring am I offering? The trifecta:

  • Full manuscript analysis with editorial letter.

  • Query polishing.

  • Help with the dreaded synopsis.

Story-wide analysis: Pacing, flow, what-works-what-doesn’t, narrative-to-dialog balance, logistics, staging–that kind of thing. Grammar? Not much. I may point out a typo here and there, but that’s of no importance compared to the whole story.

Who

Who do I want to mentor? Basically, writers who can discuss and follow guidance. In other words, someone who can team up with me to achieve awesomeness! Also, sense of humor is good, because writing is hard, and tweaking and re-writing is harder. And working with a mentor is harderer! Did I mention this is hard?

Style

I work with Word files, using track changes and comments. Email when exchanging files or in need to communicate complex ideas. Otherwise, Facebook or Twitter messaging for quick questions and instant gratification.

Phone calls are out of the question since I’m soft-spoken and have an accent.

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