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Our Mentors

This 2019, J.Elle is mentoring Young Adult
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J.Elle is an African-American author and active advocate for marginalized voices in both
publishing and her community. She works as an Editorial Intern at P.S. Literary Agency, where she evaluates manuscripts for various criteria, such as characterization, pacing, plot, voice, writing style, marketability, et cetera. She has served as a R6 mentor for Author Mentor Match and is the founder of #MondayMixer, a Twitter chat to engage writers on the platform with networking opportunities, writing questions, and encouragement. She also regularly provides critiques for peer’s manuscripts in prep for submission to editors.

From growing up poor to being a 1st generation college student, Jess’ passion for tenacity and empowering others dates back to her first career in education, teaching tweens and teens from traditionally underserved areas to fight for their dreams. More recently, as the founder of the Your Story Is Your Power, a creative writing workshop for high-schoolers, she mentors students on the craft and the importance of sharing stories from their perspective.

J.Elle’s debut novel, Wings of Ebony, a YA fantasy about a fearless, magical Black girl from a poor neighborhood, is a lead title in Simon & Schuster’s Spring 2021 lineup.

Natalie Lakosil
Bradford Literary Agency

Recent Favorite Books

The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Internment by Samira Ahmed
A Song of Ice And Fire Series by George R.R. Martin
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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