Hey guys! I’m Natasha Raulerson. I mentored in 2015, took off last year to have a baby, and now I return, fresh and ready for 2017!
Yay and Huzzah!
Dear Future Mentee,
I am going to do my best to help you with your manuscript. There will be edits, there will be cuts, there will be sweat, there will be tears, and possibly blood. Okay, so hopefully the only blood drawn is in the novel. Still, it’s going to be hard work, on both of our parts. Everything I put into it, I expect you to put into it, and that means working on hard deadlines. That means sacrificing shows, extracurricular activities, and a lot of sleep.
Which, yes, that sucks, but ya know what? This is your dream and I hope I can help you achieve it.
My promise is to be here to listen to your concerns, help you with whatever I can, and cheer for you harder than anyone else. My promise is to help guide your manuscript, to give you the best advice I know, and do my damndest to take you to the next level.
Dare to do this. Dare to strive for your dream.
So, let me tell you a little bit more about why I might be your huckleberry.
I’m pretty eclectic. I love to write Urban Fantasy. I got picked up by my agent for dark romantic suspense. I enjoy literary fiction, thrillers, Sci-Fi and more. I love diversity, I love angst, and especially gritty, dark things. Some of my favorite novels:
- Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey
- The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson
- Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
So, let me tell you a little about me and be a little more specific about the things I want/don’t want.
As said, I’m a new mom, so if we Skype, probably expect a tiny little human to be an accessory a time or two. I graduate from FAU with a Bachelor’s in English with a focus in creative writing in Fall of 2017. The amazing Laura Bradford is my agent and she is absolutely the best, not only as an agent, but for dealing with my crazy.
I’m pretty easy going, drink whiskey on the weekends, live on coffee, and attempt to multitask like a boss. There will be multiple avenues you can get a hold of me and I’m pretty quick about responding, though it might be a bit delayed due to said tiny human. It’ll always be within the same day though.
In regards to submissions. I’m open to a lot of things, but I don’t want the same old thing, if that makes sense. If you’re writing Urban Fantasy, give me a new take on it. Not just vampires and werewolves. They can be in the novel, but I’d really like to see something outside the box for the protagonist and main characters–and something dark. If you send me a romance, I love dark romantic suspense. If you send me Scifi I prefer more plot and less mechanics. Meaning, I’m not going to be able to help if it’s riddled with high level science. I wish I could! My husband would be your Huckleberry at that point, but alas, he’s not a writer. I love compelling literary fiction with a unique plot. I’m looking for some fresh, dynamic, versatile. Something that will evoke some kind of emotion.
Genres I’m accepting:
What don’t I want?
I don’t want love triangles. Honestly, at this point, they are really overdone, and I’ve never been a huge fan of them anyway. As I said before, no vampires or werewolves as main plots for an Urban Fantasy. No damsel in distress stories. Even in romance, women can be capable. No high or epic fantasy. I just won’t be able to help you with it. No rape for the sake of rape, even then I only want the physical scene if it’s pertinent to the plot. If it’s not necessary, then use your writer’s toolbox to make it more compelling without the gratuity of it. Don’t get me wrong, I like gratuitous violence. I love a good action novel, but when it comes to rape, it’s a little trickier. So, use your best judgement.
If you’re not sure if your novel would be something I like, just ask. I’m always happy to answer.
If you think that this might be a good fit, I hope you’ll submit to me. I might just be your huckleberry.