Write Mentor 2020 Summer Programme

I’m so excited to be a mentor! I was lucky enough to be selected as a Write Mentor mentee in 2018 (and a Pitch Wars mentee in 2016), and I am so grateful that I finally have the opportunity to give something back. I went on to sign with my amazing agent (Heather Cashman) in May 2019, and my YA fantasy (CHASING BLOOD & SCOUNDRELS) is currently on submission with publishers.

This year I’ll be co-mentoring with my critique partner, Claire Winn & we can’t wait to get our hands on your YA manuscripts! We’ll be offering a full manuscript critique & will help you polish your sub package until it shines!

My strengths as a mentor will be developing compelling character arcs, sharpening dialogue, & crafting an irresistible pitch. Claire has one of the keenest editorial eyes around (I regularly pinch myself that I get to work with her)!

What we’re looking for:

Claire and I share a love of character-driven stories & world building that feels fresh and exciting. Fantasy is near & dear to my heart, but we’re also open to Science Fiction, Adventure, Paranormal, Contemporary Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, and Contemporary.

I’d love to see…

– A compelling fantasy with a romance I won’t forget.

-Complex female characters with agency (bonus points for witty dialogue).

-New takes on magic.

-Adventure stories that are packed with plot twists.

-Atmospheric settings (if you consider your setting a secondary character, I REALLY want to read).

-Stories celebrating diversity.


-Compelling villains & antiheroes.

If you can comp your book to any of the following, we would love to see it:

Authors/Books- V.E Schwab, Leigh Bardugo, Claire Le Grand, Kiersten White, Adrienne Young, S.A Chakraborty, Renee Ahdieh, Emily A. Duncan.

Movies/TV shows: Guillermo Del Toro movies, Dragon Prince, Stranger Things, Princess Bride, The Witcher, Killing Eve, Derry Girls (I’m obsessed), Fleabag, and Taika Waititi movies.

I’m not a fan of pushy love interests, lack of consent, or stories that aren’t inclusive.

I’m a big fan of craft books. If you’re chosen as our mentee, you should expect some homework as well as an edit letter. We’re eager to work with a writer who is determined to make their story shine & is open to honest & considerate feedback,

A little about me!

Nicole A. Brake was born in a small coal mining town in the South Wales valleys. Her earliest childhood memory is convincing her younger sister that she was radioactive after she used a torch to make her sibling’s hand glow red.

After graduating from Swansea University with a degree in History, she settled on the South Wales coast with her two mischievous children. She is proud to be a member of 2016 Pitch Wars and 2018 Write Mentor alumni.

When she’s not writing YA fantasy about headstrong, capable young women or devouring an ever-growing TBR pile, you’ll likely find her fangirling over all things geek, baking sweet treats, indulging her wanderlust, or wrangling her two small children on a Welsh beach.

Nicole loves nothing more than curling up somewhere cozy with a great book. Her favorite authors include: V.E. Schwab, Leigh Bardugo, S.A. Chakraborty, Renee Ahdieh, Katherine Arden, Katherine Rundell, and Sabaa Tahir.

Big News!!!

I’m delighted to announce I’m now represented by Heather Cashman and Storm Literary! April was a complete whirlwind of emotion and disbelief (I’m still pinching myself to make sure this is real life).

You can expect a post on my road to getting an agent at some point down the line, but right now I’m frantically revising in the hope I can get my bounty girls book out into the world someday.

Huge thank you to everyone who has supported me and this book! I can’t wait to see what happens next!


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Welcome, Book lover!

This is where I’ll share what I’m currently working on, what books have me fangirling & any other news!

Expect headstrong heroines, swoon-worthy guys, epic adventures, and cake….LOTS of cake.

This site is currently under construction, but you can find me on Twitter (@nicolealana).

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole 🙂