Whitney Ross


On Submission

Hannah F. Whitten has been writing to amuse herself since she could hold a pen, and figured out that what amused her might also amuse others sometime in high school. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, making music, or attempting to bake. She lives in Tennessee with her husband and children in a house ruled by a temperamental cat.

I found my agent with the second book I wrote, but it was the first I sincerely queried. My querying journey happened in stops and starts–I sent a few, then got into a mentorship program and revised, queried some more, got into Pitch Wars, then queried again and signed with my agent! Overall, the process took about 2 years.

I majored in English in college and was a Pitch Wars mentee in 2017. I love critiquing for friends, and LOVE query letters.

I wanted to be a mentor to give back to a community I’ve loved being part of, and because one of the best way to level up your own craft is to help others with theirs. Mentorships benefit everyone! I LOVE when fantasy converges with horror, and I love slow burn romance (especially with monsters/villains). I also really love sibling stories, and stories that show how differently people can deal with the same trauma. Give me your soft monsters, your angry characters, your grapplings with faith and existential crises. I’m a sucker for creepy, atmospheric settings and writing that leans literary. If you comp to Laini Taylor, Rosamund Hodge, or Katherine Arden, I want to see your work!

  • Fantasy
  • #ownvoices
  • Romance
  • Horror

If you can bring together fantasy, horror, and romance, I’m VERY into it. Second-world and contemporary fantasy are my favorites, but I’m always open to being surprised by a great historical fantasy. I love enemies-to-lovers, unlikely allies, and fake relationships. Basically, I love fanfiction tropes that have been worked into something original.


  • Edit Letter (Big Picture developmental feedback)
  • Line edit (dropping notes into a Word Document)
  • My DMs and email are always open for brainstorming!

My style is an overarching edit letter, mostly with observations of places that need work, as well as in-line comments to pinpoint any specifics and things like sentence structure/word choice, etc. I’ll make suggestions on how to address issues, but revising is collaborative, so we can talk about the ways you think would be best to fix things!

My ideal mentee is someone who is willing to WORK and change things that need to be changed. Writing is rewriting, so I’m hoping to find someone who isn’t afraid of really digging in and tearing things up in order to put them back together stronger!

I’d love to see fantasy blended with cosmic horror, dark fairytale retellings, arranged marriage plots, and unique takes on traditional paranormal romance monsters (like THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN by Holly Black). If you have anything like The Ritual or Silent Hill but with romance, I would LOVE to see it. I’d also love to see something like The Dark Tower with a femme lead and more kissing.

I’m a bit weary of “princess reclaiming her throne” storylines unless it has a super unique twist. I’m not a huge fan of heist-type narratives. While I love reading multi-POV books, as far as mentoring goes, I’m a better fit for single or dual-POV. I’m not a good fit for hard sci-fi, most space settings, realistic contemporary, or anything dealing closely with sexual assault.

I love horror movies–my favorites are The Village, As Above So Below, and The Ritual. My favorite books are the Winternight Trilogy, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Lisey’s Story, the Dark Tower, the Night and Nothing books by Katherine Harbour, and anything by Tana French. Anything that deals with the concept of “old gods” or the intersection of paganism and modern religion is fascinating to me. I’m also super into musical theatre, and will be obsessed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer until the day I expire.