Devin Ross

YA Contemporary

On Submission

Rebekah wrote her first screenplay at the age of nine on a beat up blue type-writer during the dog days of the Texas summer. Many years (and many screenplays) later, she had an original feature place in the Second Round of Austin Film Festival’s screenwriting competition.

Rebekah is the ghostwriter behind the cookbook URBAN COWGIRL by Food Network celebrity chef, Sarah Penrod and the co-author of the award-winning Wattpad romantic comedy ELLIE IS COOL NOW (under the pen name, Faith McClaren).

She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son, and two scruffy dogs, where she works as a freelance editor.

The road to publication is really a roller coaster, and I’ve ridden it a few times so I am pretty damn comfortable raising my arms and screaming woohoo! (Or screaming, full stop.) I have had two agents, been on sub with a YA fantasy, written screenplays and TV pilots, adapted a book from one of said screenplays, and wanted to give up more times than I can count. But I didn’t. And working with me means you get access to my unstoppable tenacity, and my many years of being behind the scenes in both the film and publishing industry.

I mentee’d a writer a few rounds back through Author Mentor Match and I work as a freelance editor, on my own and with #1 NYT Best Selling Author Lindsay Cummings, plus, I come with a unique eye towards edits thanks to my screenwriting background.

I love to help writers shape their stories, dig in to the big questions driving characters and find the best possible way to attack scenes. I love good stories and want more of them out in the world.

This is an industry with a lot of ups and downs, and having a mentor has always helped me. Years ago, I signed up for an online writing course with Nova Ren Suma, and I can honestly say that it changed my life. Not only did I receive (and still receive) invaluable insight into the industry and into my own writing, but I found my first champion of my writing and a group of amazing friends and critique partners through that workshop. I hope to offer a smart take on my mentees story, as well as a sounding board about how to navigate this industry.

My favorite kind of story is something commercial that leans toward literary in the prose. I need a pacey plot (however, don’t worry if it’s not there yet, I can help!), and I need a romantic storyline (all the loves!), but it doesn’t have to be the main purpose of the plot. I like moody or dark, I love nerdy and sweet, but what I love most is when there are threads of all this through a really clever plot with characters I want to hang out with forever.

  • Contemporary
  • Mystery/Thriller
  • Magical Realism/Fabulism
  • #ownvoices
  • Romance
  • Urban/Contemporary Fantasy
  • Horror

I am very open minded, but I will say this about tropes: if you do anything, it must feel new and fresh. I won’t auto-reject a love triangle, but I need it to be integral to the plot and not just be set dressing. This can be applied across the board. One thing I really don’t want to see is a male character being told by all the female characters why he is awesome and special. Give them all agency and purpose and I’ll love you forever.


  • Edit Letter (Big Picture developmental feedback)
  • Line edit (dropping notes into a Word Document)
  • I am open to chatting via DM or a phonecall should this be needed.

I will offer big picture notes first, depending on the amount of whole world edits that need to happen, this phase could have multiple steps. Then once we are in a groove and we know where the MS is heading, I will likely offer in-doc critique on each act, and then a full in-doc critique once the first revision is complete. But this is not set in stone, and will be determined based on the kind of edits needing to be done.

Diligent, focused, flexible and patient. This is not an industry that rewards an unwillingness to do the work. I want someone dedicated first to the craft, second to the validation of getting an agent and acquiring a book deal. Your craft is how you get the agent and the book deal, and it’s the thing I’m most interested in helping my mentee develop.

Boy voices – I have a son, I grew up in a house full of boys (five brothers, only girl), and my novel on sub has two male POVs (and a girl), so it’s something I love to read when done well

Girls with gumption and interests beyond romance but there still needs to be some kind of romance any kind

Ticking clock stories and anything with ghosts or maybe ghosts (I know this is spec, but I love and write horror and I am a film buff, and horror is a classic film genre.)

Upper YA – I say this because I tend to like slightly more mature voices, or characters on the cusp of adulthood

GLOW the TV show. But not wrestling.

Flashy and high concept romantic comedy

Atmosphere – I know this is super vague, but I love to feel the world of a story alive all around me.

Mental health stories – nothing where the mental health of a character is framed as a problem, but I love stories that shed light on mental health concerns as someone who lives that life.

Fae – it’s not for me, friends.
Cheating when it’s a guy and I’m still supposed to like him.


  • All the Rainbow Rowell
  • All the Leigh Bardugo
  • Rebecca Barrow’s books
  • Gray Wolf Island
  • Cold Day in the Sun (out in April)
  • The Hating Game
  • Nova Ren Suma’s books
  • Anna and the French Kiss
  • Zenith
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here
  • To All the Boys
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Clueless
  • 10 Things I Hate About You
  • A Quiet Place
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Stranger Things
  • Power Rangers
  • All the Marvel
  • Star Wars except the new Han Solo
  • Gilmore Girls and Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Psych