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About Ari

The Queen of Show

Ari is obsessed with peppermint chocolate, video-gaming, and absorbing the world through a camera lens. But her heart has always belonged to stories and the humans who write them. It's her dream to do it all: read, write, edit, and agent.

She's enjoyed -- and continues to be involved in -- many alleys of the publishing realm. ​​

  • She created Bookish Valhalla in 2016, a literary blog for Valkyries on the hunt for stories worth devouring. 

  • In 2018, she co-founded CraftQuest with Maria and landed herself a literary internship with TriadaUS.

  • Prior to CraftQuest & Bookish Valhalla, she has five years experience as a freelance developmental editor.

  • Since 2016, she has beta read for self-published authors and reviewed ARCS for publishers from small presses to the top 5.

  • Two years experience copy-editing and copy-writing in non-fiction.

She is a senior at the University of Washington, where she studies English Literature and Japanese.

Dubbed the "Queen of Show" by her fellow editors, Ari is most passionate about helping writers to craft immersive worlds, and to develop uniquely complex characters, bringing attention to all the finer details that help their stories stand out.

MANUSCRIPT WISHLIST

Preferred markets: Upper middle grade | Young adult | New adult | Adult.

Ari's a huge fan of fantasy, science fiction, thrillers, the occult, and a dash of supernatural romance. She loves villains, magic, soft boys, and clever girls.

Her ultimate manuscript wishlist:

  • Magic, magic, magic! Loves all kinds of magic.

  • YA/Adult fantasy. Loves all kinds of low fantasy, especially urban, dark, and magical realism.

  • Antiheroes, introverts, and quirky characters.

  • Adult science fiction, Partial to cyberpunk, biopunk, military, and dying earth or alt histories. Enjoys both hard and soft subgenres.

  • Tough topics: sexuality, addiction, mental health, foster youth etc.

  • Lots and lots of monsters, please.

  • Horror/occult/ghost stories.

  • Paranormal/supernatural romance

  • Morally grey characters and complicated villains.

  • Thrillers/suspense

  • FOLKLORE!

  • Poetry

She's not the best fit for:

  • Erotica or erotic romances

  • High Fantasy

  • Contemporary (unless fantasy)

  • Westerns

  • Historical fiction

  • Man-hating fem-bots

  • Dystopian (unless in similar vein of The Handmaid's Tale)

  • Space Opera

  • Cozies/Mysteries

  • Verse narratives

  • Chick lit or Women's fiction

  • Satire

Her favorite reads include:

  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab

  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

  • The Wicked King by Holly Black

  • Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost

  • The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

  • Shadow Run by AdriAnne Strickland & Michael Miller

SERVICES ARI DOESN'T DO: Book formatting, pitch session prep, and copy edits.