Pitch Wars … the mentors’ picks!!!
Dec10

Pitch Wars … the mentors’ picks!!!

Well, it’s been a week of swimming in applications, Gmail headaches, and making connections with new friends and your mentors have finally chosen their mentees and alternates. Below you will find the golden Pitch Wars list of teams.  But, wait! It’s never a contest until you throw in a surprise, right?     If you didn’t make on the below list, we have six awesome Ninja Elf Mentors jumping into the slush and choosing a writer and two alternates each to mentor. AHHHH! Their picks will be announced tomorrow morning at 8AM EST. And here are your Ninja Elves in alphabetical order by first names …   Amy Reichert website Twitter   Eden Plantz Website Twitter   Karma Brown Website Twitter Rae Chang Twitter   Renee Ahdieh Website Twitter   Steph Funk Website Twitter Show them some love and follow them everywhere!   And we have prizes for our top teams from our sponsor!   Jen Halligan offers literary publicity and a wide range of author services. Formerly known as A Book and a Latte PR (as part of Jen’s YA book blog), the company was rebranded as JHPR in December 2013. Jen specializes in YA and NA fiction, as that’s where her heart is, and building author platforms. She loves working one-on-one with authors and helping them achieve their dreams. Whether you’re looking for full time publicity, or would just like to schedule a blog tour, cover reveal, or other online promotion, Jen can help! Publicity is not a one-size-fits-all business. A package can be customized to meet your needs and budget. For more information check out the website here. And check out her book blog A Book and a Latte!   And here are your mentors picks!!   Team Brent (MG) – Mentee: The Mask-Maker’s Apprentice by Rachel Moser-Hardy – 1st Alternate: Following Infinity by Tom Mulroy – 2nd Alternate: Darcy Darkling and the Forgotten City by Stacey Trombley   Team Cora (YA/NA)            – Mentee: Groundfall by Megan Just – 1st Alternate:Inner Flame by Kelly Johnson – 2nd Alternate: Healing the Bayou by Mary Bernsen             Team Dannie (YA/NA)         – Mentee: Gaslights in Vaudeville by Sonia Hartl – 1st Alternate:Through the Walled City by Alexandra Alessandri – 2nd Alternate: Backlash by Christy Little   Team Diana (YA/NA)           – Mentee: Harp of Bone by Neely Stansell-Simpson – 1st Alternate:Just Act Normal by Goldy Moldavsky – 2nd Alternate: Fierce by L.G. Kelso   Team Elizabeth Briggs (YA)           – Mentee: Heart of Sparks by Audrey Coulthurst – 1st Alternate:Limitless by Heather Kaczynski Morris – 2nd Alternate: Envision by Erin Funk   Team Elizabeth Penney (A) – Mentee: Wishing Glass by...

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Holiday Guest Post by Pitch Wars Mentor Veronica Bartles!
Dec10

Holiday Guest Post by Pitch Wars Mentor Veronica Bartles!

My favorite Christmas traditions go hand-in-hand: baking delicious treats and spending time with friends and family. For years, we hosted a Christmas Cookie Open House at our home every December. I’d bake approximately 300 dozen cookies (yes, I did say 300 DOZEN – I usually made between 12 and 20 dozen each of at least 16 different varieties of cookie), and we’d invite all of our neighbors, co-workers, friends and acquaintances to come sample the sweetness of the season with us. Each year, I created at least one brand-new cookie recipe for the event, as well as bringing back the traditional favorites. By far, my most popular cookie creation was the Lemon Snowball Cookie. And in preparation for the Ultimate Pitch Wars Snowball Fight, I thought I’d share them with you. They taste like classic Lemon Bars, but with a melt-in-your mouth crunch instead of the sticky, gooey mess generally associated with the delectable treat. (And bonus! The recipe has no eggs or dairy, so it’s great for those on a vegan diet and my friends with allergies who are often left out of the goodie exchange because of dietary restrictions.) You’ll need: 1 c. margarine 1 c. powdered sugar (divided) 1/2 tsp. salt 2 tsp. lemon extract 2 1/4 c. flour (whole wheat gives the most full flavor, but all-purpose works almost as well) Cream together margarine and 1/2 c. powdered sugar. Add lemon flavoring and salt. Beat until light and fluffy. Stir in flour. Chill dough 3-4 hours. (If you skip this step, your cookies will not hold their shape.) Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Roll into balls approximately 1″ in diameter (I use a mini cookie scoop, but you can use your hands, if you don’t have one.) Place dough balls on an ungreased baking sheet. Cookies don’t spread when baked (unless you forgot to chill the dough), so you can place them close together, as long as they’re not touching. I can usually fit the entire batch of cookies onto one large baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cookies are set, but not browned. Cool slightly on the baking sheet. Put the remaining 1/2 c. of powdered sugar into a gallon-sized zip-top baggie. Place the cooled-but-still-slightly-warm cookies into the bag and zip closed. Shake the bag gently to coat each cookie in powdered sugar. I’ve found that 1/2 c. sugar is just about perfect for one batch of cookies, but you can use more or less, depending upon your personal taste preferences. (recipe makes approximately 7 dozen cookies) These delicious little bite-sized cookies are so good, you’ll probably need to make several...

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