Pitch Wars Mentor Blog Hop
Aug05

Pitch Wars Mentor Blog Hop

Welcome to the mentors’ wishlist blog hop! From today until submission day, use the linky below to hop to all the mentors’ websites/blogs to read their bios, wishlists, and what categories and genres they want to mentor. At the end of this post, you will find the rules and submission guidelines for August 17. For those unfamiliar with Pitch Wars, it’s a contest where published/agented authors, editors, or interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer suggestions on how to make the manuscript shine. The mentee then revises their manuscript for two months under the guidance of their mentor. The mentor also critiques his/her writer’s pitch to get it ready for the agent round. To do this, the mentors read all their applications and choose the writer they want to mentor and  to get ready for the agent round on November 3-5. We’re still waiting on agents to respond to our invite, but until our list is final, go here for a sneak peek of the agents who will be requesting in the agent round.   We’re holding an “Ask the Mentors” event on the Twitter hashtag, #AskMentor and on #PitchWars, August 10 from 12:01AM to 11:59PM EDT. Stop by and ask mentors questions as you see them join the hashtag. Some our Pitch Wars mentors will be chatting live with the Whiskey, Wine, & Writing gang at 8PM EDT. Make sure to watch and get to know the mentors. Follow the #Pitchwars and #WWWriting tags to ask questions for the mentors. Here’s the schedule: Tuesday 8/4 & 8/11 – Middle Grade Mentors Wednesday 8/5 & 8/12 – YA Mentors Thursday 8/6 & 8/13- YA/NA & NA/A Mentors Friday 8/7 – Adult Mentors Friday 8/14 – A mix of mentors who couldn’t make previous shows. There will be prizes for the team with the most requests.  Each team member will receive a $75 gift certificate good towards services from our sponsor. Our sponsor this round of Pitch Wars is …   Jen Halligan offers literary publicity and a wide range of author services. 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!   Surprise!! Instead...

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Teen Eyes Editorial Contest … Can you hook a teen?
Aug05

Teen Eyes Editorial Contest … Can you hook a teen?

Have you ever wondered if your manuscript would hook a teen reader? We all have. So what better way to find out than a contest with the talented teens of TEEN EYES EDITORIAL. How is this going to work? You’ll post a 35-word pitch and the first 250 words of your young adult or middle grade manuscript in the comments of the submission post that will go live on August 18 and we’ll take entries until August 26 at 1PM EDT. The three Teen Eyes editors will go through the comments and each select one winner. The winners will be announced on September 1st. What are the prizes? There will be three (3) winners. The winners will receive a free 25-page critique from the editors. Each Teen Eyes editor will pick the entry they feel is best, and then work with that writer on the critique. Can I enter this contest if I entered Pitch Wars? Absolutely. The critique would be an added pair of eyes on your manuscript … teen eyes. If you make it into Pitch Wars and win a critique from Teen Eyes, you and your mentor will decide how best to use the critique. Formatting details will be on the submission post on August 18. Here’s a bit about the teen editors . . .   Kate Coursey Editor Twitter Kate Coursey has been editing professionally since 2010. She helped found Teen Eyes in 2011, working with clients from all over the world to perfect their manuscripts. As a YA autho, her novel LIKE CLOCKWORK won Scholastic’s PUSH Novel Contest when she was 16 years old. In addition to having extensive experience as a freelance editor, Kate worked as an intern at Scholastic Press, where she read many agented and unagented submissions. She received the prestigious Sterling Scholar Grant in 2011 based on an extensive creative writing sample. Later that year, Kate underwent a comprehensive evaluation of her editorial skills, beating out dozens of post-grad students for an editorial internship at a mid-sized publisher. She is currently finishing up her ninth novel, which took first place in the LDS Storymakers First Chapter Contest. Kate spends far too much time messing around on the Internet and occasionally succumbs to caffeine-induced fits of hysteria at 2:00 a.m. Kate loves all things fantasy, contemporary, historical, steampunk, dystopian, and magical realism. She particularly enjoys unique lead characters and morally ambiguous situations.   Grace Smith Editor Twitter Grace Smith is a 17-year-old who’s been passionately blogging about books and writing since April 2011. During those three years, Grace has interned for a small press, served on numerous panels and teen...

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