Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors … mini interviews with YA & YA/NA mentors
Aug13

Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors … mini interviews with YA & YA/NA mentors

For the past couple weeks we’ve been getting to know mentors on live chats on the Whiskey, Wine, & Writing site and by hopping to our mentors’ blogs to read their bios and wish lists. Today we have some mini-interviews with the mentors who couldn’t make the live chats. At the bottom of this post you’ll find YouTube links to some of the live chats. There are three more live chats happening this week. The next one is tonight and the last is on this Friday. Check out the Whiskey, Wine, & Writing site for the schedule and list of mentors joining the chats and watch them live. And there just might be a surprise happening on one of the upcoming chats. But for now, here are the mini-interviews … We asked our mentors to answer these three questions: 1. What are you looking for in a submission and what would you forgive as far as issues in the sample pages? In other words, what do you feel is an easy fix and what would be a pass for you? 2. What is your editing style and do you have a game plan to tackle edits with your mentee in the two months given for the contest? 3. And lastly, what is your all time favorite book and how did it inspire your writing? And here’s their answers …   Samantha Joyce Twitter 1. The biggest thing would have to be voice. I can forgive smaller technical issues if you give me a killer voice. I especially love sassy and snarky characters. We can fix plot holes or missing character arcs together, but if you’re lacking voice, that would probably make me set your entry aside. 2. I usually do two first passes—one on my e-reader and one in word—so I can track changes and add comments. Generally, I’ll remark on your ms as I go, including comments on both the things that do and do not work. No matter what, I try to keep it positive. If something isn’t working, I’ll explain why I feel that way and ask questions to see how we can make it better. My plan is to do a first pass of the query/pitch/full ms and return them with notes. Then I’ll follow my mentee’s lead as to how they want to approach edits. If they want to ask questions as they go, that’s great. If they want to be left alone, that’s fine, too. We all have our own revisions process. However, I’ll be on them to make their deadline, and I’ll be available for any questions. We can also do another...

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