Teen Eyes Editorial Contest … the winners!
Sep01

Teen Eyes Editorial Contest … the winners!

  We have winners from the Teen Eyes editors! The entries were so amazing. Thank you for entering, everyone. You never know who will be lurking on the blog and you could get interest just by putting yourself out there. But alas, there could only be three winners. And here are the writers who hooked a teen editor … Grace’s Pick  …  THE FREQUENCY OF BLUE by Jayme Stryker Z0e’s Pick … UNCHURCHED by Bronwen Fleetwood Kate’s Pick … UNBRELLA NIGHTS by Heidi Schroder Jayme, Bronwen, and Heidi please email me at brenleedrake(at)gmail(dot)com for instructions. And don’t forget to check out the services for Teen Eyes Editorial. The offer great services at a good prices…   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 outreach programs by publishers, as well as edited for authors with book deals from imprints such as SimonTeen and Greenwillow. After attending BookExpo America in 2012, Grace’s desire to work in publishing led to her to pursue even more connections to the industry. While Grace currently focuses on short stories and poetry herself, she’s fervently devoted to manuscripts and the development of fiction. A finalist in the prestigious Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Competition, Grace studied at Interlochen Center for the Arts in the summer of 2013 under the tutelage of professors from...

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Pitch Wars Mentor Picks!
Sep01

Pitch Wars Mentor Picks!

  The mentors have worked tirelessly reading all the marvelous submissions for Pitch Wars. Behind the scenes, there’s been laughter, blood, sweat, and tears shared between the mentors. There were so many, SO MANY, wonderful entries, and we couldn’t pick them all. It all came down to which ones spoke the most to the mentors’ hearts. There are many pathways to acquiring your publishing goals. Pitch Wars is just one of a few. Though I know you’ll be disappointed if you don’t find your name on the following list, please remember that you are in the game. Just finishing a manuscript requires a love for writing, and putting your work out there is such a brave act. Congratulations for getting into the game. Every heartache, every victory, will get you a step closer to success. I have had many heartaches and many missteps. I’ve been rejected (a lot). I’ve had to change my course (a few times). But giving up was never an option for me. I picked myself up, learned what I had to, and made several friends along the way. My wish for you is to keep going, never give up, and gather friends who will cry and celebrate with you through the battle. I admire each and every one of you for putting on a brave face and putting your work out there. You are so cared for by all the mentors. There are posts in our Facebook group full of love and caring; my heart swells just reading them. I am truly blessed to be in this community with you. Thank you for entrusting me with your work and for making me smile every day. Keep going! And we have a giveaway from Cornerstones Literary Consultancy for US Pitch Wars writers who entered and weren’t chosen. Cornerstones, the No. 1 literary consultancy in the UK, www.cornerstones.co.uk, twitter.com/cornerstoneslit – is expanding into the US over the coming months. They provide editorial feedback, scout for agents, and have launched many writers over the years: Sarwat Chadda, Liz Kessler, Ava McCarthy, Jane Yardley, Lezanne Clannachan, and Kate Glanville to name a few. They work mainly by word-of-mouth and so Pitch Wars mentees will be the first to know about this service. Cornerstones are offering an $500 voucher to use on one of their services with one of the Pitch Wars editors who will be part of the Cornerstones stable. email helen@cornerstones.co.uk for more information. I’ll announce the winner when the Rafflecopter expires and contact the winner by email with further instructions. Here’s a list of the mentors who are editors for them and you’ll get to pick which editor you’d...

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