Pitch Wars Interviews with Kayla Rivera and Rebecca Sky
Sep09

Pitch Wars Interviews with Kayla Rivera and Rebecca Sky

Welcome to the Pitch Wars Team Interviews by Marnise Nicole Bringing you a closer look each Pitch War Team and their project. Be sure to comment with support, comments, and questions. Meet Kayla River and Rebecca Sky Team: GameGirlZ   Rivera, tell us a little about yourself.    I’m Kayla The Rivera, a Brexican (British Mexican American) with big plans, huge ambitions, and lots of love. YA fiction is my mistress, mainly any sub-genre of fantasy and science fiction, or anything with a hook that digs into you and doesn’t let go from the moment you glance across the blurb. My writing style focuses on high concept ideas that, at their core, are really about people being people; if it’s any indication, Mark Zusak is my favorite author, just above Diana Wynn Jones. Sky, tell us a little about yourself. A little about me, let’s see… I like paperback over ebook, Wilde over Frost, Fantasy over everything, because I like getting lost. I tend to read in every genre and write whatever I like, sometimes I answer poetically—it depends on the time of night. It’s nice to meet you, I’m Rebecca Sky! Rivera, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? I was actually an alternate last year (under the great tutelage of Sharon Johnston), and after learning so much last time, I knew I needed another dose to new novel, DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE, to the next level. There comes a time as a writer when you can sense there’s something you haven’t learned quite yet, and this year, Rebecca Sky is my window to that new lesson. Ah, sensei, I love you already. Sky, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars?  With every fiber of my being, I believe everyone can (and should) realize their dreams. But it takes is hard work and tenacity. There is nothing so special as seeing someone living out those dreams. This is why I wanted to mentor, to give back to the community that has given me so much, and to help others reach that next step of their journey. What Pitch Wars does is a beautiful thing—it breeds community, encouragement, and imagination. The world could use more contests like it! Rivera, what are you most excited for?     I’m most excited to be a part of the Pitch Wars for the community, for what my sensei (the lovely Rebecca Sky) will teach me, and for digging deeper into my manuscript to straighten out its plot structure. Altogether, I’m thrilled to grow as a writer. Sky, what are you most excited for? I’m most excited to see how far Kayla and...

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Pitch War Interviews with Lynnette Labelle and M. C. Vaughan
Sep09

Pitch War Interviews with Lynnette Labelle and M. C. Vaughan

Welcome to the Pitch Wars Team Interviews by Marnise Nicole Bringing you a closer look each Pitch War Team and their project. Be sure to comment with support, comments, and questions.   Meet M. C. Vaughan and Lynnette Labelle Team: Team Labelle   Vaughan, tell us a little about yourself.                              It’s probably easier for me to list the things I do not enjoy reading, as these number three: tax forms, electronics manuals, and IKEA instructions.* My favorite genre is contemporary romantic comedy; YA sci/fi is a close second. My style — snappy sentences, lots of banter, and made-up words – tends to blend better in the contemporary romance world, so that is where I’ve made my home. Plus, I’m a sucker for happily ever afters, and man, there are just not a lot of those in dystopian YA. Fun facts about me… I have about eight pounds of curly hair. I studied Japanese for a year, and the only thing I can remember is how to ask you your name. Ooh, and my cringiest guy moment ever happened when I was a freshman in college. We went to the National Gallery of Art for a field trip, and we all had to find our own way to/from. As we left the museum, one of my classmates – a guy who was really easy on the eyes – offered a couple of us a ride home. He sailed through the streets of DC like he’d paved them himself. One by one, he dropped off our other classmates. I thought there was some chemistry sparkling between us, and I couldn’t leave the car without saying something charming, witty, and memorable. At my dorm, I turned to him and said, “You’re a really good driver.” He said, “Cool. Uh, I gotta go.” I sort of melted out of the car… *I am aware that IKEA instructions are primarily pictograms, but I still hate them with the white-hot passion of a thousand suns. Labelle, tell us a little about yourself.          I’m a freelance editor with best-selling authors and authors-in-training on my list. And, for the first time in years, I’m focusing on my writing. I write romantic suspense with dark villains, hunky heroes, spunky heroines, and smexy romances. I’m a 2015 Daphne du Maurier finalist and a 2015 Molly (Heart of Denver Romance Writers) finalist. I don’t have a favorite genre, but the manuscripts/books that stick with me are the ones with a lot of voice (like my mentee’s). After that, I have to like the premise and the characters, and then I’m lost in their world until I have to...

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Cornerstones Literary Consultancy $500 Voucher Winner Announcement
Sep09

Cornerstones Literary Consultancy $500 Voucher Winner Announcement

The drawing for the $500 voucher for Cornerstones Literary Consultancy is over and the winner is … Ashley Jackson!!! Congratulations, Ashley! You will receive an instruction email soon on how to claim your prize. For the rest of you who had entered the drawing, a 10% discount offer will be emailed to you shortly.  Here’s a little information about Cornerstone … 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. Here’s a list of the Pitch Wars mentors who are now editors for Cornerstones … Molly Lee Joy McCullough Carranza Cat Scully N.K. Traver Jenni Walsh Dionne...

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