Day 15 (Part 2) of June Setting Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Kit Frick
Jun21

Day 15 (Part 2) of June Setting Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Kit Frick

  Welcome to June’s Setting Workshop! From a Rafflecopter lottery drawing, we selected over thirty writers to participate. Each mentor has graciously critiqued a 500 word sample chosen by the writers from a place he or she felt needed help with setting. We hope that not only you’ll learn a little bit about setting that you can apply to your own writing, but that you’ll also be able to get to know some of our wonderful Pitch Wars mentors and their editing styles. We appreciate our mentors for giving up their time to do the critiques. If you have something encouraging to add, feel free to comment below. Please keep all comments tasteful. We will delete any inappropriate or hurtful ones. And now we have … Pitch Wars Mentor Kit Frick Twitter  |  Website Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Kit Frick has been living in various parts of NY state since 2000. A triple-threat with a ballpoint pen, she writes poetry and young adult fiction and edits professionally for Black Lawrence Press and Copper Lantern Studio. Her fiction is represented by Erin Harris at Folio/Folio Jr. Kit holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University and has studied with book editors, copyeditors, and literary agents through NYU’s Center for Publishing. When she’s not working, you can find Kit reading, hanging out with her husband and cats, tinkering with recipes, and revisiting her adolescence through television. (My So-Called Life, 4-eva!)   The 500 Word Critique . . . Adult Contemporary Romance Cheese is undoubtedly the most luscious food. It melts sumptuously like sin on a cracker. It has the magical ability to make you forget loser boyfriends and rejection letters. All of them. It is gluttonous, sexy and inexpensive. Convenient! [I love how these opening sentences—which take place entirely within the MC’s mind—set us up for something entirely different than the setting you’re about to establish.] But, as I loomed over stall number three in Brooklyn’s Parker Middle School with multiple reasons why I loved fromage swirled fresh in my mind, I seriously reconsidered my stance on cheese. [OK, so here we are in a middle school bathroom in Brooklyn—not the place we were expecting to find an ode to cheese! The connection is surprising and immediately effective as we read on.] “Damn Taco Tuesday!” The echo of my voice within the blue tiled bathroom startled me into a fit of laughter. The worn wooden handle on the mop I clung to vibrated between my fingers as I stamped it violently onto the ground. With each investigation I found more splat hidden in a corner, mocking me with cheesy remnants. [Ah-ha! Through these setting-specific...

Read More
Day 15 of June Setting Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Kip Rechea
Jun21

Day 15 of June Setting Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Kip Rechea

Welcome to June’s Setting Workshop! From a Rafflecopter lottery drawing, we selected over thirty writers to participate. Each mentor has graciously critiqued a 500 word sample chosen by the writers from a place he or she felt needed help with setting. We hope that not only you’ll learn a little bit about setting that you can apply to your own writing, but that you’ll also be able to get to know some of our wonderful Pitch Wars mentors and their editing styles. We appreciate our mentors for giving up their time to do the critiques. If you have something encouraging to add, feel free to comment below. Please keep all comments tasteful. We will delete any inappropriate or hurtful ones. And now we have … Pitch Wars Mentor Kip Rechea Kip Rechea Twitter  |  Website Kip Wilson Rechea is a young adult writer represented by Roseanne Wells of the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. She has a Ph.D. in German Literature and a passion for books, languages, and travel. Her work has appeared in the TIMELESS and SPAIN FROM A BACKPACK anthologies, as well as FACES, COBBLESTONE, APPLESEEDS, LEARNING THROUGH HISTORY, and TRANSITIONS ABROAD magazines. She’s also proud to be the Poetry Editor at YARN: The YA Review Network and the Events Editor at Mommy Poppins Boston. She lives in Boston with her cute Spanish husband and mischievous twins, and is hard at work on several projects for young adults. The 500 Word Critique . . . Middle Grade Horror “Why did the mermaid cross the road?” Oh mouth, you’re going to get me killed, thought Kelsey. [Starting with dialogue certainly throws the reader right into the action, but it can be disorienting to be thrust somewhere with no details on what it looks, sounds, or smells like there.] “What?” Boomed the Kraken and if he was disturbed before, he was murderous now.  [This is picky, but this line is a bit clunky and took me out of the world of this story since this is only the second paragraph.] “Who? Who got out? Was it that gangly looking one with the big head? Now I’ll never get my five dollars back.” [This might be a good spot to throw in a line or two to describe the Kraken and the setting.] “No, Mr…Kraken. It’s a joke.” Shut. Up Kelsey. Shut up-shut up-shut up. [At this point I’m ready for the voice/humor and chuckled at this line. Nice.] The Kraken blinked. Kelsey cleared her throat. “A joke. You know. Just a…pretend scenario designed to make…uhm…one laugh, often applied during tense moments. Or during slightly uncomfortable situations.” Blink. She thought goodbyes at the people she would never see again. “Say it again,” snapped the...

Read More
FORGET TOMORROW by Pitch Wars mentor, Pintip Dunn … on sale now for only $0.99!
Jun21

FORGET TOMORROW by Pitch Wars mentor, Pintip Dunn … on sale now for only $0.99!

Amazon | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo  For a limited time only, FORGET TOMORROW by Pitch Wars mentor Pintip Dunn is on sale for $0.99! If you like YA science fiction about difficult moral choices, this is the book for you! Grab this RWA RITA® nominee for Best First Book today!   Author: Pintip Dunn Title: FORGET TOMORROW Release Date: Nov. 3, 2015 Publisher: Entangled TEEN Synopsis: Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self. It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision-a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist. Or in Callie’s case, a criminal. In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo-a hellish prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes. But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all-Callie, herself. Add to FORGET TOMORROW to your GoodReads shelf. Author bio: website  facebook  twitter  instagram Pintip Dunn graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. She also published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis.” Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. Her debut novel, FORGET TOMORROW, is a finalist in the Best First Book category of RWA’s RITA® contest. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Washington Romance Writers, YARWA, and The Golden Network. She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com....

Read More