Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 4 Adult
Jun28

Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 4 Adult

From June 27th through July 18th, we’ll be posting mini-interviews with most of the Pitch Wars mentors so you can get to know them. Many of the mentors also hang out on twitter. Follow the links to their Twitter accounts and say hello. They’ll be on the #PitchWars hashtag tweeting advice and answering questions. We will also host live chats from July 19th through August 2nd, and the Pitch Wars submission window will open on August 3rd! 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 are their answers …   Holly Faur Twitter  |  Website Holly grew up traveling all over the western U.S. and Germany pretending each long car ride was by covered wagon. She now lives in her birth state of Michigan with her husband and four little ruffians where she write modern historical fiction about wonderfully complicated people. She keeps a garden, tackles the art of baking French macarons, loves the Great Lakes, and can’t live without her Wellie boots. She’s represented my Maria Vicente of P.S. Literary ONE: Something exciting! Sorry, that’s so vague. Easy fixes would be too much back story up front or a little too much telling vs showing. Grammar slips are totally expected, but if they are quite heavy in only a few pages, I might have to pass. TWO: I go line by line and leave lots of notes, along with an edit letter. I’m hoping for a mentee who likes emailing back and forth, brainstorming ideas and scenes. I want to help out along the way while they tweak if I can and I’m totally game for reading over track changes and giving more feedback on the new material. THREE: Hmm. My all-time fav is Three Men in a Boat (Not to Mention the Dog) by Jerome K. Jerome. But I can’t say that it’s influenced/inspired my writing at all. Other than realizing there’s nothing wrong with writing for sheer enjoyment.   Michelle Hauck Twitter  |  Website Michelle Hauck lives in the bustling metropolis of northern Indiana with her hubby and two college kids. Besides working with special needs children by day, she writes all sorts of...

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Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 3 Adult
Jun28

Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 3 Adult

From June 27th through July 18th, we’ll be posting mini-interviews with most of the Pitch Wars mentors so you can get to know them. Many of the mentors also hang out on twitter. Follow the links to their Twitter accounts and say hello. They’ll be on the #PitchWars hashtag tweeting advice and answering questions. We will also host live chats from July 19th through August 2nd, and the Pitch Wars submission window will open on August 3rd! 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 are their answers …   Kristin Lepionka Twitter  |  Website Kristen Lepionka’s mystery series featuring private investigator Roxane Weary debuts May 2017 from St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books. She grew up mostly in a public library and could often be found in the adult mystery section well before she was out of middle school. Her writing has been selected for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Grift, and Black Elephant. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her partner and two cats. ONE: I’d love to see a submission with a bold voice and a story with good bones. The nitty-gritty of the plot can always be fixed, and so can issues like starting in the wrong place or some character inconsistency, but a story without a solid premise in its core is going to be difficult to fix in 2 months. TWO: I’d say my editing style is thorough but flexible. I can’t tell you exactly how to fix every single issue in a manuscript—it’s YOUR story, after all—but I can offer you lots of suggestions to help you find a solution that resonates with you. I will likely provide an edit letter very soon after the contest starts—or, depending on my mentee’s communication style, an edit-email-chain because this process should be a discussion, not just a radio transmission! My awesome mentor from last year, Kellye Garrett, was great about emailing back and forth a lot, which I found to be really helpful in terms of working out the kinks in my ideas. I’d also love to get to line edits on the revised manuscript before the agent round, time permitting. THREE: If...

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The Darkest Lie by Pintip Dunn . . . Happy Release Day and Giveaway!
Jun28

The Darkest Lie by Pintip Dunn . . . Happy Release Day and Giveaway!

We’re so excited to be part of the Release Blitz for Pintip Dunn’s THE DARKEST LIE! Check out the book’s details and teaser, and be sure to enter the giveaway below!     TITLE: The Darkest Lie AUTHOR: Pintip Dunn Publisher: Kensington YA Publication: June 28, 2016   “The mother I knew would never do those things. But maybe I never knew her after all.” Clothes, jokes, coded messages…Cecilia Brooks and her mom shared everything. At least, CeCe thought they did. Six months ago, her mom killed herself after accusations of having sex with a student, and CeCe’s been the subject of whispers and taunts ever since. Now, at the start of her high school senior year, between dealing with her grieving, distracted father, and the social nightmare that has become her life, CeCe just wants to fly under the radar. Instead, she’s volunteering at the school’s crisis hotline—the same place her mother worked. As she counsels troubled strangers, CeCe’s lingering suspicions about her mom’s death surface. With the help of Sam, a new student and newspaper intern, she starts to piece together fragmented clues that point to a twisted secret at the heart of her community. Soon, finding the truth isn’t just a matter of restoring her mother’s reputation, it’s about saving lives—including CeCe’s own… Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble Excerpt from The Darkest Lie “I’ve been researching the story of her suicide,” Sam says. “And I came across something in my research that nobody could explain.” “What is it?” I say dully, even though I can probably guess. I mean, there’s lots that’s inexplicable about my mom’s behavior. Tons. Like: How could a grown woman be sexually attracted to a boy? Or more importantly: Why would she act on it? And my personal favorite: Did she have any kind of moral fiber—even a few lost threads—at all? But Sam bypasses all the obvious questions and picks up a lock of my hair. I feel the slight tug all the way to my roots. “Her hair.” He rubs my strands between his fingers, and I suppress a shiver. “It was chopped off, jagged. One article said it looked like it was lopped off with a butcher knife.” I shrug, but even that simple movement is infused with the awareness of his touch. Still, he doesn’t let go. “They said she was crazy,” I say. “Out of her mind. Maybe she was disfiguring herself as a sign of her shame. Who knows what motivated her actions?” But even as I repeat the explanation the detectives gave for just about everything, my dad’s words echo in my mind: I knew your mother....

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