Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 14 Young Adult
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Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 14 Young 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 …   Karen McManus Twitter |  Website As a kid Karen McManus used to write books when she was supposed to be playing outside, and not much has changed. Her debut YA novel, ONE OF US IS LYING, will be released from Delacorte Press/Random House in 2017, with a second book to follow in 2018. Karen works in marketing and communications, and lives in Cambridge with her 10-year old son. ONE: For me, voice and characters trump all. A fresh concept or an unexpected take on an old trope is great, but mainly I want to get pulled in on page one by people I care enough about to follow to the end. Starting in the wrong place, over-exposition, and minor plot and pacing issues can be fixed, but flat characters and stilted dialogue would take more time than we have. TWO: First, I’ll ask my mentee a lot of questions about your book, your goals, and your writing style. I’ll then provide you with an edit letter focused on what I see as the big picture macro issues we should tackle related to plot, pacing, character arcs, etc. In the second round, I’ll do more specific and detailed line edits. And then we’ll perfect that pitch, first page, and query before the contest. THREE: Impossible to pick just one! I will say, though, that when I read The Hunger Games several years ago, it was like a light bulb went off in my head—I immediately connected to the voice and the characters, and started to wonder if I, too, could write YA. A...

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Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 13 Young Adult
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Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 13 Young 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 … Janella Angeles & Co-Mentor Axie Oh Twitter |  Website Janella Angeles is a Filipina-American YA writer and a team member of the Boston Teen Author Festival who currently resides in Massachusetts. She graduated summa cum laude from Emerson College with a degree in Writing, Literature, and Publishing, and is represented by Thao Le of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. Twitter |  Website Axie Oh is a graduate of the University of California-San Diego where she studied Korean history and creative writing. She was the recipient of Tu Books’ 2015 New Visions Award, awarded to an unpublished author of color. Her debut YA Sci-Fi novel, THE AMATERASU PROJECT, is scheduled to release Fall 2017. She is currently pursuing an MFA at Lesley University and is represented by Patricia Nelson of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.   ONE: We are looking for something that pulls us in – writing, worldbuilding, characterizations, and plot. A unique setting and complex characters will always catch our attention. Most every issue – starting in the wrong place, grammar, word choices – can be fixed. The main reason for passing would be if we didn’t connect with the voice or the writing. We really want to love our mentee’s work in order to champion him or her through Pitch Wars and beyond! TWO: Our style is very collaborative, communicative, and slightly crazy, but ultimately and most importantly, constructive! We are always on board to fangirl and cheerlead our mentee on, but we are also there to first and foremost offer critique and whip that...

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SHATTERED by Sharon M. Johnston . . . Cover Reveal and Giveaway!
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SHATTERED by Sharon M. Johnston . . . Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

  Shattered: An Open Heart Novel Book 2 Book Blurb: Mishca needs to save her sisters, but only Ryder can save her. The truth about Mishca’s past shattered her heart. She deals with the pain by focusing on a new mission: saving her newfound family from their creator. With her sisters scheduled for termination, Mishca and her friends set out on a journey up the North Queensland Coast to save them before someone else dies. Ryder understands the need driving Mischa. It’s in her DNA. But he’s not giving up on the chance they can still be together. She’s the only one to have seen him levitate. The only one to watch the sparks dance across his skin. The only one he trusts enough to know what is in his heart. And now, he might be the only one who can stop Mishca from losing her humanity. Driven apart by secrets, will they come together in time? Book Extract: My hands grip the steering wheel so tight my knuckles resemble mini snow capped mountains. I could drive under the truck 200 metres ahead in the opposite lane and end it all. It would be so easily. Accelerate; yank the wheel, and then nothingness. The scenario plays through my mind so vividly I actual wince. Suck it up, soldier. This pity party is over. I shake my head as though that will make the intrusive thoughts dissipate. The best thing might be to think of nothing at all. Thinking about the fact people want to kill my sisters, thinking about how I stuffed everything with Ryder, thinking about Isobel and how I’m her incarnate, thinking about Colin… Ah crap, now I’m thinking about Colin. I want to travel back in time and bitch-slap past-me forever believing that Imogene’s love for Colin was my own. Part of me is furious with my original for passing on her insanely passionate feelings for my former university professor. The other part of me is furious with Colin with not realising that I was his soul mate’s duplicate. Being a clone sucks ass.   Release: September/October 2016 Goodreads Like the sound of SHATTERED, but haven’t read An Open Heart Novel Book 1:DIVIDED yet? City Owl Press has lots of purchase options on their website. Giveaway: Sharon is giving away three handmade bookmarks that all feature purple to match the cover and a heart for the book series. See the Rafflecopter for details on how to enter. Rafflecopter Giveaway About the Author Sharon is an author and public relations professional from Mackay in Australia. She writes across Young Adult, New Adult and Adult categories in a...

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