Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 18 Young Adult
Jul07

Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 18 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 … 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? 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? And lastly, what is your all-time favorite book and how did it inspire your writing? And here are their answers …   Marty Mayberry Twitter |  Website Marty Mayberry writes young adult and adult stories and infuses them with romance. When she’s not dreaming up ways to mess with her character’s lives, she works as an RN/Clinical Documentation Specialist. She has a BA in International Affairs in German and an Associate’s Degree in Nursing. She lives in New England with her husband, children, and three neurotic cats. She’s a member of SCBWI, YARWA, and a PRO member of RWA. Her young adult science fiction, PHOENIX RISING, won the 2015 YARWA’s Rosemary Award for speculative fiction. She’s represented by Jessica Watterson of the Dijkstra Agency. ONE: I would love to work with an author I feel needs my help. If I see a sub that’s perfect already, I’m less apt to want to work with them, because I won’t have much to offer. My goal is to give back what so many other authors have given me: to help another author move to the next level. I’m looking for a unique & intriguing premise, something I can’t put down, something I think will do well on sub. TWO: I’ll read the MS and give overall feedback, plus some line edits within two weeks. We’ll discuss my suggestions, and the author will revise based on what we agreed works best and return the MS. I’ll read again to fine-tune. If there’s time, I’ll read a third time before the agent round. I’ll also help with the synopsis, query and pitch, and we’ll discuss some of the inside stuff, including what to ask an offering agent, what it’s like...

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Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 17 Young Adult
Jul07

Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 17 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 … 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? 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? And lastly, what is your all-time favorite book and how did it inspire your writing? And here are their answers …   Linsey Miller Twitter |  Website A wayward biology student from Arkansas, Linsey previously worked as a crime lab intern, neuroscience lab assistant, and pharmacy technician. Her debut novel MASK OF SHADOWS is the first in a fantasy duology coming in 2017 from Sourcebooks Fire. She can be found writing about science and magic anywhere there is coffee. ONE: I’m looking for voice, polish, and a sense of place/character. It’s going to depend on the sub, but I wouldn’t pass for any one thing–it’s a combination of things that leads to a pass. Voice and hook are nebulous things that are hard to pin down, but I look for books that get my attention (and keep it!) using situation and character. TWO: I have a very intensive editing style. Typically, I’ll do an edit letter with some in-text comments, a complete rewrite to get the base set up, and then do line-edits until everything is consistent and clean. This can mean only doing two passes or doing five. Then the pitch and query. And also track changes. Everywhere. THREE: Straight to the heart! Just one? Lirael by Garth Nix is probably one of the most influential.   Lisa Amowitz Twitter |  Website Lisa is an award winning author of three fantasy/thrillers for young adults, UNTIL BETH, VISION, and BREAKING GLASS. She is also a cover designer and ​Professor of Graphic Design at Bronx Community College. She is represented by Shannon Hassan of Marsal-Lyon Literary Agency ONE: I enjoy YA fantasy, mystery thrillers and magical reality. I’m looking for voice, atmosphere and a believable character. If...

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