Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 20 Young Adult
Jul08

Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 20 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 . . . Rachel Lynn Solomon & Co-Mentor Kit Frick   Twitter  |  Website Rachel Lynn Solomon is a Seattle native who loves tap dancing, red lipstick, and new wave music. Her debut contemporary YA novel, FINGERS CROSSED, will be out from Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse in spring 2018, with a second book to follow in 2019. She’s represented by Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency. Twitter  |  Website Kit Frick is a YA writer and poet living in Brooklyn, NY. Her fiction is represented by Erin Harris at Folio/Folio Jr. Kit received her MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University. She is a Senior Editor at Black Lawrence Press and Founding Editor of the private editorial practice Copper Lantern Studio. She is thrilled beyond words to be co-mentoring in Pitch Wars for the first time this year. ONE for Rachel: I would love to see something fresh, something that pushes boundaries, something complex that challenges me as a reader. Something with a moral gray area, perhaps. I love “unlikable” female characters. I can forgive typos and a few grammar and punctuation errors. Just about anything can be fixed during Pitch Wars — my mentees have done massive overhauls in the past — if the submission has a great hook and a strong, unique voice! ONE for Kit: I’m looking for that killer combination of gorgeous writing, a compelling hook, and a voice I need to listen to. Rachel and I have very similar tastes in terms of complicated characters, toxic friendships, and provocative, boundary-pushing narratives, so I think we’ll both be seeking similar stories in...

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Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 19 Young Adult
Jul08

Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 19 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 …   Naomi Hughes Twitter  |  Website  Naomi Hughes is an assistant editor at Entangled Publishing, and she also offers freelance editing services at naomiedits.com. She’s served as a mentor/judge in many writing contests over the past few years. She’s also a writer herself–if you wat to find out more about her quirky young adult and middle-grade stories, you can check out her author page at naomihughes.net. ONE: First and foremost, I want to find an author with a strong voice! I’d also love to see a great “hook”–some sort of grabby, interesting twist for the story that makes it feel fresh and unique–and three-dimensional characters with their own motives and goals. I’d also prefer a mentee who’s pretty good with writing craft already. I can brainstorm meh plots and rebuild weak conflicts and strengthen flat character arcs all day, but teaching telling vs. showing and the importance of scene-level conflicts would likely take more time than we’d have before the agent round. TWO: My editing style is more professional than BFF; my goal is for Pitch Wars to be valuable practice for how you would interact with your real-life editor after you get your book deal. I’m very laid-back and easy to work with, but I’m going to give you more critique and editorial direction and deadlines and not as much hand-holding. 🙂 That being said, I’m always more than happy to give you general publishing industry advice and answer questions! My game plan isn’t set in stone yet, but it’ll likely involve one full round of developmental edits–which for me usually means a 5-10...

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