Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 22 Young Adult
Jul11

Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 22 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 …   Summer Spence Twitter  |  Website Summer Spence is a YA author living in scenic Utah (and always pining for California, her true home), with degrees in English Literature and Theatre. She began her storytelling career on stage as an actor, where she fell in love with words and the beautiful challenge of creating human beings out of them. Then she figured out she could do that without changing out of her pajamas, and she became a writer! Summer is represented by Heather Flaherty at The Bent Agency. ONE: I want to see someone’s soul spilling onto the pages. For me, that means the VOICE of the character has to be true — honest. And not just voice as in word choice – I want the character to be ACTIVE. ALIVE. UNFILTERED. I want a world that unfolds and lets me in, makes me feel like a participant, not an observer. I’m also looking for something with a great hook and BIG conflict. I want STAKES that will break your heart or your world. What can I say, I’m a bit dramatic. 😉 I can totally forgive things like starting in the wrong place (OMG how many times have I done that!?!) or needing help with structure. If the heart of a great story is there, it’s easy to work on structure. Deal breakers are finding a lot of sentence-level work that needs to be done on a writing craft level, poor grammar, or overuse of tropes and clichés. I want a new, fresh, unique view of the world! TWO: My editing style is to...

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REMEMBER YESTERDAY by Pitch Wars Mentor, Pintip Dunn … cover reveal!
Jul11

REMEMBER YESTERDAY by Pitch Wars Mentor, Pintip Dunn … cover reveal!

  I’m so excited to share the cover reveal for Remember Yesterday by Pintip Dunn with you today! I loved LOVED the first book in the series, Forget Tomorrow, and can’t wait to read this one! You can check out the gorgeous cover below! This cover reveal is brought to you by YaReads Blog Tours and YA Interrobang!     Book Title: Remember Yesterday (Forget Tomorrow, #2) Author: Pintip Dunn Release Date: October 4, 2016 Genre: YA Sci-Fi Sixteen-year-old Jessa Stone is the most valuable citizen in Eden City. Her psychic abilities could lead to significant scientific discoveries, if only she’d let TechRA study her. But ten years ago, the scientists kidnapped and experimented on her, leading to severe ramifications for her sister, Callie. She’d much rather break into their labs and sabotage their research—starting with Tanner Callahan, budding scientist and the boy she loathes most at school. The past isn’t what she assumed, though—and neither is Tanner. He’s not the arrogant jerk she thought he was. And his research opens the door to the possibility that Jessa can rectify a fatal mistake made ten years earlier. She’ll do anything to change the past and save her sister—even if it means teaming up with the enemy she swore to defeat. Goodreads Book Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26091228-remember-yesterday Amazon Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Remember-Yesterday-Forget-Tomorrow-Pintip-ebook/dp/B0166RX44O Barnes & Noble Buy Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/remember-yesterday-pintip-dunn/1122749494?ean=9781633754942 iBooks Buy Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/remember-yesterday/id1046514286?ign-mpt=uo%3D8 Kobo Buy Link: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/remember-yesterday-1 Amazon.co.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Remember-Yesterday-Forget-Tomorrow-Pintip-ebook/dp/B0166RX44O Amazon.ca: https://www.amazon.ca/Remember-Yesterday-Forget-Tomorrow-Pintip-ebook/dp/B0166RX44O Entangled Publishing: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/remember-yesterday/ Forget Tomorrow (Forget Tomorrow, #1) Book 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 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 the hellish prison. 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.   Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24804505-forget-tomorrow Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Forget-Tomorrow-Pintip-Dunn/dp/1633752380 Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/forget-tomorrow-pintip-dunn/1121154538?ean=9781633752382 iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/forget-tomorrow/id1003220432?ign-mpt=uo%3D8 Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/forget-tomorrow Amazon.co.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Forget-Tomorrow-Pintip-Dunn/dp/1633752380 Amazon.ca: https://www.amazon.ca/Forget-Tomorrow-Pintip-Dunn/dp/1633752380 Powell’s Books: http://www.powells.com/book/forget-tomorrow-9781633752382 Books-A-Million: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Forget-Tomorrow/Pintip-Dunn/9781633752382 The Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Forget-Tomorrow-Pintip-Dunn/9781633752382 Entangled: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/forget-tomorrow/ Pintip Dunn graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an...

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Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 21 Young Adult
Jul11

Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 21 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 … Sarah Nicolas & Co-Mentor Leigh Mar Twitter  |  Website Sarah Nicolas is the author of DRAGONS ARE PEOPLE TOO and KEEPING HER SECRET. She has worked as an author assistant, publicity director, book cover designer, and in the editorial department of two small publishing houses. She also writes romance as Aria Kane. Twitter  |  Website Leigh Mar lives in the DC area and writes YA because she never intends to be a day over fast cars and freedom. She was a Pitch Wars ’15 mentee and is thrilled to give back this year as a ’16 mentor. Leigh has an excellent sense of direction and only ever gets lost on the internet. ONE: We’re looking for an original story and a talented writer! Something new and fresh that draws us in and makes us feel like part of your character’s world…even if that world may need a little work. As long as we can see a clear path to fix a story, we wouldn’t shy away from something that needed big changes (Leigh’s MS last year did!). Grab us early with clear stakes and a strong voice, and we’ll follow you to the end. TWO: We’ll confer together on an edit letter for our mentee, tackling any big picture developmental issues first (plot holes, pacing, character development, missing motivations, etc.). Then, as long as there’s time, take a closer look to catch the more granular things (was your character holding a red coffee cup on page 3 and suddenly it’s a blue cup on page 5?) with in-line notes. We’ll make sure your first page,...

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