Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 24 Young Adult
Jul12

Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 24 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 … Kes Trester & Co-Mentor Jen Hawkins Twitter  |  Website Kes freelances. creates director’s treatments for commercials, produces creative content for websites, and critiques feature film scripts. But her passion lies in crafting high-concept, cinematic tales for young adults, often inspired by her own two YA’s. Her first entry in the Riley Collins Series, COLLISION, will be published by Curiosity Quills in 2017. Twitter |  Website Jen is a YA author and an editor for Author Accelerator. She is a 2016 YARWA Rosemary Award double-finalist. She’s a member of SCBWI, YARWA, and a card-carrying Slytherin. (Think Snape, not Malfoy.) She lives in Texas with her husband, two sons, and lap dog Great Dane. ONE: We are looking for a writer who understands the basic fundamentals of the craft, but perhaps needs guidance with structure, story, or streamlining his/her prose. Absence of voice would be a pass, because it’s very difficult to instill on the mentoring timeline if it’s not already there. A minor typo or two wouldn’t be a big deal, but glaring inconsistencies would be. We want polished work. In short, we want a writer who is willing to work to go the final stretch, since time won’t allow us to start from scratch. TWO: We combine our notes to give our mentee one round of big picture edits with a deadline of midway through the revision period. Then we offer a second pass, and if time allows, a query critique. THREE for Jen: This is crazy unfair! How are we supposed to pick just one? Okay, if I *HAD* to pick only one, my favorite...

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Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 23 Young Adult
Jul12

Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 23 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 … Dannie Morin Twitter |  Website Dannie Morin is an addictions therapist with a writing problem. By day she alternates between counseling teens and wrangling a very sassy preschooler. By night she writes, critiques, and edits like a boss. When she’s not doing any of those things, she’s a veteran participant of the Scribophile Ubergroup, founder of The Clubhouse writer’s support network, and a regular Snarky Sue in online Pitch Contests. Dannie pens young adult and new adult fiction in Charlotte, North Carolina. ONE: In the sample pages, I’m looking primarily for gorgeous prose and a unique hook. It doesn’t have to be blemish free, though, really your first page should be if you’re truly ready for PitchWars. In the writer, I’m looking for an eager-to-learn attitude and a positive energy about critique. Don’t query me if you think you’re already ready for the agent round. No, seriously. Be prepared to work hard. I promise, it will be worth it. I’m an editor by trade. I expect to do some, you know, editing. For the candidates I’m strongly considering, I’ll also be asking for a synopsis so I can look at your story’s structure. Developmental edits are to be expected to a certain extent in PitchWars, but when I look at your synopsis what I’m really asking myself is, “can this be agent-ready in two months?” If I love your story, but it needs a lot more work that can be done–and done WELL–within two months, it’s a pass for me. TWO: I’m an editor, not a director. I will tell you where I...

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