Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 26 Middle Grade
Jul13

Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 26 Middle Grade

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 …   Ashley Martin Twitter  |  Website When all the other kids wanted to be zookeepers and astronauts, Ashley dreamed of being a writer. (Okay, she had her days of wanting to be a zookeeper/veterinarian/any job involving animals, but books were always her best friends.) Stories make her fantastically happy, whether it’s through the pages of a book, the scenes of a film, or the words of a song. When she’s not engrossed in the world of her next middle grade novel, you’ll find her drinking copious amounts of tea while hanging out with her husband, two kids, one schnoodle, and two aggressively affectionate cats. ONE: I’m particularly drawn to characters — scenes can be tightened, pace can be fixed, tension can be added — give me a character I’m emotionally invested in, with a voice that pulls me in and gives me all the feels. As far as what would make me pass…If there are major issues throughout the entire book, that tells me the author needs to take the time to better learn their craft before they’re ready to start querying agents. We can all learn and grow as writers (I don’t think it ever stops) but I’m looking for a manuscript that shows the author has taken the time to learn the basics of good storytelling, with compelling characters and strong stakes. Does it still need strengthening in certain areas to take it to the next level? We can tackle that. TWO: I’m very much both an editor and a cheerleader. I don’t just want to point out what’s not working, I like...

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In New York? Check out the first US Bibliobattle in New York on July 23rd!
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In New York? Check out the first US Bibliobattle in New York on July 23rd!

Battlers Wanted! Kinokuniya Will Host the First US Bibliobattle in New York on July 23rd At Kinokuniya Bookstore 1073 Avenue of the Americas (Between 40th & 41st Streets, Across from Bryant Park) Subways B, D, F, M & 7; 42nd Street Bryant Park Exit Saturday, July 23rd at 3 PM Admission Free Bibliobattle is a social book review game which was developed in the Graduate School of Informatics at Kyoto University in Japan. Bibliobattle is built around love for books and reviewing your favorites. ‘Battlers’ choose and bring along a favorite book. They have five minutes to present, read excerpts from, describe and basically express their love and appreciation for a book they’ve read. Battle themes can apply and the theme for July 23rd will be ‘Young Adult’. After each presentation (strictly five minutes in length) the audience can ask questions for two to three minutes. Then the next battler goes. Anyone can participate but the ‘battlers’ will be limited to five per session due to time constraints. At the end the audience, including the battlers (but excluding their own book) choose the book ‘they would be most interested in reading’ after hearing the presentations. The game is supportive and presentations themselves are not critiqued. We still need battlers for July 23rd. Please apply with your book choice to f1-nym@kinokuniya.com or contact the store at (212) 869-1700. Of course, it is free to attend and anyone can be part of the audience. links: http://en.bibliobattle.jp/, http://en.bibliobattle.jp/rule-of-bibliobattle    ...

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Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 25 Young Adult
Jul13

Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 25 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 … Rosalyn Eves & Co-Mentor Erin Summerill Twitter  |  Website Rosalyn Eves is a part-time college English teacher, part-time writer, and full time mom. She lives with her husband and three children in Southern Utah, where she enjoys watching BBC period pieces, hiking, and playing games with her family. She dislikes housework on principle. Her first novel BLOOD ROSE REBELLION will be published by Knopf/Random House in March 2017. She is represented by Josh Adams of Adams literary. Twitter  |  Website After completing a B.A. in English, Erin Summerill wanted to write the next great American novel. As this proved tougher than she thought, she turned to professional photography instead, a career that took her across the U.S. to Australia and New Zealand. After seven years, eight failed manuscripts, and a life-altering kidney donation experience, she finally had the vision to draft her debut young adult fantasy, EVER THE HUNTED. When not writing or shooting, she’s chasing her 4 kids, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and 4 chickens around the state of Utah. She has an addiction to Diet Coke and Hot Tamales, and is represented by Josh Adams. ONE for Rosalyn: I’m looking for a great sense of voice and the ability to craft a believable world and scene. To some extent, pacing and plot problems can be fixed—but voice is much harder to teach. If I don’t connect with the writing, I won’t have the passion I need to work closely with the MS for two months. ONE for Erin: I look for pieces with great voice and a unique hook. Things...

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