Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 28 Middle Grade
Jul14

Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 28 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 …   Dee Romito & Co-Mentor Jen Malone Twitter  |  Website Dee is an author and former elementary teacher. Her middle grade debut, THE BFF BUCKET LIST, is now available from Simon & Schuster/Aladdin. She blogs about writing at I Write for Apples, where she and her team share tips to help fellow writers. Dee is also Co-Advisor of Buffalo-Niagara Children’s Writers and Illustrators. You’re likely to find her on adventures with her husband and two energetic kids, at the local ice cream shop, or curled up in a comfy chair with her cats. She loves to write, travel, and giggle like a teenager with her friends. Twitter  |  Website Jen Malone writes fun and flirty YA travel romances with HarperCollins and humorous “girl power” MG adventures with Simon & Schuster. She once spent a year traveling the world solo, met her husband on the highway (literally), and went into labor with her identical twins while on a rock star’s tour bus. These days she saves the drama for her books. ONE: The number one thing we’re looking for in a submission is voice. If it’s full of voice and has a great hook, it will catch our attention. As far as our own interests and what draws us in, we both love contemporary, anything with pranks, heists, or capers, as well as light historical, stories with magical elements, and humor. Things that aren’t for us are horror, high fantasy, sci-fi, anything too dark or too angsty, and bullying themes. Small issues in the sample, like a punctuation mistake, won’t deter us if the...

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Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 27 Middle Grade
Jul14

Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 27 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 …   Allison Ziegler Twitter  Allison writes fantasy most of the time. She’s a Leo. And a Ravenclaw. She puts more stock in the latter, but she felt the need to mention both. ONE: In the first few pages, I’m reading for voice and atmosphere. I love to be transported to new worlds, and one of my favorite ways to travel is through pretty prose. Voice is very difficult to cultivate in just a couple of months, so I’ll be looking someone who has that nailed down. On the other hand, if I feel like it’s just the wrong first scene entirely, that’s something I more than happy to help with. As long as the writing is there, I’ll know you can execute a new opening scene. TWO: The form of my notes is going to depend on exactly what I feel like the book needs — and what the author prefers. I’d love to tackle this in two rounds, with the first round starting with big picture notes, and the second being a lower level edit. I also love a good brainstorming session, and I’d love to hop on the phone with my mentee to develop ideas throughout the contest. I find these conversations are great places to work out the knots in the revision process — whether it’s a note that isn’t resonating or just an element or scene that has you stuck, talking it out can be so helpful. THREE: My favorite book is A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle. It’s a book that has taught me layers of lessons over the...

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