Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 32 Middle Grade
Jul18

Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 32 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 …   Lisa Lewis Tyre Twitter  |  Website Lisa’s debut book, LAST IN A LONG LINE OF REBELS, was released last September by Nancy Paulsen Books. She has two other middle-grade titles coming soon. ONE: I’m looking for voice, voice, voice! I want a character that leaps off the page and into my heart. I will pass on anything that feels like I’ve read it before. I want something or someone unique. Anything is fixable if the author is willing to work and listen. TWO: I read through the MS, make notes and general observations, then send it back. Once I get the revision, I re-read it and include line edits. The 3rd edit is for any nagging issues and to get the pitch perfected. THREE: There are too many to name and I learn something from all of them. But my favorite childhood book was Mr. Pine’s Purple House by Leonard Kessler and it inspired me to worry less about being like everyone else.   Melyssa Mercado Twitter  |  Website Melyssa Mercado is a writer of Middle Grade and Young Adult stories. Creative writing has always threaded the needle of Mel’s life, weaving worlds and character-friends into a kid’s heart. She believes humor is the true chicken soup for the soul (and that nobody really throws up all night). Mel’s wish list will forever include book-scented candles and making readers smile. SCBWI and Eastern New York chapter member. She’s represented by the lovely Victoria Selvaggio of The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. ONE: What I’d love to see in a submission is a MG voice I can’t deny—one that grabs me, either from...

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Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 31 Middle Grade
Jul18

Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 31 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 …   Kate Foster Twitter  |  Website Kate is an Englishwoman lapping up the sunshine on the Gold Coast in Australia. She loves editing more than she loves writing, but the line is most definitely fine. She’s a freelance editor and the editorial director at Lakewater Press, and she gets the biggest buzz from mentoring new writers. ONE: I’m first and foremost looking for strong voice. I believe a lot of other issues, even as far as plot structure and characterisation, can be fixed if the voice is incredible. Apart from amazing voices, I also love making that immediate connection with the main character straight off the bat in the first paragraph. I want to see what’s unique about them, learn a flaw or a strength; something important about their personality. TWO: I am seriously hands on, and will work on the entire manuscript with my mentee. We’ll focus on any big changes together first then I’ll run line edits. We’ll keep on editing, hitting the manuscript back and forth between us until the bell rings for the next round! Expect to work hard. 🙂 THREE: Horrible question to have to pick just one. So, today, I’m going to choose my current flavour that I’m recommending to EVERYONE and that’s A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. It’s an absolute middle grade masterpiece from content to voice, and the execution is beyond beautiful.   Kevin A. Springer Twitter  |  Website Kevin A. Springer grew up on a farm in Maryland where his imagination knew no limits. As a husband and father, he reconnected with his creativity while...

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