Pitch Wars 2016 Mentor Blog Hop
Jul19

Pitch Wars 2016 Mentor Blog Hop

Welcome to the mentors’ wishlist blog hop! From today until submission day, use the linky below to hop to all the mentors’ websites/blogs to read their bios, wishlists, and what categories and genres they want to mentor. For those unfamiliar with Pitch Wars, it’s a contest where published/agented authors, editors, or interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer suggestions on how to make the manuscript shine. The mentee then revises their manuscript for two months under the guidance of their mentor. The mentor also critiques his/her writer’s pitch and query letter to get it ready for the agent round. To do this, the mentors read all their applications and choose the writer they want to mentor and to get ready for the agent round on November 3-9. Want to find out about the fabulous agents joining us this year? Go to this post and this post to find out. Need instructions? Go to this post here. Want to donate to support Pitch Wars and get two extra application? Go to this post here. Pitch Wars Live! Some our Pitch Wars mentors will be chatting live with with the wonderful Nikky Roberti starting July 19 with the final one on August 2. The fun will be happening on the hashtag #PitchWars, and if you miss one, we’ll post the recorded chats here, too.  Make sure to watch and get to know the mentors. Follow the #Pitchwars during the chats to ask questions for the mentors. Here’s the schedule: All shows will start at 8PM EDT. July 20 – YA Mentors July 21 – MG Mentors July 22 – Adult/NA Mentors July 25 – YA Mentors July 26 – MG Mentors July 27 – YA Mentors July 28 – Adult/NA Mentors July 29 – YA Mentors August 1 – A Mix … All about the Slush August 2 – A Mix … Submission Eve Party, & All about the Slush Surprise!! It’s the first ever Mentor Blog Hop Scavenger Hunt! We’re so excited to announce this special game. After all the mentors make their mentee picks, we’re holding a drawing and picking three lucky writers to go through the mentoring process. Only those who enter Pitch Wars can enter the scavenger hunt. This is a random draw. So anything goes! And anyone can win! That’s one writer each from the middle grade, young adult, and adult/new adult pool of submissions. The winning writers will go through two months of revisions. If the winners are able to get their manuscripts and pitches in great shape with the help of his or her mentor, we’ll make room for them...

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Meet the Pitch Wars 2016 Agents! (Part 2)
Jul19

Meet the Pitch Wars 2016 Agents! (Part 2)

This year we have an amazing lineup of agents participating in Pitch Wars 2016! On November 3rd , the Pitch Wars agent round will go live for all the mentees, chosen by mentors on August 25th. November 3rd, we will post three separate posts by age category (MG, YA, NA/A), listing the mentees’ 50 word pitch and the first 250 words of their manuscript. The agents will search from November 3-5 through the posts, find their favorites, and request them. For those of you new to Pitch Wars, check out “Pitch Wars 2016 … all the details!”. And come back tomorrow to find your perfect mentor at the Mentor Blog Hop, running July 20-August 3! PLEASE NOTE: This is the list of agents participating in the Agent Round in November. They are not mentors. So check out the agents below and see what they’re looking for most in a manuscript. They’re listed in alphabetical order by the agency they work for. This post includes  A-J, and this afternoon’s post includes J-Z. So here they are . . . our Pitch Wars 2016 agents!   Victoria Selvaggio – Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency Website | Twitter Represents: MG, YA, A With a strong background in business ownership, Victoria A. Selvaggio comes to The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency as an Associate Agent with over 6 years of actively working as a volunteer and Regional Advisor for SCBWI Northern Ohio.  Drawn to the publishing scene first as an author writing all genres, with her most recent publication in the 2015 Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market, Vicki’s passion for honing the craft carried over into reading manuscripts for the agency. Currently, she is excited to read compelling manuscripts that will resonate with her long after she’s done. A note from Vicki: I am currently looking for lyrical picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction, new adult, mysteries, suspense, thrillers, paranormal, fantasy, narrative nonfiction, adult fiction but find I’m especially drawn to Middle Grade and Young Adult. I especially love thrillers and all elements of weird, creepy stuff. If it’s out of the box, and it will make me think and think, long after I’m done reading, send it to me! On the flip side, I yearn for books that make me laugh, cry and wonder about the world. Renee Nyen – KT Literary Website |  Twitter Represents:  YA, A Renee Nyen: Several years in the editorial department at Random House’s Colorado division provided Renee with the opportunity to work with bestselling and debut authors alike. After leaving Random House, she came to KT Literary in early 2013. She loves digging into manuscripts and helping the author...

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Meet the Pitch Wars 2016 Agents (Part 1)
Jul19

Meet the Pitch Wars 2016 Agents (Part 1)

  This year we have an amazing lineup of agents participating in Pitch Wars 2016! On November 3rd , the Pitch Wars agent round will go live for all the mentees, chosen by mentors on August 25th. November 3rd, we will post three separate posts by age category (MG, YA, NA/A), listing the mentees’ 50 word pitch and the first 250 words of their manuscript. The agents will search from November 3-5 through the posts, find their favorites, and request them. For those of you new to Pitch Wars, check out “Pitch Wars 2016 … all the details!”. And come back tomorrow to find your perfect mentor at the Mentor Blog Hop, running July 20-August 3! PLEASE NOTE: This is the list of agents participating in the Agent Round in November. They are not mentors. So check out the agents below and see what they’re looking for most in a manuscript. They’re listed in alphabetical order by the agency they work for. This post includes  A-J, and this afternoon’s post includes J-Z.   So here they are . . . our Pitch Wars 2016 agents!   Amy Jameson – A+B Works Website | Twitter Represents:  MG, YA Amy began her career in New York with esteemed literary agency Janklow & Nesbit Associates, where she launched Shannon Hale’s career. She currently represents New York Times bestselling author Jessica Day George and a select crop of new authors. Amy loves children’s literature, and is actively seeking Middle Grade and Young Adult projects. Amy is actively seeking humorous MG, animal story MG, sweet YA love stories, feel-good contemporary YA, and YA and MG in lesser-explored time periods or cultures.   Melissa Edwards – Stonesong Literary Agency Website | Twitter Represents: YA, A Melissa Edwards joined Stonesong as a literary agent in August 2016. Previously, she was a literary agent at the Aaron Priest Literary Agency, where she managed the foreign rights for a 40-year backlist. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis and Vanderbilt Law School, Melissa began her career as a litigation attorney before transitioning into publishing. She is a tireless advocate for her clients and a constant partner during the publication process and beyond. Melissa represents authors of children’s fiction, adult commercial fiction, and select pop-culture nonfiction. She is looking for warm and timeless middle grade fiction and accessible young adult fiction. For adults, she is looking for fast-paced thrillers and smart women’s fiction.   Jennifer Laughran – Andrea Brown Literary Agency Website | Twitter Represents: MG, YA Jennifer Laughran is a Senior Agent at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.  She represents books for Children and Young Adults. Some weekends she also hosts the...

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