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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Pitch Wars 2016 … all the details!
Jul17

Pitch Wars 2016 … all the details!

We’re so excited for our fifth Pitch Wars! 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 critiques on how to make the manuscript shine. The mentor also critiques his/her writer’s pitch and query letter to get it ready for the agent round. Those entering Pitch Wars submit applications (query plus first chapter of manuscript) to their chosen mentors. The mentors then read all their applications and choose the writer they want to mentor for two months to get them ready for the agent round. Writers can pick up to four mentors to send an application to. How will you decide what mentors to submit to? Participate in our Mentor Wishlist Blog Hop starting July 20th. The mentors’ bios and wishlists will be posted to their blogs and linked from a post on my blog, and you can hop around and find the right matches for you. The hop will go on until August 3, which is submission day!! There will be a scavenger hunt during the hop with an exciting prize. You don’t want to miss it. More details will be on the blog hop main post on this blog. Visit the Twitter hashtag, #PitchWars, to get to know the mentors personally (virtually).  Mentors will be tweeting advice and answering questions on it. Check out Pitch Wars Live. Some of our mentors will be chatting live starting July 20 and ending on August 2. The chats start at 8PM EDT. Make sure to watch, ask questions on #PitchWars, and get to know the mentors. Watch the blog for more details. Read the July Mini Interviews with the mentors here on this blog posted June 27 through July 18. How do I enter? Applications (query + 1st chapter) will be sent through an easy submission form. The form will go live just after midnight (EDT – New York time) August 3 and remain open until August 6 at 10 PM (EDT – New York time). What will you need to enter in the form? Your top four (max – you don’t have to pick 4, but you are limited to 4) mentors, your email address, title of the manuscript, category and genre, your query letter (sorry no personalized queries this year), and the first chapter of your completed manuscript (Word .doc or .docx format). The sample chapter should be manuscript formatted pages (12pt, double-spaced). All of this will be fill-in-the-blank on the form. Send the full chapter no matter how long it is. But my chapter is short? That’s fine. Send up to ten...

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Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 30 Middle Grade
Jul15

Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 30 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 …   Abby Cooper & Co-Mentor Gail Nall Twitter  |  Website Abby Cooper lives in Minnesota with her miniature poodle, Louis, and a whole bunch of books. A former teacher and school librarian, her favorite things in the world (besides writing) are getting and giving book recommendations and sharing her love of reading with others. In her spare time, she likes eating cupcakes, running along the Mississippi River, and watching a lot of bad reality TV. Her first book, STICKS & STONES, out 7/12/16 from FSG/Macmillan, was in PitchWars 2013! Twitter  |  Website Gail Nall lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her family and more cats than necessary. She once drove a Zamboni, has camped in the snow in June, and almost got trampled in Paris. Gail is the author of the Aladdin/S&S middle grade novels BREAKING THE ICE, the YOU’RE INVITED series (co-authored with Jen Malone), and the upcoming OUT OF TUNE (11/8/16) and SEVEN SIDES TO EVERY STORY (co-authored, Summer 2017). She is also the author of the young adult novel, EXIT STAGE LEFT (Epic Reads Impulse/HarperCollins). ONE: We’re looking for something that hooks us right away, whether it’s a setting/character/concept/voice/etc. Just something that sounds out and blows us away with awesomeness!- Easy fixes: small grammar/punctuation mistakes – Starting a story in the right place is a big deal, and sometimes it takes many revisions to get right. We would definitely let this slide and be happy to work with an author on it! – A pass would be a voice that doesn’t sound MG, something we feel strongly that agents/publishers wouldn’t be...

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Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 29 Middle Grade
Jul15

Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors Mini Interviews . . . No. 29 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 …   J.C. Davis & Co-Mentor Addie Thorley Twitter  |  Website In addition to writing, J. C. Davis is an amateur photographer, runs a Harry Potter meet-up group and embraces all things nerdy. You can find her on Facebook here. She lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, two kids, a pair of rowdy dogs, an incontinent cat, a hamster with a ridiculously long name, and two adorable hedgehogs who want to take over the world. Her debut novel, CHEESUS WAS HERE, will be released in Spring 2017 by Sky Pony Press. Ms. Davis is represented by Mandy Hubbard of The Emerald City Literary Agency and writes YA, MG and Picture Books. Twitter  |  Website Addie Thorley writes Young Adult historical fiction and fantasy. She has a passion for multicultural stories with exotic locales and anything with magic and kissing. When she’s not writing, Addie works as a professional equestrian and does everything from riding award-winning show horses to training wild mustangs. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and wolf dog and enjoys gallivanting in the woods, running, and eating cookies in her spare time. She is represented by Kathleen Rushall of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. ONE: First and foremost, we are looking for submissions with incredible voice. Give us a compelling main character who leaps off the page. If that dazzling character also happens to come with a good hook and beautiful writing, it will be a match made in heaven! Assuming a manuscript has these elements, we would be willing to overlook small typos and grammatical errors (though, too many...

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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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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!
Jul13

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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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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