Pitch Wars Team Interview with Steph Mignon and her mentor,  Laura Heffernan
Aug31

Pitch Wars Team Interview with Steph Mignon and her mentor, Laura Heffernan

  Our mentors are editing, our mentees are revising, and we hope you’re making progress on your own manuscript! While we’re all working toward the Agent Showcase on November 3rd-9th, we hope you’ll take a moment during your writing breaks and get to know our 2016 Pitch Wars Teams. And now, we have . . . Steph Mignon – Mentee Twitter | Website Laura Heffernan – Mentor Twitter | Website   Steph: Why did you choose Laura? I chose Laura because I loved the premise of her book, America’s Next Reality Star. I’m obsessed with unscripted television and all of the fabulous hair and make-up that come with it. Laura’s book is the kind I like to read and hope to write – stories that involve women trying to figure out their lives, even if doing so lands them on national television. When I was researching mentors, I immediately noticed how engaged Laura is on Twitter about everything from the writing community to chocolate. She’s clever. She’s quick. She’s pretty freaking entertaining. She seems like a nice person too. Laura: Why did you choose Steph’s manuscript? Because it’s freaking amazing! When I read the query, all I could think was “please let the pages be good.” Then I fell hard for the voice on page one. When I asked for the full, I just kept refreshing my inbox. Once I got it, I was afraid to read it in case I didn’t love the whole thing. But then, when I started reading other manuscripts, my mind kept wandering to this one. I kept putting other entries aside to make notes. Not because those manuscripts weren’t good – they were – but because Steph’s writing grabbed me hard and wouldn’t let go. More importantly, as I was reading, I found myself with a very clear picture of how to take this manuscript to the next level. GHOSTS OF RODEO DRIVE has a similar tone to my book, and I know I can help Steph make it really shine. Plus, I really like her. And, she was actually ON a reality show, so it’s like we were destined to work together. Steph: Summarize your book in three words. Gold digger seeking. Laura: Summarize Steph’s book in three words. Heart of gold Steph: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I like the sweet smell of a barn in the morning, Raisinettes mixed in my popcorn, and kids who go to bed by 7 PM (one can dream). I hold a hardly used law degree because someone said lawyers get to write, I’ve taken several masters level psychology courses, and I won...

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Pitch Wars Team Interview with  Erin Brambilla and her mentor, Jeanmarie Anaya
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Pitch Wars Team Interview with Erin Brambilla and her mentor, Jeanmarie Anaya

    Our mentors are editing, our mentees are revising, and we hope you’re making progress on your own manuscript! While we’re all working toward the Agent Showcase on November 3rd-9th, we hope you’ll take a moment during your writing breaks and get to know our 2016 Pitch Wars Teams. And now, we have . . . Erin Brambilla – Mentee Twitter | Website | Instagram: erinbrambillawriter Jeanmarie Anaya – Mentor Twitter | Website   Erin: Why did you choose Jeanmarie? The first thing I found myself doing as I read through mentor bios was scrolling to find their reading list. I mean, books can totally recommend people, right? It was no different when I read Jeanmarie’s bio. I knew if I saw certain books/authors listed that she’d probably like my book too. (Jandy Nelson! Leila Sales! E. Lockhart! Yay!) Then I saw that we shared similar reading interests as kids and teens and that’s so fun. (Hey, Jeanmarie—would you say you were more of an Elizabeth or a Jessica?) Bonus? We’re both Ravenclaws! So imagine my excitement when she had contemporary first on her wish list with a whole paragraph about wanting to see humor. I thought, “Oooh, I think I could fit this bill.” Plus, she’s into board sports. My husband is into board sports. I am into watching people do stuff on boards while I lay lazily on the beach, or sit cozily in a lodge, reading a book… Jeanmarie: Why did you choose Erin’s manuscript? Erin’s voice is fantastic. Her writing style is introspective and thoughtful, but more importantly, HILARIOUS. She knows exactly when to bring on the humor, and exactly when to tone it down and let poignant emotions speak for themselves. I truly enjoyed reading all of my subs, but Erin’s was the one I immediately connected to from the very first sentence. Erin: Summarize your book in three words. Heart, heartache, and hope. Jeanmarie: Summarize Erin’s book in three words. Love, regret, and caramel-y. (You all obviously have no idea what that last word means, but I promise it’s 100% sexy and 100% something you want to read about.) Erin: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I have super bendy elbows. Wait. I already used that fact in my high school yearbook (true story!). For real though, I am basically a professional volunteer. I have an ACHING desire to say yes when people ask for help. Need a committee chair? I’m your gal. Except not right now. Right now I have edits to do. But later. Bake sale. I’m totally there. As for my MS: it’s epistolary. And I...

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Pitch Wars Team Interview with Nikki Roberti and Katie O’Shea
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Pitch Wars Team Interview with Nikki Roberti and Katie O’Shea

  Our mentors are editing, our mentees are revising, and we hope you’re making progress on your own manuscript! While we’re all working toward the Agent Showcase on November 3rd-9th, we hope you’ll take a moment during your writing breaks and get to know our 2016 Pitch Wars Teams. And now, we have . . . Katie O’Shea – Mentee Twitter | Blog | YouTube | Facebook Nikki Roberti – Mentor  Twitter | Website | YouTube   Katie: Why did you choose Nikki? I submitted to Nikki last year with a different MS so I’ve known how awesome she is for awhile now. This year I thought she would be a great fit for my new MS and it matched up with her wish list. I could also tell from Twitter and the live shows that Nikki and I would get along really well and it seemed like we had similar interests and tastes. Plus I had heard from so many people how amazing Nikki is. I’m so glad that she chose me to mentor and I can’t wait to work with her! Nikki: Why did you choose Katie’s manuscript? I love a good laugh, and Katie’s first chapter had me hooked from start to finish. Her characters were so funny and so developed early on–I couldn’t help but want to read more. I feel like lighthearted, funny YA is a rare find these days, so I was extra excited to get my hands on something so fun. Also, as I read, I was instantly having ideas and wanting to share things I’ve learned recently through my own revisions. It was that vision for it that made me decide Katie & her MS were “the one.” Katie: Summarize your book in three words. Funny summer love Nikki: Summarize Katie’s book in three words. All Good Feels Katie: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I’m a lawyer by day and I had a penchant for starting to write new novels during law school finals time. I wrote three books during law school, including the first draft of my Pitch Wars book THOSE SUMMER NIGHTS. My book is a sweet and funny YA Contemporary set in an Island town off the coast of Georgia during the summer. It’s a funny and relatable story about a boy who’s hopelessly in love with his best friend and trying in all the wrong ways to try to get her to realize how he really feels about her. This MS is a book of my heart and I wrote it for myself and for my best friend, Megan. A lot of...

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