Pitch Wars Team Interview with Kit Grant and her mentors, Rosalyn Eves & Erin Summerill
Sep02

Pitch Wars Team Interview with Kit Grant and her mentors, Rosalyn Eves & Erin Summerill

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 . . .   Kit Grant – Mentee Twitter | Website Rosalyn Eves – Mentor Twitter | Website Erin Summerill – Mentor Twitter | Website Kit: Why did you choose Rosalyn and Erin? Truth is I almost didn’t. Although A COURT OF MIRACLES matched their Wish List, I was a little intimidated by; their upcoming books (Blood Rose Rebellion & Ever the Hunted), the gorgeousness of their covers (no but seriously, those covers! http://amzn.to/2bRSumk & http://amzn.to/2bEnEg8 ). I thought I didn’t stand a chance applying to them. A few other (amazing) mentors had already expressed interest in my pitch but Rosalyn and Erin were less present on social media so I reached out on twitter and asked them very pointed questions. During the live-chats Rosalyn mentioned liking literary writing styles and I thought I could count myself out completely. But in the end I’m also very ballsy so I figured why not try to shoot for the stars? And look where it got me CUE INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC. Rosalyn and Erin: Why did you choose Kit? Kit’s story stood out from the very beginning–the voice was so immediate and different. She’s created a vivid alternate historical Paris that’s a character in its own right: dark, dangerous, heart-breakingly beautiful. We loved the world and the characters, particularly Nina (aka Eponine), who’s strong, resourceful, smart, and loyal. And who *wouldn’t* be intrigued by a story that promises a Les Miserables and Jungle Book retelling and delivers on both? Kit: Summarize your book in three words. Criminals / Revolutions / Les Miserables Rosalyn and Erin: Summarize your mentee’s book in three words. Underworld/Sisters/Intrigue Kit: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? A COURT OF MIRACLES is nuts. It’s a retelling of the Jungle Book and Les Miserables set in an alternate historical Paris where the French Revolution failed and the underworld is run by 9 criminal guilds. The story was born of my life-long frustration at the insta-love between Marius and Cosette in Les Mis, in the face of Eponine’s awesomeness (she’s a self educated literate thief who takes a bullet for Marius. JUST SAYING!) After watching the new Jungle Book movie and re-reading the books, the two ideas crashed into each other; a vulnerable man-cub in a dangerous jungle is much like an innocent little girl (Cosette...

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Pitch Wars Team Interview with Rachel Griffin and her mentor, Heather Ezell
Sep02

Pitch Wars Team Interview with Rachel Griffin and her mentor, Heather Ezell

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 . . . Rachel Griffin – Mentee Twitter | Website Heather Ezell – Mentor Twitter | Website Rachel: Why did you choose Heather? My manuscript matched up well with Heather’s wishlist, and she seemed so AWESOME in her bio. I kept thinking this was someone I wanted to be friends with, which made me even more excited to submit to her. (Spoiler: she’s just as awesome as she seems in her bio.) Heather: Why did you choose Rachel? SHADOWS CAST BY DREAM’S premise is what initially hooked me–it makes for a heartbreaking, mind-bending, and straight up compelling novel. Rain, the protagonist, shoulders tremendous trauma in such a realistic yet (eventually) empowering way that is both difficult and inspiring to experience. But, simply put, it’s a fantastic manuscript that excited me, which was key. What sealed the deal though was Rachel’s willingness to WORK. I suspected early on that changing the POV would deepen the emotional beats, taking the manuscript to next level. During the reading period, I asked Rachel to rewrite the first chapter from this new POV (an intimidating request!) along with some tightening, and–my gosh–she DELIVERED. When I read her revised chapter I squealed (seriously), danced around my apartment, and was, well, inspired. An inspiring, hard-working mentee? Yes, please. Rachel: Summarize your book in three words. Unreliable; Dreams; Art Heather: Summarize your mentee’s book in three words. Dreams. Collisions. Art. Rachel: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I’m a 31-year old Seattle girl who loves hiking, fashion, and reading. I’m ridiculously in love with my husband. I’m a twin. And I love Michael Jackson. As for my manuscript, I tried to weave a lot of themes together in a way that feels uncertain and urgent. I’ve always been fascinated with dreams, and I loved the idea of dreams so real they bleed into your daily life—I wanted to know what it would be like to have a very sterile, cold life coupled with exceptionally vivid dreams. Heather: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. Gah, I’m too forthcoming on Twitter and my blog! I’m 25 and recently sold my debut, NOTHING LEFT TO BURN, after 11 years of querying. I read Absalom, Absalom! out loud in Faulkner’s living room in Oxford, Mississippi–sitting on a chair he supposedly sat on too. I dropped out of high school and grad...

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Pitch Wars Team Interview with Megan Peterson and her mentors, Dionne McCulloch & Fiona McLaren
Sep02

Pitch Wars Team Interview with Megan Peterson and her mentors, Dionne McCulloch & Fiona McLaren

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 . . . Megan Peterson – Mentee Twitter | Website Dionne McCulloch – Mentor Twitter | CornerstonesUS Fiona McLaren – Co-Mentor Twitter | The YA Bookcase Mentee: Why did you choose Dionne and Fiona? Megan: I chose Fiona and Dionne for their love of writing and their respect for other writers. They want to help me achieve my vision for the book, which is awesome. They are incredibly genuine and real and so talented. I am humbled and honored to be working with them! Mentor: Why did you choose Megan? Fiona: THE GIRL YOU SEE is incredibly special, and it’s been a long time since I’ve seen an author blend two entirely different POVs with such clarity. One bold, upfront voice and another dreamy, light voice. The character POVs are so distinct, so real and so exquisite that it’s impossible not to tell them apart. Combined with tight prose, a killer plot and beautiful undertones and themes – well, who wouldn’t choose it? Dionne: I was hooked from the first page, which was spooky, mysterious, and made it impossible not to turn to Ch. 2! The writing is so tight, the mixed POVs work perfectly, and the hook is major. You just have to know what’s next! Mentee: Summarize your book in three words. Megan: Mysterious, hopeful, textured. Mentor: Summarize your mentee’s book in three words. Fiona: Bold, dreamy, smart. Dionne: Unique, Intriguing, Creepy Mentee: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? Megan: Writing my manuscript was an almost out-of-body experience. These characters and their voices came to me so clearly, and they wouldn’t let go. And when I read it now, it’s like someone else wrote it! While writing this manuscript, I really found my voice as a writer for the first time. It took me seven manuscripts to get here, and I’m so grateful for all the lessons my previous stories taught me. Mentor: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. Fiona: I’m a bold traveler and have been to nearly 30 countries and soak up culture like a sponge. I’m also an avid animal supporter and can’t turn away a stray. Dionne: I once met Nelson Mandela by accident, I played in a rock band for many years, and I recently inherited a kayak which is my...

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