Pitch Wars Team Interview with Brianna Lespinasse and her mentor, Marie Meyer
Sep06

Pitch Wars Team Interview with Brianna Lespinasse and her mentor, Marie Meyer

  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 #TeamSassyUnicorns . . . Brianna Lespinasse – Mentee Twitter Marie Meyer – Mentor Twitter | Website   Brianna: Why did you choose Marie as your mentor? I was really drawn to what I read in Marie’s bio and wishlist. As a Pitch Wars alum and published New Adult author, she has extensive knowledge of this process and the publishing industry. I can learn a great deal from her successes and trials along the way. Her strengths in voice, pacing, and character development will also help to tighten up my work. I’m not afraid of constructive criticism and I knew she would help push me to make my manuscript shine. Her Pitch Wars wishlist also closely aligned with my work. She specifically wanted FEELS and my novel has them. Lastly, she and I share a lot of the same interests so I figured we would work well together. Marie: Why did you choose Brianna Lespinasse and her manuscript, THE KEY TO MY SCARS? After reading all of my submissions, Brianna’s submission was the story I couldn’t stop thinking about. It hit all of my wishlist criteria, and in the end, was the story I felt I could help the most. Not to mention, I was intrigued by the Scheherazade/One Thousand and One Nights twist that Brianna’s story parallels. I also really liked that Brianna seemed open to constructive criticism. So much of the success of Pitch Wars comes down to how much the mentee is willing to be open to really digging in and doing what needs to be done for the betterment of their story. I feel that Brianna is willing to put in the hard work and make sacrifices in order to take KEY TO MY SCARS to the next level! I’m excited to get to work! Brianna: Summarize your book in three words. Anti-suicide bucket list Marie: Summarize your mentee’s book in three words. Gutsy. Heart wrenching. Brianna: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I write NA Contemporary and YA SF/F and enjoy reading in pretty much every genre. Most of my life has been spent in my home state of New Jersey, but I attended college in Delaware. I’ve both worked and studied abroad, and hope to fill my passport before it expires. My love of travel also led to my...

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Pitch Wars Team Interview with Nicole Rivera and her mentor, Austin Aslan
Sep06

Pitch Wars Team Interview with Nicole Rivera and her mentor, Austin Aslan

  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 . . . Nicole Rivera – Mentee Twitter | Website Austin Aslan – Mentor Twitter | Website   Nicole: Why did you choose Austin Aslan? When researching the mentors, I have to admit, Austin’s blog hop post popped out at me. He specifically said he was looking for “YA oriented toward survival/disaster.” That was me, or — more specifically — that was my story, GIRL UNPLUGGED.  I began reading his book ISLANDS AT THE END OF THE WORLD and was overwhelmed and excited by the similar elements (something Austin later commented on himself). I knew then that Austin would, at the very least, have an understanding about what drove me to write my story. When he sent me an email with his impressions and thoughts about the parts of my manuscript he had read so far, his questions got my wheels turning. Some of his questions addressed things I had been thinking about through my own process, but, more importantly, some had raised issues that were not even on my radar. It became clear to me that partnering up with Austin would be an excellent opportunity for me to grow as a writer. And, in the end, that is the best gift Pitch Wars can give me. Austin: Why did you choose Nicole’s? Nicole’s story caught my attention, first and foremost, because her first two chapters popped with voice. I laughed out loud often, and found myself enthralled with a character who would have likely driven me absolutely batty if she were a real live person. I saw the promise behind a tale that was setting up an exploration of a girl who was so addicted to technology and social media that she had no idea of who she was beyond those parameters. I sense that this will be a wonderful, timely novel that teens and readers of all ages will identify with as an essential resource for navigating our modern age. Nicole’s personal connection to technology as a resource during a time of illness helps to enrich her credential and give her tale a unique touch that only she can provide. I can’t wait to see where this process leads her tale! Nicole: Summarize your book in three words. girl’s identity quest Austin: Summarize Nicole’s book in three words. I like Nicole’s summary better, but...

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Pitch Wars Team Interview with Nova McBee and her mentor, Pintip Dunn
Sep06

Pitch Wars Team Interview with Nova McBee and her mentor, Pintip Dunn

  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 . . .   Nova McBee – Mentee Twitter | Website | The Spinning Pens   Pintip Dunn – Mentor Twitter | Website Nova: Why did you choose Pintip Dunn? After reading Pintip’s bio, interview, website page, and the first chapter of Forget Tomorrow, I was thoroughly impressed (if you haven’t checked her out, DO!) She stood out in so many ways–her ‘catchy, edgy,” tag lines for her books, the way she honored people in her interactions, her writing experience, her cross-cultural experience–I knew I had to submit to her. Pintip: Why did you choose Nova McBee’s CALCULATED? Nova is a fantastic writer and has a compelling voice that grabbed me by the first sentence. Her main character in CALCULATED (who goes by several names: Josephine, Octavia, Double-Eight, Phoenix) is one of the most unique heroines I have come across, and I knew that this manuscript was something really special. Nova: Summarize your book in three words. Vengeance. Purpose. Hope. Pintip: Summarize Nova’s book in three words. Unique. Compelling. Layered. Nova: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? As I mentioned, I presently live in China, where I wrote this novel and learned to speak fluent Mandarin. I have worked overseas doing journalism, teaching English,humanitarian work, speaking, and mentoring youth for more than ten years. Writing my book, CALCULATED, in China was an incredible experience not just for culture and setting, but having Chinese students, colleagues, and friends get excited about this book and cheer me on just as much as my American friends and family. It somehow made my main character and her experience feel more real. I’m married with two toddlers, and writing books is my dream job because I can write anywhere in the world and words can reach beyond borders even when people can’t. Pintip: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. I am a lawyer-turned-mother-turned-YA-writer, with an A.B. from Harvard University and a J.D. from Yale Law School. My debut novel, FORGET TOMORROW, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book and is a NYT bestseller. My other novels include THE DARKEST LIE and the forthcoming REMEMBER YESTERDAY. I live with my husband and three kids in Maryland. Something you might not know about me? I’ve had fibromyalgia/RSI since I was 20, which means that I cannot...

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