Pitch Wars Interview with Allison Augustyn and Carlyn Greenwald, and their mentors  Rachel Lynn Solomon and Kit Frick
Sep20

Pitch Wars Interview with Allison Augustyn and Carlyn Greenwald, and their mentors Rachel Lynn Solomon and Kit Frick

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 . . . Allison Augustyn – Mentee Twitter   Carlyn Greenwald – Mentee Twitter | Website Rachel Lynn Solomon – Mentor Twitter | Website | Goodreads Kit Frick – Mentor Twitter | Website Mentee: Why did you choose (Mentor)? Carlyn: Honestly, it was as much about the mentors themselves as the wishlist. I’d been following Rachel since I entered Pitch Wars last year, and thought she’d be so great to work with. So, when the wishlists came out and my book fit enough elements, I figured it’d be worth a shot even if Rachel and Kit weren’t exactly looking for my book. I continued to follow the Twitter feed and live chats and fell more in love with Rachel and Kit by the day. I’ll admit, though, I wavered a few times, figuring my book was too light or didn’t quite fit their tastes. In the end, I wanted to submit to them so badly based on personality and what I heard about how well they fix up manuscripts that I asked if they’d take books with geek culture. Once I got that okay, I gleefully submitted to them and I’m so glad I did. Allison: I loved what Rachel and Kit said on Twitter and their blogs. They were both funny and savvy, and also really encouraging of everyone who had entered Pitch Wars. I found myself laughing and nodding along whenever I read something they wrote, and they both seemed cool and edgy, yet kind and supportive. Like, the stuff that makes really great mentors and teammates, but also just really good people. Then I heard Rachel on a live show make a joke about being weird, and I was like, “OK, all of this is me too!” and just wanted to hang out with them as friends. It clinched it for me when I found out I couldn’t read either of their books just yet, and was the most disappointed I’ve been since I went to the bookstore and they were out of the latest A.S. King. So I’m really looking forward to 2018 publications, and beyond, and am also extremely excited about the next two months! Mentor: Why did you choose (Mentee/MS)? Rachel: Both books have incredible voices that suck you in from page one! Furthermore, Allison and Carlyn push YA boundaries in a pretty fearless way. That’s...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Kaitlin Hundscheid and her mentor, Ashley Martin
Sep20

Pitch Wars Interview with Kaitlin Hundscheid and her mentor, Ashley Martin

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 . . . Kaitlin Hundscheid – Mentee Twitter | Website Ashley Martin – Mentor Twitter | Website Kaitlin: Why did you choose Ashley? When I read Ashley’s bio and wish list, an angel choir belted in four-part harmony. “We love the same books, we enjoy the same things, and holy guacamole, she wants anything connected to classic children’s literature!” I’m pretty sure I did the Snoopy dance at this point because it was an oddly specific, not-everyone’s-cup-of-tea-aspect of my story. Stalking Following Ashley on Twitter for a couple weeks only cemented my excitement about submitting to her because she was so kind and helpful. Ashley: Why did you choose Kaitlin? Kaitlin’s story had all the things I was hoping for: Beautiful writing, a main character I adored (introduced with his nose in a book, no less), side characters that were unique and interesting in their own right, and a dash of humor. And it involved a very specific detail that’s near and dear to my heart: classic children’s literature. I also had a sneaking suspicion that Kaitlin and I were kindred spirits on many levels, starting with our mutual love of Earl Grey tea (a suspicion which has happily been confirmed). Go #TeamEarlGrey! Kaitlin: Summarize your book in three words. Saving cursed library. Ashley: Summarize Kaitlin’s book in three words. Library, rescue, mission. Kaitlin: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I’m a MG writer, Latin teacher, and gin enthusiast, and I spend far too much of my free time chasing the larger cat away from the smaller cat’s food bowl and keeping my emotionally needy corgi happy. I’ve always loved old things. I like musty books, overgrown paths, crumbling buildings—anything that echoes a time and place far removed from my own, a place where people lived the same joys and sorrows that I’m experiencing today. Many of the ideas that shape my writing started percolating during my college years studying Classics (because you can’t get much older than that). Classical studies taught me that there truly is nothing new under the sun, that though appearances might change, the substance of true things never alters. Several years of teaching K-5 showed me how children can also sense this, and I was fascinated by their interest in discussing philosophical topics usually reserved for older students. When I started...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Tara Creel and her mentor, Jenna Lehne
Sep20

Pitch Wars Interview with Tara Creel and her mentor, Jenna Lehne

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 . . .   Tara Creel – Mentee Twitter Jenna Lehne – Mentor Twitter | Website Tara: Why did you choose Jenna? There were so many things about Jenna that I had hoped would make us a good match. She specifically said she wanted mystery, and not one her mom would read. That made me laugh and look at the voice in my story to be sure it was middle grade appropriate. Then she said she loved When You Reach Me, which was one of my comp titles. At the end of her wishlist, she threw in a note about Native Americans and my story revolves around Native American myths so I was really hoping that would lure her in. She also seemed like she would really support my story and that it’d be a connection throughout our careers, not just for PitchWars, and that was important to me. That, and our bond over terrible reality TV ;). Jenna: Why did you choose Tara?  I had my eye on Tara right off the bat. She was super friendly on twitter and her Pimp My Bio had me refreshing my e-mail for her entry. It took almost an hour after she tweeted that she had sent her app for it to make it’s way to me, so when it didn’t come in right away I panicked. I knew that I wanted to work with her when I found myself jotting down revision notes on my phone, stickies, and random scraps of paper. Even when I was reading for fun, I found myself thinking about her characters. I fell asleep reading her full (due to my toddler, not lack of interest) and dreamt that I was treasure hunting around Hearst Castle. I knew that morning that Tara was the mentee for me. She’s incredibly talented and I’m thrilled I get to help her introduce Amelia to the world. Tara: Summarize your book in three words. Castle Mystery Treasure Jenna: Summarize Tara’s book in three words. Exhilarating, code-breaking fun! Tara: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I grew up in Utah, but after marrying my husband, we settled in Southern California. We now have four boys together and I use nap time and bed time as my writing time and have gotten really good at reading books while playing cars. I’ve been writing since elementary...

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