Pitch Wars Interview with Rosanne Rivers and her mentor, Sharon M. Johnston
Sep23

Pitch Wars Interview with Rosanne Rivers and her mentor, Sharon M. Johnston

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 . . .   Rosanne Rivers – Mentee Twitter | Website Sharon M. Johnston – Mentor Twitter | Website   Rosanne, why did you choose Sharon? Sharon’s mentor blog post had me so excited from the start! Her favourite stories were the same as alot of my own and made me want to read the ones I hadn’t already. I realised my MS matched a lot of the aspects she had listed in her wish list, and she was offering so much as a mentor. Sharon mentioned that she offers solutions, not just problems, in her edits, and I’ve already realised how much that is true. Sharon, why did you choose Rosanne and her manuscript? Rosanne’s writing is pretty gorgeous, so I knew I didn’t need to push her too much in the mechanics of her craft. Her fantasy story had so many elements that would appeal to readers. The relationship been the MC and the love interest was nicely developed, and it was the love interest’s secrets that had me sold. I didn’t see the twists and turns in the book coming, and I loved that. Rosanne, summarize your book in three words. “Leverage is everything.” Sharon, summarize Rosanne’s book in three words. Swoonworthy Courtly Romance Rosanne, tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I’ve always loved writing and spent a lot of my teenage years writing Harry Potter fanfiction (usually involving Snape.) I mainly write YA standalones in pretty much any speculative genre, though I read lots of adult fiction too. I’m generally drawn to reading about a new world or a great concept. If the blurb has me wondering how something’s going to play out, I’ll read the book. My favourite authors include: Kristen Cashore, Maria V Snyder, Keira Cass, Liane Moriarty, Ruth Ware and George RR Martin. My debut novel, AFTER THE FEAR was released in 2013 by Immortal Ink Publishing. I think that my MS’s strength is in the romance. The MC and the love interest are both flawed and I like how they find something truthful with each other over time. Sharon, tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. I’m a YA/NA writer and PR professional.  My favourite genre to write is Science Fiction, but I love mashing genres together. My first novel, DIVIDED is out now with...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Dave Kane and his mentors, Elly Blake and Ron Walters
Sep23

Pitch Wars Interview with Dave Kane and his mentors, Elly Blake and Ron Walters

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 #TeamEllRon . . . Dave Kane – Mentee Twitter Elly Blake – Mentor Twitter | Website Ron Walters – Mentor Twitter | Website   Why did you choose each other as mentee/mentors? Elly: THE ADVENTURES OF KIRBY DARING is chock full of voice! Add that to sparkling humor, sympathetic characters, and great action and they make a really fun book! Plus, my kids adored it and they would have been mad if I hadn’t picked it. Ron: The voice. I was hooked from the opening paragraph. In the space of a few short lines, I knew we had an immensely likeable, smart, funny MC. Even better, the voice held up through the entire book. Also, the setting and world building were fantastic. The story primarily takes place on the space station where the MC lives, but it’s a space station populated by humans and aliens, which, among other things, shows us just how vast the story world actually is. David: I had my fingers crossed to get picked by #TeamEllRon. Every single word of their bios made me think that we would work great together– and I was right! These guys are both amazing. Summarize your / David’s book in three words. David: Kirby Freaking Daring! Elly: Nerd saves planets. Ron: Hilarious space hijinks. Tell us something about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? David: I am the founder/facilitator of the South Jersey Critique group. I was at a SCBWI conference lamenting the lack of resources in South Jersey, and the person sitting right next to me agreed. Turns out we live less than 10 minutes from each other! We added a few more members and have been going strong ever since. The moral of the story: don’t wait for anyone to hand you anything in this business– go out and make it happen! THE ADVENTURES OF KIRBY DARING is a SF adventure, but Kirby is so NOT an action hero! He’s nervous, he’s a nerd, but when everything he cares about is threatened, he finds the inner strength to save the day! Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know.    Elly: I have a picture of me with David Sedaris at one of his book signings. I look really happy. He looks…tolerant. I was so excited to see him, I invaded his personal...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Jennifer Camiccia and her mentor, Kristin B. Wright
Sep23

Pitch Wars Interview with Jennifer Camiccia and her mentor, Kristin B. Wright

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 . . .   Jennifer Camiccia – Mentee Twitter | Website Kristin B. Wright – Mentor Twitter | Website   Jennifer: Why did you choose Kristin? I chose Kristin because, after reading her Pitchwars Wish List, I was convinced she might be my long lost twin. She hasn’t missed an Oscar broadcast since she was eleven? Check. Loves roller coasters and all things British? Check. When I scrolled down and saw who her favorite authors were I was sold. The cherry on top was that she still re-reads the scene where Anne realizes she loves Gilbert Blythe. If she loved so many of the same things I do, then she might also love my MS! The Outlander kissing gif sealed the deal. Kristin: Why did you choose Jennifer and her manuscript? The week subs opened, my family was camping in North Carolina, so I had time to take a solo trip to Chipotle and eat a burrito in peace. I opened Jen’s first chapter with burrito in hand and promptly forgot about the burrito. Her writing is beautiful and evocative and her story sucked me right in. I requested the full as the burrito got cold and started reading right away when it arrived. One of the best beginnings of a story I’ve ever seen. And if Jennifer loves Gilbert Blythe and Jamie Fraser, we’ll get along JUUUUST fine. Jennifer: Summarize your book in three words. Sisters, singing, love Kristin: Summarize Jennifer’s book in three words. Fighting for belonging. Jennifer: Tell us about yourself. I am a mother of four opinionated, wonderful children and wife to a very patient, sweetheart of a guy. I’ve always loved to write, but never really started to take it seriously until this past year and a half. I joined twitter, signed up for a few contests, and developed a relationship with a few CP’s I met through the contests. What makes you and your MS unique? I have a gaggle, a murder, a herd — or whatever one calls a group of teenagers in the wild — who patiently read my words. They keep my writing honest and true. This story was a personal one for me because the opening scene almost happened to someone very close to me. I initially wrote it as a way to understand why my friend would...

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