Pitch Wars Interview with Adam Sass and his mentor Lisa Amowitz
Sep27

Pitch Wars Interview with Adam Sass and his mentor Lisa Amowitz

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 . . . Adam Sass – Mentee Twitter | Website Lisa Amowitz – Mentor Twitter | Website Adam: Why did you choose Lisa? Lisa was an absolute tiger about my MS. Before I even submitted, she found my Pimp My Bio with my pitch and was all about it. She requested immediately and was so bursting with passion once reading it that there was just no other choice for me. Her passion matched my own, and she knew exactly what to do with my MS. Lisa: Why did you choose Adam? I found Adam on #pimpmybio and something about him just drew me to him. We interacted a little on Twitter and I kind of begged him to sub me. I was thrilled when he did. And I you know that kind of moment when you think you MAY be falling in love and worry something will go wrong? Well, clearly that didn’t happen and I fell hard for his MS. I daydreamed about what i wanted to do to make it even better. I quite a few other mss I also loved dearly—but in the end, Adam’s premise, his amazing voice, the dark, dark humor, and his generally great personality sold me. I then proceeded to growl like a pit bull at any mentor who came sniffing. I swear—I eyeballed that tentative list like a hawk, waiting to pounce. Not going to say if I had to or not in public. *wink, wink* Adam: Summarize your book in three words. Surrender. Overcome. Escape. Lisa: Summarize Adam’s book in three words. Anxious. Gay. Superpowers.   Adam: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I come from a screenwriting background, so constant revision is in my blood. I’m not afraid to kill darlings. I understand the core story is what’s most important to preserve and that the outer layers must serve the core or get out. My MS is unique because as a student of improv, I know character is king—even in a twisted plot like mine. My MC is my favorite because he faces the darkness of this corrupt “gay conversion” camp with defiance and humor. He’s a dependable light lost in a wicked place. Lisa: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. I designed stained glass windows for the NYC Metropolitan transit authority’s Arts for Transit. They...

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Happy Release Day to PHANTOM LIMBS by Paula Garner … A Pitch Wars Success!
Sep27

Happy Release Day to PHANTOM LIMBS by Paula Garner … A Pitch Wars Success!

Purchase Here   Release Date: September 27th, 2016   About the book … Moving on has never been Otis’s strong suit. After three years, he’s still reeling from the death of his younger brother, Mason, and from the sudden departure of his best friend and first love, Meg, whose family moved across the country after Mason died. Otis would never have survived these last few years without Dara, his ball-busting, one-armed friend and self-appointed swim coach, who is hell-bent on transforming Otis into the Olympic swimmer she can no longer be. Otis, though, is increasingly sure that he’d rather find his own dream than continue chasing Dara’s – especially when he learns that, after three years of radio silence, Meg is coming back for the summer. All Otis wants is for him and Meg to be as close as they once were (okay, maybe a little closer) – despite Meg’s mysterious defection, despite the football player all over her Facebook page, despite Dara’s tightening grip and loosening screws. But as they sift through the archaeology of their past and Otis discovers the reasons behind Meg’s disappearance, he must face some uneasy truths about his brother’s death – and about himself. As he realizes that none of their visions of the perfect future can ever pan out – not Dara’s, not Meg’s, not his – Otis must decide which dreams to hold on to and which to leave behind.   Praise for Phantom Limbs “A must-have.” — School Library Journal (starred review) “Garner’s debut gently but deeply explores how loss and grief affect different people in different ways, and the strength it takes to live on through it.” — Phantom Limbs featured on Barnes & Noble’s 22 of Our Most Anticipated Contemporary YAs of the Second Half of 2016 list “Tragedy cuts deep, and every character in this book has scars – terribly visible or under the surface – and they are beautiful. Paper Towns fans take note, this is your new favorite book.” — Leah Moore, Northshire Bookstore – The Autumn 2016 Kids’ Indie Next List Preview “Otis is a refreshingly authentic male protagonist who will win readers over . . . [A]n uplifting story about resilience and the power of relationships.” — Sarah Weber, BookPage Review, Web Exclusive – September 13, 2016 “Garner’s debut is impressive . . . The nuanced way that Garner deals with loss is not only beautifully done, but it’s thoughtful and insightful. . . . [A] quietly affecting, well-written gem of a book that will resonate with readers, long after the last page has been reached. A definite YA standout for 2016.” — Romantic Times   About the author...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Suzi Guina and her mentor, Alexandra Alessandri
Sep27

Pitch Wars Interview with Suzi Guina and her mentor, Alexandra Alessandri

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 . . . Suzi Guina – Mentee Twitter Alexandra Alessandri – Mentor Twitter Suzi: Why did you choose Alexandra? When I read Alexandra’s bio during the blog hop, so much clicked. But it went well beyond her wish list and my manuscript, to her as a person. We have A LOT in common. Alexandra wrote about being Colombian-American and how the Andes mountains feel like home. I have this same connection with the island of Faial in the Azores, which is the setting of my manuscript. Alexandra’s a poet; my first two manuscripts were poetry collections (though I hesitate to call myself a poet). She’s a college professor, teaching English and creative writing. I teach the same subjects at both the high school and college levels. But it was Alexandra’s connection to her culture that really drew me toward choosing her. My manuscript explores the feeling of being between two cultures and languages, Portuguese and American. I thought that out of all the mentors, she would get it. What I couldn’t have known was that Alexandra’s own Pitch Wars manuscript delves into many of the same themes as mine and she would be able to use her own experiences with that manuscript to help me with mine. It turns out we have even more in common than I realized! Alexandra: Why did you choose Suzi? The first inkling I got of Suzi’s story came in a tweet, when she asked several of us mentors  if we had aversions to mermaids, particularly Portuguese mermaids. I was intrigued by the  fact that Suzi was Portuguese and that her story’s setting was deeply rooted in her family’s homeland. I hoped she would submit, and sure enough, she did! Then, when I started reading, the connection to place was immediately palpable—and as I mentioned in my bio,  I’m a sucker for a strong sense of place. The setting is not just the setting; it’s an intricate  part of the story, and Isabel’s journey, as well as the plot, is deeply rooted in it. This  resonated with me on so many levels, not the least of which was the fact that my own Pitch Wars manuscript explored similar themes. In her answers to my questions, Suzi mentioned that writing this story was in a way a love  letter to her culture. And that blew...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Tamara Girardi and her mentor Molly Lee
Sep27

Pitch Wars Interview with Tamara Girardi and her mentor Molly Lee

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 . . . Tamara Girardi – Mentee Twitter Molly Lee – Mentor Twitter | Website Tamara: Why did you choose Molly? Molly’s Wish List attracted me right away when I read, “I love to see instances where a girl/woman is in a profession/situation that is tailored toward men and she’s hacking it right there with the boys.” My YA contemporary submission GRIDIRON GIRL is about a girl who competes against her boyfriend to be the starting quarterback of the football team, so the whole story is about her trying to hack it with the guys. Also, I want to say that I took the advice to ask questions of the mentors seriously when picking my six. Molly didn’t specifically mention sports,so I tweeted her to be sure she has an interest in them. Fortunately for me, she does! My nextstep was to read some of my potential mentors’ works (because narrowing down to six was HARD), and one chapter of Molly’s EDGE OF CHAOS had me in love. She made me feel instantly, and I knew that was a weakness in my own work. I needed to increase the emotional payoff. At that moment, Molly went to the top of my list, and there are no words for the emotional payoff I felt when she actually picked me! Molly: Why did you choose Tamara? The concept of GRIDIRON GIRL appealed to me right away—a girl going up against her boyfriend for the quarterback position? No question I needed to read this! Plus, I’d seen her ontwitter, actively asking questions of mentors and really putting that extra effort in to see who would be a good fit. I knew she was serious then and once I read her pages, I was hooked. Tamara: Summarize your book in three words. Epic. Female. Quarterback. Molly: Summarize Tamara‘s book in three words. Hot. Competitive. Heart. Tamara: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? My husband and high school sweetheart was the starting quarterback of our football team for three years, but he’s not the only quarterback in his family. He and his two brothers all played the position. Over the years, I’ve seen the backyard games, heard them compare their stats and accolades, and laughed at the intensity of their competition. One day, I got to thinking: what if they had had a little...

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