Pitch Wars Interview with Erin Fry and her mentor, Kevin A. Springer
Sep29

Pitch Wars Interview with Erin Fry and her mentor, Kevin A. Springer

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 Team Two ROFLs. . .   Erin Fry – Mentee Twitter | Website Kevin A. Springer – Mentor Twitter | Website   Erin: Why did you choose to enter Pitch Wars? Everything I read about Pitch Wars was glowing. Seriously, the twittersphere just couldn’t say enough positive things about this contest. Plus, I had a manuscript that I loved, loved, loved but still felt like it wasn’t quite “there,” and I was at a loss at how to get it “there.” The possibility of a mentor to help me? Super cool. And badly needed. I figured at the very least, I might make a few new connections on Twitter. Instead, I ended up with the opportunity to work with a talented, knowledgeable author. The whole process has been tremendously fun and positive and encouraging. I would nudge anyone out there who has a completed manuscript and is looking for an agent to jump in and give Pitch Wars a try. Kevin: Why did you choose Erin’s manuscript? This year was so tough. I read so many stories that were great, but the concept of having a character split between the “main” story and the direct communication with the reader drew me in. As I read, I could tell she was so close to having her story to where it needed to be. With that being said, I felt as if my strengths could get her there. I am not a mentor who is going to re-work the entire manuscript, but rather give the punch it needs throughout the story to bring out details in certain scenes that will make it richer and make the character more relatable. Erin: Summarize your book in three words. Magic. Mystery. Manipulation. Kevin: Summarize Erin’s book in three words. Unexpected. Twist. Mystery. (I know Erin used that word, and I wanted three original words, but “mystery” was too good to not include twice – one for each Rolf!) Erin: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I teach middle school history and English by day and write when I am not grading papers. I actually explained to my students this week that my two jobs require me to impart the truth half the time and lie the other half. (And hope I don’t mix those up.) I coach cross...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Ian Barnes and his mentor, J.C. Nelson
Sep29

Pitch Wars Interview with Ian Barnes and his mentor, J.C. Nelson

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 . . . Ian Barnes – Mentee Twitter   J.C. Nelson – Mentor Twitter | Website   Ian: Why did you choose JC? How could I not? Writes kickass urban fantasy? Check. Plays Ticket to Ride? Check. Loves Battlestar Galactica and Granny Weatherfax? Check and check. Referenced Shadowrun positively in a Goodreads review (I’m not a stalker, you’re a stalker)? Well, I figured if anyone was going to like my story, it’d be him. JC: Why did you choose Ian and Slow Burn Armageddon? I chose Ian/Slow Burn Armageddon because I started reading it, and from the moment it began, I just said “I need to read more of this.” Then I got to the end of the pages and said the same thing over and over—until I’d finished the book. Ian: Summarize your book in three words. Hacking, magic, shitstorm. JC: Summarize Ian’s book in three words. Cyberpunk Shadowrun Armageddon Ian: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and Slow Burn Armageddon unique? My manuscript has about ten books worth of backstory that will never see the light of day. Does that count? No? Okay, then. I’m obsessed with all things computer and fantasy-related. Being a lifelong gamer, combining the two felt like a no-brainer. Blend cyberpunk and urban fantasy, add in the worst possible person to be the big damn hero, then over-season with video game jargon and sarcasm. I couldn’t not write this story. JC: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. I took several years of Latin in school and loved every moment of it.   Check out J.C. Nelson’s latest release . . .  The Reburialists Burying the dead is easy. Keeping them down is difficult. At the Bureau of Special Investigations, agents encounter all sorts of paranormal evils. So for Agent Brynner Carson, driving a stake through a rampaging three-week-old corpse is par for the course. Except this cadaver is different. It’s talking—and it has a message about his father, Heinrich. The reanimated stiff delivers an ultimatum written in bloody hieroglyphics, and BSI Senior Analyst Grace Roberts is called in to translate. It seems that Heinrich Carson stole the heart of Ra-Ame, the long-dead god of the Re-Animus. She wants it back. The only problem is Heinrich took the secret of its location to his grave. With the arrival...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Laura Robson and her mentor Chelsea Bobulski
Sep29

Pitch Wars Interview with Laura Robson and her mentor Chelsea Bobulski

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 . . . Laura Robson – Mentee Twitter | Website Chelsea Bobulski – Mentor Twitter | Website Laura: Why did you choose Chelsea? I decided I wanted to sub to Chelsea as soon as I read the part of her bio where she started talking about her strengths (pacing, characters–basically all the stuff I think it most important in a manuscript and wanted to make sure really shined in mine). Once I got to the part about all her favorite books, I was beyond sold. ALL my favorites–Harry Potter (of course!), The Diviners, anything by Maggie Stiefvater… I also knew we’d be a good fit since we both love contemporary fantasy, and that’s what my manuscript is! Plus, I read her blog posts on not giving up on the road to publishing and I was beyond inspired. I really wanted a mentor with that kind of attitude and determination! Chelsea: Why did you choose Laura? I chose Laura because her submission, SALTWATER BLOOD, had everything I was looking for: a really cool, unique concept supported by effortlessly lyrical writing. It also helped that her voice reminds me so much of my favorite YA authors: Maggie Stiefvater and Victoria Schwab. Laura: Summarize your book in three words. Ghosts. Siblings. Murder? Chelsea: Summarize Laura‘s book in three words. Haunting. Mythological. Atmospheric. Laura: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I’m a junior at Stanford, which means I’ll be juggling Pitch Wars edits with obsessively watching college football. I mean, um, classes. My bookshelf is perpetually overflowing. I will read anything, but my two favorite genres are low fantasy and funny, light-hearted contemporary romance. Those are also (not so coincidentally) my favorite things to write. The idea for SALTWATER BLOOD came in part from my friendship with my brother. We’re super close (no backstabbing and betrayal involved as of yet), but we are completely different people who don’t always have the same moral guidelines. SALTWATER BLOOD, at its core, is the story of a brother and sister. I wanted to write a story about two fundamentally good people, both justifiable in their actions, who find themselves on opposite sides of a fantastical conflict. It seemed only fitting that these characters be siblings. Chelsea: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. I am also a huge fan of college football, to the...

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