Pitch Wars Interview with Meghan Jashinsky and her mentors, Lynnette Labelle and Destiny Cole
Sep21

Pitch Wars Interview with Meghan Jashinsky and her mentors, Lynnette Labelle and Destiny Cole

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 . . .   Meghan Jashinsky – Mentee Twitter  Lynnette Labelle – Mentor Twitter | Website Destiny Cole – Mentor Twitter | Website Meghan: Why did you choose Destiny and Lynnette? Lynnette and Destiny seemed like the total package right from the start—both of them are writers who have feet in other aspects of publishing as well, from interning at literary agencies to freelance editing to digital marketing. They do it all! And then I saw “anything dark/twisted/creepy” on their wish list, and I knew I would love working with them. Destiny and Lynnette: Why did you choose Meghan and COURT OF GLITTERING CRIMSON? Lynnette: I chose COURT of GLITTERING CRIMSON because I loved Meghan’s voice and the premise. And, I became a little obsessed with it. I have to admit, I wish I wrote this book. It rocks. Destiny: I was hooked within the first 3 sentences of her query: “Princess Skylla is a nightmare from which her people will never wake. She will use their bones to clean her teeth and wear their intestines like ribbons. It’s the least they deserve after what they did to her family the night of the Slaughter.” Then I quickly flipped to the pages and prayed like mad it would hold up… which it SO did! Meghan: Summarize your book in three words. Dark. Fear. Puppeteer. Destiny and Lynnette: Summarize your mentee’s book in three words. Lynnette: good/evil swap places (It’s one word if you use a slash, right?) Destiny: Vengeance. Determination. Redemption. Meghan: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I grew up in the oldest city in the United States, and its local ghost stories fueled my passion for all things creepy. My favorite characters to read and write are the ones that you love to hate. Give me all of the antiheroes! The darker, the better! Two of my favorite books are Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein and Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I spend most of my non-writing time balancing my love of dark/gritty books by being crazy peppy on YouTube—whether it’s for my day job (producing educational children’s videos), or for the WordNerds (a YA literature themed vlogging group). My personality could probably be summed up as: the love child of Leslie Knope and April Ludgate, from Parks and Recreation. 🙂 Destiny...

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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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Pitch Wars Interview with Jennifer Bryson and her mentor, Rebecca Petruck
Sep19

Pitch Wars Interview with Jennifer Bryson and her mentor, Rebecca Petruck

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 Bryson- Mentee Twitter | Website Rebecca Petruck – Mentor Twitter | Website Jennifer: Why did you choose Rebecca? Rebecca and I have a similar sense of humor, which is rare. I wanted a mentor who would appreciate the weirdness of a squirrel befriending a peanut detective. I knew it would take someone special to think “Yes! That makes perfect sense!” and not “I wonder if she’s on drugs? Should I alert someone?”. I also was impressed by her authorial/mentoring experience, but mostly it was a gut feeling she wouldn’t report me for child endangerment. Rebecca: Why did you choose Jennifer? Jennifer has that rare talent of incorporating genuinely creative, fun, wacky humor with a lot of heart. Her manuscript made me snort laugh and coo, “Aww,” at the same time. The MC is an adorable mess and the sentient peanut…as I told Jennifer, “You had me at Frankenut.” Jennifer: Summarize your book in three words. Find your people Rebecca: Summarize Jennifer’s book in three words. Squirrel + Frankenut = Buddylove Jennifer: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? By day I am an over-educated, mini-van driving, stay-at-home mom, but at night I am actually an international operative in a top secret spy ring. My kids think they have to go to bed at eight because I’m just mean—they don’t know it’s really so I can infiltrate foreign powers and prevent them from tampering with the upcoming Presidential election. Or maybe that was a just a dream I had… My manuscript makes up for how boring I am in real life. It’s a wacky, fun friendship story geared toward younger Middle Grade readers. The main characters are a down-trodden squirrel and a sentient GMO peanut who thinks he is a genius (but probably isn’t). It’s Leonard and Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory merged with Sherlock and Watson, solving mysteries on Sesame Street. With explosions. Rebecca: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. My dad loves boiled peanuts, which he discovered when we lived in Louisiana and are not available where he lives now in Minnesota. So when I moved from New York to North Carolina for my MFA program, I had to send Dad care packages with boiled peanuts. But never again! #SaveTheFrankenut   Check out...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Triona Murphey and her mentors, Wade Albert White & Timanda Wertz
Sep19

Pitch Wars Interview with Triona Murphey and her mentors, Wade Albert White & Timanda Wertz

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 . . . Triona Murphy – Mentee Twitter | Website Wade Albert White – Mentor Twitter | Website Timanda Wertz – Co-Mentor Twitter | Website   Triona: Why did you choose Wade & Timanda? My (virtual) ears perked up when I read that they were solely focusing on MG sci-fi and fantasy. They perked up even further when I read that they liked some of my favorite authors—Terry Pratchett, Shannon Hale, Neil Gaiman, JK Rowling, Tamora Pierce, and Douglas Adams, to name a few. I also liked their approach to revisions: two major passes, one for big-picture edits and one for details. That’s how I prefer to edit myself (although it’s often more like six or seven passes!), so it sounded like we’d be a good fit.   Wade & Timanda: Why did you choose Triona and Shifting Gears? Timanda: I’m a sucker for intelligent female characters. As a STEM teacher, I was drawn to the main character, who has a knack for engineering and uses her brains and talents to solve the problems she faces. I’m also fascinated by the idea of parallel worlds, and I thought Triona did a really nice job distinguishing hers from other parallel world stories I’ve read. Wade: The voice of the opening pages immediately drew me in, and the quirky, super-smart MC kept me reading. On top of that, I love alternate Earth stories. How could I say no?   Triona: Summarize your book in three words. Dimension-jumping. Adventure. Belonging.   Wade & Timanda: Summarize Triona’s book in three words. Timanda: Smart girl power. Wade: Awesome. Multidimensional. Friendships.   Triona: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I’m a freelance copywriter and knitting pattern designer (yep, that’s a real thing!). I live in Indiana with my husband, who’s also a writer, and my two sons. I’ve been a voracious reader since the age of four and was into cool sci-fi and fantasy more than anything else. SHIFTING GEARS has a lot of elements I loved at the middle school age, like interesting science concepts, relatable characters, and action/adventure.   Wade & Timanda: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. Timanda: I usually mention my love of Broadway and marine science in these things, so here’s something new: as of last weekend, I have over a hundred (they’re hard to...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Cole N. and her mentor, McKelle George
Sep19

Pitch Wars Interview with Cole N. and her mentor, McKelle George

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 Lorem Ipsum . . . Cole N. – Mentee Twitter | Website McKelle George – Mentor Twitter | Website   Cole: Why did you choose McKelle? A number of factors drew me to McKelle. First off, the way she distinguished between the speculative fiction that she does and does not like showed me that she was a thoughtful and nuanced reader within the genre. Then when I learned that her upcoming book was a prohibition era Shakespeare retelling, I got super excited. It’s totally unlike what I’m writing, which I love because I know she’ll bring a different perspective to my manuscript. Just as importantly it sounds like a book I need to read, and I think it’s crucial for mentees to be just as excited about their mentors’ work as the mentors are about theirs. McKelle: Why did you choose Cole and CHIMERICAL? The thing about Cole is that she is, by her own admission, kind of an “Internet ghost.” So when I was thinking about taking her manuscript on, it was completely unrelated to whether or not she was nice or seemed easy to work with or had a huge following on social media: it was all down to her book. It wasn’t the kind of manuscript I originally envisioned taking on: it’s magical realism, and a bit strange, and sort of haunting, and not quite like any other book I’ve ever read. Even as I was trying to be more pragmatic about my choice, there were certain passages I could still remember, even from a quick read, days later, sentences and paragraphs that stuck with me. (And like Cole, I also like that it’s not exactly what I write, but it is what I like to read. I think the differing perspectives will feed off each other well.) I still think it’s an incredibly special book and wholly unique–and now here we are! Cole: Summarize your book in three words. Ghosts. Carnival. Memory. McKelle: Summarize Cole’s book in three words. Haunting. Magic. Enigmatic. Cole: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? My manuscript started out as my graduate school thesis. I graduated last year, and now I’m married to another writer. We both live in Minnesota and teach English and Writing at a liberal arts college. I do the...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Astrid Scholte and her mentors, Mara Rutherford and Joan He
Sep16

Pitch Wars Interview with Astrid Scholte and her mentors, Mara Rutherford and Joan He

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 . . .   Astrid Scholte – Mentee Twitter Mara Rutherford – Mentor Twitter | Website Joan He – Co-Mentor Twitter | Website Astrid: Why did you choose Mara & Joan? My mentors’ wish list read like a breakdown of my ms and what I wanted to achieve. And, as a cat lover, I couldn’t pass up #teampusheen! Mara & Joan: Why did you choose Astrid? Mara: Astrid’s book was fun, fast-paced, and reminded us of some of our favorite YA fantasy. Joan: Her main character has a reputation for charming people right before robbing them. Well, she charmed me and stole my heart! Bonus points: I thought the twist was great when I read it in the synopsis, but I worried if it’d be executed well. Safe to say, I was completely blown away even *knowing* what was going to happen. Astrid: Summarize your book in three words. Dark, suspenseful, sly Mara & Joan: Summarize Astrid’s book in three words. Twisty kick-ass fantasy Astrid: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I work in film, visual FX and animation, which has led to being surrounded by 10-foot-tall blue Avatars, warring spaceships and tap-dancing penguins. I love cats (did I mention that already?) and all things Disney. My YA manuscript is a murder mystery set in a fantasy world with a unique narrative structure. Mara & Joan: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. Mara: I’m a triplet (identical sister and a brother) born on Leap Day. Joan: My diet is 99.9% carbs.   Thank you for supporting our Pitch Wars Teams! And don’t forget to stop by the Agent Showcase starting November 3rd to see how our teams do in the final...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Tracy Gold and her mentor, Diana Gallagher
Sep16

Pitch Wars Interview with Tracy Gold and her mentor, Diana Gallagher

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 . . . Tracy Gold – Mentee Twitter | Website Diana Gallagher – Mentor Twitter | Website Tracy: Why did you choose Diana? I did Pitch Wars last year, so I knew Diana’s former mentees loved her! I also submitted to her last year and she sent me a really sweet “good luck” note. And everyone I know in Pitch Wars says Diana is the nicest person ever, which I’ve found to be true in our Twitter interactions and our relationship so far! We also have a lot in common with MFA/writing professor backgrounds, so I thought we could connect on that level.Then, my novel seemed pretty perfect for Diana’s wish list. It has sports, complicated relationships, humor, friendships, a slow-burn romance–lots of things that Diana wanted! I’m so glad it worked out! Diana: Why did you choose Tracy and VERA WITH A VENGEANCE? I remembered that Tracy’s submission last year had a strong query and a great hook, so when she submitted to me again this year, I was excited to see what she had in store. Right from the title itself, I was intrigued. As I read further, the voice kept me hooked and the stakes kept ratcheting up. Not only was VERA entertaining and engaging, but it landed for me emotionally. Ultimately, I finished the manuscript feeling unsettled in the best possible way. None of these characters are cut-and-dry good or bad; they’re complicated, sometimes polarizing, and always fascinating. Tracy: Summarize your book in three words. Sweet, sweet revenge? (Can I get away with the question mark like that to show moral ambiguity? Trying!) Diana: Summarize Tracy’s book in three words. Smart girls scheming. Tracy: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I’m a writer/editor/writing professor living in Baltimore. My manuscript is about a girl who starts a business to sell revenge. What makes me uniquely positioned to tell this particular story is that I used a lot of bad things that have happened to my friends, or to me, and got fictional vengeance. I didn’t set out to do this, but the book turned out to heavily involve the fallout from college sexual assaults. That’s a topic I’m sadly familiar with. When I was in college, I held a leadership position in a living group (which is like a...

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Pitch Wars Team Interview with Tomi Adeyemi and her mentor, Ashley Hearn
Sep16

Pitch Wars Team Interview with Tomi Adeyemi and her mentor, Ashley Hearn

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 . . .   Tomi Adeyemi – Mentee Twitter | Website Ashley Hearn – Mentor Twitter | Website   Tomi: Why did you choose Ashley? Besides hearing incredible things about Ashley from a lot of the other mentors, I saw that she was looking for a beautiful fantasy that gets in formation (think Beyoncé in Lemonade) and that is exactly what my manuscript is about! And once I heard her ideas for the revision it was like being hit in the head with a brick except the brick exploded into glitter and in the glitter I saw everything CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE is going and meant to be! Ashley: Why did you choose Tomi and CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE?    CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE was the perfect storm of everything I hoped to find in a submission! From the West African-inspired world, to Tomi’s painstakingly layered characters, and her ability to crush you with heart-shattering *FEELS* bombs… how she uses magic and the monarchy to illuminate privilege and connect with Black Lives Matter is nothing short of ingenious! Revision ideas just clicked into place as I read her full, and I knew instantly what I could bring to this manuscript to make it the best it can be! Tomi: Summarize your book in three words. Black. Girl. Magic. Ashley: Summarize Tomi’s book in three words.  LOL! I was gonna say the same thing. How about: Fantasy meets LEMONADE! Tomi: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? My parents immigrated from Nigeria in their 20s and in 2015 I received the Le Baron Russell Briggs Fellowship from the Harvard English Department to go to Brazil and study Orisha, the West African deities prominently featured in my book. One of my favorite things about this manuscript is it gave me a chance to explore everything I love about my heritage, portray the social justice issues I feel passionate about, and write the adventure I wish I had as a kid! Ashley: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. I’m a jack of all trades: an author, an editor, a sports journalist/ producer. But I’m trying to master the one thing they all have in common—stories. I drink way more coffee than the doctor recommends and most important lessons in life I learned from Lorelei Gilmore. As an author and Atlanta native, I write Southern Gothic YA dripping with Spanish moss,...

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BEFORE TOMORROW by Pitch Wars Mentor, Pintip Dunn … cover reveal!
Sep16

BEFORE TOMORROW by Pitch Wars Mentor, Pintip Dunn … cover reveal!

  I am so excited to share with you the cover reveal for BEFORE TOMORROW by Pintip Dunn, a FORGET TOMORROW novella from Logan’s POV! Scroll down to see it. I love it!!       Title: Before Tomorrow Publisher: Entangled TEEN Release Date: Oct. 31, 2016 In a world where all seventeen-year-olds receive a memory from their future selves, Logan Russell’s vision is exactly as he expects—and exactly not. He sees himself achieving his greatest wish of becoming a gold-star swimmer, but strangely enough, the vision also shows him locking eyes with a girl from his past, Callie Stone, and experiencing an overwhelming sense of love and belonging. Logan’s not sure what the memory means, but soon enough, he learns that his old friend Callie is in trouble. She’s received an atypical memory, one where she commits a crime in the future. According to the law, she must be imprisoned, even though she’s done nothing wrong. Now, Logan must decide if he’ll give up his future as a gold-star swimmer and rescue the literal girl of his dreams. All he’ll have to do is defy Fate. Add BEFORE TOMORROW on Goodreads! But what if you don’t want to wait until Oct. 31? No problem. Pre-order REMEMBER YESTERDAY, book 2 in the FORGET TOMORROW series, and register your receipt here, and you’ll receive a copy of BEFORE TOMORROW to read before anyone else! Plus, U.S. residents will also get a bookplate and bookmark! Want to learn more about FORGET TOMORROW and REMEMBER YESTERDAY? Click here. REMEMBER YESTERDAY buy links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo   Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. Her debut novel, FORGET TOMORROW, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. Her other novels include THE DARKEST LIE and the forthcoming REMEMBER YESTERDAY. She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com.   Save Save...

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Pitch Wars Team Interview with Anthony Tardiff and his mentor, Naomi Hughes
Sep15

Pitch Wars Team Interview with Anthony Tardiff and his mentor, Naomi Hughes

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 . . . Naomi Hughes – Mentor Twitter | Website Anthony Tardiff – Mentee Twitter: | Website Anthony: Why did you choose Naomi? Naomi struck me as both incredibly professional and someone I would really get along with. She likes Megan Whalen Turner and Avatar: The Last Airbender, which shows great taste! And I wanted someone who would approach mentoring the same way as would an agent or editor. Naomi described her approach as exactly that, and I knew she could back those words up because of her amazing track record, including mentoring Casey Lyall, whose book I’d beta read a few years back. Naomi: Why did you choose Anthony and GHOST IN THE MACHINE?   Two words: revision brilliance. Anthony’s manuscript had Potential with a capital P, which was enough to interest me–but when I emailed him to check whether he’d be up for some heavy-duty edits, he enthusiastically replied with some seriously excellent revision ideas. That was enough to push me over the edge from “this could be such a cool story” to “I MUST WORK WITH THIS AUTHOR!” Anthony: Summarize your book in three words. Humans aren’t machines. Naomi: Summarize Anthony’s book in three words.  Cleverness, hacking, & AIs. Anthony: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I’m a university instruction librarian and fascinated by information as such, including how our Information Age has brought both unimagined benefits and unexpected complexity to our world — and we’re not done yet. My manuscript dives into those musings in a fun, fast-paced, character-centered way. Naomi: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. I have two dogs, and both of them are named after characters from Avatar: The Last Airbender. Shout-outs for Momo and Zuko! Thank you for supporting our Pitch Wars Teams! And don’t forget to stop by the Agent Showcase starting November 3rd to see how our teams do in the final...

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