Pitch Wars Interview with Anna Brittain and her mentors Jennifer Hawkins and Kes Trester
Oct07

Pitch Wars Interview with Anna Brittain and her mentors Jennifer Hawkins and Kes Trester

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 . . . Anna Brittain – Mentee Twitter | Website Jennifer Hawkins – Mentor Twitter | Website Kes Trester – Mentor Twitter | Website Anna: Why did you choose Jen and Kes? I had three criteria for potential mentors: First, and most importantly, I was looking for mentors that were actively seeking female- driven contemporaries and stated that they were looking for LGBT stories — f/f in particular. All six of the mentors I subbed to ticked off at least two out of three of those, and a lot of them featured other items on their wish list that I felt my manuscript satisfied — an enemies-to- lovers arc was fairly common among the six I chose, as well as stories set in boarding schools and/or featured some kind of specific skill or hobby (FEMSLASH takes place in a private school that caters to STEM and the performing arts). The second thing I was looking for was an editorial style that complimented my process. The third was a certain, unnameable *thing* in our interactions on twitter — I wanted a friendship as well as a mentor, and my interactions with Jen and Kes in the weeks leading up to the sub window really made me feel like a friendship with them would be as easy as breathing. Jen & Kes: Why did you choose Anna? Anna’s manuscript, FEMSLASH, grabbed us immediately. The concept was fresh and unique, and her query was well-written. When we stalked checked out her social media, we noticed that she was kind and funny and supportive of other writers. So we requested—and then devoured her story in less than a day. We sent her some questions that bounced revision ideas around to get a feel for her style and vision, and her professional demeanor and willingness to work made it a no- brainer. Anna: Summarize your book in three words. Rivalry. Romance. Reconciliation. Jen & Kes: Summarize Anna’s book in three words. Enemies to Lovers. Anna: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? Really, FEMSLASH is what happens when you ask yourself what book only *you* can write. As a teen, I didn’t understand how depressed I was. My anxiety began in early childhood, so it’s not like I had a baseline for what ‘normal’ (whatever that is) felt like! But, like Rhodes, my creative work suffered to the point that it...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Morgan Crane and her mentor, Heather Van Fleet
Oct07

Pitch Wars Interview with Morgan Crane and her mentor, Heather Van Fleet

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 #TeamTearsandHugs . . . Morgan Crane – Mentee Twitter | Instagram   Heather Van Fleet – Mentor Twitter | Website   Morgan: Why did you choose Heather ? Because Heather asked for ‘the love’ and kissing, I instantly knew we’d be a great fit.  I’m kidding. Sort of. In all honestly, Heather came off genuine to me. I followed her on twitter, got a sense of who she was, and fell a bit in love with her each day. I’m a bit sensitive when it comes to my writing since I’m new. It’s hard to stay confident when you’re unsure of your talent, so I reacted positively to Heather’s nurturing approach. I was certain she’d give me great critiques and suggestions, same as every other mentor, but that she’d also accompany it with the praise I need to balance that harsh truth out. Plus, she seemed committed to whichever manuscript she ended up choosing, which she’s proven 100%. Heather : Why did you choose Morgan? There were soooo many reasons why I picked Morgan and her amazing book. The number one reason? I couldn’t stop myself from falling in love with it. I thought about it constantly, even when I was reading other submissions. Her characters were alive in my head, speaking to me, as creepy/weird as that sounds. The story was refreshing, with a new spin on this genre. It wasn’t the traditional meet-and-fall that comes with contemporary romances, and that alone had me calling dibs on this baby from the get-go. I mean, hello? The hero mugs the heroine at the beginning of the story and I STILL wanted to snuggle up to him (amongst other things) the second I met him. Plus, her heroine was adorable and endearing and everything I look for in a female main character. Morgan also has this writing style that I could totally relate to. Her words flow well, she writes incredible banter between characters, (which I’m a serious sucker for) and her sex scenes? Holy smokes were they good. (Fan-myself-even-after-reading-the-book-three-times, good.) Morgan: Summarize your book in three words. Witty. Passionate. Roommates. Heather : Summarize Morgan’s book in three words. Sexy. Endearing. Roommates. Morgan: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? My hubby is in the military, so we travel every four years to a new...

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