Pitch Wars Interview with Ashia Monet and her mentor, Katherine Webber
Oct14

Pitch Wars Interview with Ashia Monet and her mentor, Katherine Webber

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 . . .  Ashia Monet – Mentee Twitter | Website Katherine Webber – Mentor Twitter | Website Ashia: Why did you choose Katherine? Katherine is awesome and her mentor bio showed it. She had a huge list of qualifications so she obviously knew her stuff. As if that wasn’t awesome enough, she also made costumes of book characters (she dressed up as Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone!) which was honestly so cool. We liked works by some of the same authors, too– Laini Taylor, Rainbow Rowell, V.E Schwab and Maggie Stiefvater. When I read that she loved stories that were set in our world but with fantasy elements, I was super excited because I knew I had one of those! And then I may or may not have stalked her on Twitter. Katherine: Why did you choose Ashia? Ashia’s pitch is what initially hooked me: “Cassandra Clare meets Amazing Race” with a time-bending magical forest….I knew that this was something I NEEDED to read. The sheer scope of her imagination blew me away, and I couldn’t get the world and the characters she created out of my head. The whole manuscript is incredibly cinematic, I could really see it, and it looked amazing! And I totally fell for the characters. THE BLACK VEINS has a wonderful diverse ensemble cast, and Ashia does a wonderful job of getting the reader to care about and invest in all of them. And the dialogue! Ashia’s got a natural ear for dialogue, and I love how her characters banter back and forth. The main character, Blythe, is also incredibly loyal and devoted to her family, and I liked that a lot too. It takes a while for her to warm up to people, but when she does, she’d really do anything for them. All of the characters are so real. And that magical forest that I mentioned earlier…I love it so much that our team name is #TeamTempore (the name of the forest). Everything about THE BLACK VEINS feels epic and exciting…I really think it has the potential to be huge and I am thrilled that I get to work on it with Ashia! I could also tell pretty early on how we could make the MS even stronger, and I had a really clear vision for revisions and edits, which was super exciting! I also did...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Lacee Little and her mentor, Juliana Brandt
Oct14

Pitch Wars Interview with Lacee Little and her mentor, Juliana Brandt

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 . . .  Lacee Little – Mentee Twitter Juliana Brandt – Mentor Twitter | Website Lacee: Why did you choose Juliana? Juliana’s love of rich fantasy worlds and complex magic systems made me eager to get her help sorting through mine. I knew that her strengths with world-building would challenge me to make my setting, and my magic, as lifelike as possible. Juliana: Why did you choose Lacee? Lacee’s richly imagined world was spell-binding! Her characters felt fully realized and had distinct, compelling voices. I was absolutely thrilled with the creativity of the magic system, and the way she pitted her main characters against one another with their magical talents. I was also incredibly excited to see where we could take the book! I thought she would be absolutely lovely to work with, and I was blessedly right! Lacee: Summarize your book in three words. 1880s Magical Outlaws Juliana: Summarize Lacee’s book in three words. Magical Book Thieves Lacee: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I am absolutely in love with historical fantasy, especially the kind where magic appears around the cracks of real historical events. Growing up in Oklahoma made me appreciate the history of the West and wonder how much more wild it would’ve been if outlaws could use spells instead of six shooters! I have enjoyed exploring a part of the world that is not normally seen as magical and turning the familiar into something fantastical. Juliana: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. I would love to be Diana Wynne Jones when I grow up…Ohh, we already knew that? Then instead: I dream of building a rock climbing wall in my garage, so I can practice bouldering at home!   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 round. Save...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Hope Grietzer and her mentor, Rebecca Wells
Oct14

Pitch Wars Interview with Hope Grietzer and her mentor, Rebecca Wells

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 . . .  Hope Grietzer – Mentee Website Rebecca Wells – Mentor Twitter | Website Hope: Why did you choose Rebecca? I put a star next to Rebecca’s name during the Live Chat with the Mentors session. I liked her right away; she came across as thoughtful and articulate, contemporary middle grade was high on her wish list, and her mentoring approach seemed like a perfect fit for me. Star number two came after reading her blog. We share a love of many of the same books – especially those that tug at your heart. The clincher was her solid qualifications, and I have to say, like her I have absolutely no GIF game, so a little bonding point there! Rebecca: Why did you choose Hope & THE CAROUSEL KEEPER? Hope’s entry immediately caught my attention because of its beautiful language and unusual setting. I had a few finalists but THE CAROUSEL KEEPER just stuck in my head! I finally chose it both because of its many strengths and because I felt like I was a good mentor fit for it; I had a good idea of how to help Hope make it truly shine. Hope: Summarize your book in three words. Fear. Friendship. Courage. Rebecca: Summarize your mentee’s book in three words. Loss. Courage. Hope. Hope:Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? My twin passions are writing and playing the fiddle. I jumped ship from my fifteen-year job as a software analyst to teach fiddle full time; I love it and have never looked back! Despite being shy at times, I adore performing on stage and chatting with the audience, and have been inducted into the New York State Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame. My novel is a mystery that takes place in a unique location: the setting was inspired by an island amusement park off the coast of Connecticut where my husband spent his summers growing up, and by a spectacular carousel that was donated to the small town I grew up in by a benevolent shoe industry magnate in the early 1920’s. Rebecca: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. Besides being a bookseller and writer, I used to be (kind of still am, actually) a fiercely competitive soccer player. I got my nose broken by an opponent in a...

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