Pitch Wars Interview with Rachelle Harp and her mentor, Dan Malossi
Oct21

Pitch Wars Interview with Rachelle Harp and her mentor, Dan Malossi

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 . . .  Rachelle Harp – Mentee Twitter | Website Dan Malossi – Mentor Twitter | Website Rachelle: Why did you choose Dan? Since Dan also writes sci-fi thrillers, right away, I knew he’d be a good match. And we both liked a lot of the same authors and seemed to have similar sci-fi interests. And of course he’s awesome! Dan: Why did you choose Rachelle’s manuscript? I loved the writing right away. The story had great potential as well. I love the idea of the dark future of social media taken to such imaginative ends, where everything is available about everyone twenty-four seven, and gang wars take place in cyberspace. This is West Side Story waged in digibits in a dark future, which I dig. The characters ring true…which is essential. Rachelle: Summarize your book in three words. “Twitter on steroids” Dan: Summarize Rachelle’s book in three words. “Twitterish, futuristic hellscape” Rachelle: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I’m a Texas gal with a serious coffee addiction. I write all types of spec fiction–adult to YA, short story to novels. My first pro-published sci-fi short story will appear soon in Galaxy’s Edge Magazine. I teach music in my non-writing life, spoil my cat, and look for any reason to watch Firefly or go to Starbucks. My manuscript, #FeedWar, is an adult sci-fi thriller with a pulp-noir feel to it. Kind of like Blade Runner meets the Godfather. It’s a near future story of a girl caught up in the cyber mafia, trying save her loved ones. And there’s a guy as well–you have to have a little romance, right? Dan: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. I’m a high school English teacher in New York, which means I read a great deal of bad writing every single working day of my life (and some good; don’t think I’m embittered). It’s actually a joy to teach writing, but at the same time it increases awareness of how hard it is to develop a unique and salable voice. This is part of the reason Ms. Harp’s MS stood out from the rest for me.   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...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Christy Chao and her mentor, Isabel Davis
Oct21

Pitch Wars Interview with Christy Chao and her mentor, Isabel Davis

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 . . .  Christy Chao – Mentee Twitter Isabel Davis – Mentor Twitter | Website   Christy: Why did you choose Isabel? I’m thrilled to be working with Isabel and was happily surprised she chose me! I knew from the moment I finished reading her wish list that I’d be subbing to her. Careful Twitter research made me 110% sure we could work well together! Isabel: Why did you choose Christy? I chose Christy’s book because from the beginning, the characters grabbed me. I was pulled into their world, and rooting for them. I felt everything they felt, and I knew Christy is truly talented. Christy: Summarize your book in three words. Space. Pirates. TimeTravel. (yes, I understand the definition of cheating…) Isabel: Summarize Christy’s book in three words. Adventure. Rebels. Galactic. Christy: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? Hello! I’m Christy 🙂 I’m obsessed with YA. All of it!!! I’m originally from San Diego, but I’ve lived on the East Coast since college. My favorite color is green and I’m allergic to cats (but send me all the cat GIFs please!). I’m also allergic to scary movies. When I’m not reading, writing, or eating, I’m working towards a graduate degree in Chemical Engineering. Yep, I’m a science geek enthusiast and I wanted my MS to include things I love like women in STEM, cool technologies/engineering, and hackers! Isabel: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. I design greeting cards for a living 🙂 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....

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Pitch Wars Interview with Ellie Luken and her mentors, Sarah Nicolas & Leigh Mar
Oct21

Pitch Wars Interview with Ellie Luken and her mentors, Sarah Nicolas & Leigh Mar

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 . . .  Ellie Luken – Mentee Twitter Sarah Nicolas – Mentor Twitter | Website Leigh Mar – Mentor Twitter | Website Ellie: Why did you choose Sarah and Leigh? Honestly, my first time through the blog hop, I skipped their wish list because I had submitted to Sarah last year. Even though I was entering a completely different book this year, I thought it’d be safer to apply to mentors who’d never seen my writing before. But then Sarah tweeted that anyone with a YA lesbian fantasy had better submit to her (yeah, I’m paraphrasing) and also tweeted that people who’d subbed to her in the past shouldn’t assume she hated their writing. There were many reasons I’d submitted to her the year before like the fact that she’s one of the most experienced mentors, has a great track record with mentees, and has editing experience, and I was excited that she’d teamed up with a former mentee who’d be able to provide a different perspective (and Leigh interns for an agent, as well as being agented, so she’s pretty experienced as well!). So I slunk over to their wish list and reconsidered because their combined experience was so strong I knew I would’ve killed to work with them. They went on my list even though I thought it was a risky choice–but I guess it paid off! Mentors: Why did you choose Ellie? Sarah: Funny story: I get a tweet from Leigh that she’s marked a submission with the “Sarah interested” tag in our inbox. I’m like, really? I’m picky and hard to please, so I’m not sure, but I trust Leigh. So I open up the inbox and get actual chills reading the submission. I basically attacked Leigh via Twitter DMs asking why the full wasn’t in our inbox yet. When we get it, I start reading and am totally sucked in. I forget I’m supposed to be looking for things to edit because I’m just reading like I do for pleasure. There were others that were great, too, but VENDETTA OF MONSTERS stole my heart. Leigh: I love love. I love revenge. I love stories with both and Ellie’s story has plenty of each. VENDETTA OF MONSTERS stood out in our inbox, it was fantastic from start to finish and we’re so excited to work with Ellie to take it from great to omg-you-won’t-be-able-to-set-it-down levels of greatness....

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