Pitch Wars Interview with Megan LaCroix and her mentor, Summer Spence
Oct22

Pitch Wars Interview with Megan LaCroix and her mentor, Summer Spence

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 #TeamSheerMagic . . .    Megan LaCroix – Mentee Twitter | Website   Summer Spence – Mentor Twitter | Website   Megan: Why did you choose Summer? I chose to submit to Summer for many of reasons. First off, she writes YA fantasy, and her wish list included lots of goodies that fit my manuscript to a T. Also, she described herself as being relentless, which I think it a key quality in any successful creative-type. Oh, and I liked her sense of humor! People who are relentless and funny are super hard to beat! Summer: Why did you choose Megan? I chose Megan because her book haunted me. It was as though the world of her book took up residence inside me. Each gorgeous, vibrant word left a mark on my soul. I HAD to choose her. Her book wouldn’t leave me alone! I can’t wait to see how it develops. Not only is Megan’s book stunning, Megan herself is gracious, humble, eager, and thoughtful. I am thrilled to work with her! Megan: Summarize your book in three words. Tattoos. Magic. Kissing! Summer: Summarize Megan’s book in three words. Magical Woodland Adventure! Megan: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I’m a married, stay-at-home mom to two little girls, and I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, though I only became serious about writing a novel and pursuing publication a few years ago. Every idea I get is spritzed with magic, so fantasy is my thing. I love lush books with literary slants and hooky voices, and I’ve made my best attempt to write one of my own. My Pitch Wars manuscript is about a girl with ever-changing tattoos who must travel through an enchanted forest to save her town from a force that’s reversed the clocks. The story is packed with symbolism (some of it hidden like buried treasure!), a healthy dose of banter, magic, and adventure. And let’s not forget the kissing… 😉 Summer: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not know. Hmmm…. what can I tell you all that’s appropriate? 😉 I’ve never broken a bone! But I am the queen of stitches and butterfly bandages. When I was little, I thought I was Cheetara from ThunderCats, and I would try to run really fast down the hall and beat the...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Rosiee Thor and her mentor, Linsey Miller
Oct22

Pitch Wars Interview with Rosiee Thor and her mentor, Linsey Miller

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 . . .  Rosiee Thor – Mentee Twitter | Website Linsey Miller – Mentor Twitter | Website   Rosiee: Why did you choose Linsey? I knew I wanted to work with Linsey as soon as I decided to enter Pitch Wars–even before I knew for sure that she’d be mentoring. Her debut sounds amazing, and her dry humor on Twitter completely sold me. I wanted to work with someone who liked science, feminism, and speculative-fiction, and, well, her blog tagline is “Magic, Ladies, Books, Science,” so basically she’s a perfect human (assuming she isn’t an alien or a robot). Also she’s the pun master, and puns are my lifeblood, so it was a no brainer.   Linsey: Why did you choose Rosiee’s manuscript? I really liked the idea of pre-Industrial technology with post-1900’s medical theory, and I thought the main characters were touching and had so much potential to really be explored in the world Rosiee had created. And–even though I loved and still love the concept, writing, and characters–I knew what I could do to help, and I think that’s an important part of picking a mentee. Rosiee: Summarize your book in three words. Family, Failure, Future (because apparently alliterations are also my lifeblood) Linsey: Summarize Rosiee’s book in three words. Clockwork Nerd Misadventures  Rosiee: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I’m a competitive swing dancer, history nerd, and a devourer of all things bread. I have a deep love for history, magic, and intense, never-ending speculation, which is probably why almost everything I write has a healthy dose of all three. With CLOCKWORK HEART I really wanted to explore what might happen if a futuristic society regressed to a pre-industrial level of technology, and how people/society would react. It really tickled the historian side of my brain, but it’s also ownvoices and writing a bisexual main character played a strong role in my own personal journey toward accepting myself. Linsey: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. I’m a YA fantasy writer represented by Rachel Brooks of the L. Perkins Agency, and my debut novel, MASK OF SHADOWS, comes out next summer. I’m an MFA student now, but my background is in biology. Almost all of my stories involve science history, Germ Theory as magic, pastries, and murder....

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Pitch Wars Interview with Hetal Avanee and her mentors, K.T. Hanna and Jami Nord
Oct22

Pitch Wars Interview with Hetal Avanee and her mentors, K.T. Hanna and Jami Nord

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 Chimera . . .  Hetal Avanee – Mentee Twitter | Website   Jami Nord – Mentor Twitter | Website   K.T. Hanna – Mentor Twitter | Website   Hetal: Why did you choose KT and Jami? It was the Buffy gifs. All the Buffy gifs. 😀 Oh, you want more? Well, okay. I submitted to KT and Jami because their tag-team, three pass editing style spoke to me. Their warning of “the novel will end up different” didn’t scare me at all; in fact it reeled me in! I wanted a change, a new direction; I needed to know why my story wasn’t working as it was and how to make it better. They (and my few twitter followers 😉 ) know I’ve queried my piece as an Urban Fantasy to death, so major changes were needed in order for my story to have a second chance. Jami and KT were offering to do exactly what I hoped for with my story; and having just binge-watched the entire Buffy series, I figured the gif usage was, in fact, a very pointed sign. Mentors: Why did you choose Hetal? KT: I loved the setting in Mumbai, and the premise of the story was extremely intriguing. In PitchWars we have a limited window to complete everything in. The manuscript was something I knew we could work with and have ready in time. Other than that, Hetal was so open to the suggestions we were considering, it was going to be great. Jami: I also loved the setting, and of all the full MSs we requested, this one was the stickiest. I knew, with the market the way it is, I wanted something that had something fresh with familiar elements. This fit the bill perfectly. Hetal: Summarize your book in three words. Hope. Shifters. Rescue. Mentors: Summarize Hetal’s book in three words: KT: Inner-strength, Revenge, Family Jami: Love, Secrets, Spirited. Hetal: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? Well *I* think an interesting fact about me is that I have a degree in English but work in Information Technology. A part of me once thought I’d leverage my degree into PR, but now I can’t imagine being anything besides a Business Analyst championing your new best application/website/system experience. My friends, however, would rather hear stories about...

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