Pitch Wars Interview with Erin A. Tidwell and her mentor, Hayley Stone
Oct24

Pitch Wars Interview with Erin A. Tidwell and her mentor, Hayley Stone

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 . . .  Erin A. Tidwell – Mentee Twitter   Hayley Stone – Mentor Twitter | Website Erin: Why did you choose Hayley? It was love at first sight. I learned about Pitch Wars on a writing forum and I almost didn’t apply. I was in the middle of a different novel and I wasn’t sure I ought to switch projects. Then I came across Hayley’s bio. She had great experience as a writer and an editor. She was humorous but also included some serious warnings about what her mentee was committing to. And her list of wants was a really great match for the novel I was thinking of pitching. I knew immediately that I wanted to work with her. I did apply to 4 mentors. Hayley wasn’t the only mentor I thought would be a good choice. But I thought she would be the best choice for me and my novel, and I’m delighted that she agreed. Hayley: Why did you choose Erin? From the beginning, Erin’s manuscript subverted my expectations at every turn. The first chapter opens with a familiar character and situation to fantasy readers: an assassin has come to take out a political threat to his employer, an ambitious duke. That was enough to get my attention, but the MC must accomplish this murder in a way that does not threaten the psychology of the duke’s daughter who is present. Along the way, he shows compassion and concern to the servants of the estate, going so far as to give them money and put them out of harm’s way. Even more, the duke’s daughter, despite her young age, is not an angsty ingénue but a young woman struggling to figure out what she wants, and how to escape what she doesn’t. The end of this chapter concludes in a twist that I did not see coming, and delighted me immensely. Beyond the manuscript itself, I was impressed by Erin’s reception to my proposed edits (which, among other things, involve adding a second POV), plus her commitment to making her ms the best story it can possibly be. Talent is nothing without a positive attitude and strong work ethic—I’m pleased that my mentee has all three in spades! Erin: Summarize your book in three words. Magic, betrayal, trust Hayley: Summarize Erin’s book in three words....

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Pitch Wars Interview with Dave Swindler and his mentor, Lisa Lewis Tyre
Oct24

Pitch Wars Interview with Dave Swindler and his mentor, Lisa Lewis Tyre

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 . . .  Dave Swindler – Mentee Twitter   Lisa Lewis Tyre – Mentor Twitter | Website Dave: Why did you choose Lisa? The selection process was all about deciding what I felt my story’s strongest points were and pairing those strengths with a mentor who was looking for the same qualities.  I was seeking a partner who was looking for a story which contained two, maybe three of the elements which were contained in SNOW DAY.  Turned out, there were about half a dozen or so of Lisa’s “wish list” items sprinkled throughout SNOW DAY in some form or another.  While she was immediately on my radar, I actually did not have the final say in the matter.  I needed to collaborate with our nine year old daughter, Ashley, to see if she felt the match was a good one.  Only after I received the green light from her did we submit, and yes, it was Ashley who actually hit the SEND button. Lisa: Why did you choose Dave’s manuscript? Choosing a mentee is always so hard. There were several manuscripts that I really liked.  What I kept going back to was the uniqueness of David’s story, and the great voice of the protagonist. Plus, I had a few email exchanges with David prior to choosing and he kept making me laugh. That’s always a good sign! Dave: Summarize your book in three words. Let it snow! Lisa: Summarize Dave’s book in three words. It BETTER snow. Dave: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your manuscript unique? My family and I live outside of Akron, Ohio, and before you ask- no, I don’t know LeBron (although I really do like The Black Keys.)  We have two daughters who keep us hopping and a Havanese puppy named “Ninja” who keeps all of us in line.  You’ll not find any Oreos in our house, not because we don’t like them, it’s actually quite the opposite and the middle row seems to disappear before we can make it home from the grocery store… and we don’t live very far from the grocery store. My story, SNOW DAY, is unique because of the evolution it’s gone through.  I originally wrote it several years ago as a 4,000 word rhyming poem, and since then it has morphed into a 44,000 word adventure,...

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Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett . . . Cover Reveal!
Oct24

Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett . . . Cover Reveal!

  Title: Hollywood Homicide (Book 1 in the Detective By Day Series) Author: Kellye Garrett Publisher: Midnight Ink Release Date: August 8, 2017 Pre-order e-book or print edition: Amazon   About the book . . . Dayna Anderson doesn’t set out to solve a murder. All the semi-famous, mega-broke black actress wants is to help her parents keep their house. After witnessing a deadly hit-and-run, she figures pursuing the fifteen-grand reward isn’t the craziest thing a Hollywood actress has done for some cash. But what starts as simply trying to remember a speeding car soon blossoms into a full-on investigation. As Dayna digs deeper into the victim’s life, she wants more than just reward money. She’s determined to find the poor woman’s killer too. When she connects the accident to a notorious Hollywood crime spree, Dayna chases down leads at paparazzi hot spots, celeb homes and movie premieres. She loves every second—until someone tries to kill her. And there are no second takes in real life.   Kellye Garrett Website | Facebook | Twitter | Blog Kellye Garrett spent 8 years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for the CBS drama Cold Case. People were always surprised to learn what she did for a living—probably because she seemed way too happy to be brainstorming ways to murder people. A former magazine editor, Kellye holds a B.S. in magazine writing from Florida A&M and an MFA in screenwriting from USC’s famed film school. Having moved back to her native New Jersey, she spends her mornings commuting to Manhattan for her job at a leading media company—while still happily brainstorming ways to commit murder. Her first novel, Hollywood Homicide, will be released by Midnight Ink in August 2017. It’s the first book in the Detective by Day series....

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