Pitch Wars Interview with Eileen Haas and her mentor, Carrie Callaghan
Oct13

Pitch Wars Interview with Eileen Haas and her mentor, Carrie Callaghan

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  . . .  Eileen Haas – Mentee Twitter Carrie Callaghan – Mentor Twitter | Website Eileen: Why did you choose Carrie? I chose to submit to Carrie in part because she said she writes historical fiction, but mostly because everything she listed as general likes about books are things I also really like. I also like historical fiction that is at heart about the human experience, so I felt like we’d get along. So I started following Carrie on Twitter, and she seemed approachable, upbeat, and smart. Carrie: Why did you choose Eileen? Eileen’s story is about an Irish outcast and a Norse woman adrift in Ireland during the 9th century who get snagged in a young man’s murder and dynastic politics.  I’m a historical fiction geek with an Irish background, and I knew almost nothing about the Norse settlements in Ireland — certainly not that they held what is today Limerick, nor that they warred with Irish kings. So the premise captivated me. But what sealed my love for Eileen’s manuscript was her deft characterizations of Cathal, and Irish jurist, and Ragna, a smart and scheming Norsewoman, who are trying to find their place in a dangerous world. Beautiful and brilliant. Eileen: Summarize your book in three words. Viking Lawyer Mystery Carrie: Summarize Eileen’s book in three words. Ireland’s outcasts scheming. Eileen: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I studied poetry and psychology in college before embarking on a career in academia. I got the idea for this story while exploring hill-fort ruins in Ireland. I haven’t seen Ireland’s Viking Age in a lot of fiction, so my manuscript has a unique setting and, I hope, memorable characters. Carrie: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. I speak Spanish fluently (though not flawlessly), can read French, and used to speak a good conversational formal Arabic. As a result of all these languages rattling and, in some cases, rotting in my head, I fantasize about being a translator of international fiction.  Some day. Check out some of Carrie Callaghan’s short stories . . . “Waves Breaking on Asturias: a Triptych,” Silk Road Review “Opened House,” Mulberry Fork Review “The Debts of Miguel Ascencio,” The MacGuffin “Departures,” Weave Magazine … and elsewhere. Thank you for supporting our Pitch Wars Teams! And don’t forget to stop by...

Read More
Pitch Wars Interview with Nicole Brake and her mentors, Jamie Pacton and M.K. England
Oct12

Pitch Wars Interview with Nicole Brake and her mentors, Jamie Pacton and M.K. England

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  . . .  Nicole Brake – Mentee Twitter Jamie Pacton – Mentor Twitter | Website M.K. England – Mentor Twitter | Website Nicole: Why did you choose Jamie and M.K.? I had a feeling they’d be a great fit for me and A BOUNTY OF RUNAWAYS from their mini-interview before the wish lists were released. I could tell they had a keen eye for editing and were passionate about mentoring. I was crossing my fingers that my MS would be a match for their wish list– and it was! When I got their request for the full MS their enthusiasm for the story matched my own. I kept my fingers crossed for the next 3 weeks that I’d get the opportunity to work with them. Jamie and M.K.: Why did you choose Nicole? We love a good rollicking adventure with guns and swords, bawdy humor, and skin-of- the-teeth escapes—and even more so if they’re adventures had by badass ladies. We were drawn in by the voice and the hook of RUNAWAYS, and had immediate ideas for how to make it really shine. (And honestly, one of the characters’ names is Hellion. We knew it would be our kind of book.) Mentor: Summarize your mentee’s Emmy: Summarize your book in three words. Badass girls & adventure Jamie and M.K.: Summarize Nicole’s book in three words. Fierce female friendships Emmy: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I live in Wales with my fiancé (who fears my TBR pile may crush me in my sleep) and my 2-year- old son (whose energy levels I envy). I’m an insatiable reader and hoarder of more notebooks than I could ever hope to fill. I enjoy reading (and writing) character driven stories. My favourite authors include Victoria Schwab, Leigh Bardugo, Ryan Graudin & Jandy Nelson. If I could live inside any book, it’d be Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. Random fact: I used to drive a bright green double decker bus for a children’s charity. I got the idea for A BOUNTY OF RUNAWAYS in the basement of a secondhand book shop. It started with a vague image of three young women: a knight, a ninja and a cowgirl. Since then it has taken on a life of its own and morphed into a story about bounty hunting ladies pursuing the adventure of...

Read More
Enter for a chance to win the Autumn Dystopian SFF Giveaway Package featuring 6 print books!
Oct12

Enter for a chance to win the Autumn Dystopian SFF Giveaway Package featuring 6 print books!

  Autumn Dystopian SFF Giveaway–win books by Elizabeth Briggs, Jennifer Brody, Brenda Drake, Pintip Dunn, Madeline Dyer, and Kirby Howell. Hey, everyone! New giveaway alert! I’ve teamed together with some great authors to run a dystopian SFF giveaway this autumn. Entries open on the 12th October and close on the 19th October. And one lucky person will win the following six books in print–and it’s open internationally…   About the Books Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs A New York Times bestseller! What do you do when the future is too late, and the present is counting down to an inevitable moment? Elena Martinez has street smarts, the ability for perfect recall, and a deadline: if she doesn’t find a job before she turns eighteen, she’ll be homeless. But then she gets an unexpected offer from Aether Corporation, the powerful Los Angeles tech giant. Along with four other recruits–Adam, Chris, Trent, and Zoe–Elena is being sent on a secret mission to bring back data from the future. All they have to do is get Aether the information they need, and the five of them will be set for life. It’s an offer Elena can’t refuse. But something goes wrong when the time travelers arrive in the future. And they are forced to break the only rule they were given–not to look into their own fates. Now they have twenty-four hours to get back to the present and find a way to stop a seemingly inevitable future–and a murder–from happening. But changing the timeline has deadly consequences too. Who can Elena trust as she fights to save her life? The first book in an unforgettable series about rewriting your destiny in the city of dreams. The 13th Continuum by Jennifer Brody Gold Medal Winner, Young Adult Fiction — Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Independent Publisher’s Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards One thousand years after a cataclysmic event leaves humanity on the brink of extinction, the descendants of the chosen survivors take refuge in thirteen contingency shelters buried deep underground, at the bottom of the ocean, and in the far reaches of outer space. In the underwater 13th Continuum, sixteen-year-old Myra Jackson has heard rumors and whisperings all her life of a magical place called “The Surface” where people could breathe fresh air, feel the warmth of something called sunlight on their skin, and see things known as stars and trees and mountains. Myra has never dared to ask whether the stories are true, since the act of speaking such words aloud is an offense punishable by death. But after she discovers that the air supply aboard her underwater colony is running out, she realizes that her...

Read More
The Manuscript Academy Scholarship Giveaway!
Oct11

The Manuscript Academy Scholarship Giveaway!

  The application period has closed. Winners will be contacted by email on or before October 24. If you don’t receive an email, it means you weren’t selected for the sponsorship. We had many entries and it will be difficult choosing just three. We love giving back to the community, so please keep an eye out on this site and the new pitchwars.org site (coming soon) for more opportunities with contests, free workshops, free books, and more. Thank you! Brenda Drake     The Pitch Wars community celebrates education, hard work, and supporting one another. Because of this, we’re joining forces with The Manuscript Academy, an online writers’ workshop by Manuscript Wishlist. Pitch Wars is offering a scholarship to three writers, so they can attend their choice of two upcoming conferences: Writing Picture Books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult, begins November 5, 2016 How to Get Your Adult Fiction (or Memoir) Published, begins November 26, 2016 Three writers will be selected based on a brief description of why you want/need this opportunity. Check out The Manuscript Academy and then fill out the form below to let us know why you would like to win one of the scholarships we’re giving away. The scholarship giveaway will be open until October 18th! About The Manuscript Academy . . . The Manuscript Academy offers world-class publishing instruction that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home or a nearby coffee shop. Unlike traditional conferences, you simply need a computer, a tablet, or even your smartphone to log in and enjoy the very best instruction from some of the top minds in the literary community. Every online Manuscript Academy conference will give you the full educational and networking value of a traditional writing conference, but without the hassle of travel, paying for meals out, or arranging childcare. Event registrants will receive the following: Access to exclusive recorded classes and panels, designed to educate you about need-to-know topics such as how to submit your work, what agents and editors are looking for, how to craft amazing novels and books, the business of writing and promotion, and much more. You will have access to many high-quality recorded video presentations for 30 full days—so you can pause, rewind, and take notes at your own convenience. See the full schedule of classes here. Opportunities to pitch agents and editors one-on-one online. Using just your computer, you can arrange one-on-one pitches with literary agents and publishing house editors who are actively seeking books and clients right now. (Pitches are optional. You can sign up for as many pitches as you like.) Critique opportunities for your work. If you want a professional critique of...

Read More
COUNTERPART by Hayley Stone . . . Happy Release Day!
Oct11

COUNTERPART by Hayley Stone . . . Happy Release Day!

  TITLE: Counterpart AUTHOR: Hayley Stone PUBLISHER: Hydra RELEASE DATE: October 11, 2016 Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo |  Goodreads   The high-intensity sci-fi thriller series that began with Machinations continues as reincarnated insurgent Rhona Long faces off against the one enemy she can’t outwit: her own clone. The machines believed their extermination of the human race would be over as quickly as it began. They were wrong. As the war against extinction intensifies, people are beginning to gain the upper hand. Commander Rhona Long understands survival better than most. Killed in combat, she was brought back to life using her DNA, and she’s forged a new, even more powerful identity. Now the leader of the resistance, she’s determined to ensure the machines are shut down for good. But victory is elusive. The machines have a new technology designed to overcome humanity’s most advanced weaponry. Despite Rhona’s peacekeeping efforts, former nations are feuding over resources as old power struggles resurface. Worse, someone inside the resistance is sabotaging the human cause—someone who, from all appearances, seems to be Rhona . . . or her exact replica.   Praise for Machinations . . . “A tension-filled story of loss, loyalty, and forgiveness, with abundant Terminator-style shoot-em-up scenes and a snarky, kickass female warrior. I inhaled it!” – Jennifer Foehner Wells, bestselling author of Fluency “This violent, bloody, romantic tale is full of awesome mechanical foes and authentic characters you love or hate, like real people . . . The nuances of the title promise more than meets the eye, and the prose delivers.” – Perihelion “An SF techno-thriller with heart and soul.” – Alex Bledsoe, author of The Hum and the Shiver “Machinations is an action-packed SF thriller loaded with fantastic characters and gut-wrenching emotional twists. [. . .] The prose is stunning, the action is non-stop.” – Linnea Sinclair, RITA Award-winning author of Gabriel’s Ghost “Machinations is a thrilling fusion of action and heartbreak, with quick pacing, rich characters, and a one-of-a-kind story. A great debut.” – G.T. Almasi, author of Blades of Winter   About Hayley Stone . . . Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr | Pinterest Hayley Stone has lived her entire life in sunny California, where the weather is usually perfect and nothing as exciting as a robot apocalypse ever happens. When not reading or writing, she freelances as a graphic designer, falls in love with videogame characters, and analyzes buildings for velociraptor entry points. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in German from California State University, Sacramento. Counterpart is her second novel, and a choice for Amazon’s Best Sci-fi and Fantasy Books...

Read More
Pitch Wars Interview with Chrystal Carver and her mentor, Allison Ziegler
Oct10

Pitch Wars Interview with Chrystal Carver and her mentor, Allison Ziegler

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  . . .  Chrystal Carver – Mentee Twitter Allison Ziegler – Mentor Twitter   Chrystal: Why did you choose Allison? I knew the moment I finished reading Allison’s wish list that she and I would work well together (and laugh a lot together). I’m not sure if it was her Harry Potter gif, her love of poop jokes, or the elements of Sci-Fi, humor, and heart sprinkled throughout her post — but all of her personality pulled me in. And let’s not forget her Labrador retriever, Mojo. I do have a soft spot for sweet, lovable, dogs. Allison: Why did you choose Chrystal? Chrystal’s book stood out in my inbox for its easy humor and fabulous voice. Her book features a girl scientist who’s not afraid to get a little gross, and I love that so much. This book makes my inner biology major sing, and it’s full to bursting with the kind of wacky antics that make great middle grade so charming. I knew from the start that her story was in such good hands, and I’m just so happy to have a part in nudging it toward perfection. Chrystal: Summarize your book in three words. Persistent fledgling scientist Allison: Summarize Chrystal’s book in three words. Undead Coffee Shenanigans Chrystal: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I’m a full time working mom who loves to bake and overuses the word bacillus. My husband and I have two middle grade readers and between the four of us we read more books in a week than most people do in a year. We love to laugh, take misguided adventures into the unknown, and come up with outrageous inventions that we will most likely never build. I have a 27 year-old pet turtle named Snappy that has lived more lives than a cat. He has an important role in my MS and may or may not be a zombie (my lips are sealed — sorry). If you take science, humor, heart, friendship, caffeine addicted zombies, racing turtles, and an accidental trend setting hairstyle and you put them all into a blender and press PULSE, you’d get my MS. Allison: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. Fun Fact: I’m totally pumped to be mentoring such a talented, funny, hard-working author. Except you probably already...

Read More
Pitch Wars Interview with Melanie Dixon and her mentor, Kate Foster
Oct10

Pitch Wars Interview with Melanie Dixon and her mentor, Kate Foster

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  . . .  Melanie Dixon – Mentee Twitter Kate Foster – Mentor Twitter | Website   Melanie: Why did you choose Kate? I found out about Pitch Wars just two days before it was due to open to submissions. I love deadlines! I chose Kate by watching the recording of the video stream of mentors and I knew she was right for me as soon as I saw her. I wrote her name in my notebook and put a big red circle around it. I was excited about Kate being an editor as well as an author. There was something about Kate that just felt right, and already I’m sure I made the right choice. Kate: Why did you choose Melanie? The Witch Catcher caught my attention from the opening lines of the query. The concept was so fresh and unique. And on reading the opening pages, I was hooked by the sleek, addictive tone. Something so dark and tense was hiding beneath the words and I just couldn’t wait to find it. Melanie’s submission went straight in the YES folder, and stayed there until the end! Melanie: Summarize your book in three words. Witches, music, fear. Kate: Summarize Melanie’s book in three words. Twisted. Unique. Eerie. Melanie: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I am a writer based in Christchurch, New Zealand. I write middle grade novels as well as short stories and flash fiction for adults. I also teach creative writing to an amazing bunch of 10-12 year olds at the School for Young Writers. I love helping to nurture the next generation of writing talent. When I’m not writing you can find me hiking into a tramping hut with my kids, somewhere in the New Zealand wilderness. My manuscript, The Witch Catcher is a unique take on the concept of witches – these are dark clouds of malevolent energy, witches as you’ve never seen them before. My heroine Evie, age 13, has to overcome her own fears and doubts in order to realise her own destiny, to become the witch catcher. The Witch Catcher was short-listed for the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award in 2015 and I’m looking forward to seeing it re-emerge at the end of pitch wars, better than ever. Kate: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. Erm, I play flute and used...

Read More
Pitch Wars Interview with Elise Bungo and her mentors, Dan Koboldt and Michael Mammay
Oct10

Pitch Wars Interview with Elise Bungo and her mentors, Dan Koboldt and Michael Mammay

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 #DreamTeam! . . .  Elise Bungo – Mentee Twitter | Website   Dan Koboldt – Mentor Twitter | Website   Michael Mammay – Co-Mentor Twitter | Website   Elise: Why did you choose Dan and Mike? Mike and Dan are hilarious. I can roll with anything as long as there’s humor. They also promised explosions – real explosions, not just the manuscript kind. That and pretty much everyone I came in contact with told me I had to submit to Mike. I mean, everyone. Apparently, he’s my inner monologue doppelganger, which is truly terrifying. Maybe this book is a thinly veiled autobiography, and they have already taken over my brain . . . Mentors: Why did you choose Elise’s ERGO SUM? Mike: We chose Elise because it was something we thought we could both add to. There’s tons of science, and tons of things that blow up, so it fell right into our sweet spot as a mentor team. Add to that the awesome voice, and we were pretty well hooked. Dan: The genre was a good fit for us, but the voice is what sold me. It reminded me of Mike’s voice in his 2015 Pitch Wars manuscript, so I knew we’d be great mentors for it. Elise’s positive (on Twitter and in private communications) also worked in her favor. It wasn’t why we chose ERGO SUM, but it helped us feel confident we’d like working with her. Elise: Summarize your book in three words. Reverse Turing test Mentors: Summarize your mentee’s book in three words. Mike: African Explosion Safari Dan: Nanobots ruin everything Elise: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I’m not nearly as interesting as Mike or Dan. My day job is to keep people from making bad decisions, or for those of you who like comps: shrink + economist + professional cat herder. The idea for my book came because my husband made me watch a terrible movie, and I was so annoyed I had to write a novel. I usually write fantasy. This was my first time writing as a 1st person POV guy, which came easier than I thought — though trying to combine some pretty technical science on quantum computing, a thriller pace, and a core question that is rather literary and try to do it...

Read More
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...

Read More
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...

Read More
Pitch Wars Interview with Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo and her mentors, Laura Shovan and Tricia Clasen
Oct06

Pitch Wars Interview with Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo and her mentors, Laura Shovan and Tricia Clasen

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 TLC . . . Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo – Mentee Twitter | Website   Laura Shovan – Mentor Twitter | Website   Tricia Clasen – Co-Mentor Twitter | Website   Jeanne: Why did you choose Laura and Tricia? Laura and Tricia had me at woohoo! (I am totally a Spartan fan!) Seriously, I am so honored (and still in disbelief) that Team TLC chose my manuscript, Ruby in the Sky to mentor. Laura and Tricia have so much talent and experience independently — together they are a Force! I was so impressed with their editing and writing experience and passion for storytelling that came across in their bio’s and their respective novels: Tricia’s: The Haunted House Project and Laura’s The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary. From their wishlist, I could tell they would do such a thorough, thoughtful and in-depth critique. But most of all I felt a strong connection between the kind of writing they sought and the story I was trying to tell. When I read, “…the heart of a story is first in our hearts,” I knew Tricia and Laura were the perfect fit for Ruby and me. Standing on the cusp of two months of serious revision and hard work, I’d be lying to say I’m not a little terrified. But, with Team TLC by my side, I am fully confident that Ruby’s story will sing – pure and strong. Laura & Tricia: Why did you choose (Mentee/MS)? We asked for a quiet, heart-centered protagonist who struggles with real-life problems. That’s exactly what we found in Ruby Moon Hayes. Jeanne’s writing is rich, descriptive, and true-to-life. We connected with the characters from their first moments on the page. Ruby is definitely a character worth cheering for! Jeanne: Summarize your book in three words. Silent becomes brave. Laura & Tricia: Summarize Jeanne’s book in three words. Voice yields truth. Jeanne: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? What makes Ruby in the Sky unique to me is that every character is drawn from personal experience — from painfully shy Ruby to reclusive Abigail to optimistic Ahmed. Even the magic and mystery of hand-feeding chickadees at an abandoned house each afternoon is something I did with my brother when we were kids. Mentors: Tell us about yourself. Something we might...

Read More
Pitch Wars Interview with Christine Herman and her mentor, Amanda Foody
Oct06

Pitch Wars Interview with Christine Herman and her mentor, Amanda Foody

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 #TeamFeeling22 . . .   Christine Herman – Mentee Twitter   Amanda Foody – Mentor Twitter | Website Christine: Why did you choose Amanda? When I read Amanda’s profile, I just had a gut feeling that she would “get” my book. Part of it was because of how similar we are — we’re the same age (22), we both have backgrounds in publishing, and her favorite books and mine have a lot of overlap. But part of it was that she seemed like she’d be able to push me the way I knew I needed to be pushed. I felt that we could be friends while still maintaining a mentor-mentee relationship, which was very important to me. And the Game of Thrones gifs were also a definite plus. Amanda: Why did you choose Christine? One of things I was drawn to was the comp of THE RAVEN BOYS, and how well I felt the opening pages lived up to that comp. It is very character-driven, despite having high plot elements, and I grew majorly attached to these characters the more I read. It’s got some of the dark intensity of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, small town creepiness and mystery of STRANGER THINGS, and incredibly strong writing on top of that. I was so impressed. Christine: Summarize your book in three words. my book in three words: funny, atmospheric, character-driven (is that two words? oops) Amanda: Summarize your mentee’s book in three words. Endearing, suspenseful, and layered Christine: What makes you and your MS unique? My go-to fun fact about myself is that I was raised abroad (in Hong Kong and Tokyo to be exact!). As for my manuscript, I think the thing that makes it unique is the fact that I wrote it for the teenager I used to be. I wanted to write something that had darkness and heart in equal measure, to create complex characters that were compelling to follow even when they weren’t likable, and to build an intricate, fantastical plot that would reward careful readers. I really love foreshadowing. Amanda: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. That I talk a big game about world-building and high concepts, and as much as I’m all about atmosphere, I am such a goober for characters I love. I have a handful of characters, some my...

Read More