A 2015 Pitch Wars Success Interview with M.K. England and her mentor, Sarah Glenn Marsh
Dec16

A 2015 Pitch Wars Success Interview with M.K. England and her mentor, Sarah Glenn Marsh

We hope you love these success stories as much as we do. After all the writing and revising, the critiquing and the crying, this is the time to celebrate all the hard earned successes for our Pitch Wars mentees and their mentors. Today, we celebrate with M.K. England and her mentor, Sarah Glenn Marsh! Sometimes it takes more than a few weeks or even a few months, but M.K. and Sarah didn’t give up. After Pitch Wars 2015, M.K. signed with Barbara Poelle of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency, who helped get M.K. a book deal with Abby Ranger at HarperCollins Children’s. Please join me in celebrating with M.K. and Sarah! M.K., what made you decide to send a Pitch Wars application to Sarah? From her list of interests, I knew she was into the same kind of feel that I am. She specifically mentioned Firefly, which is a big comp title for THE DISASTERS, and also loved Avatar: TLA and Korra, Star Wars, and much more. She was also actively supportive of LGBTQ+ content. We’re also both board game nerds and love attending nerdy conventions, which were fun bits to have in common. Sarah, what about M.K.’s application made you choose her? I knew M.K.’s book was the one for me pretty much right when it hit my inbox; I had a serious flood of subs for Pitch Wars in 2015, yet M.K.’s sub was the only one I absolutely could NOT put down. I remember being in a bad mood/having a rough day, yet her ms made me laugh out loud multiple times! Her MC pretty much grabbed me by the hand and refused to let go until I’d followed him through his story, and the mix of action, humor/wit, and diversity that felt so true to our world won me over in an instant. There’s nothing sweeter or more appealing to me than sci-fi done well. I also knew from M.K.’s application, and from emailing with her, that she was going to be a serious, dedicated worker, and I wasn’t disappointed! I also learned through emailing with her that we shared oh-so-many favorite books and fandoms–which, while of course not a factor for choosing a mentee, was the icing on the cake as I knew it meant we could become good friends in addition to the mentor relationship! M.K., tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? Stressful, but fun! I was still very young as a writer and had only written one [very bad] book before this one, so I was still learning how to revise. Sarah had me make a revision outline and...

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Holiday Giveaway by Pitch Wars Mentor, Karen Fortunati
Dec16

Holiday Giveaway by Pitch Wars Mentor, Karen Fortunati

  GIVEAWAY: The Weight of Zero (Delacorte/Penguin Random House) by Karen Fortunati Seventeen-year-old Catherine Pulaski knows Zero is coming for her. Zero, the devastating depression born of Catherine’s bipolar disease, has almost triumphed once, propelling Catherine to her first suicide attempt. With Zero only temporarily restrained by the latest med du jour, time is running out. In an old ballet shoebox, Catherine stockpiles medications, preparing to take her own life. But Zero’s return is delayed due to unexpected and meaningful relationships that lessen Catherine’s sense of isolation. These relationships along with the care of a gifted psychiatrist alter Catherine’s perception of her diagnosis as a death sentence. This is a story of loss and grief and hope and how the many shapes of love – maternal, romantic and platonic – impact a young woman’s struggle with mental illness. Recognition:  A SUMMER/FALL 2016 INDIES INTRODUCE SELECTION | FEATURED IN SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE | ONE OF  APPLE’S  25 BEST BOOKS OF OCTOBER  | THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY’S 50 BEST BOOKS FOR TEENS 2016 Available:  AMAZON | BARNES AND NOBLE | INDIEBOUND   Twitter | Website Karen is a former attorney, whose personal experiences witnessing the impact of depression and suicide inspired her to write this story of hope for those who struggle with mental illness. She lives in Connecticut with her family and rescue dogs and in addition to writing, works part time as a museum educator.  Her next book, THE ARC OF A BULLET, comes out in 2018.   a Rafflecopter...

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