Day 27 (Part 2): Pitch Wars Query & 1st Page Workshop with mentors, Linsey Miller, Maria Mora, & Jenny Chou
Jun14

Day 27 (Part 2): Pitch Wars Query & 1st Page Workshop with mentors, Linsey Miller, Maria Mora, & Jenny Chou

Welcome to our Query and 1st Page Workshop with some of our amazing Pitch Wars mentors. From a Rafflecopter lottery drawing, we selected writers to participate in our query and first page workshops. Each mentor has graciously critiqued a query or 500 word opening from our lucky winners. We’ll be posting four critiques per day (except weekends) through July 7. Our hope is that these samples will help shine up your query and first page and that you’ll get to know some of our wonderful Pitch Wars mentors. We appreciate our mentors for giving up their time to do the critiques. If you have something encouraging to add, feel free to comment below. Please keep all comments tasteful. We will delete any inappropriate or hurtful ones. First up we have … Pitch Wars Mentor, Linsey Miller and Maria Mora … Website | Twitter A wayward biology student from Arkansas, Linsey has previously worked as a crime lab intern, neuroscience lab assistant, and pharmacy technician. She is currently an MFA candidate represented by Rachel Brooks of Bookends Literary. Her debut novel MASK OF SHADOWS is the first in a fantasy duology coming in August 2017 from Sourcebooks Fire. She can be found writing about science and magic anywhere there is coffee.       Linsey’s upcoming release … Coming August 29, 2017 from Sourcebooks Fire A gender-fluid pickpocket named Sal auditions to become a replacement member of the Left Hand – the queen’s quartet of assassins – but must survive the competition while also putting their true reason for auditioning into motion. Revenge. “I love every aspect of this amazing book―a gender fluid hero, a deadly contest, and vicious courtly intrigue. Get! Read! Now!” ―Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author Add it to your Goodreads here! Pre-order it from Amazon here! Pre-order it from Indiebound here! Pre-order it from Barnes & Noble here! Pre-order it from Book Depository here! Twitter Maria Mora is Content Director at Big Sea, and has worked in digital media for 15 years. In her previous role as Parenting Editor at SheKnows, Maria contributed over 300 articles on topics like feminism and women’s health. She writes YA speculative fiction, loves movie theaters with recliners, and will always take the long way home if it involves a lovely view. She was a Pitch Wars ’15 finalist, and is represented by Erica Bauman at Aevitas Creative Management. Linsey and Maria’s Query  Critique . . . AGE CATEGORY: Young Adult GENRE: Fantasy Maria’s comments are in red. Linsey’s comments are in green. Eighteen-year-old Fenna “Fen” Morgan can hijack a ship in under a minute, break fingers with a simple twist, and...

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Day 27 (Part 1): Pitch Wars Query & 1st Page Workshop with mentors, Hannah Karena Jones & Rhiannon Hart
Jun14

Day 27 (Part 1): Pitch Wars Query & 1st Page Workshop with mentors, Hannah Karena Jones & Rhiannon Hart

Welcome to our Query and 1st Page Workshop with some of our amazing Pitch Wars mentors. From a Rafflecopter lottery drawing, we selected writers to participate in our query and first page workshops. Each mentor has graciously critiqued a query or 500 word opening from our lucky winners. We’ll be posting four critiques per day (except weekends) through July 7. Our hope is that these samples will help shine up your query and first page and that you’ll get to know some of our wonderful Pitch Wars mentors. We appreciate our mentors for giving up their time to do the critiques. If you have something encouraging to add, feel free to comment below. Please keep all comments tasteful. We will delete any inappropriate or hurtful ones. First up we have … Pitch Wars Mentor, Hannah Karena Jones …   Website | Twitter Hannah Karena Jones has dual degrees in creative writing and history from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and a certificate in publishing from New York University. Serving as managing editor at Running Press by day and merrily scribbling middle grade novels on nights and weekends, Hannah has a combined passion for both the craft of writing and the publishing industry. Arcadia Publishing released her non-fiction pictorial history book, BYBERRY STATE HOSPITAL, in May 2013. She is represented by Kira Watson at the Emma Sweeney Agency. Hannah’s Query  Critique . . . AGE CATEGORY: MG GENRE: Adventure Dear [insert name], Desperate to ditch the family biz, Jimmy [consider adding his age? Just so we get a sense of what middle grade audience you’re going for (upper, lower)] planned a summer that had nothing to do with the research of creepy creatures. [Wait, what’s the family business? This is hinting that it has something to do with research of creepy creatures but…what does that mean? Are they professors or exterminators? What sort of creepy creatures? Bugs? Snakes? Magical beasts?] But when his parents are called off on an urgent mission, [what sort of urgent mission could a professor or exterminator have? More specificity and details please!] he’s forced to ditch his plans [could simplify so it just reads “he’s forced to attend summer camp…”] and attend summer camp with his kid sister.  Despite his desire to distance himself, he’s lured back in [distance himself from what, exactly? The family business? His family in general?] when he learns of an elusive beast, Batsquatch[,] rumored to lurk in the woods surrounding camp. [What sort of woods are these? Since this is nature/creature based, I think it’s important to clarify the setting and where we are in the world geographically.] He enlists the help of his...

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CHEATER, FAKER, TROUBLEMAKER by Jenny Rosen . . . Release Day!
Jun14

CHEATER, FAKER, TROUBLEMAKER by Jenny Rosen . . . Release Day!

  TITLE: Cheater, Faker, Troublemaker AUTHOR: Jenny Rosen PUBLISHER: Hachette Audio (May 30, 2017) AUDIBLE | AMAZON | ITUNES | BANDCAMP   About the book . . . When it comes to losing her virginity, 17-year-old Alex has every intention of waiting for “the one”. Problem is, she’s attracted to trouble. After a traumatic breakup leaves her emotionally scarred and therapy pushes her past her breaking point, Alex departs from her New Jersey hometown to stay with her cousin, Caleigh, in LA, hoping to distance herself from boy trouble for the summer. Enter Elias King, 17-year-old SoCal whirlwind with a reputation for tearing through girls and leaving a string of broken hearts behind. Still reeling from a tragic accident that resulted in the death of his girlfriend, Elias relies on drugs, alcohol, and sex to drown his pain. When Alex and Elias unexpectedly find themselves sharing a room in Caleigh’s tiny apartment, their night-and-day personality differences set them on the warpath. But their undeniable mutual attraction brings about a simple bet that changes the game. Alex wagers she can keep him sober and one-night-stand free for the rest of the summer, while Elias bets he can steal her heart and seduce her in less than 30 days. If Elias loses, he has to spill the dark secret surrounding the death of his ex. If Alex fails, she has to reveal her virgin status to Elias. But she can’t just tell him – she’ll have to show him. Cheater. Faker. Troublemaker. is a dual POV young adult contemporary novel and is the first book in a series. CHEATER, FAKER, TROUBLEMAKER was released on May 30th is being sold digitally through major online retailers, including Bandcamp, iTunes, Audible.com, Barnes & Noble, Downpour, eStories, Audiobooks.com, Libro.fm, and others. Physical audiobook editions on CD will also be made available to libraries and on-demand.   About Jenny Rosen . . . Website | Wattpad | Twitter | Instagram Jenny Rosen is a UCLA English graduate and a Featured Author on Wattpad where her novels have amassed over 14 million hits and gained a following of over 24,000 readers. She began uploading her works on Wattpad in 2011, and since joining the community has signed onto the Wattpad Stars Program which led to the audiobook publication of her debut YA novel CHEATER, FAKER, TROUBLEMAKER by Hachette Book Group in 2017. Her works have been featured as apart of various marketing campaigns for major brands like Cadbury Chocolates, Soundcloud, Android, major network television shows on E!, TNT, and USA Network in addition to being used to promote film releases from Lionsgate Studios. She was a featured panelist at the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Wattpad London Convention in...

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