Pitch Wars LIVE #7: Young Adult Mentors
Jul25

Pitch Wars LIVE #7: Young Adult Mentors

We had an awesome night chatting with our third group of Young Adult mentors on Pitch Wars LIVE tonight! From villains to dealing with rejection–we covered a ton of writing things you won’t want to miss. Didn’t get to catch it live? Check out the recorded episode below. Be sure to reference the schedule for upcoming shows in your manuscript’s age category. All episodes can be found on a playlist on the Pitch Wars Youtube Page here. And join us Wednesday for the next round of Middle Grade mentors!  ...

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THE DREAM KEEPER’S DAUGHTER by Emily Colin . . . Release Day!
Jul25

THE DREAM KEEPER’S DAUGHTER by Emily Colin . . . Release Day!

Title: THE DREAM KEEPER’S DAUGHTER Author: Emily Colin Publisher: Ballentine Books, Penguin Random House (July 25th, 2017) About the Book . . . Eight years after the unsolved disappearance of her boyfriend Max Adair, archaeologist Isabel Griffin has managed to move on and rebuild her life with her young daughter, Finn, her last tie to Max. But after a series of strange incidents, Isabel begins to wonder if Max might still be alive somewhere, trying to communicate with her. She does not realize the where isn’t the problem—it’s the when. Max has slipped through time and place, landing on his ancestral family plantation in 1816 Barbados, on the eve of a historic slave uprising. As Isabel searches for answers, Max must figure out not only how to survive the violence to come, but how to get back to his own century, the woman he loves, and the daughter he has only ever met in his dreams. Poignant and bittersweet, yet ultimately uplifting, THE DREAM KEEPER’S DAUGHTER is an unforgettable love story that transcends time and place, revealing the seemingly impossible leaps of faith love can inspire. With her haunting, romantic prose, Emily Colin continues to prove that she is a writer to watch—and read voraciously.       Emily Colin Website | Twitter  Emily Colin’s debut novel, The Memory Thief, has been a New York Times bestseller and a Target Emerging Authors Pick. Her diverse life experience includes organizing a Coney Island tattoo and piercing show, hauling fish at the Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys, roaming New York City as an itinerant teenage violinist, helping launch two small publishing companies, and serving as the associate director of DREAMS of Wilmington, a nonprofit dedicated to immersing youth in need in the arts. Originally from Brooklyn, she lives in Wilmington, NC with her family. Emily is excited to share that she has a second novel upcoming from Ballantine Books (summer 2017). She loves chocolate, is addicted to tiramisu, and dislikes anything containing...

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CHANGES IN LATITUDES by Jen Malone . . . Release Day!
Jul25

CHANGES IN LATITUDES by Jen Malone . . . Release Day!

Title: Changes in Latitudes Author: Jen Malone Publisher: HarperTeen (July 25, 2017) About the Book . . .  Jen Malone, author of teen novels Wanderlost and Map to the Stars, will take readers to the high seas—literally—in this contemporary YA novel about a girl facing the dissolution of her parents’ marriage, a new romance, and self-discovery while sailing down the Pacific coast. After concluding that she is to blame for her parents’ recent divorce, Cassandra McClure is hoping to stay as far away from her as possible. With a summer of freedom right around the corner, it shouldn’t be too hard. But when a forty-foot sailboat appears in her driveway and her mom announces that Cassie and her brother Drew will be accompanying her on a four-month sailing trip down to Mexico, Cassie’s plans for the summer go, quite literally, overboard. Once the three set sail, tensions quickly rise. So meeting Jonah—a gorgeous, whip-smart deckhand—is an unexpected bright spot on an otherwise dim horizon. Though she tries to keep him at a distance—considering the upheaval of her home life—their chemistry is impossible to ignore, and Cassie soon finds herself questioning everything: Should she go for it with Jonah? Can she forgive her mom? Will home ever feel the same? With life’s unpredictab Barnes and Noble |IndieBound |Amazon | Goodreads Jen Malone Twitter | Website | Instagram Jen Malone writes flirty young adult travel romances with HarperCollins and fun and humorous “girl power” middle grade adventures with Simon & Schuster. Her latest novel, Follow Your Art, is a collaboration with Dreamworks Animation and Penguin Random House on a companion story to the animated film Trolls, starring Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick. Jen’s other published titles include The Sleepover, the You’re Invited series (with Gail Nall), At Your Service, Map to the Stars, and Wanderlost. She once spent a year traveling the world solo, met her husband on the highway (literally), and went into labor with her identical twins while on a rock star’s tour bus. These days she saves the drama for her books. You can learn more about Jen and her books at www.jenmalonewrites.com. Find her on Twitter and Instagram...

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Try Because You May Fail . . . a Guest Post by Brynne
Jul25

Try Because You May Fail . . . a Guest Post by Brynne

Try Because You May Fail by Brynne Twitter   Pitch Wars is coming up fast, and I know there are a lot of people out there who are nervous or unsure about entering. It’s the same fear that paralyzes so many writers. The one that keeps us up at night, telling us that we need to be perfect, that to try and to fail would be worse than not having tried at all. It’s the one that tells us that rejection means we’re not good enough and never will be. And it’s completely wrong. Many others before me have written about the incredible benefits of joining Pitch Wars, even if you don’t get a mentor. There’s an awesome writing community, amazing advice shared freely on Twitter, and an atmosphere full of inspiration and hope. All of that on its own makes joining Pitch Wars an invaluable experience, even if you don’t get in. But that’s not what I’m here to talk about today. Because I’m not here just to say that Pitch Wars is worth it even though you might not get in (it is). I’m saying that Pitch Wars, and other opportunities like it, are worth it especially because you might not get in. Don’t get me wrong. Being chosen would be incredible. There are countless success stories that prove that Pitch Wars can do astonishing things for a mentee’s writing career. But trying and not getting picked isn’t necessarily the loss you’d think it might be. I entered Pitch Wars last year hoping that I was at a stage in my writing where I was ready to be published. I knew there would always be more to learn, but my skills had reached a plateau and I thought my manuscript was about as good as I could make it. We can all laugh about it now, but I actually thought I knew something about plot structure and tension and keeping the reader hooked. Turns out I was wrong in the absolute best of ways. Let’s be clear about one thing before we go on: Pitch Wars has a limited number of spaces for mentees, and that means that most people won’t get in. Many won’t get in because a mentor simply subjectively liked something else better, or because their book was so good that mentors didn’t feel they could offer anything more, or because of a myriad of other factors that have no reflection whatsoever on the quality of their work and really amount to bad luck. You can always improve your skills, but not getting chosen for Pitch Wars absolutely does not mean that your writing...

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