Pitch Wars 2017: Young Adult Mentor Spotlights (Part 4)
Jul28

Pitch Wars 2017: Young Adult Mentor Spotlights (Part 4)

We’re so grateful for our Pitch Wars mentors! They give so much to help other authors succeed, and we couldn’t have Pitch Wars without them. So please help me in thanking the mentors for all they do via twitter, the comments, or on the Pitchwars Proboards. Pitch Wars 2017 YOUNG ADULT Mentors Laura Steven Website Laura Steven is an author, journalist and screenwriter from the northernmost town in England. As well as mentoring aspiring authors through schemes like Pitch Wars and Writing in the Margins, Laura works for Mslexia, a non-profit organisation supporting women in the creative arts. She’s currently studying for her MA in Creative Writing, while waiting (im)patiently to announce her debut YA deal.   Leigh Mar Twitter | tumblr Leigh Mar is a marketing and communications professional and a young adult author represented by Elana Roth Parker at Laura Dail Literary Agency. She’s a former Pitch Wars mentee (class ’15) turned mentor. Leigh loves to travel (both in reality and through fiction), has an excellent sense of direction, and only ever gets lost on the internet. Twitter: Twitter | tumblr     Co-Mentors Linsey Miller and Maria Mora Linsey Miller 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. Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller 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 Goodreads | Pre-order Amazon | Pre-order Indiebound | Pre-order Barnes & Noble | Pre-order Book Depository   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.   Lisa Amowitz Twitter |  Website Lisa is an award winning author of three fantasy/thrillers for young adults, UNTIL BETH, VISION, and BREAKING GLASS. She is also a cover designer and Professor of Graphic Design at Bronx Community College. She is represented by Shannon Hassan of Marsal-Lyon...

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The Pitch Wars Website is LIVE!
Jul28

The Pitch Wars Website is LIVE!

Pitch Wars has grown more than we ever thought possible. Thanks to all the amazing mentors, agent, hopefuls, and warriors, and to everyone who participates in the community. We hope you’ll find the new site easier to navigate and find information. And thank you for the donations, because without them, none of this would be possible! Another special thank you to Sierra Fong and Mike Chen who built the website and have been a huge support and resource for us. You can find out more about their services HERE. GO TO THE PITCH WARS...

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Pitch Wars 2017: Young Adult Mentor Spotlights (Part 3)
Jul28

Pitch Wars 2017: Young Adult Mentor Spotlights (Part 3)

We’re so grateful for our Pitch Wars mentors! They give so much to help other authors succeed, and we couldn’t have Pitch Wars without them. So please help me in thanking the mentors for all they do via twitter, the comments, or on the Pitchwars Proboards. Pitch Wars 2017 YOUNG ADULT Mentors Jenny Chou Blog | Twitter Jenny Chou was a 2015 Pitch Wars mentee and is excited to be a 2017 mentor. A writer of YA mysteries and thrillers, she is represented by agent Steven Chudney. Jenny can tell you how disable a complex cellular alarm system or crack a thirty-year old combination safe, though she swears she learned from Google, not real-life experience. For seventeen years she held the world’s best job (besides writer or jewel thief): Indie bookseller. In the not-so-distant past, she read manuscripts as an intern for a literary agent, but to add intrigue to her life she keeps his name top-secret. Rumor has it she is packed and ready to leave for Hogwarts. If you happen across her missing owl, direct it to Wisconsin, where Jenny is waiting along with with her husband, two teen daughters, and a black lab named Dylan. She is certain she will be sorted into Ravenclaw. Judi Lauren Website | Twitter Judi Laruen is a copy editor and editorial assistant to Lydia Sharp at Entangled Publishing. She also works as a freelance editor and proofreader. Even though she became an official “adult” five years ago, she’s still drawn to writing realistic books for teens that explore a darker side to the teenage years. She has an unnatural obsession with Chicago, Dean Winchester, and Friends (the TV show). Co-Mentors Kate Karyus Quinn and Mindy McGinnis Kate Karyus Quinn Website | Twitter Kate Karyus Quinn is a chapstick addict with a love for live theater and a BFA from Niagara University to prove it. After growing up in the suburbs of Buffalo, NY, Kate left her hometown for Southern California and film school, where she earned an MFA in Film and Television Production from Chapman University. After finishing her degree, she moved with her husband to Knoxville, Tennessee. However, she recently made the move back home, with her husband and two children in tow. She promised them wonderful people, amazing food, and weather that would… build character. Kate is first and foremost an avid reader and unapologetic booknerd. Although, she mostly reads YA and romance, she often samples different genres in her constant search for the next great read. Kate is represented by Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc.   Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Indibound There’s a reason they say “be careful...

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