Pitch Wars 2017 … The Mentors’ Picks!!
Aug24

Pitch Wars 2017 … The Mentors’ Picks!!

  It’s been so fun reading your queries and chapters. The mentors have cried and laughed and shared how much they love your words. After weeks of reading and obsessing over all the fabulous entries, our amazing mentors have chosen their mentees! This year, we had some additions to the normal mentor picks. Secret mentors, including masked mentors, moved through the slush and patiently allowed all of the other mentors to heap their favorite manuscripts upon them. They were the most buried of us all! And after the mentor picks and the wild card picks (where some mentors got to choose two manuscripts!), the secret mentors got to pick a manuscript they loved. And there was an overabundance of quality words to fall for this year. Please know that mentors are not required to send feedback to those who submitted to them. Our mentors have their own books to write, mentees to mentor, jobs, and family life.  Some will have the time to send feedback and some will not. Don’t pester mentors for feedback in their emails, their sites, or on social media. If you get feedback, it’s a bonus.   The scavenger hunt winners . . . The scavenger hunt was expanded to include one pick for each age category. This was won purely based on a random drawing from about 325 people who solved the puzzle and entered. Middle Grade C.B. Catalano and Shauna Holyoak: Gaye Sanders, Author of HURRICANE HARPER Young Adult  Laurie Dennison: Adelle Yeung, Author of THE HOUSE WITH TWO FACES Adult Marty Mayberry and Léonie C. Kelsall: Elizabeth Chatsworth, Author of THE BRASS QUEEN   And stay tuned for a Rejection Party with fun and prizes!   And here are the picks … Middle Grade MENTOR MENTEE PICK MANUSCRIPT TITLE A.E. Conran Colleen Bennett Canada or Bust Alexandra Ott Sofiya Pasternack Anya Kozlova and the Dragon Allison Ziegler and Juliana Brandt Bronwyn Deaver Cave of Bells Amanda/Cindy, Kate Foster, Ashley Martin Kirk Kraft When Your Best Friend Wants to be Your Girlfriend (and other horror stories) Ashley Martin Valerie Pepper First Chair C.B. Catalano and Shauna Holyoak Peggy Sheridan Summer of Rocks and Hard Places Caela Carter Stacey Goldstein Golum Science Cindy Baldwin and Amanda Hill Remy Lai Rules for Making Cakes Erin Latimer Audra Atoche The Peculiar Predicament of Penelope Pendragon Gabrielle Byrne Greg Pattridge Bad Habits Gail Villanueva and Isabelle Adrid Nadine Johnson Me and My Drum Hannah Karena Jones Stephanie Willing West of the Sea Heidi Stallman Laura Lashley Surf Monks of New Hawai’i Heidi Stallman (Masked Mentor) Kathleen Fox Fight for the Dog Jenn Brisendine Joe McCourt The Hunter’s Heir Jenna Lehne and Tara Creel Jennifer L. Brown Lisa...

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