FAITHFUL by Pitch Wars Mentor Michelle Hauck Releases in Paperback Today!
Dec27

FAITHFUL by Pitch Wars Mentor Michelle Hauck Releases in Paperback Today!

Title: FAITHFUL Birth of Saints (Book 2) Author: Michelle Hauck Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse (December 27, 2016) Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads About the book . . . Faithful: Birth of Saints Book Two Following Grudging–and with a mix of Terry Goodkind and Bernard Cornwall–religion, witchcraft, and chivalry war in Faithful, the exciting next chapter in Michelle Hauck’s Birth of Saints series! A world of Fear and death…and those trying to save it. Colina Hermosa has burned to the ground. The Northern invaders continue their assault on the ciudades-estados. Terror has taken hold, and those that should be allies betray each other in hopes of their own survival. As the realities of this devastating and unprovoked war settles in, what can they do to fight back? On a mission of hope, an unlikely group sets out to find a teacher for Claire, and a new weapon to use against the Northerners and their swelling army. What they find instead is an old woman. But she’s not a random crone—she’s Claire’s grandmother. She’s also a Woman of the Song, and her music is both strong and horrible. And while Claire has already seen the power of her own Song, she is scared of her inability to control it, having seen how her magic has brought evil to the world, killing without reason or remorse. To preserve a life of honor and light, Ramiro and Claire will need to convince the old woman to teach them a way so that the power of the Song can be used for good. Otherwise, they’ll just be destroyers themselves, no better than the Northerners and their false god, Dal. With the annihilation their enemy has planned, though, they may not have a choice. A tale of fear and tragedy, hope and redemption, Faithful is the harrowing second entry in the Birth of Saints trilogy.    About the Author . . . Michelle Hauck lives in the bustling metropolis of northern Indiana with her hubby and two kids in college. Besides working with special needs children by day, she writes all sorts of fantasy, giving her imagination free range. A book worm, she passes up the darker vices in favor of chocolate and looks for any excuse to reward herself. Bio finished? Time for a sweet snack. She is a co-host of the yearly contests Query Kombat, Nightmare on Query Street, and Sun versus Snow. Her Birth of Saints trilogy, starting with Grudging and Faithful (November 15, 2016), is available from Harper Voyager. Another epic fantasy, Kindar’s Cure, is published by Divertir Publishing. She’s repped by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero...

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Holiday Post and Giveaway with Pitch Wars Mentor, Shari Schwarz
Dec20

Holiday Post and Giveaway with Pitch Wars Mentor, Shari Schwarz

  An tribute to that *one* book. For my oldest, it was Henry and Mudge when he was four and learning to read on his own. For my next two boys, it was Percy Jackson when they were in fifth grade (after years of struggling to read). For my youngest, it was a wordless book he could use as a teether when he was six months old. Before that, he cried every single time I tried to read him a book. (Now he LOVES books!) For the seventy-something year old man I met for the first time last night, it was my book. He told me it was the first time he’s ever been excited enough to read a book from cover to cover. Each of us has that one book that changed our lives. That one book that brought meaning into the dark or confusing parts of our experiences. For you, I hope you find that one book this year. Or maybe you’ve already found it. If so, I hope you find another… And another… Each *one* book that connects us to ourselves and others in deeper ways than we thought possible, brings hope and truth that grow and shape us. I’m thankful for the amazing books I’ve read this year and look forward to the next ones to come! I’m giving away a signed copy of my survival adventure, TREASURE AT LURE LAKE as well as a $10 Amazon Gift Card so that you can find your *one* book this year! (US/Canada only)   Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads Shari Schwarz lives in Ft. Collins, Colorado near the Rocky Mountains with her husband and their four boys. TREASURE AT LURE LAKE is her debut which reflects her love for a good survival adventure story. When she’s not reading or writing, Shari can be found freelance editing, weight-lifting, gardening or watching her boys play football, basketball, speed stacking, or wrestling. She frequently dreams of exploring Oregon Coast beaches or plotting out her next children’s book.   In TREASURE AT LURE LAKE twelve-year-old Bryce’s best-laid plans for a backpacking trip with his grandpa seem about to fall through all because his big brother, Jack, is threatening to boycott the trip. Then, while sulking in his grandpa’s barn, Bryce stumbles upon a treasure map. He doesn’t mean to steal it or unearth a painful family secret that will explain the root of the brothers’ conflict as they embark on an exciting and dangerous adventure. Ages 8-12 “…this book is jam-packed with adventure with lots of appeal for reluctant readers.” -Jenn Bishop, author of The Distance to Home “…both [brothers] must make some...

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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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A 2015 Pitch Wars Success with M.C. Vaughan and her mentor, Lynnette Labelle
Dec15

A 2015 Pitch Wars Success with M.C. Vaughan and her mentor, Lynnette Labelle

We hope you love these success stories as much as we do. After all the writing and revising, the critiquing and the struggles, this is the time to celebrate all the hard earned successes for our Pitch Wars mentees and their mentors. Today, we celebrate with M.C. Vaughan and her mentor, Lynnette Labelle! Sometimes it takes more than a few weeks or even a few months, but M.C. and Lynnette didn’t give up. After Pitch Wars 2015, M.C. signed with Barbara Collins Rosenberg of The Rosenberg Group. Please join me in celebrating with M.C. and Lynnette! M.C., what was it about Lynnette that made you choose to send her a Pitch Wars application? Choosing a mentor was not unlike choosing agents to query. Research, research, research. I read through each mentor’s bio, looking for those who were grabby hands about contemporary romance laced with humor. And lo, there were many! I dug in a little further to get a sense of whom might be a good personality fit—professional, smart, witty, and knowledgeable about both writing craft and bidness. When I saw Lynnette Labelle’s bio, she struck me as all of these things times eleven. Plus, she edits a lot of different genres/subgenres, so I was confident she’d tell me if I was straying too far outside the lines of my chosen genre. Lynnette, what was it about M.C.’s THE RELUCTANT PRINCESS that hooked you? The voice! M.C.’s voice, as you can see in her answers here, is amazeballs. I really liked the premise too, but without that voice, it wouldn’t have been the same. Before I went through any of the entries I received, I had an open mind. I’d posted what I wanted to see in my inbox, and as long as the author didn’t stray from that list, I was excited to see their pitch. But, once I came upon M.C.’s entry, all others competed directly with hers. This is where it got hard, because there were some fantastic entries in my pile. But, unlike an agent, I could only pick one. So, for me, it wasn’t about saying no to other writers, even though that’s what I had to do, it was about saying yes to this particular one. Once I decided this was the manuscript I had to have, I let the other mentors on her sub list know my intention was to fight to the death for this story. I MAY have licked the entry to prove my point. I mean, nobody would want it now, right? Because a couple of the mentors hadn’t chosen their mentee yet, there was a risk they could take M.C....

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Holiday Post with Pitch Wars Mentor, Laura Heffernan
Dec15

Holiday Post with Pitch Wars Mentor, Laura Heffernan

  As I finish the year out less than three months before my publication date, it feels like 2016 has been full of special moments for me: getting an offer to publish the REALITY STAR series, seeing my cover for the first time, reading my first cover copy, telling all my friends and family I’d written a book, spotting my book on Amazon, having a friend find it on Goodreads. All of those stops on the road to publication are incredibly exciting, especially for a debut author. But what I really want to talk, the brightest spot in the year for me, is the help and support I’ve received from fellow authors. A few months ago, one of my friends started the 17Scribes, a group for debut authors with adult novels coming out in 2017. The people in that group are excellent at lifting each other up and sharing their knowledge and experience. Many PitchWars mentors are ahead of me on this journey, and everyone I’ve talked to has been happy to talk, whether it’s giving me tips on promotion and marketing or just being there to listen to how confusing and frustrating everything can be. When I celebrated each and every success, these people celebrated with me (even the ones who’ve done it half a dozen times). When I cried over things in the world that scared me, they cried with me. Many time I’ve thought I wouldn’t make it to publication without my friends. I appreciate the help and support I’m getting from these authors, and I can’t wait to be in a position to pay it forward some day. In the new year, I have plenty of hopes as a writer: I hope I continue to learn and grow as a writer. I hope my books find readers, and I hope you enjoy Jen and Justin’s journey as much as I enjoyed writing it. But on a more personal level, I hope we can all find light in the darkness. I hope those of us who are able take steps to stand up against hate and tyranny. I hope that, at the end of 2017, we are able to look around and see that our words and actions made the world a better place. I hope we can all lift up those who need it the most.     Twitter | Website Laura Heffernan is living proof that watching too much TV can pay off. When not watching total strangers participate in arranged marriages, drag racing queens, or cooking competitions, Laura enjoys travel, baking, board games, helping with writing contests, and seeking new experiences. She lives in the northeast with...

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Surprise Sale – Edge of Chaos by Pitch Wars mentor, Molly E. Lee
Dec13

Surprise Sale – Edge of Chaos by Pitch Wars mentor, Molly E. Lee

Amazon US ★ Amazon UK ★ Amazon CA ★ Amazon AU In celebration of her release of Edge of Bliss next week, Molly has put Edge of Chaos on sale for only .99 cents for a limited time only. Edge of Chaos (Love on the Edge Book 1) Blake Caster has been in an emotionally abusive relationship with Justin for so long, she can’t tell what is normal anymore, and so she clings to the one thing that is solidly hers—her passion for extreme weather. Three years into her Meteorology degree, Blake meets professional storm chaser, Dash Lexington, who is as gorgeous as he is daring. Instantly recognizing her passion and skills in analyzing weather data, he makes a spot for her on his tight-knit storm chasing team. Dash and Blake form a fast friendship and it forces her to realize just how toxic her relationship with Justin is. She can’t deny the lightning-worthy chemistry she has with Dash or how her heart stalls every time he gets too close to a tornado. With each chase and the cherished moments with Dash, Blake discovers her own self-worth and gains the strength to end things with Justin for good. But he won’t go easily. As Blake tries to sever ties with one man, she fears she’ll lose the other to his dangerous obsession—and she doesn’t know if she’ll be enough to save him from the impending storm that could end them all. Molly Lee Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Molly Lee is an author, editor, and mentor best known from Pitch Wars, a program that connects promising writers to established authors in the community. She writes NA contemporary and YA urban fantasy with strong heroines who are unafraid to challenge their male counterparts, yet still vulnerable enough to have love sneak up on them. Throw in high-octane action or any kind of supernatural element and she’ll be hooked. A military spouse with two children and one stubborn english bulldog, Molly enjoys watching storms from the back porch of her Midwest home and digging for treasures at local antique...

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Holiday Post and Giveaway with Pitch Wars Mentor, Jenni Walsh
Dec09

Holiday Post and Giveaway with Pitch Wars Mentor, Jenni Walsh

  I’m a hustler, baby. I just want you to know. This month, Brenda’s blog is doing something special. The Pitch Wars mentors are sharing specials moments of the past year and what our hopes are for the new year. Mine are about books and family. And more importantly, how books are helping me live the kind of life I want with my little family. I’m in awe of those overnight-success authors. I’m also in awe of the authors who have to claw their way to their publishing goals. *Waves* I’m clawing. The Cliff Notes version: I have some manuscripts that’ll probably never see the light of day. After participating in Pitch Wars in late 2013, I signed with my first agent in 2014. We shopped the novel for nearly a year, but only about a third of the editors even responded to my former agent. I did some soul searching. With a new manuscript, I signed with my agent, Stacey Glick, in early 2015. Then this happened, in 2015, when I was nine months pregnant with my second kiddo. I signed my very first book deal for BECOMING BONNIE, a Bonnie and Clyde origin story, with Tor Forge/Macmillan. And a few days later, my agent sold my TV/film rights! These were big moments for me. Not simply because I dreamed endlessly of becoming a published author, but also because, at the moment, I had been a stay-at-home-mama, full-time advertising copywriter, author, and domestic diva (with my husband splitting half the duties) for nearly three years. And soon, I’d be a stay-at-home-mama of two, full-time advertising copywriter, author, and domestic diva. If that sounds exhausting, it’s because it is. Some days, the only answer to my stress was tears. And wine (when I wasn’t pregnant). But those two moments meant that maybe – sometime down the road – my writing would be financially enough (we’re very much a two-income family) for me to focus on my two dreams: my babes and my book babes. At the end of 2015/start of 2016, I dove into my first-round edits for BECOMING BONNIE with my editor, Bess Cozby. I had three months to do them. The crazy thing about life, though, is that life loves complicated. My son was born in the middle of those edits. I kid you not. So, while I was on maternity leave from my day job, I took a week off to “newborn” before doing this, a lot: To make life more wonderfully complicated, my agent said she had lunch with an editor from Scholastic. The editor had a big idea for a new narrative nonfiction series...

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Pitch Wars 2016 Success Interview with Kit Rosewater and her mentors, Amanda Rawson Hill, Jessica Vitalis, and Cindy Baldwin
Dec08

Pitch Wars 2016 Success Interview with Kit Rosewater and her mentors, Amanda Rawson Hill, Jessica Vitalis, and Cindy Baldwin

Our favorite part of hosting pitch contests around here is hearing about successes. Today we celebrate Kit Rosewater and her Pitch Wars mentors Amanda Rawson Hill, Jessica Vitalis, and Cindy Baldwin! Kit recently signed with Susan Hawk of The Bent Agency, and we’re so over-the-moon excited for yer. So please join me in congratulating Kit, Amanda, Jessica, and Cindy as they share with us their awesome Pitch Wars success story. Kit, what was it about Jessica, Amanda, & Cindy that made you choose to send them a Pitch Wars application?  I was pretty thorough when it came to researching the Pitch Wars mentors. I wrote down every single one of the MG mentors or mentor teams, read through their blogs on the blog hop, and took copious notes on wish lists, writing backgrounds, and personalities. From the start I loved Cindy, Amanda, and Jessica’s personalities over Twitter. We bantered and bonded and I already wanted to send my query their way. But their blogs completely sealed the deal for me. On Jessica’s blog, I was incredibly impressed with her past experience as a mentor, and how hard of a worker she was. Her final statement about turning a manuscript into a book on the shelf felt like a call to action that I needed to answer. For Cindy and Amanda, their wish list told me we were a match made in heaven. Our tastes lined up so perfectly, and I had been paying close attention to their writing tip threads and blog posts throughout the summer. Those gals knew how to write and how to share those skills with others. I knew they would be able to help guide me through revisions. What was it about Kit’s manuscript, Doppelganger, that hooked you? Amanda: Kit really has a way with words. They just flow and wrap you up and draw you in. But beyond that, she had this character that I fell in love with. And I fell in love with the blots on the MC’s skin from her Vtiligo. There was so much poential. She just needed some direction. Cindy: Kit’s prose is lyrical and immersive in such an unusual way; she has an incredible gift for metaphors that make you want to read certain lines over and over. I also loved the uniqueness of the retelling—Kit managed to take a fairly common trope (mistaken identity) and give it such an interesting, magical twist. Jessica: The premise was unique and the writing was gorgeous. Plus, I knew from Kit’s social media presence that she’d be wonderful to work with (I was right). Kit, tell us about the revision process for Pitch Wars?  This is my favorite part of the...

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Holiday Post and Giveaway with Pitch Wars Mentor, Dan Koboldt
Dec08

Holiday Post and Giveaway with Pitch Wars Mentor, Dan Koboldt

As 2016 draws to a close, I have to admit that it changed my life in some important ways. I saw my debut novel, The Rogue Retrieval, published by Harper Voyager. I split with my first literary agent. I got a 2-book offer from my editor, and found a new literary agent. I caught the biggest fish of my life. And I moved with my wife, kids, and dog to another state to take a new job. These were all major events for me and my family. Things we’ll never forget. When Brenda asked me to do a post on a special moment this year, one stood out. In mid-March, I had my first book event and author signing at a local bookshop in St. Louis. It took place on a Wednesday evening, in the special events room in Left Bank Books. My wife and her parents drove me there after a quick dinner. They noticed (and were amused by) a rare sight: Dan Koboldt looking very nervous. Author Events Are Terrifying Here’s the thing: I’m a relatively [over] confident person, and a comfortable public speaker. Hazards of the day job, I suppose. When you’ve presented your research to a packed room of 500 fellow scientists — a couple of whom are Nobel prize winners — a small author event shouldn’t faze you. The only problem was, it did faze me. I had no idea what to expect. Every author daydreams about sell-out crowds with lines around the corner, but I knew that wasn’t realistic. For a new author, equally if not more likely that no one would show at all. We had the room decorated in a Vegas casino theme. We had a stack of my books at the store’s front counter. We also had about five minutes until the event started, but every chair was empty. It was the perfect setting for an embarrassing public disaster. I thought I’d done a reasonable job of spreading word about the event, but come to think of it, no one made a firm commitment. It got to that point where I started avoiding eye contact with the bookstore staff. My First True Fans I’d just done the math on how much I’d have to shell out to buy the stack of my own books — it seemed like the right thing to do — when a woman inadvertently wandered into the event room and took a seat. I thought maybe she was lost, or just taking a break. Turns out, she worked with my cousin, who’d invited her to come to the event (and arrived a minute later). Then a friend...

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Holiday Post and Giveaway with Pitch Wars Mentor, Pintip Dunn
Dec07

Holiday Post and Giveaway with Pitch Wars Mentor, Pintip Dunn

  GIVEAWAY: Paperback Copy of The Darkest Lie by Pintip Dunn Goodreads  Amazon  Barnes & Noble  Kobo  Book Depository  iTunes  Books-A-Million About the Book . . . Is it better to live with a lie, or risk everything for the truth? In Pintip Dunn’s gripping and timely novel, a young woman whose life unravels in the wake of her mother’s alleged suicide sets out to clear her name. “The mother I knew would never do those things. But maybe I never knew her after all.” Clothes, jokes, coded messages…Cecilia Brooks and her mom shared everything. At least, CeCe thought they did. Six months ago, her mom killed herself after accusations of having sex with a student, and CeCe’s been the subject of whispers and taunts ever since. Now, at the start of her high school senior year, between dealing with her grieving, distracted father, and the social nightmare that has become her life, CeCe just wants to fly under the radar. Instead, she’s volunteering at the school’s crisis hotline—the same place her mother worked. As she counsels troubled strangers, CeCe’s lingering suspicions about her mom’s death resurface. With the help of Sam, a new student and newspaper intern, she starts to piece together fragmented clues that point to a twisted secret at the heart of her community. Soon, finding the truth isn’t just a matter of restoring her mother’s reputation, it’s about saving lives—including CeCe’s own…   Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. Her debut novel, FORGET TOMORROW, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. Her other novels include THE DARKEST LIE and REMEMBER YESTERDAY. She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com a Rafflecopter giveaway...

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A Pitch Wars 2016 Success Story with Suzanne Park and her mentors, Kellye Garrett and Sarah Henning
Dec06

A Pitch Wars 2016 Success Story with Suzanne Park and her mentors, Kellye Garrett and Sarah Henning

The best part of hosting pitch contests is being a part of a writer’s successes. Today we celebrate Suzanne Park and her Pitch Wars mentors, Kellye Garrett and Sarah Henning! Suzanne recently signed with Brent Taylor of Triada US Literary Agency, and we couldn’t be happier for her. So please join me in congratulating Suzanne, Kellye, and Sarah as they share with us their awesome Pitch Wars success story.   Suzanne, what was it about Sarah and Kellye that made you choose to send them a Pitch Wars application?  Kellye and Sarah were looking for mysteries (with strong voice and humor), and their second choice was commercial women’s fiction. I thought they were a long shot honestly, especially if they got a lot of mystery queries. Kellye and Sarah, thank you for picking me! You can have my first born (heads up: she is a talkative six-year-old and allergic to shrimp). Sarah and Kellye, what was it about Suzanne’s novel MY NAME IS NOT JULIE that hooked you? We definitely loved the voice and the humor. Suzanne just has a very unique way of explaining life’s little we’ve-all-been-there moments that feels so fresh and unique. We also loved that it was Korean-American #ownvoices women’s fiction, which is not something you see every day—even though we should! Suzanne, tell us about the revision process for Pitch Wars?  Well, it was a little easier than giving birth. So Pitch Wars wasn’t the most grueling life milestone for me I guess? Naaah, Pitch Wars was fine. After I received my first edit letter I needed to accept that my book baby was going to be hacked apart, and then I mulled over my mentors’ revision requests for a few days to think strategically about how I’d tackle everything. Time management was key. Once I had a game plan I dove in and wrote like crazy. Sarah and Kellye, tell us about your experience mentoring Suzanne. Well, first off, Suzanne is HILARIOUS. Which made for some laugh-out-loud-at-your-day-job moments (sorry, boss). Secondly, she was a total champ. We gave her a LOT to chew on (we’re very picky) and she handled all of our changes with aplomb, including a huge switcheroo to some of her plot points. She was professional and self-motivated and a joy to nag. Suzanne after Pitch Wars, you signed with Brent Taylor of Triada US Literary Agency. Please, tell us about “The Call.” We love all the details about the offer, how they contacted you, how you responded, celebrations, emotions . . . How long did you have to wait and how did you distract yourself? Anything! We love hearing about all of it. I got...

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