Don’t Miss Another Exciting YA Pitch Wars LIVE!
Jul27

Don’t Miss Another Exciting YA Pitch Wars LIVE!

Want to see your potential mentors live in action? Join us at 8 p.m. EST for a live chat featuring another set of Young Adult mentors discuss their mentoring styles and who they are as authors/people. Feel free to tweet in questions as you watch! Hope to see you there. Google Event Page | Watch on Youtube Did you miss the Young Adult chat last week? Watch the recording...

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Mentor Book List Available NOW
Jul26

Mentor Book List Available NOW

You asked, and we heard! Now mentee hopefuls can peruse Pitch Wars Mentors’ books on Brenda’s website! Take a gander and click the links. Nothing supports a mentor quite like buying their books, and let’s be honest– reading these beauties is the best research ever for Pitch Wars! CLICK HERE TO VIEW LIST And Happy...

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Pitch Wars LIVE with MORE MG Mentors TONIGHT!
Jul26

Pitch Wars LIVE with MORE MG Mentors TONIGHT!

Want to see your potential mentors live in action? Join us at 8 p.m. EST for a live chat featuring another set of Middle Grade  mentors discuss their mentoring styles and who they are as authors/people. Feel free to tweet in questions as you watch! Hope to see you there. Google Event Page | Watch on Youtube Did you miss the Middle Grade chat last week? Watch the recording below!            ...

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Pitch Wars LIVE with MORE YA Mentors TONIGHT!
Jul25

Pitch Wars LIVE with MORE YA Mentors TONIGHT!

Want to see your potential mentors live in action? Join us at 8 p.m. EST for a live chat featuring another set of Young Adult mentors discuss their mentoring styles and who they are as authors/people. Feel free to tweet in questions as you watch! Hope to see you there. Google Event Page | Watch on Youtube Did you miss the Young Adult chat last week? Watch the recording...

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Pitch Wars LIVE with A/NA Mentors TONIGHT!
Jul22

Pitch Wars LIVE with A/NA Mentors TONIGHT!

Want to see your potential mentors live in action? Join us at 8 p.m. EST for a live chat featuring nine Adult and New Adult mentors discuss their mentoring styles and who they are as authors/people. Feel free to tweet in questions as you watch! Hope to see you there. Google Event Page | Watch on...

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Pitch Wars LIVE with MG Mentors TONIGHT!
Jul21

Pitch Wars LIVE with MG Mentors TONIGHT!

Want to see your potential mentors live in action? Join us at 8 p.m. EST for a live chat featuring nine Middle Grade mentors discuss their mentoring styles and who they are as authors/people. Feel free to tweet in questions as you watch! Hope to see you there. Google Event Page | Watch on...

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Pitch Wars LIVE with YA Mentors TONIGHT!
Jul20

Pitch Wars LIVE with YA Mentors TONIGHT!

Want to see your potential mentors live in action? Join us at 8 p.m. EST for a live chat featuring ten Young Adult mentors discuss their mentoring styles and who they are as authors/people. Feel free to tweet in questions as you watch! Hope to see you there. Google Event Page | Watch on...

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VLOG: How To Revise Without Going Crazy
Jul06

VLOG: How To Revise Without Going Crazy

Big revisions can often equal BIG stress. And when you have to make the kind of changes that feel like you’re writing an entirely different book, you may feel like you’re about to crack. With Pitch Wars coming up, it’s important to mentally prepare for the revision of your life! Here are a couple of tips to help you get in the right mindset so you can be your most productive revising self...

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VLOG: How to Raise a Book Baby
Jun22

VLOG: How to Raise a Book Baby

As you gear up for Pitch Wars, remember: It’s important to give your book baby the attention it deserves before sending it out into the real world so it’ll succeed. Revision and sharing it with others in the writing community are all important parts of the process. What are you currently doing to prep your book baby for Pitch Wars?  ...

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Day 12 (Part 2) of June Setting Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Kate Karyus Quinn
Jun16

Day 12 (Part 2) of June Setting Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Kate Karyus Quinn

Welcome to June’s Setting Workshop! From a Rafflecopter lottery drawing, we selected over thirty writers to participate. Each mentor has graciously critiqued a 500 word sample chosen by the writers from a place he or she felt needed help with setting. We hope that not only you’ll learn a little bit about setting that you can apply to your own writing, but that you’ll also be able to get to know some of our wonderful Pitch Wars mentors and their editing styles. 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. And now we have … Pitch Wars Mentor Kate Karyus Quinn Twitter | Website | Blog Kate Karyus Quinn is an avid reader and menthol chapstick addict. She has lived in California and Tennessee, but recently made the move back to her hometown of Buffalo, New York, with her husband and two children in tow. She promised them wonderful people, amazing food, and weather that would… build character. She is represented by Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary and is the author of ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE, (DON’T YOU) FORGET ABOUT ME, and DOWN WITH THE SHINE all from HarperTeen. Kate also offers paid critiques for authors looking to further polish their work. Find more information here: http://katekaryusquinn.blogspot.com/p/critique-services.html The 500 Word Critique . . . Young Adult Fantasy My head rests upon the cold stone, then nothing Okay so right here within the first sentence you are missing a huge opportunity for world building. You give the reader so little – her head is resting on a cold stone. Is it night? Is she sleeping? Is she sick or passed out? Dying? The “then nothing” is a little confusing here as well. It seems to refer to the cold stone which suggests that her head was resting upon the stone and then suddenly the stone isn’t there anymore. Is that the intention? What if instead you injected a little more voice with a setup more along the lines of: “Tonight my pillow is a cold hard stone and the dense black of the holy chamber (or wherever she is exactly) wraps around me like a blanket.” I wasn’t sure what I was waiting We’re not sure what she’s waiting for either! Give the reader a little more info! for a voice from heaven, a tap on the shoulder. I sighed; I lots of “I’s” here – might read smoother to cut this one straightened up and slowly opened my eyes. I am stunned the chamber is alight What is this chamber?...

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Day 12 of June Setting Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Holly Faur
Jun16

Day 12 of June Setting Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Holly Faur

Welcome to June’s Setting Workshop! From a Rafflecopter lottery drawing, we selected over thirty writers to participate. Each mentor has graciously critiqued a 500 word sample chosen by the writers from a place he or she felt needed help with setting. We hope that not only you’ll learn a little bit about setting that you can apply to your own writing, but that you’ll also be able to get to know some of our wonderful Pitch Wars mentors and their editing styles. 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. And now we have … Pitch Wars Mentor Holly Faur Twitter | Website Holly grew up traveling all over the western U.S. and Germany pretending each long car ride was by covered wagon. She now lives in her birth state of Michigan with her husband and four little ruffians where she writes modern historical fiction about wonderfully complicated people. She also reviews books for the Historical Novels Review, keeps a garden, and can’t live without her Wellie boots. Her heart belongs in England, so her boys have promised to take her one day. She is represented by Maria Vicente of P.S. Literary Agency. The 500 Word Critique . . . Adult Contemporary Romance   Traffic was sparse due to the viciousness of the storm, which continued to pelt the area. [Can you add a wee bit here—the buildings, rooftops, sidewalks, etc.] Julianne passed multiple accidents and cars pulled over. She scanned for Jokob’s red Jeep heading the other direction or in the median. Two hours later, [jumping two hours in the same opening paragraph removed me from the setting you began with. I think you can describe a little more about the mayhem and then have her pull up to camp—without a time stamp] she reached a scene of pure chaos at the camp entrance. [The name of the camp might pull us in faster.] The closed gate stretched across the road, with emergency vehicles and rescue crews everywhere. She pulled up to a police officer directing traffic out of the park. “I have to get in,” she yelled through pounding rain, punctuated by flashes of lightning and thunder. “No one’s allowed in,” he shouted through a wall of rain. [She just spoke “through rain” so I’d see what else you can use here to show us the craziness of it all.] “We’re still trying to rescue trapped campers. You can park over there and wait.” He motioned to an area away from the...

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Day 11 (Part 2) of June Setting Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Beth Hull
Jun15

Day 11 (Part 2) of June Setting Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Beth Hull

Welcome to June’s Setting Workshop! From a Rafflecopter lottery drawing, we selected over thirty writers to participate. Each mentor has graciously critiqued a 500 word sample chosen by the writers from a place he or she felt needed help with setting. We hope that not only you’ll learn a little bit about setting that you can apply to your own writing, but that you’ll also be able to get to know some of our wonderful Pitch Wars mentors and their editing styles. 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. And now we have … Pitch Wars Mentor Beth Hull Twitter | Website  Beth Hull is a writer represented by Logan Garrison at the Gernet Company. She graduated from Dominican University of California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English emphasizing Creative Writing, and earned a Master’s Degree in Linguistics from UC Davis. Some of her short stories have been published in Bourbon Penn and Cast of Wonders. Beth is a member of the SCBWI. The 500 Word Critique . . . New Adult Fantasy “I don’t want to go to another school,” Moriah said, taking a seat [this would be the perfect place to say where they are, i.e. “…taking a seat in front of the principal’s desk…” and a great place to incorporate some character-related setting detail, maybe something that hints at the otherworldliness of Moriah and his mother]. [new paragraph]Mother lifted her brows as she turned back to him. [new paragraph]“If they send me home, you’re going to take me some place else.” [add dialogue tag so it’s clear that this is Moriah speaking] In his nine years of life, they’d bounced around Milwaukee, Cleveland, Lansing, and now Chicago’s South Side. [nice job getting the geography and his age all together. For some reason I missed his age during my first read, though, & I thought he was much older, like in high school] The idea of doing it again made his stomach churn. [new paragraph]Before Mother could respond, the door opened [what door? where are they? Because it isn’t stated explicitly before this, the reader is pulled out of the narrative to wonder] and a man in relatively casual, if trim, attire [I’m not getting a good picture of this. Better to use specifics, e.g. “jeans and a sweater—something Principal Emerson definitely would not have worn”] approached. Thick muscle gave his green sweater form, and his heavy boots thumped against the ground. [“tile floor” instead of “ground”—make your nouns work for your setting] “Good morning,”...

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