Mentor Wish Lists – Pitch Wars!

OMG!  I am ridiculously excited!  Yup…it’s that time of year again!  *cue battle cry*  It’s…PITCH WARS!!!

So, here’s the scoop.  The mentors are back in force, and we’re looking for a very special writer each to coach and critique through their ENTIRE manuscript.  Then, we’ll throw it up for agent attention.

This is the X FACTOR of the writing world.  If you’ve got it, we’ll help you flaunt it!  So grab your snowballs and join the game! (and thank the amazing S.P. McConnel for the awesome illustration below!).


Pay attention to the post, as you’ll see where to go for dates, where to look for submission rules, and who your target agents are, as well as my mentor bio, how to click onto other mentors’ bios AAAAND see what last year’s winner from my team achieved with her book!  It’s all going on here.

So what’s up first?

Details first:

  • 11/20 Mentor’s post bios and wishlists
  • 12/2: Submission Window
  • 12/3 -12/10: Mentors read their applications
  • 12/11: Mentor’s announce their picks
  • 12/11 -1/17: Mentors work with their writers
  • 1/22-1/23 Agent Round


    As this is my second year mentoring Pitch Wars, it’s my chance to tell YOU why you want me as your mentor (including that my mentee got a publishing deal last year (shameless, aren’t I?)).

    First off, here’s a little Vlog (gulp) about what I’m looking for and why you should pick me.  And if you can’t access it for any reason, I’ve also listed them below so you can read them too!

    Okay, in writing, here’s a list of the genres I’ll be accepting.  Please note:  I only accept Young Adult submissions.  Right, that said, these genres are what rock my world:

    *  Contemporary YA (issue based, dark, gritty, or edgy)
    *  Urban Fantasy
    *  Thrillers
    *  Gothic
    *  Mysteries
    *  Horror (but not perverse)
    *  Mash ups (ANY genre mash up at all, not limited to those above)
    *  Historical
    *  Fantasy
    *  Anything else that is not on the below list that I forgot to write here!!!!!!!!

    I am NOT your girl for:

    *  Dream openings
    *  Elves and whatnot
    *  Vampires (sorry!)
    *  Straight up romance

    Now, if your book falls into one of those categories I want, then read on to find out whether we’ll make a good match or not.  Here’s a little about me:

    Fiona McLaren is represented by Jamie Bodnar Drowley of Inklings Literary Agency for her YA contemporary novel “The Sum of It” and her gothic horror novel “Overtoun Bridge”.

    She has interned at two separate literary agencies, scanning the slush for hidden gems and reviewing any full mss sent her way.

    She works as a freelance writer, ghost writing for a variety of clients, and has over three hundred publications under her belt – including articles, short scripts, historical fiction novels, children’s books and short stories.

    She loves to edit – character arc, plot arc, line edit, conceptual…whatever it takes. She believes that critiquing is a teamwork operation and that staying true to the author’s vision is as important as making the book as commercially ready as it can be. Critiquing is all about communication.

    You can get to know Fiona better as @BookOmnivore on Twitter. See you on the Pitch Wars hashtag!

    Here’s a quote from Fiona’s mentee last year, who went on to secure a book deal with Entranced Publishing:

    Last year during Pitch Wars the fabulous Fiona picked me, and my book Awakenings, to mentor. I was shocked, I was awed, I may have fainted…just a little though. After I recovered from the shock, Fiona and I got to work. Let me tell you, she was an absolute dream to work with! She was so supportive and the critiques she gave were right on the mark. My book came away cleaner and much stronger, so much so that on the day of the contest I got three full requests!

    Just two months later I received a contract that I accepted. Awakenings hit the market and within three weeks broke into the 100 Best Selling YA Paranormals, making it all the way to number eighteen. I could not be more pleased with the results and I could not have picked a better mentor.

    So what are you waiting for! Pick her and just bask in her awesomeness. You will not regret it. 🙂

    J.E.Shannon author of Awakenings (Entranced Publishing)

    Contest applicants:  Do the right thing and support your fellow Pitch Wars winners from last year and buy a copy of their books.  After all, you want to win so you can publish.  So did they.  Let’s pay it forward.

    Last year’s winner from my team:

    Title: Awakenings

    Author: J. E. Shannon

    Publisher: Entranced Publishing

    Genre: YA paranormal romance

    Release Date: July 29th 2013

    Evie Shepard awakens to a nightmare. She’s been buried alive and has no idea how or why. As she struggles to remember what happened, she begins to notice changes — heightened senses, as well as increased speed, agility, and strength. And her heart no longer beats. She soon makes a disturbing discovery: she wasn’t buried alive; she was murdered. Somehow, she has come back…and she wants revenge.

    Buy Links: Amazon| Kobo| Smashwords

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    And which amazing agents are you hoping to snag…well, I’m glad you asked!


    14. LanaPopovic and Natasha Alexis – Zachary Shuster Harmsworth
    17.  Stefanie LiebermanJanklow & Nesbit Associates
    18. Rena RossnerThe Deborah Harris Agency

    Alright, peeps, I will see you in the trenches.  Let’s gather those snowballs and get to war….who’s with me?!  🙂


    8 thoughts on “Mentor Wish Lists – Pitch Wars!

    1. In Urban Fantasy, is there any creatures or things that you are okay with? Or is it specifically non-creature related? So no vampires, werewolves, demons, angels, witches, etc. etc. continue down the list.

      Or what if a book has vampires and werewolves–but only because they're part of the worldbuilding? Since the world has ALL mythological creatures in an Urban Fantasy setting? None of the are Main Characters or even characters?

      I was thinking about submitting but i got confused on the whole Urban Fantasy/creatures thing.

      Is it okay if you clear it up?


    2. I'm okay with a lot of creatures. If the vampires and werewolves aren't the main focus and are there for world building then absolutely fine. Just not looking for vamps or wolves as MCs.


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