First things first – we all know there is a Scavenger Hunt going on. So, in order to find the letter you need from this blog, find the hidden link that will bring you to your letter…
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more…
It’s that time of year again – Pitch Wars has hit 2016! Welcome everyone new, and welcome everyone who’s been here before. This year, Dionne McCulloch and I have teamed up once again to mentor YA – go team McC!!
Strength and Honor
This is a wonderful opportunity not just for someone to get mentored by seasoned professionals, but for the whole writing community to come together, bond, support and help each other to the next level! So here’s to the war paint and the writing tribe we’re all honored to be a part of!
Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys (and girls). Make your lives (read: manuscripts) extraordinary!
To help you decide if we’re the right mentors for you, here’s our wish list of genres, followed by notes on elements in books that we either like, or not so much:
WE WOULD LOVE TO CONSIDER…
Strong sense of place
Cowgirls – strong female gangs would be great (in any genre, actually)
Contemporary (but no issue books)
Fantasy (caveat: writing should be in a modern style. Love all forms of fantasy, but writing must be fresh)
Diversity of all kinds
WE’RE NOT LOOKING FOR
Romance/Sex where this is the main theme
BOOK ELEMENTS WE LOVE…
A main character or characters with clear internal conflict
A specific reason why only YOUR character can tell THIS story
Quirky, realistic, odd-ball families
Really tight, complex stories
A little love in the mix
Risk taking and pushing boundaries in all areas of writing, character & plot
A voice that blows us away (come on, guys, you knewthat would be in here. Twice.)
Characters – it’s all about the characters.
Emotion, emotion, emotion – make us uncomfortable, happy, sad, afraid and everything in between.
BOOK ELEMENTS WE DON’T LOVE SO MUCH
No tropes or cliché
Sorry, but we’re stepping aside from werewolves/vampires this year
Sloppy writing that hasn’t been edited at all
I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse…
And that’s it. We can’t wait to read your writing and your wonderful words and are so excited that you will submit to us if you fall into our wish list categories. But if not, never fear…go through the blog hop and see all the other amazing, wonderful, super-spiffy mentors! You will be blown away by all the awesomeness.
You talkin’ to me?
“My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions and loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius, father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.”
Or…if you want to be picky about it: My name’s Fiona, I’m repped by the Blake Friedmann Literary, TV & Film Agency. I’ve interned with two literary agencies (Inklings & Holloway). I’m a full time scriptwriter with my first production coming out next year; I teach creative writing to home schooled kids; I work alongside Cornerstones Literary Consultancy; I have published numerous in print and online articles/short stories/etc; I’ve worked as a copywriter, and in media, too. More importantly, I love horses (especially mine), I miss my two boys (Hugo and Harry) too much to put into words, I have a bad addiction to Coca Cola, and I live in Cyprus, where I write lots of run on sentences just because I can and no one can stop me because it’s my blog! Lol.
Three of my mentees have had success through PWs – one published, one agented, and the other with a deal from HarperTeen!
It’s you and me babe, how about it?
(side note: if anyone knows where that quote comes from, you get brownie points from me!)
And I’m Dionne. Hello! I’m represented by Brianne Johnson at Writers House in NYC and am the US Managing Editor for Cornerstones Literary Consultancy. I also freelance as a book and script editor and am a judge for the Bath Novel Award. I write a monthly column about how to work with an editor for The Writer magazine. I live in England with my dog, husband and 3 kids (no order of preference!) and challenge myself to always jump in the ocean, no matter how cold it is.
P.S. If you really, really, really can’t find the Scavenger Hunt Letter, let me know and I’ll slip you a clue! ;-)