Welcome to #TeamTruth

So, the day is here! The announcements of Pitch Wars mentees and mentor matchups!

I am beyond thrilled to announce that I am welcoming KA Blaser to #TeamTruth (find out later why this is my chosen team name for the year!)

Here’s the pitch:

Native American ONE OF US IS LYING x SADIE
When another girl is murdered on the Blackfeet Reservation, Mara and her friends doubt the Tribal Police will solve it. If they don’t investigate it themselves, they’ll be the only suspects—or worse—the next victims.

MURDERED AND MISSING INDIGENOUS WOMEN

So what stood out to me about KA’s book? Well, first off, gut instinct. When I read my mentee’s book, my heart instantly said:

Now that’s what I’m talking about!

And then there’s the fact that it’s got amazing characters who leap off the page in so many complex ways. Each one of them is a mix of heartfelt and concerned, strong and confused, determined and wise, naive and deceptive, all in different measures. In short, they felt real. And they were flawed (wonderfully so.)

And then the depth behind the story. Not only does it have a kick-ass plot as a thriller… it also touches on the very real issue of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women. Please go to https://mmiwresources.carrd.co/ to find out more about this incredibly important issue.

Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women

The writing is beautiful and evocative. The culture leaks off the pages. And the intimacy with which KA invites you into this world is astounding. How could I have possibly have said no?

And why have I chosen #TeamTruth this year as a team name? Because our readers deserve the truth. Our MMIW deserve the truth. And I want to work with KA with as much truth and intensity and passion as I can bring to the table.

So here’s looking at you Pitch Wars 2021! It’s going to be a heck of a ride!

Pitch Wars Wish List 2021

For an accessibilty friendly version of this wish list follow this LINK.

Hi everyone and welcome to my Pitch Wars wish list!


I’m thrilled to be taking part in Pitch Wars 2021, and I’m excited to find a great mentee to work hand-in-hand with. This year, I’m a YA (Young Adult) mentor. *Please note that I’m not taking NA (New Adult) submissions as there are other mentors better suited for that category.

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A few tips for Pitch Wars…

Hey guys!

The big day is tomorrow! The Pitch Wars mentor wish lists go live (and it’s as exciting for us as it is for you!) So, I thought now was a good time to give some insight into how to prep your submission. This won’t guarantee you get picked, but I think it will help you boost your chances. This is just one mentor’s opinion, though, so take what works for you and junk the rest!

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Should you give up writing—the other side of the coin?

This question has preyed on the mind of almost every writer I know, and it’s something I discussed in my last blog post. The doubt of not being agented yet, a book not being good enough, no forthcoming deal when on some submission to publishers… the turmoil and angst can seem endless. Of late, I’ve seen many a writer ask the question “Should I give up writing?”

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