Yes, it’s true. I’m a #PitchWars mentor this year.
Why I’m awesome:
I write in several different genres. I have stuff in the works from YA contemporary to NA fantasy to adult science fiction. I read like this too. I like to think it gives me a good idea of what works and what doesn’t.
I’m represented by Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyon Literary. She’s the coolest person ever.
I’m really active on Twitter. I talk a lot with agents, and I know what many of them are looking for.
I love contests (clearly), but I signed with Kathleen the old fashioned way: by clawing my way out of the trenches. I know that feel. I can talk you off a ledge like a pro. I’ve also learned the long and hard way what turns agents off in pitches and pages.
If I don’t pick you, I’ll tell you why. If I do pick you, I’ll give you big picture notes and in-line edits.
I’m extremely competitive.
I’m a martial arts instructor.
I’m like nine kinds of queer.
I have worn a dress made out of watermelon rind.
My favorite books:
- The UGLIES series by Scott Westerfeld. I could go on and on and on about this series. I adore the character development, the voice, the writing, the plot. But one thing that really grabs me is how this series touches on so many things relevant to today’s world (beauty-obsessed society, the environment, personal identity, manipulative government, etc.) without beating you over the head with them.
- BOND OF BLOOD and its companions by Diane Whiteside (the Texas Vampire novels). While I don’t have an urge to read about any more vampires (and I’m not accepting adult manuscripts in this contest), I love the strong, developed characters and compelling plots besides the sex/romance in these books. There is no fluff. And the love interests are on even footing.
- The WATER trilogy by Kara Dalkey. This series is like the prequel to Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table. It’s super cool. It offers a good look at society and social classes, and the effects of a corrupt government on individual lives. Also, it has an ambitious, multi-faceted, powerful (if flawed) female lead.
What I’m looking for:
- YA contemporary, fantasy, and sci-fi
- QUILTBAG main characters.
- Sex positive manuscripts
- All kinds of diversity.
- Romance – as the plot or a subplot, but it’s gotta be there. Forbidden romance is my favorite.
- Voice, voice, voice–yours, and the main character’s. I like to be up close and personal with the storytellers.
- Freshness. Surprise me!
- Tough choices. Your MC is damned if they do, damned if they don’t.
- Dark stuff. Show me the true nature of evil.
What I don’t want to see:
- Anything that’s not young adult.
- Whitewashed, straightwashed, ciswashed, same old same old.
- Token characters. Let’s get beyond the cliched stereotypes with diversity. Give me FACETS.
- People who are only diverse in appearance. “Oh, this mentor wanted diversity . . . I’ll just change this side-character’s skin color real quick . . .”
- Work that’s obviously derivative. I don’t want to read a fantasy that copied Paolini who copied Tolkien. Or a contemporary watered down version of Sarah Dessen. Or a watered down version of ANYTHING.
- Books about religion
- Mysteries and thrillers aren’t my fave.
That’s it. Let’s win this thing.
For submission guidelines, go to:
And I suppose you can check out these other mentors too. ;D