Hi! Welcome to Pitch Wars!
Thank you so much for stopping by. I am so excited to be mentoring for the second year in a row, and even more excited because this year I am co-mentoring with my dear friend, the amazing Stacey Lee!
We are both looking for YA manuscripts, and if you pick us, you’ll be getting two awesome mentors for the price of one! Pretty good deal, huh?
We’ve had a lot of fun putting together our wish list. This year we would love to see:
Novels set in exotic, unexpected, or underrepresented locales: the Arctic, jungles, foreign countries, the American West. We’d love to read a character-driven stories set on a ranch in the contemporary West, the deep south, a Tahitian island, the Mongolian Steppes. . . we are suckers for adventure and romance (especially the forbidden kind) and we love to be taken to new places and to learn about different cultures.
We also love retellings/re-imaginings of myths, fantasies, fables, and classics. If you have a modernization of Shakespeare, Jane Austen, or Antony and Cleopatra, send them our way.
If your novel has structural quirks—alternating POV, alternating Before/After sections, stories told in reverse—even better.
When it comes to contemporary we like the quirky and the off-beat (think Sherman Alexie or Maureen Johnson).
More than any specific genre, we’re looking for a story with heart, and an MC we can root for. But, for those of you who like specific genres, here are the genres we’d like to see most this year:
- · Action-adventure
- · Contemporary
- · Fantasy
- · Historical
- · Historical-fantasy
- · Humor!
- · Magical realism
- · Mystery/thriller
- · Multicultural
A few more things we really like: Geniuses, sailors, castles, love triangles, the marginalized, culture clashes, strong friendships or strong sibling relationships, damsels with cheek and slightly baffled heroes. Parents. Villains you love to hate. We would especially love a boy-view, or a coming-of-age story, and a combo of the two would be even better.
Unfortunately we are not the biggest fans of horror, and this year we are also not going to be looking for any science fiction.
Why you should pick us:
If you’re still not convinced here are some more facts:
Thanks again for stopping by!
And, if you’d like to see more videos, Stacey has posted a couple here!
And don’t forget to check out all the other awesome mentors!