#PitchWars Mentor Wishlist - #TeamMoonMagic
Hey there!! We are both so, SO glad you’re here. First of all:
In case it isn’t obvious by now, we’re mentoring YA, so if your MS is YA, YAYYY! (We’re also on the lookout for NA, though we’ll likely suggest you age it down.) Give us all your swoon-worthy romance, tortured heroes, witty banter, and plot twists that make us go WHOA. We love a story that explores the darker aspects of humanity - so if your story is gritty, dark, and dangerous, send it our way! And if you have a fabulous anti-hero, enemies to lovers story, or a spectacular love triangle, we want it! We also love a light-hearted story, so don't fret if your story isn't dark. But. We do require at least a romantic subplot in your manuscript. Don’t get us wrong, we love tons of stories with no romance, but we’ll be a better mentor pair for something with some swooning. ;) If there’s romance and your book can make us laugh out loud, gasp in horror, or just keep us turning pages, we want it. (Bonus points if you can rip either of our hearts out then mash them back together, all while making us cry.)
Simply put, we’re looking for a story with voice and an enticing plot!
A Little About Us
Lindsey writes about heart-stopping romance, rule-breaking heroes, and everyday magic. She lives in Ohio (where the weather is never quite right). Her BFA in Photography and Graphic Design has granted her a wide assortment of creative knowledge that serves mostly as inspiration. When she’s not crafting stories, you’ll likely find her spending waaay too much time on Pinterest, gaming, or performing in a burlesque show—because she enjoys giving her introversion a worthy adversary. (Plus, it’s the closest to Broadway she’ll ever get.) Lindsey is represented by the amazing Naomi Davis.
Her debut, THE HEARTBEAT HYPOTHESIS, released 3/20/17. Her forthcoming novels, TO WHATEVER END, and the first in the PROJECT A.I.D.E.N. series are set to release Fall/18 and 1/8/19 with Entangled Teen.
Katie writes fantasy romance—featuring scenes that pass the Bechdel test. She has a B.A., majoring in both studio art and English. She also has a J.D., meaning she spends her 7-4 as legal counsel for a telecommunications company. When she’s not wordsmithing, she likes to craft jewelry, dye people’s hair so she/he/they resemble mermaids, binge Youtube videos (mostly fan theory videos on Steven Universe), and drink all the peppermint tea/ coffee. Katie lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with her husband, human child, and four fur children.
What to Expect From Us as a Mentor Team
Two friends who met online five years ago and became the best of friends - and we’re looking to make a new best friend with our mentee! Our writing and reading interests overlap so much that we even co-wrote a book together. During NaNoWriMo. (And it actually turned out kinda awesome.) With our combined experiences, you’ll get plenty of revisions, big and small. We’ll find those pesky plot holes and inconsistencies. Maybe it’s your dialogue or character development that needs help. Or maybe you need to up the romance. (That’s one of our favorites.) And we’ll find those misplaced commas if it kills us! ;)
Together we'll make your query and MS shine! And you will find an agent eventually. If it's not with the awesomeness of this MS, then maybe with the next one. If we pick you, WE BELIEVE IN YOU.
We’re big on communication, so you’ll be able to email or text at any time. We can have video chats or phone calls, too. We truly hope to form a long lasting writer relationship with our mentee.
Those are the best, after all.
We hope you like gifs, because we’re HUGE fans of sending them.
What We Expect From You as Our Mentee
An everlasting writer friendship would be icing on the Pitch Wars cake. But at a basic level, we’d like for our mentee to be open to whatever feedback and suggestions we offer, and for she, he, and them to value honesty and hard work. We both intend to to hold ourselves to those characteristics, and only hope to honor and elevate the art you’ve created. All of this while having fun. Yes, it will be a lot of work. Yes, there will be hard days. Expect that. Embrace it. But know we’ll be here with you through Pitch Wars and beyond.
Our Wish List
Below, we’ve listed out the genre categories of our heart’s desire, including more gifs, genre specific explanations, and examples of our favs, but there are few things we want you to remember as you browse.
There has to be a romance subplot (this doesn’t necessarily mean happily ever after).
As far as the writing style itself, we’re especially keen on a lyrical/poetic tone; think Nova Ren Suma and Lauren Oliver.
Don’t worry about your synopsis being amazing -we hate them just as much as you do! We’re more interested in your plot plan than meticulously crafted prose.
We like diverse characters.
Most of our novels are written in first person, present tense, but we’re open to past tense (Lindsey’s debut is written in past tense.) and third person.
If we’ve listed a book that so happens to be adult, then that means we’d like to see an age appropriate version. Same goes for any of our favorite books that lack romance. In our personal opinions, those books might've been even more amazing if they had, in fact, included a romance.
This is by far our newest love in the world of books. We love to read it as much as we love to write it. That contemporary setting with just a small hint of magic making the world unreal and fantastical? We LOVE that, and we love that these stories don’t require how or why to be answered. There’s such a fine line between magical realism and fantasy; one we’ll help you navigate. Magical realism is utterly awesome in that you can do whatever the hell you damn well please - so long as your execution is on point.
A few favorites:
- The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg
- The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
- Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
- Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
In all things sci-fi, we prefer a near-future setting that’s solidly grounded in the real world. So no space operas, dystopian-esque, or otherworldly plots.
Aside from our love of artificial intelligence, (specifically, Lindsey’s), we’re a huge fan of alternate universes, sexy aliens, time travel, and stories about what happens when that line of science goes just a bit too far - whether it be in a good or bad way.
A few favorites:
- Obsidian (The Lux Series) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
- Infinity (The Infinity Division) by Jus Accardo
- Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead
Like we mentioned before, we love to swoon, laugh, and cry. If your romance doesn’t have a HEA, we do realize that makes it a contemporary novel, but if the romance plot is a heavy part of the story, we’d still love to see it! And if your story is NA, consider this: if you absolutely had to age it down or up, which way would be more effective? This pains us to say, but NA isn’t going to be an easy sell. (Just ask Lindsey.)
A few favorites:
- November 9 by Colleen Hoover
- P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
- Faking It by Cora Carmack
- The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Fantasy - Light/Urban/Paranormal Fantasy
When it comes to fantasies, we have super specific parameters. We aren’t looking for anything high fantasy. Also, no zombies . . . at all; sorry not sorry. We require a contemporary or a slightly fantastical setting (think The Magicians, where both modern Earth and Fillory exist together, or Buffy/Vampire Diaries). We still enjoy some of the "overdone" trends and tropes - vampires/witches/werewolves/fairies/mermaids - as long as they're done a bit differently.
A few favorites:
- Inspire (The Muse Series) by Cora Carmack
- My Soul to Lose (Soul Screamers Series) by Rachel Vincent
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
- A Chalice of Wind (Balefire Series) by Cate Tiernan
What we absolutely do not want:
Straight Horror. (We like to be scared, but not that scared!)
Contemporary. (We love contemporary, but we won’t be the best mentors for those stories.)
Audra Madison simply wanted to walk in the shoes of Emily Cavanaugh, a free-spirited teenager who died too young. After all, Audra wasn’t supposed to be here. Thanks to Emily, Audra has a second chance at life. She’s doing all the things that seemed impossible just two years ago: Go to college. Date. Stargaze in the Rocky Mountains. Maybe get a tattoo. You know, live. Jake Cavanaugh, a photographer with mysterious, brooding gray eyes, agrees to help chronicle her newfound experiences. She makes him laugh, one of the only people who can these days. As they delve into each other’s pasts – and secrets – the closer they become. But she’s guarded and feels like she can’t trust anyone, including herself. And he’s struggling with the fact that his beloved sister’s heart beats inside her.