After participating in the 2017 cohort of Pitch Wars as a mentee, I returned in 2018 as a mentor for the Young Adult category. I can’t tell you how excited I was to pay it forward and help another writer prepare their novel to submit to agents. While Pitch Wars is a mentoring program to help “new” writers gain professional representation, it’s much more than that. It’s an artistic community that builds belief, strength and resilience that one needs in order to professionally sell stories for a living. Publishing is a business, after all, and sometimes we need a bit of assistance to get through those first doors. I know I did.
After receiving 129 submissions, I am overjoyed to be working with Mary Roach on her contemporary young adult thriller, No Violet Eyes. I received so many strong, promising submissions, but my decision in the end wasn’t only based in the quality of the writing. It was based in how much I felt I could help that writer improve their work, which is only fair to them and to me.
Keep an eye out in my blogs for more posts on this year’s Pitch Wars, particularly as we draw closer to the agent showcase in February 2019. You can read an interview with Mary and I here.