Hello, there! If this is your first time doing Pitch Wars, you can find all the nitty-gritty details here. Also, you’re awesome, and you make good life decisions, and is that a new hat? It’s very fetching. If this isn’t your first time, then we both know exactly why you’re here. Because you’re determined. Because you eat rejection for breakfast. Because you have a story you want to share, and you’re willing to do whatever it takes to make your dream a reality. Because maybe you feel you’ve done all you can for your manuscript, and you desperately need a fresh perspective. Whatever your reasons, I’mRead More →

Thanks to all of you who entered! Without further adieu, here are the winners. Query Critique: Rachel Chaney Alexandria Sturtz A.Y. Chao First Chapter Critique: Kimberly Bea Natasha Hertanto Sandra Budiansky $100 Discount on My Editorial Services: Jessica St. Louis Dante Medema And because I just can’t help myself… Wildcard winner who may choose (ONE) of any of the above prizes: Laura Wilson-Anderson! I will be contacting the winners shortly with further details. Please respond to said email within 48 hours or your prize will be given to someone else! If you’d like to stay up-to-date with my blog, follow me on Twitter and/or subscribe below toRead More →

Tomorrow picks will be announced for Pitch Wars. Yay! Excitement! For a select few, it’s going to be a great day, the culmination of a lot of hard work, and the start of even more hard work. However, for the vast majority, I’m not going to lie, you might have a rough time. It’s going to be disappointing, no matter how well you’ve prepared yourself. Maybe you’re reading this after picks have already been announced and your name’s not on the list and you’re feeling like a failure. Well, let me start by saying, you are not a failure. Not by a long shot. You have doneRead More →

To give prospective mentees the chance to get to know us even better, some of the Adult SF/F mentors got together and decided to answer some fun questions! If you haven’t already, go check out Parts I and II of the Q&A over at Dan Koboldt and Michelle Hauck’s blogs! Note: There are other mentors accepting adult SF/F, so don’t take this as a comprehensive list. The questions are intended to give you some insight, but they’re no substitute for the wishlists linked here: Michelle Hauck Dan Koboldt Holly Faur Michelle Hazen Nazarea Andrews Carrie Callaghan E.B. Wheeler J.C. Nelson Hayley Stone Michael Mammay Question 1: FavoriteRead More →

Greetings! I’m Hayley, and I suspect you’re here to learn what I’m mentoring for Pitch Wars this year. Yes? Good. Well, come on in, make yourself comfortable… WHOA, NOT THAT COMFORTABLE Nahhh, I’m just kidding. You do you, potential mentee. You do you. Anyway… Welcome to Pitch Wars 2016! All jokes aside, I’m thrilled to be back again this year as a mentor! For a little history of my participation in the contest, I was an alternate mentee in 2014, and volunteered as a mentor in 2015. Both were wonderful, humbling experiences, and I hope to pass on both my editorial wisdom and industry knowledge to my future mentee. Could that person be you?Read More →

Hello, there! And… What’s that? OH SORRY WRONG SPEECH *ahem* Welcome… to Pitch Wars 2015! I’m thrilled to be participating as a mentor this year! My experience as an alternate mentee last year was transformative, and I’m excited to be paying it forward. If you’ve stumbled upon this page by mistake, check out Brenda Drake’s post for rules and info. For the rest of you, I know you’re all eager to know what I’ll be mentoring, so let’s get to it! I’m looking for Adult fiction with strong speculative elements, as well as non-speculative historical fiction. What the former translates to: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Magical Realism, Historical fantasy, Contemporary fantasy, andRead More →

Today I’m doing an AMA (ask me anything) as a part of Pitch Wars, courtesy of E. G. Moore who tagged me. Go check out hers, if you haven’t already! For those who don’t know what Pitch Wars is, it is an amazing contest that will make your writerly heart soar with hope (yes, breathe in the fresh air of possibility, there you go) and also probably inspire a bad Twitter habit. You may also experience some nervousness, doubt, and resort to baking in order to avoid stalking your potential mentors’ feeds. What? Just me? Okay then. (All kidding aside, here is a link toRead More →