Pitch Wars Mentor Wishlist

G’Day! I’m an Aussie writer with a thing for cats. MEOW!  I predominately write YA, but I have a NA series out with City Owl Press.

Some things about me: I have a thing for pink, cats, unicorns and amazeball stories.I may have a shoe fetish and a funky sock festish. Every night I use Sleep Easy Headphones as a way to help manage my OCD. Going to Romantic Times was my first ever trip out of Australia. And when I was at Romantic Times I got a hardcover copy of the first ever book I recommended for publication as an intern! I have a geeky heart. My family loves video games, comic books, tv shows based on comics… I help organise a local pop culture convention, and went as Princess Peach when I MCed it.

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Some of my favourite stories:

  • The Curse Workers Series – Deep, dark, gritty full of twists and turns.
  • Throne of Glass Series – I adored the voice in this and the amazing plot. Masterfully written.
  • The Night Circus – The time jumps and inter-weaving go the plots left me with this longing.
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series – Gosh, I wish I could write like that. It’s what I now aspire to.
  • The Time Traveller’s Wife – Raw, intense, the perfect soft SciFi
  • Illuminae – Unique storytelling and a great twisty plot.
  • The Raven Cycle – Lyrical writing that breaks my heart.
  • All the books by Courtney Summers – perfect anti-heroine characters that are masterfully portrayed in heart-wrenching plots
  • Redeeming Love – An amazing love story.
  • Outlander Series – Love the complicated twisting of history and fiction with a hot love interest: I’ll have a Scotch on the Rocks!
  • Most of Jane Austen’s books – I just adore them.
  • Lux Series – Hot sexy aliens jammed into action-packed stories.
  • Graffiti Moon – The perfect Australian contemporary story.
  • Sweet Damage & Beautiful Malice – Artfully crafted thrillers.
  • Code Name Verity – Heart-breaking unreliable narrator.
  • See Me – Sweet betas at their best
  • If I Stay – Unique storytelling
  • Across the Universe Series – It’s like the 1984 of YA.
  • Game of Thrones – The masterful plot gets me.
  • The Starbound Trilogy – Teenage angst in space!
  • Jane Eyre – Dark feminist story that broke the mould.
  • And it should go without saying, but Harry Potter. – ALWAYS!

Things I would love to see in my inbox:

  • Anything that you could comp to the stories on my favourite list above (and you can see I have diverse taste genre wise)
  • Diversity! I want it. Diverse settings, diverse MCs, diverse stories.
  • Dark stories
  • Reimaginings
  • Alternative histories
  • Heists
  • Magicians
  • Kissing
  • Under-used fantasy characters, like Centaurs.
  • Gaming (bonus for gamer girls!)
  • Criminal elements
  • Strong female characters
  • Curses
  • Courts
  • Historicals
  • Genre mash-ups
  • Mental Health
  • Anti-hero
  • A good girl gone bad.
  • Gasp-out-loud twists.
  • Any POV & Tense – 1st, 3rd (or second if you’re really brave) and past or present tense. I take them all.

I am not going to define the genres. I’m open to anything as long as it fits with some of the points above (but not all of them, cause that would be a seriously weird book).

What you can expect from me:

  • Fixing issues you didn’t know exist. Yes, I find things, issues, inconsistencies, problems that will cause a book blogger to go ‘Say what?!’ but seem to get missed by other readers. Although I’m a big picture person, I get the details of things that don’t work.
  • An amazing pitch. My nickname is the query-whisperer. It’s a speciality of mine to take pitches and polish them until they sparkle.
  • Tough love – with the emphasis on love. Every year I’ve fallen in love with my mentees MS. Not like, love. But I’m not afraid to point things out.
  • Solutions, not just problems. My mind is an ideas factory. I won’t simply tell you problems, I will show you solutions so make your story shine.
  • An ongoing advocate. I will be there for you after Pitch Wars is over if you need me.

 

What I want from you:

  • Someone accepts a book is created by a village. You need to be open to feedback, open to making some major changes if you book needs it. I won’t ask for change for the sake of change. I will ask for change if you story will be the better for it.
  • Information about how much revision your story has been through to date, how long you’ve been querying it/how much you’ve queried it, if it’s been in any competitions.
  • A glorious story that needs some shining.

What I don’t want:

  • A synopsis – I prefer just to read the story.
  • Someone who is only interested in getting in front of agents. This is a journey of growing as a writer.
  • First drafts.

 

And one last piece of trivia about me. My husband’s name begins with…

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  19. You asked for this on Twitter, but now I’m feeling all weird and stalker-y, because I’m the only one posting, but here goes! I sent you my PW entry, because you asked for retellings, I LOVE your favorite books list and I like your focus on the writing journey.

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