#PitchWars Mentor Wishlist

G’Day! Welcome to the #PWMWL of #TeamOz! #TeamOz consists of two Aussie YA authors, Sharon M. Johnston and Stacey Nash! Even though we’re Aussie, we accept entries from authors of any culture or nationality. We’ve both dealt with English spelling and American spelling before. We’re #TeamOz cause that’s where the magic happens.

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Who are we?

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Sharon Johnston writes speculative fiction and contemporary stories across the Young Adult and New Adult categories, and has numerous short stories published in anthologies. She loves to create stories with usual premises that keep the reader guessing. Her Open Heart series is out now with City Owl Press. Growing up in the tropics in Queensland, it’s no surprise that Sharon loves writing at the beach or on her family’s boat. She also has OCD, which would explain why she makes SO MANY bookmarks.

7150198Stacey Nash writes adventure filled stories for Young Adults in the science fiction and contemporary romance genres. She loves to read and write books that have a lot of adventure, a good dose of danger, a smattering of romance, and plenty of kissing! Her debut novel, Forget Me Not was released as a three book series (The Collective) through HarperCollins Australia during 2014 / 2015. And her Oxley College Series, entailing Shh!, Wait!, and Pretend… is available now. Hailing from the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, Australia, she loves nothing more than immersing herself in the beauty of the local area.

So what do we bring:

Sharon: My strengths are finding plot holes, inconsistencies, things that are going to get readers scratching their heads…or get readers offside…problematic type things, missing things. I find the stuff that you can’t see because you’re too close to your story.

Stacey: My strength is an eye for detail; inconsistencies, timeline issues, weird grammar choices, missing words and typos. I’ll pick up all those little things that slip past because you’ve read the story so many times you read what should be there, not what is. I’m also good with characterization.

We are open to all genres of YA with the exception of horror.

But to give you a bit more of an idea of our tastes, here are some stories we love:

  • Strange the Dreamer
  • Name of the Wind
  • Court of Fives
  • Six of Crows
  • The Raven Boys
  • Boys I’ve Loved Before
  • OCD Love Story
  • We Were Liars
  • Into the Deep Blue
  • Gone Girl
  • Beautiful Malice
  • The Spinster Club
  • This is Where It Ends
  • The Scorpio Races
  • Red Rising
  • Lunar Chronicles
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
  • The Illuminae Files
  • The Curse Workers Series
  • Anything by Jane Austen
  • The Night Circus
  • Throne of Glass
  • Code Name Verity
  • Jane Eyre

And here’s what we’d like to see in our inbox (in no particular order):

  • Anything that you could comp to the stories on our favourite list above (and you can see we have diverse taste genre wise – WE WILL TAKE ANY GENRE except horror, even if your genre isn’t listed in our fav books or below).
  • Diversity! W want it. Diverse settings, diverse MCs, diverse stories.
  • Reimaginings (gender flips a plus)
  • Alternative histories
  • Swoonworthy romances
  • Dark stories
  • Girls into science
  • Heists
  • Warrior girls
  • Magicians
  • Summer camps
  • Cosplay
  • Ruthless characters
  • Spaceships
  • Fantasy
  • Pretty Little Liarish stories
  • Kissing
  • Gaming (bonus for gamer girls!)
  • Criminal elements
  • Mysteries
  • Strong female characters
  • Curses
  • Suspense
  • Computer Game inspired stories, like Carmen Sandiego
  • Fantasy
  • Courts
  • Secondary worlds
  • Historicals
  • Fantasy + any other genre (minus horror).
  • Activism
  • Cry ugly stories
  • Bloggers
  • Cowboys and Cowgirls (They don’t have to be in the traditional Wild West)
  • Genre mash-ups
  • Frienship
  • Laugh-out-loud
  • Gothic
  • Pop-Culture inspired
  • Unreliable narrators
  • Speculative Fiction
  • Aspiring journalists
  • Alternate Universes
  • Settings we don’t see often in books
  • Contemporary
  • SciFis
  • Mythology
  • Fan girls
  • Geeks
  • Thrillers
  • Mental Health
  • Cons
  • Stories pulled from the news (topical)
  • Magical Realism
  • Anti-hero
  • A good girl gone bad.
  • Psychological thrillers
  • Uniqueness
  • Gasp-out-loud twists.

And if you can’t find your story in amongst that, send it to us anyway!

You can see tweets about more specific wish lists on Sharon’s twitter feed and Stacey’s twitter feed

Play Time Is Over! Let the PITCH WARS BEGIN!

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One thought on “#PitchWars Mentor Wishlist

  1. Reading through your wish list made me super excited. We share a love for almost every single book you listed.

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