Welcome to Pitch Wars 2018!
Marty Mayberry & Léonie Kelsall are co-mentoring
ADULT (and select NA) this year!
Who are we?
Léonie’s represented by Amanda Ayers Barnett of Donaghy Literary Group, and writes adult romantic suspense and erotic romance, Womens Fiction and YA contemporary and historical. Based in Australia, Léonie took second place in the contemporary category of the YARWA’s ’17 Rosemary Award and third place in the historical category of WisRWA’s ’18 Fab Five Contest.
Marty’s repped by Jessica Watterson of the Sandra Dijkstra Agency. While she writes both adult and YA, in adult, she writes Contemporary, Romantic Suspense, Light Fantasy, & Paranormal. She lives in New England. Her YA sci-fi won the ’15 Rosemary Award, her adult romantic fantasy took second place in the ’17 Rosemary Award, she finaled in two categories of RWA’s ’18 Golden Heart (contemporary short and romantic suspense), and her romantic suspense recently finaled in the Tampa Area Romance Author’s TARA Award.
In Pitch Wars ’17 Lee & Marty worked with:
Elizabeth Chatsworth (steampunk, finalist in the Mainstream category in the Golden Heart), now represented by Natalie Grazian
Robin Fritz (romantic comedy)
Syed Masood (literary fiction), now represented by Melissa Edwards
Anne Raven (romantic suspense), now represented by Amanda Jain
This is Marty’s fourth year mentoring in PW.
In prior years, she worked with Becky Dean, Laura Creedle, Lana Pattinson, & Alex Reda. Three of these authors have agents and Laura’s agent (Jim McCarthy) sold her PitchWars book, THE LOVE LETTERS OF ABELARD & LILY to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, preempt. Consider picking up your copy today! https://www.amazon.com/Love-Letters-Abelard-Lily/dp/0544932056/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1534080084&sr=8-1&keywords=laura+creedle
What are we looking for in a mentee this year?
Someone who wants to work hard.
Who’s able to take constructive criticism.
And who wants to take their manuscript to the next level.
What will we offer our mentee?
Ways to enhance setting
The inside scoop on show/tell
Brainstorming plot issues
We’re kind but honest. The bonus in having two mentors is that, though we love each other’s work, we don’t always agree, so you benefit from an additional, subjective opinion – if you’ve received even one rejection, you’ll know how important this balance is!
We’re prepared to make every effort to help and will tell you straight up how we think your manuscript should go, but you need to love your characters and story enough to fight for some points.
We’ll provide everything laid out in the Pitch Wars handbook.
We’ll also stick with you long after Pitchwars ’18 is over, offering advice on offers/being on sub etc.—and we’re eager to introduce you to our #TeamFineWine family.
WE’RE ONLY MENTORING ADULT
(Plus New Adult—if you’ll consider changing to Adult)
Romance (Contemporary, Sci-Fi, Fantasy,
Paranormal, Romantic Suspense, Seasoned, or Historical)
(Don’t see your style of romance? ASK!)
AND the following, with or without romance plotlines:
Urban Fantasy/Contemporary Fantasy
What we hope to see in romance entries: All heat levels, Alpha or Beta heroes, Main characters with agency, First or Close Third. Dual or single pov, There must be CONSENT
If you’re calling your MS a Romance, it must have a Happily Ever After or a Happy For Now (HEA/HFN). A love story can have a tragic ending, but that’s not traditional romance.
Diversity & LGBT is 100% ALWAYS welcome
Please don’t send: Crime/heavy procedural, Inspirational, Memoirs, Non-fiction, Novellas
Unsure if we’re a fit?
Ask us on Twitter @marty_mayberry @leehotline
(NO DMs PLEASE)
Opposite sides of the world, there’s always one of us awake!
Check out the rest of the adult mentors: