Pitch Wars 2020 Wish List
I am an Adult Mentor for Pitch Wars 2020 focused in fantasy with a healthy splash of science fiction. I’m also accepting works that fall in to the New Adult category.
My debut novel, The Conductors, arrives March 2, 2021. It’s an historical fantasy set in 1870s Philadelphia following a pair of former underground railroad conductors solving murder and mayhem with magic.
When I’m not writing, you’ll likely find me playing video games or working my way through a pile of library books. I have a life long interest in astronomy and astrology, that may or may not have started from Sailor Moon.
Think of me less of a mentor and more of a guide that will show you the path to unlock the story you set out to write. I will point out places of concerns, prompt you to expand in certain places, and overall get you to think deeper about your book. I can be a sounding board, the person you ask questions, and the person who can reach out to if you feel overwhelmed.
I’ll communicate mostly through email but I promise to respond promptly whenever you have questions or concerns. And if we need to talk via phone, I’ll be happy to talk. Given the state of the world when things change unexpectedly for me or you, know that you can speak freely to me no matter the issue at hand.
What I’m Looking For…
I’m looking for Adult stories and I will also consider any that fall into New Adult territory.
I would love to see a story with one (or a combination) of the following :
- Established & committed romantic relationships (no break ups! no cheating!)
- Friendships as the core relationship story
- Ride or die crews ready to take on the world
- Strong family (or found family) dynamics
Historical Fantasy, Steampunk (or any of the “punks”), and Alternative History
I am particularly keen on history that highlights people whose accomplishments seldom make mainstream history. I’d love to see STEM topics, particularly astrology, botany, zoology, physics, either on its own or with a fantastical twist it. I definitely want to see the fantastical element woven into the DNA of the story.
Epic or High Fantasy
Give me your witches, your scholars of ancient history, your knights, and your humble tailors. Show me your dragons, griffins, or talking carnivorous plants. Tell me about larger than life characters, quests to save the world, or juicy political drama.
Paranormal, Contemporary (aka Urban), or Lighthearted Fantasy
I’m looking for something fun, that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Give me your quiet stories with stakes that aren’t about the world ending but saving the local bodega from getting set afire by dragons. Superhero novels fall into this area.
Space Opera, “Soft” Science Fiction, and Science Fiction with a touch of romance
I want to explore the universe with a motley crew, see alien planets, and maybe not necessarily get involved in a galactic war. I don’t mind romance thrown into the mix, but it shouldn’t be overwhelming.
Give me your best spin on a well-known classic from myth and fairy tales, to Shakespeare, to Jane Austen and more. Doesn’t matter how you do it, all I care about is celebrating the best parts and breathing new life into familiar tales!
I’m also interested in…
General Mystery or Cozy Mystery
My top interests are seeing diverse characters taking on the tropes of the genre – from there it’s pretty much anything goes!
A few things that don’t excite me:
- Faeries / Unseelie Court
- Stories told between alternative time periods (Alix is an painter living in 19th century Paris meanwhile in the present Beatriz unearths one of Alix’s lost paintings and gets embroiled in mystery that Alix’s pov helps illuminate)
Questions? Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pitch Wars 2020 Adult Mentors’ Wish Lists
- Mia P. Manansala and Kellye Garrett (Accepts NA)
- Rochelle Karina (Accepts NA)
- Ren Hutchings (Accepts NA)
- Mary Ann Marlowe
- Rachel Lynn Solomon
- Anna Kaling
- Gwynne Jackson (Accepts NA)
- Kristen Lepionka and Ernie Chiara
- Rachel Howzell Hall
- Lyn Liao Butler
- Michael Mammay and AR Lucas
- Paris Wynters (Accepts NA)
- K A Black (Accepts NA)
- Heather Van Fleet and Jessica Calla (Accepts NA)
- Hudson Lin (Accepts NA)
- Sonia Hartl and Annette Christie (Accepts NA)
- Taj McCoy (Accepts NA)
- Ian Barnes (Accepts NA)
- Keena Roberts (Accepts NA)
- N.E. Davenport (Accepts NA)
- Elizabeth Little
- Anne Raven and Janet Walden-West (Accepts NA)
- Charish Reid and Denise Williams
- Kalyn Josephson and Kat Enright (Accepts NA)
- Gladys Qin (Accepts NA)
- Tanen Jones (Accepts NA)
- Clay Harmon (Accepts NA)
- Jake Nicholls (Accepts NA)
- Layne Fargo and Halley Sutton
- Denny S. Bryce and L. Penelope
- Roselle Lim and Farah Heron (Accepts NA)
- Morgan Rogers (Accepts NA)
- Samantha Rajaram
- Rob Hart
- Damyanti Biswas (Accepts NA)
- Maria Heater
- Cynthia Pelayo (Accepts NA)
- Gia de Cadenet
- Nicole Glover (Accepts NA)
- Rosie Danan and Ruby Barrett (Accepts NA)
- Cole Nagamatsu and Sequoia Nagamatsu
- Carly Bloom and Sam Tschida
- P.J. Vernon and Kelly J. Ford (Accepts NA)
- Matthew Quinn Martin (Accepts NA)
- Stephen Morgan (Accepts NA)
- Alex Segura and M. J. Soni
- Roma Panganiban (Accepts NA)
- Tricia Lynne (Accepts NA)