To my regular readers, potential clients, and regular clients,
The following post is my bio and wish list for the blog hop in the Pitch Wars contest. The blog hop runs July 20 – August 3. I’ll post something new August 9.
This is my second year as a Pitch Wars mentor. Last year, I mentored in the adult category, but this year, I’m teaming up with Destiny Cole to mentor YA. Woohoo! We’re going to have a blast, peeps. #TeamDominate – Taking over YA one entry at a time.
Why should you pick me as your mentor?
Simple. I’m a freelance editor. I do this for a living and have been for over fifteen years. Plus, my clients range from new writers to New York Times and USA Today best-selling authors like Roni Loren, Rebecca Hamilton, and Cristin Harber. I work with writers seeking traditional publishing and indie authors.
I specialize in developmental and line editing for romance (romantic suspense, paranormal romance, romantic thriller, contemporary romance, and romantic comedy), mystery, psychological thriller, suspense, horror, crime, paranormal/supernatural, fantasy, urban fantasy, dystopian, women’s fiction, NA, YA, and SOME science fiction (no aliens or futuristic stories). I also help writers create hooky query letters and strong synopses, and I teach several writing classes.
BE WARNED: Just because I edit a certain genre/subgenre doesn’t mean I’m accepting it as a submission to Pitch Wars. You’ll have to read further for that info.
When I’m not helping others polish their manuscripts, I’m writing or revising my work-in-progress. (Yeah, it’s time for me to focus on my stories too.) I’m a romantic suspense author who injects a dark edge into romance. I won 2nd place in the 2016 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense contest and was a finalist in 2015. I won 1st place in the romantic suspense category of the 2014 Winter Rose Contest offered through the Yellow Rose RWA chapter and 1st place in the 2015 Denver Molly contest.
Because I’m a writer and an editor, I’ll see your story from an editor’s, writer’s, and reader’s point of view. Plus, I’ll understand what you’re going through as you fight through revisions. Been there. Done that. Still doing ‘em. As an editor, I’ll know how to guide you and show you how to fix issues in your manuscript. And the teacher in me (I taught K-8 for years) will help you learn from your mistakes so you can improve your writing skills.
Go Destiny Cole’s blog to learn more about her and discover our scavenger hunt letter.
What’s on our wish list?
We WANT, NEED, MUST HAVE: (GIMMES and GRABBY HANDS)
Our YA Wish List:
-any of the above with or without romance
-Fairy tale retellings? YES. LURVE those. Gimme.
UPDATE: We also want mythology retellings, mystery, horror, action/adventure, magical realism, and post apocalyptic stories. We’re also interested in light sci-fi and some paranormal stories. Yes, we want fae stories too. 🙂 Ask to see if your MS fits our list.
-We’re open to diversity and LGBT stories, but ONLY if the characters are real. If you thought diversity is selling, so you’ll change your character’s skin color to get in on the trend, it won’t cut it. If you make your female characters kiss or have sex, but we don’t feel a romantic connection between them, we’ll pass. You can’t fake this stuff, guys, so don’t try.
-We can’t accept MG, NA, or adult of any kind for this contest. We’re YA mentors.
-Please use industry standard formatting for your sample pages and manuscript. Times New Roman (or Courier, but I prefer TNR), size 12, 1” margins all around, ½” paragraph indents, double-spaced text, and only one space between sentences.
-Have a synopsis ready. If we request additional pages, we’ll ask for one. Don’t worry. We won’t judge you on the synopsis, just the sample pages. But, we’ll want to see where you’re going with the story, so make sure you have a beginning, middle, and end in your synopsis. If we request a synopsis, it can be one single-spaced page OR up to five double-spaced pages. Whatever best showcases your story.
-We MIGHT ask for the full, so have your manuscript polished and ready to go. If we make a request, we’ll expect you to send it to us within 24 hours. Your first deadline. Be ready to meet it or…
-You MUST be open to constructive criticism if you want to work with us. We’re not your cheerleaders, and we won’t stroke your ego. We want to help you improve as a writer, which means we’ll pick apart your work. We’ll point out your strengths and weaknesses, and we’ll help you find ways to fix the issues. Our feedback is honest but not harsh. Still, if you believe your manuscript doesn’t need any work, but we find plenty of things to fix, you might be in for a shock. So, only submit to us if you’re ready to learn, revise, and possibly rewrite some of your manuscript. We’re here to help. Offering praise instead of true editorial feedback might make you feel better, but it won’t get you an agent, a publisher, or five-star reviews. Not that anyone can promise those things. Just sayin’.
If you have any questions, let me know.