UPDATE: YIPEE!!!! I got in! I'm an official PitchWars mentee! Thank you so much to the PitchWars community and especially to my mentor, Jen Vincent, for believing in my manuscript. I can't wait to go on this writing journey.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
So what's PitchWars? A contest for writers who have a finished manuscript. Manuscripts are chosen by mentors established in the writing community, who go on to help their mentees' manuscripts shine for an agent showcase in November. This year saw over 2600 submissions for only 180 spots (which, if you're counting, is a terrifyingly lower acceptance rate than MIT).
Want to know more? Click here to visit the PitchWars website.
My PitchWars Bio
The Pitch Wars community seems absolutely amazing, and I want to say thank you to all of the mentors out there for what you do and to the other participants who are so positive, inspiring, and make me feel so much less alone as a writer.
This year, I'm submitting my new MG contemporary sci-fi adventure novel.
After writing children's fiction seriously for a few years now, I'm finally beginning to find my groove in Middle Grade. I love everything about MG: the adventure, the exploration, the families and friends, the big emotions and big life lessons. MG stories impacted me the most when I was young, and... honestly... sometimes I think that's where my maturity stalled in life. 😜
As Walt Disney once said, "Adults are only grown up kids, anyway."
My 2017 submission is EVIE ZIMMER, ROBOT KILLER.
Evie Zimmer lives in Progress City, an experimental town designed by Walt Disney where innovation is the yardstick of success. Always second to her sister, Evie intends to win an invention competition—and her parents’ love. Except everything unravels when her dad loses his job to robots. Evie turns to high-tech coding and sabotage to get her dad’s job back and save her family’s place in the city. But when the robots turn violent, Evie discovers she’s not the only robot hacker in town. She must stop her shadowy counterpart before someone gets hurt—or worse.
Rapid-Fire About Me
- Somehow I left small-town Texas and became an archaeologist in England.
- I used to study imaginary pyramids for a living. The rest of the time I did normal archaeology stuff, like digging up ancient cities and handling shrunken heads.
- Right now I'm taking a break from shrunken heads to spend time with my young daughter. I find time to write by ignoring the mess piling up around me. (I'm just teaching her to be an archaeologist early... "Go dig over there, honey! You might find something!")
- While my toddler makes messes, my head is surprisingly tidy (most of the time). I'm a really organised person. I'm obsessed with deadlines, punctuality, and grammar. Though, that doesn't mean I won't bend a few grammar rules for a good literary punch.
- I have a lovely husband who patiently listens to me complain about the problems of imaginary people. I also complain to my daughter. At 20 months old, her advice is usually, “La la la, va, ga, DUCK DUCK DUCK!”
- I have two cats: an adorable misfit rescue and a purebred Russian Blue.
Some of My Favourite Books
The Graveyard Book (audiobook!) by Neil Gaiman
- Jumper by Steven Gould
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
- The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
- The Martian by Andy Weir
- Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
- Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
- Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
- Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn
- Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
- Wonder by R.J. Palacio
- The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin