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It’s #PitchWars!!

Hi Everyone!!

It’s Pitch Wars time! It’s crazy that it’s here already. Where did the year go?? I’m SO excited to participate again this year. First, I have to give a shout out to Brenda Drake who is the reason this is all possible. There are so many mentors and agents involved this year! I had an excellent experience with my mentee, Linda Budzinski last year. You can read our story here. You can also find her novel THE FUNERAL SINGER here! I couldn’t have asked for a better author to work with! I’m looking forward to connecting with another awesome writer this year!

So a little about me. I’ve been writing for over 7 years. I was 11 years old when I said I wanted to write a book. I also said I wanted to be a lawyer/astronaut, so yeah ;o) I’m still holding out on the astronaut thing. I might be waiting a while… I write darker YA contemporaries/thrillers and have an unhealthy obsession with New Girl’s Nick Miller and Chris Pine.

I started in publishing as an intern for the lovely Louise Fury of The Bent Agency (L. Perkins Agency at the time I was with her). Louise taught me so much and remains a valuable mentor for me. I wouldn’t be as good of a writer or editor if it weren’t for her. I’ve also had the opportunity to work with some amazing authors and editors at Entangled Publishing. I’ve worked with publisher/editor, Liz Pelletier on several books for amazing Bestselling Author, Jus Accardo, and most recently with Executive Editorial Director Stacy Abrams on a wonderful P&P retelling called DEFINITELY, MAYBE IN LOVE by the awesome Ophelia London. I’ve learned so much at Entangled and I’m extremely grateful for the chance they took on me. During the day I’m a Social Media Manger for a pharmaceutical company where I write and edit posts, create marketing plans, and do a lot of creative work. It’s been great to use my creativity during the day too. I think it makes me a better writer ;o)

Man, that’s a lot of technical background stuff. Now for the fun stuff. What I’d love to see…

To be honest, I don’t always know what I like until I see it. Ha. I know. That’s helpful, right? I LOVE young adult books, the angst, the thrill of first love, the devastation of failures. There’s nothing I don’t love about YA, so this year I’m only participating in the YA category. I adore contemporaries like GOING TOO FAR by Jennifer Echols. I love thrillers and sci-fi, like MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza, and love stories, but not the typical kind. I need that TENSION & Romance. I want characters to hate each other (or at least antagonize each other) then find that one thing that brings them together, that causes them to fight for something bigger than both of them. DIVERSE characters too! I love to read fantasy like, SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo, so fantasy elements are fine, but my strength isn’t world building. I love emotion. I love literary writing, but if you have a novel in verse, I’m not the one for you. The most important thing to me is VOICE. I know. We hear that a lot, don’t we? But it’s SO important, so I had to point it out. I love to get to know a character and watch them in crazy situations. Funny mysteries? I’ll take them. Pretty much funny anything. If you make me laugh, I’m yours.

I will be tough, just ask Linda (I suggested she change her love interest–and she did). I love collaborating, that’s my favorite part of being a mentor, that and discovering amazing new voices. This will be a partnership, so we’ll do this together! Be prepared to work though. I will also use a lot of smileys, you’ve been warned ;o)

So that’s all I can think of, but if you need to know anything specific, feel free to hit me up on twitter @ericamchapman. I’m SO SO SO excited for this year’s Pitch Wars and I know we’re all going to find some amazing writers to work with! Be sure to check out the awesome agents and my amazing fellow mentors to see what they’re looking for! Linky is below the list of agents ;o)

For submission guidelines, please go to www.brenda-drake.com!

Until next time!

Participating Agents of AWESOME.

Louise Fury – Bent Agency
Suzie Townsend – New Leaf Literary
Nicole Resciniti – The Seymour Agency
John M. Cusick – The Greenhouse Agency
Sarah LaPolla – Bradford Literary Agency
Victoria Marini – Gelfman Schneider Literary Agency
Jessica Sinsheimer – Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency
Pam van Hylckama Vlieg – Foreword Literary
Quinlan Lee – Adams Literary
Jen Udden – Donald Maass Literary Agency
Emily Keyes – Foreward Literary
Brianne Johnson – Writers House
Carly Watters – P.S. Literary
Lana Popovic and Natasha Alexis – Zachary Shuster Harmsworth
Molly Jaffa – Folio Literary Management
Evan Gregorgy – Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency
Stefanie Lieberman – Janklow & Nesbit Associates
Rena Rossner – The Deborah Harris Agency

AMAZING Fellow Mentors.

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8 Responses to “It’s #PitchWars!!”

  1. Erica, Thanks for the shout out! Now it’s my turn. Fellow writers, if you want a mentor who has editorial + writing experience and will help you look at your novel in a whole new way, you should be pitching this lady right here.

    Yes, she suggested I change my love interest. MY LOVE INTEREST. I wanted to cry. But she was right, and my manuscript came out much better. And sold! Which, for me anyway, was kind of the point.

    Good luck to all of you!

    • Linda, You have no idea how hard it was for me to suggest that!! You had set up for it to work already, you just needed that nudge ;o) Thank you so much for being the best mentee!! I’ve had the chance to re-read your book and I LOVE how it turned out. You are an amazing writer!! Thanks so much for the shout outs here and on twitter <33

  2. Linda, that’s interesting to know! Changing a love interest… If I had to do that, I don’t think I’d be functional for a very long time.

    But Erica is definitely a top choice for me. I mean, you wanted to be an astronaut? I did too! (I still sort of do. If someone offered me a ride into space, I’d take it.) Plus, you like SHADOW AND BONE, which is a comp title for me.

    Thanks so much for being a mentor! I’m sure it takes a lot of work, but I hope it’s worth it in the end. =)

  3. Change a love interest? That’s the kind of ballsy approach I like. I already had you on my list but that’s just prompted a giant asterisk to appear next to your name. 😀

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