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PITCHWARS HAS BEGUN!   2 comments

Pitchwars is a writing contest put on by @brenda-drake for unagented writers to get their completed manuscripts in the hands of agented mentors who help them polish it before participating in the agent round in November.

WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR

This is my fourth year entering. I wrote a new manuscript this time and sent it in with the names of six mentors I might like to work with. Now the waiting begins. The mentors have three weeks to decide who they want to mentor and will announce on August 25th.

SHERLOCK READS A PIECE OF PAPER

This is one of the mentors reading. Okay, it’s not but can I dream a little?

And this is most of the mentee hopefuls:

BIG BANG NERVOUS

Some of the mentors are giving us teasers at the hashtag #PWTeaser. Of course they are vague and general but that doesn’t stop the mentees from thinking:THAT’S MY NOVEL THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT!

HOCUS POCUS FOUND BOOK PIX

So for the next three weeks the mentee hopefuls will be waiting…

ALICE IN WONDERLAND WAITING

And waiting…

Bellatrix doens't like to wait

And waiting…

GG PARIS ASKS ABOUT BEING A PATIENT PERSON

So what do we do while we wait?

Some suggest tackling your TBR pile of unread books.

GIRL READING

MATILDA READING

Or binge watching your favorite TV shows.

Buffy-the-Vampire-Slayer-TV-Series

Or better yet, starting a new novel!

CHUCK SAYS HIS LATEST BOOK IS WEIRD

But whatever you do to pass the time away, know this: YOU DID IT! You wrote a novel and submitted it and that’s a really big deal. Let me put that in big letters: THAT’S A REALLY BIG DEAL!

writing-is-hard

So be proud of what you’ve accomplished and maybe on August 25th you can announce you got a mentor. BUT even if you don’t get a mentor, you can get eyes on your manuscript by finding beta readers or critique partners who will help guide your book to be the best it can be.

MAY YOU SPILL THE INK! (my version of Break a Leg)

Tina-Fey-giving-herself-high-five

Happy waiting!

Kathleen

Posted August 8, 2016 by kathleea in writing

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My Pitchwars Mentee Bio   14 comments

Those writers entering Pitchwars (brenda-drake.com) writing contest want potential mentors to look at their bios too so here’s mine:

DAVID TENNANT WAVES HELLO

I”m Kathleen (@kathleea) and I write in different genres but young adult is my favorite. I read young adult and I write it. I write speculative fiction/fantasy. And a question the YA mentors were asked about what genre they’d bring back? Mine would be dystopian and vampires. Not together although that might be fun.

I’ve been writing since I was old enough to hold a pencil and probably before that too. I use a laptop to write on because I can’t write fast enough if I use pen/paper.

To go back to reading for a moment. I’m an avid reader and can read a novel in a day, sometimes two if the novel is shorter. The last book I read was:

THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER COVER

not young adult but magical realism

My all time favorite books (in no particular order):

SHADOW AND BONE COVERTHIS DARK ENDEAVOR BOOK COVERMADMAN'S DAUGHTER BOOK COVERDAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE COVERDRAGONRIDERS OF PERN COVERVICIOUS BOOK COVERANNA DRESSED IN BLOODHP ILLUSTRATED BOOK COVERTHE DIVINERS COVER

I can’t survive without coffee.

COFFEE IS A HUG IN A CUP GIF

As a certified Anglophile (yes, there’s exams and everything!) tea is fine too.

TOM HIDDLESTON DRINKING TEA

I love BBC dramas and period pieces notably:

Endeavour_S1_DVDPERSUASION COVERpride_and_prejudiceINSPECTOR LYNLEY COVERsherlockBeing-Human-Wallpaper

Movies (there are more than this!):

LORD OF THE RINGS COVERHUNGER GAMES COVER AVENGERS COVER

More TV shows:

FireflyopeninglogoWONDERFALLS COVERTORCHWOOD COVERDOCTOR WHO LOGOGILMORE GIRLSBuffy-the-Vampire-Slayer-TV-Series

I love music of all kinds:

I’ve been published with two small presses, Muse It Up and Gypsy Shadow.

I have two cats:

Toffee at 5.5 monthsIMG_1673

This is what I think of Pitchwars:

Dean says You're Awesome

If you pick me as your mentee I promise to work hard and cut my darlings without whining. I like brutal edits, tell me what’s wrong and don’t sugarcoat it. I can’t fix what I don’t know is broken.

The book I’m pitching is a Victorian Gothic YA Frankenstein retelling with Jack the Ripper elements. Creepy? Yep. Horrorific? Uh-huh. Will make you want to leave the lights on at night? Yes. *smiles* And there isn’t much romance in it because I don’t do romance (well, maybe one little kiss but that’s it).

I love to write YA horror, fantasy and paranormal. Witches. Zombies. Vampires. Werewolves. Ghosts. I’m there.

I REGRET NOTHING JACK SPARROW

And in case you want to read my free zombie short story that’s a retelling of the Grimm’s Brother’s fairytale, The Robber Bridegroom it’s  on Wattpad here: https://www.wattpad.com/myworks/45969976-the-zombie-bridegroom

ZOMBIE BRIDEGROOM COVER

Go here for more Pitchwars mentee bios: http://christopherkeelty.com/pitchwars-2015-pimpmybio-contestant-blog-hop/#comment-47621

Thank you for reading! Please leave a comment below!

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Kathleen

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