Pitch Wars loses one of its own …

 

It is with a heavy heart and great sadness to inform you that Pitch Wars lost one of its own last night. Our adult mentor, Derek Chivers, passed away last night. He leaves behind a wife and two small daughters. If you can help his family out, a friend of his has started a GoFundMe page. Any amount is appreciated.

We will miss you Derek and you’ll always be in hearts.

Here is the link to the GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/chiverfamily

To know more about Derek, here’s his bio from his mentor page …

DEREK CHIVERS was born and raised on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. He spent a wild childhood wandering through woods where winter winds drifted snow deeper than he was tall, and the midnight sun stretched summer days and stories to extremes. Now he shares his life’s adventures with his wife and daughters; he can still trek through tracts of trees tucked between snowcapped summits, or choose to lose himself instead between the covers of his favorite authors’ stories.

An alumnus of the University of Alaska, Anchorage, Derek received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, wrote opinion for the campus newspaper The Northern Light, and was published several times in the annual undergraduate fiction showcase Understory. He is a founding member of Anchorage writing collective The Life Partners, and an infrequent contributor to their Tumblr, which features fresh fiction Mondays and Wednesdays. Derek’s creative nonfiction “Gunshots on Dogfish” took top prize in a statewide writing competition and was published in F Magazine. He is represented by Becky LeJeune of Bond Literary Agency.

 

Pitch Wars Webinars: First page critiques with Editor Bess Cozby and Agent Lauren Spieller

 

Pitch Wars Webinars presents . . .

First page critiques with Editor Bess Cozby and Agent Lauren Spieller

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Pitch Wars Success Story with Erin Cotter and her mentor Carlie Sorosiak

We’re so excited whenever one of our mentees gets an agent offer or a publishing deal. Celebrating these successes is one of our favorite parts of the Pitch Wars process. We hope you can join us in congratulating Erin Cotter and her mentor, Carlie Sorosiak. Erin signed with Hilary Harwell of KT Literary and we couldn’t be happier for them! Continue reading Pitch Wars Success Story with Erin Cotter and her mentor Carlie Sorosiak

Happy Release Day to BLOOD WATER PAINT by our own Joy McCullough!

 

Description

“When I finished this novel, I knew I would be haunted and empowered by Artemisia Gentileschi’s story for the rest of my life.” –Amanda Lovelace, award-winning author of the princess saves herself in this one

Her mother died when she was twelve, and suddenly Artemisia Gentileschi had a stark choice: a life as a nun in a convent or a life grinding pigment for her father’s paint.She chose paint.By the time she was seventeen, Artemisia did more than grind pigment. She was one of Rome’s most talented painters, even if no one knew her name. But Rome in 1610 was a city where men took what they wanted from women, and in the aftermath of rape Artemisia faced another terrible choice: a life of silence or a life of truth, no matter the cost.

He will not consume
my every thought.
I am a painter.
I will paint.

Joy McCullough’s bold novel in verse is a portrait of an artist as a young woman, filled with the soaring highs of creative inspiration and the devastating setbacks of a system built to break her. McCullough weaves Artemisia’s heartbreaking story with the stories of the ancient heroines, Susanna and Judith, who become not only the subjects of two of Artemisia’s most famous paintings but sources of strength as she battles to paint a woman’s timeless truth in the face of unspeakable and all-too-familiar violence.

I will show you
what a woman can do.

★”A captivating and impressive debut about a timeless heroine.” –Booklist, starred review
★”Belongs on every YA shelf.”–SLJ, starred review.

About the Author

Joy McCullough writes books and plays from her home in the Seattle area, where she lives with her husband and two children. She studied theater at Northwestern University, fell in love with her husband atop a Guatemalan volcano, and now spends her days surrounded by books and kids and chocolate. Blood Water Paint is her debut novel.

www.joymccullough.com
@jmcwrites

REALITY WEDDING by Laura Heffernan…Happy Release Day and Giveaway!

 

Lights? Camera? Action! In this irresistible final installment of the Reality Star Series, one woman’s dream wedding may be about to turn into a reality nightmare…

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RAINBIRDS by Clarissa Goenawan…Happy Release Day!

 

Title: Rainbirds

Author: Clarissa Goenawan

Published by: Soho Press

Pub Date: March 6, 2018

Genre: Adult, literary mystery with elements of magical realism

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GRAYGHOST by Tamara Grantham…Giveaway and Pre-Happy Release Day!

Title: Grayghost (Fairy World MD., #7)
Author: Tamara Grantham
Published by: Crimson Tree Publishing
Publication date: February 26, 2018
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First Chapter Faux Pas with Agent Carrie Pestritto of Laura Dail Literary Agency

 

Pitch Wars Webinars presents . . .

First Chapter Faux Pas with Agent Carrie Pestritto of Laura Dail Literary Agency

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Pitch Wars Success Story with Jeffrey Bishop and his mentor, Alicia Clancy

 

We’re so excited whenever one of our mentees gets an agent offer or a publishing deal. Celebrating these successes is one of our favorite parts of the Pitch Wars process. We hope you can join us in congratulating Jeffrey Bishop and his mentor, Alicia Clancy. Jeff signed with Christopher Schelling of Selectric Artists, and we couldn’t be happier for them! Continue reading Pitch Wars Success Story with Jeffrey Bishop and his mentor, Alicia Clancy

Pitch Wars Success Story with Remy Lai and her mentors, Amanda Rawson Hill and Cindy Baldwin

 

We’re so excited whenever one of our mentees gets an agent offer or a publishing deal. Celebrating these successes is one of our favorite parts of the Pitch Wars process. We hope you can join us in congratulating Remy Lai and her mentors, Amanda Rawson Hill and Cindy Baldwin. Remy signed with Jim McCarthy of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret, and we couldn’t be happier for them! Continue reading Pitch Wars Success Story with Remy Lai and her mentors, Amanda Rawson Hill and Cindy Baldwin