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Pitch Wars … the teams!

Wednesday, 12 December 2012  |  Posted by Brenda Drake
 
CPSeek! Before announcing the teams for Pitch Wars, we wanted to tell you about a gift our wonderful mentors are extending to all the awesome writers in our community. It’s a site for hanging out, for finding critique partners and beta readers, and for asking questions about the industry or about writing to the mentors. We’re so thrilled how great it looks we have to shout out to Fizzygrrl’s husband, Andrew Heacock (@quickchaos), for all his hard work on designing and setting up the site. Click on the pic and go check it out!
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PITCH WARS! We’ve worked hard reading, flagging entries, pulling our hair out, and praying no one would take our top picks, and finally it’s time to reveal our teams for Pitch Wars. You will notice that along with the mentors’ picks are listed two alternates. What’s the role of an alternate, you may ask? If a mentor’s writer drops out of the contest, the mentor can choose one of their alternates to replace that writer. If the mentor feels there isn’t enough time to get an alternate ready for the agent round the mentor can opt out of the contest and not take on another writer.  
ALTERNATES SHOWCASE! But that’s not all, as a special reward for waiting in the wings, we are putting the alternates on a few host blogs and inviting agents and editors to stop by and make requests to read more. This event will happen at the same time as the main contest. Agents participating in the contest are not required to read the alternates entries. But this will be a great showcase for the alternates.
TWITTER PITCH PARTY! For those of you who didn’t make it into Pitch Wars, there will be a twitter pitch party on the hashtag #PitMad on January 25. We’ll announce more details as the event nears. So get your twitter pitches ready and make sure to include the hashtag in your 140 character count.

And now, here are the teams …

MIDDLE GRADE


Brenda Drake’s pick THE TOTALLY TRUE TALES OF TANSY BERRY, TOOTH FERRY by Shannon Schuren

Alternates:

  • THE WITNESS by Amber Mauldin 
  • THE WORST VILLAIN EVER by Amy Bearce


Deanna Romito’s pick   BALLOONING by Erin Ferguson

Alternates: 

  • THE LOST FIGUREHEAD by Samantha Farkas
  • THE TRANSPARENTS by Vicki Tremper


Heidi Schulz’s pick  EVERDREAM by Alexia Chamberlynn

Alternates: 

  • GILDED by Jenilyn Collings
  •  PHOEBE FOGG AND THE LOST LIBRARY by Gayleen Rabakukk

                
Krista Van Dolzer’s pick  CHOOSING CHERRY STREET by Helen Pyne

Alternates:

  • RUNAWAYS by Zachary Poulter
  • TOENAIL PIE by Marianne Sheldon

Jennifer Malone’s pick   THE ENIGMA FILES: PHANTOM THIEF by David Brett-Andrews

Alternates: 

  • DORK BOY by Nicola Call
  • THE LAST BOY AT ST. EDITH’S by Lee Gjertsen Malone

  Brent Taylor
 Brent Taylor’s pick WINTER by Lori Eastep

Alternates:

  • CREEPY CRAWLEY AND THE DEMON OF DESPAIR by Tracey Jones-Hughes
  • BEACHED by Kim Van Sickler

ADULT/NA

 
Summer Heacock’s pick  NEVER, NEVER by Brianna Shrum

Alternates:

  • RUBY OVER THE RAINBOW by Samantha Bohrman
  • JUST A LITTLE STING by Carol Tokar Pavliska 

 
Tina Moss’s pick LORD OF THE DANCE by Usman T. Malik

Alternates:

  • FREE AGENT by Jason Nelson
  • PURPLE SHADOWS by Kristin Kisska Mehigan


Shelley Watters’ pick   RULES OF PROTECTION by Alison Bliss

Alternates:

  • A KNIGHT UNLOVED by Heather Boey
  • GOING HOME AGAIN by Abby Cavenaugh

 
 Rebecca Weston’s pick   DEAD MEAT by Sarah Henning

Alternates:

  • THE KEYSTONE by Matthew Leo
  • CITY OF MAGI by Michael McDuffee

 
Nazerea Andrews’ pick  ONCE THE DARKNESS COMES by Annie Neugebauer 

Alternates:

  • FOR SPARTA by Annette Genova
  • THE LUNATIC FIRE by Caitlin Nicoll

Elizabeth Penney
Elizabeth Penney’s pick  THE MAPMAKER by Joy Callaway

Alternates:

  • THE CARTHAGE SPEAKERS BUREAU by Robyn Ryle
  • NICE GIRLS DON’T DATE ROCK STARS by Cheyenne Campbell

   Suzanne Palmieri
Suzanne Palmieri’s pick   POMEGRANATE SEEDS by Bekki Callaway

Alternates:

  • THE KEY TO EDEN by Brian W. Taylor
  • To be announced

   Susan Spann
Susan Spann’s pick  THE LANCE by Charles Harrelson 

Alternates:

  •  CIPER by Sean Jenan
  • THE MONKEY CHARM by Dianne Scott 

 YA/NA


Andrea Hannah’s pick  THE FALL OF THE SPARROW by Megan Orsini 

Alternates:

  • SEMITONE by Laura Frazier
  • UNDER THE RAINBOW by Gwendolyn Conover  

 
CupidsLC’s pick  ETERNAL EMBRACE by L.T. Host

Alternates:

  • REINVENTING DOROTHY WEIL by Mara Rutherford
  • THE MEMORY BOX by Sarah Robinson

 
Dahlia Adler’s pick  THE RIGHT EXPOSURE by Ghenet Myrthil 

Alternates:  

  •  THE HIT LIST by Nikki Urang
  •  ONE TWO THREE by Elodie Nowodazkij  

 
 Deana Barnhart’s pick  TRESPASSERS by Laurie Dennison 

Alternates: 

  • ROGUE HEALER by Laura Rueckert
  • CINDERELLA’S GLASS STILETTO by Angela Parkhurst

  
Elizabeth Briggs’ pick  LOST STARS BROKEN GALAXY by Stephanie Garber

Alternates:

  • MYSTIC COOKING by Heidi Lang and Kati Bartkowski
  • BLACK HEART, RED RUBY by Teresa Yea  

 
Elizabeth Prats’ pick  PIPER GIRL by Carla Cullen 

Alternates: 

  • MYSTIC COOKING by Heidi Lang and Kati Bartkowski
  • CLOUD 9 by Sara Biren


Erica Chapman’s pick THE FUNERAL SINGER by Linda Acorn Budzinski

Alternates:

  • ACCIDENTAL QUARANTINE by Erinn Manack
  • THE RECRUITED by Ellen Rozek   


Fiona McLaren’s pick  AWAKENINGS by Jennifer Shannon

Alternates:

  • MAD AS A HATTER by Alexandra Hayman
  • WHISPERS OF DISASTER by Stacey Trombley


Gina Ciocca’s pick  WHERE THE STAIRCASE ENDS by Stacy Stokes

Alternates:

  • OVER THE DEEP FRIED RAINBOW by Leslie S. Rose
  • CLOUD 9 by Sara Biren

   
Heather Marie’s pick THE GHOST HOUSE by Kim Kasch

Alternates: 

  • RESET by Ticara Gailliard
  • THE GOOD DEMON by Ryan Hill   

   
 Heather Webb’s pick VIATAR by Janet B. Taylor 

Alternates: 

  • MOVE by Ferris Robinson
  • FORBIDDEN SECRETS by Tosha Sumner   

 

John Hansen’s pick  MAYBE FOREVER by Jadzia Brandli

Alternates: 

  • DREAM MAKER by Mandie Baxter
  • ERSATZ WINGS by Rachael Buchanan   

  
Kimberly P. Chase’s pick  THE EDGE OF FOREVER by Melissa Hurst

Alternates:

  • IMPERFECTLY FINE by Dannie Morin
  • AGAINST THE FALLING MOONS by Tamara D. Walsh

   
Lindsay Smith’s pick  PRINCESS OF SWANS by Sara Martin 

Alternates:

  • ACE OF SHADES by Amanda Foody
  • THE GHOST ENGINE by Theresa Fuller

 
 Lori M. Lee’s pick  SAM THE SHADOWMAN by Leila Rheaume

Alternates:

  • YESTERSEER by Sophia Chang
  • THOSE WHO CAN’T SPEAK by Jani Grey   

  
Marieke Nijkamp’s pick  SHADE by Jae Dansie

Alternates: 

  • FIRE AND EARTH by Meredith Mansfield
  • THE PATH THROUGH THE MIST by Fiona Claire  

    
Michelle Painchaud’s pick  THE SOVEREIGN PALACE by Kurt Hartwig

Alternates:

  • CHICKADEE by Judy Mintz
  • YESTERSEER by Sophia Chang 

  
Molly Elizabeth Lee’s pick  ENCHANTED HEART by Mindy Ruiz 

Alternates:

  • AEOLIAN by Rebecca Yarros
  • DIARY OF A GHOST by Maggie young 

  
Monica B.W.’s pick  LOVING LAVENDER GIRL by Missy Mitchell

Alternates:

  • REINVENTING DOROTHY WEIL by Mara Rutherford
  • THE HIT LIST by Nikki Urang 

  
Sharon Johnston’s pick  DARK MOON by Crystal Collier

Alternates:

  • GRAND SCHEME by Meagan Rivers
  • THE PHOENIX by Tiffany Johnson

  

Stacey H. Lee’s pick  THE NEVER SILENT by Audrey Lockwood

Alternates:

  • OVER THE DEEP FRIED RAINBOW by Leslie Rose 
  • DANNY BOY by Jean Malone

 

 Danielle Ellison
Danielle Ellison’s pick WHAT HAPPENS IN WATER by Diana Gallagher

Alternates:

  •  THE SHADOWED FLAME by Naomi Hughes
  •  TATE’S HELL by Holly Dodson

  Sarah Nicolas
Sarah Nicolas’ pick  WHEN I CALLED YOU MINE by Chelsea Bobulski

 Alternates:

  • DIARY OF A GHOST by Maggie Young
  • ACCIDENTAL QUARANTINE by Erinn Manack 

  
 The agent round is January 23 – 24. Make sure to join us for all the fun!

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40 Comments
  • Congratulations to all the winners and alternates including my critique partner Kim.

  • Congrats to all the winners and the alternates!!!

  • Kathleen says:

    Congratulations everyone!! And the best of luck to you all=)

  • PatEsden says:

    Congratulations to all! And best of luck.

  • Suzi says:

    Congrats to all the winners. Good luck in the next round!

    And thank you to all the mentors too.

  • Amber says:

    Wow! I am so honored to be your #1 alternate! Thanks so much for the extra showcase too–that’ll be fun and is super sweet of you.

    Thanks to all the mentors for putting so much time into this. And it’s been a blast getting to know so many of the contestants.

  • LindaBudz says:

    Thank you, Brenda and all of the mentors. Lots of fun, and I can tell the competition is going to be fierce!

  • Maria says:

    Congratulations everyone, and thanks to all mentors for all the time you put into this. It’s been a great learning process for me.

  • Cara Davis says:

    Congrats everyone! And holy cow, I’m a #1 alternate! WOW!

  • usman malik says:

    This is unbelievable, Tina. Thank you!!!

    Congrats, everyone. This is a brilliant day by all accounts for many of us newbies. May we all rise to the challenge and make our mentors proud.

  • Congrats to all the winners! And a HUGE thanks to all the mentors, and to this writing community in general. You are all so generous and insightful and AWESOME!! And I am thrilled to be an alternate in this fabulous contest!!

  • Congrats everyone, and a big shout out to all the mentors for all their hard work!

  • Congrats to everyone chosen! Thanks to Brenda and the mentors for being so gracious. 🙂

  • Julia says:

    Congratulations and good luck to all the winners and alternates! 🙂

  • Holy IKEA monkey, Batman. I am floored. Thank you so much, Lindsay!

    Congratulations to all the picks and alternates, and a BIG thank you to Brenda and all the mentors for donating your time and making this happen!

  • Congrats to all the winners! I’m so excited! Thank you so, so much Sarah, Brenda, and all of the mentors for all of the hard work you’ve put into this. I’m pretty sure I traumatized my dogs this morning, running around the house and jumping up and down like a crazy person. But then I gave them treats so all was right in their world 🙂

  • Erin says:

    I wish I could wake up with this sort of surprise every morning! Nothing could ruin my mood today. Thank you so much, Dee and Brenda for letting me participate in this fantastic contest!

    I feel like Christmas came early! 🙂

  • Congrats to you all! Winners, Mentors, Alternates, Everyone who entered, and especially those who planned it. Such a cool thing. I just love this community.

  • Tanya Reimer says:

    Thanks for the great feedback and congrats on all the great looking teams!

  • Kim Kasch says:

    Congrats and Thanks to everyone! I’m always going to remember 12-12-12 and not because I’m having an End of the World party tonight…wait, the world can’t end now, there’s so much to celebrate: CPSeek! This wonderful contest, all the new writer friends I’ve made, the mentors, Brenda…see I could go on forever–world don’t end now.

  • Congratulations! Good luck in the next round!! Thank you for the opportunity! 🙂

  • Congrats to the winners (and I think everyone ended up being winners for the awesome feedback the mentors gave.) I’d imagine there are some amazing stories in that list and I’m excited for them to get published so that I can read them! Thank to Brenda for putting together this contest. Thanks to the mentors. Especially super huge ginormous thanks to the mentors that I submitted to because they were awesome. Hopefully now we can be friends in this writing world, because you guys seriously rock! 🙂

  • Congratulations to all the teams! Good luck with the next round, and thanks to all the mentors for your awesome feedback and for contributing your time for this event.

  • Awesome! Thanks so much to the coaches and everyone who orchestrated this! You all have done a great job, and I can’t wait to get to know everyone. =)

  • Annette G. says:

    A big thank you to Brenda Drake and all of the mentors for their generosity, time, energy and wisdom. And for being so creative in thinking of ways to make all of us feel included, even if we weren’t chosen for a team. The stuff for the alternates is amazing, and the CPSeek is so exciting.

    Thank you so much, Nazarea, for choosing me as an alternate and offering to help anyway! You’re amazing, and I’m so glad I met you. Fingers crossed Annie Neugebauer lands an agent ASAP. 🙂

  • SStokes says:

    Congrats to all the winners! I’m so excited – thanks to all the coaches for being so generous with your time. I’m looking forward to all the amazingness to come. Thank you!

  • Kurt Hartwig says:

    thanks so much for putting this contest together and doing all of the hard work to keep it going!

  • Fiona Claire says:

    Yes, thank you all for your generosity, and Brenda for the FUN PARTY!

  • Thanks to everyone and congrats to the picks! 🙂

  • I am over the moon. I so appreciate this opportunity. Sending virtual hugs to everyone. Thank you so much Brenda for this kickin’ contest.

  • Brenda, Thank you so much for ANOTHER fabulous contest! You give so much to the writing community, and you can’t imagine how much we appreciate you! And a huge thanks to the mentors, who are giving away their precious holiday time to help us. (Though it is a great excuse to lock yourself away and…”hey honey? Can you take care of wrapping all the gifts this year? I gotta edit this manuscript.”) 😉 Seriously..It means so much!! 🙂

  • Thank you so much, Brenda, for hosting this contest and giving me this opportunity! I’m so excited to have been chosen and can’t want for what’s next.

    Congrats to the other writers selected and a BIG thanks to the mentors!!

  • Robyn Ryle says:

    Thanks for the hard work all around and so excited to be an alternate! Back to work, now.

  • Stephsco says:

    I recognize some names and MS titles. Good luck working together everyone! I’m still loving all the twitter love on #pitchwars 🙂

  • *faint*

    Still recovering regular cognitive functionality. This is me today: Pull up email. Squee. Happy Dance. Grip keyboard. Hyperventilate. Pull up contest results. Squee. Happy dance. Pull out boxing gloves. Realize I can’t type wearing boxing gloves. Put boxing glove away and put on figurative boxing gloves. Grin wickedly. Rinse and repeat.

    Let’s get this party started!

    Thank you Brenda for hosting this and everyone participating for your added energy, enthusiasm, and entries. Looking forward to January!

  • Andrea says:

    Congratulations everyone! And thanks so much to all of the mentors. I received some very helpful feedback…I’m ready to get back to revising my query/first pages!

  • Congrats to everyone! So happy to see lots of familiar names here. Thanks to Brenda and all the coaches for the time they’re giving this War.

  • Thanks so much for putting this together, Brenda! I’m so excited to be a part of this contest! I’ve been so blown away by the dedication of you and all the other mentors! It cracks me up that there is an actual prize for the winning team, I feel like just being a part of this is a huge prize!

    Thanks again!

  • MTS says:

    Thank you so much to Brenda and the mentors! And thank you for arranging the alternates showcase. That’s exciting news! Thank you, Krista, for choosing me as one of your alternates. And congrats to the winners!

  • Anonymous says:

    Sorry to be a pest but I still haven’t received a letter or a critique from the 2 mentors I sent my stuff to. Death by High Heels Holly D

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