Pitch Wars … the teams!

 
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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