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Day 1 (Part 2) of the Mentor Spotlights with Middle Grade Mentors & Book Giveaway!

Wednesday, 22 September 2021  |  Posted by Brenda Drake

From September 22-28, we’re posting mini-interviews with some of our 2021 Pitch Wars mentors. We thought it would be fun to have them answer one question. A question that would give you an idea of their personalities. And possibly spotlight a mentor you may have missed on your exhaustive search through the blog hop for the perfect four mentors to submit to when the Pitch Wars 2021 submission window opens. Don’t know what Pitch Wars is START HERE


We’re also giving away 2021 mentors’ and committee members’ books! Go to the bottom of this post for details on how to enter for a chance to win.

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Join the Pitch Wars forum to have discussions with some of our mentors and other writers or get your work critiqued by your peers (and sometimes mentors) or search for critique partners. It’s our gift to you for being so awesome, and we hope you find this space useful. To join the forum go here: http://pitchwars.proboards.com/

Mark your calendars!

Join us for our official  chats on Twitter and our live mentor video chats happening on Sarah Nicolas’ Youtube channel. Go to this blog post for dates and follow @PitchWars on Twitter for all the details.

This is the question we asked our mentors to answer: 

If you could tell your younger self anything about writing or the publishing world you’ve learned or didn’t expect when starting out, what would it be?

And here are their answers …


Shakirah Bourne

“Embrace the feeling of fear because it only means change is about to come. You’re about to step out of your comfort zone and face challenges that will push your creative boundaries. Don’t worry about other people’s opinions–keep writing. You’re doing good!”

Wishlist Link | Mentor Page | Book Link


Eric BellAlan cole Doesn't DanceEric Bell

“Not everything you write will be great. (Most of it probably won’t be!) It’s okay to write things that aren’t amazing. You’re not as good as you think you are! But that’s okay: the important thing is to keep writing. There is no such thing as wasted writing.”

Wishlist Link | Mentor Page | Book Link


Darlene P. CamposDarlene P. Campos

“Let yourself shine through your writing! Don’t be shy to bring out your personality and interests in your stories. Never feel the need to hide who you really are because your stories matter.”

Wishlist Link | Mentor Page | Book Link


Karah SuttonA Wolf for a Spell book cover

Karah Sutton

“I think the thing that really surprised me is how different the writing skills are for different types of storytelling! There’s so much advice on writing novels or screenplays or TV shows, writing for children or adults or young adults, graphic novels or novels in verse. I had thought that learning to write short stories would teach me how to write a novel, but it’s actually a very different skill! It taught me a lot of respect for writers in other genres and categories, and helped me focus on practicing the kinds of writing that I wanted most to publish.”

Wishlist Link | Mentor Page | Book Link


Enter for a chance to win one of our mentors’ or committee members’ books. We’ll choose ten winners to receive one book each. You ARE NOT limited to the mentors featured in our spotlight posts. You can choose any 2021 mentor or committee member’s book. All you have to do is search our mentors’ and committee members’ books, pick one you’d like to receive should you win, and enter it in the rafflcopter at the bottom of this post. The book must be one from our 2021 mentors or committee members.

You can find our mentor pages here: https://pitchwars.org/mentor-status/active/ And you can find our committee members here: https://pitchwars.org/about/meet-the-pitch-wars-committee/

It’s open internationally, but only for books available on the Book Depository. Make sure to go to their site and verify the book is listed for sale there before choosing your book in the Rafflecopter. Please note: The book you choose might not be immediately available due to supply chain challenges impacting the entire publishing industry.


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