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Our Mentors

Julie Artz
This 2020, Julie Artz is mentoring Middle Grade
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Julie Artz
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I was that kid who kept sneaking into wardrobes hoping to make it to Narnia long after it was cool. Let’s be honest–I still have hope! Now that I’m a bit older, people think that’s sort of creepy, so I found my way into writing instead.

Every job I’ve had from my first work-study job as an editor in DePauw’s Writing Center to working the children’s section of a small independent bookstore to writing instructions for computer software, involved reading, writing, and editing.

Seven years ago, I turned my skills and experience toward publishing. Since then, I have worked with indie- and traditionally published authors in both fiction and nonfiction across age ranges, and have also helped clients formulate their query and pitching strategy. My affiliations with SCBWI, AWP, and EFA, and my work with Pitch Wars/Teen Pit, all keep my industry knowledge current and sharp. And my love of the written word translates into all that I do.

When I’m not geeking out on story, you’ll probably find me in my garden, in the kitchen, wrangling my two teenagers and two naughty kittens, or, one day soon, traveling.

For Pitch Wars 2020, Julie Artz is co-mentoring with Jessica Vitalis.

Favorite Books

Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold
Circe by Madeline Miller
The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Years Mentored
2017, 2018, 2019, 2020