Our mentors are editing, our mentees are revising, and we hope you’re making progress on your own manuscript! While we’re all working toward the Agent Showcase on November 3rd-9th, we hope you’ll take a moment during your writing breaks and get to know our 2016 Pitch Wars Teams.
And now, we have . . .
L. C. Holst – Mentee
Sarah Glenn Marsh – Mentor
Shana Silver – Mentor
L. C.: Why did you choose Sarah and Shana?
When I was reading the mentor wishlists and taking notes on which mentors I’d like to query, I wrote “Definitely!” next to Sarah and Shana’s names for a couple reasons. The most obvious one is that they were looking for YA sci-fi. My MS checked off that box, but it also has other elements that they specifically mentioned: crew-centric space adventures, LGBTQ+ characters, romance, strong female characters, and anything reminiscent of Joss Whedon’s work (I was going for a Firefly-ish vibe!).
Beyond the wishlist, Sarah and Shana are both second-year mentors who are total pros and so knowledgeable about craft and the industry. I felt sure that they’d be able to provide stellar feedback and help me get my novel where it needs to be. Plus, they both listed “nerdery” among their interests, so that instantly gives us about a billion things to bond over.
Sarah and Shana: Why did you choose L. C.?
Sarah: Well, it’s no secret that a space adventure is the type of book most likely to steal my heart–the catch is, it has to be a really good space adventure. So you can imagine how thrilled I was when STEALING THE STARS came along, offering a ship with an all-female crew, a heist, and Whedon-esque characters and badassery. This story is full of diversity and heart, and I knew Shana and I could help shine it up to make it irresistible to agents. And then, of course, there’s L.C. herself–a super-smart gal who is already such a talented writer; we asked her some questions before choosing her, and her positive attitude and willingness to work hard made this a perfect match to me.
Shana: I was hooked from the very first chapter! Aria is such a great character, both hilarious and bad ass. I was rooting for her from the get go. And the plot is SO fun! Additionally, I’d previously written a contemporary heist novel myself so I thought my experience in writing about (very different!) heists could help L.C. make hers shine. Plus we had a very clear vision for revisions that we think could really take L.C.’s novel to the next level. And like Sarah said, we adored the answers L.C. provided to our questions and couldn’t wait to work with her!
L. C.: Summarize your book in three words.
Thieves in Space
Sarah and Shana: Summarize L. C.’s book in three words.
Sarah: Shiny Girl Thieves.
Shana: Space Opera Heists.
L. C.: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique?
My MS is about a girl fighting for herself because she loves her life, her crew, and being a thief. Her worst enemy is her own failing heart, but that’s not to say that she doesn’t make a bunch of new enemies along the way to finding a solution. Her world is filled with settings and scenarios that I think would be a ton of fun (if not also deadly). It’s a place where a person can fight scorpion droids and then attend a masquerade ball. Where joining a guild of thieves is a legit career choice and the black market takes up an entire space station.
As for me, I live in Seattle and work as a marketing content writer. I have a black cat named Binx. It’s my dreamiest of dreams to own a micro-cabin in the woods. I’d live off bagel chips and veggie cream cheese if I didn’t think it would eventually kill me.
Sarah and Shana: Tell us about yourselves. Something we might not already know.
Sarah: I played one of Steve Carell’s neighbors as an extra in the movie Evan Almighty; it was pretty fun, and mostly consisted of sitting around eating delicious food and waiting for cloud cover so we could film a flood.
Shana: I designed the Superbowl graphics that aired on CBS a few years ago as well as the graphics on the USA Network and TruTV network.