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Pitch Wars Team Interview with Anthony Tardiff and his mentor, Naomi Hughes

Thursday, 15 September 2016  |  Posted by Heather Cashman

PW Interviews

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 . . .

Naomi Hughes

Naomi Hughes – Mentor


Anthony Tardiff

Anthony Tardiff – Mentee

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Anthony: Why did you choose Naomi?

Naomi struck me as both incredibly professional and someone I would really get along with. She likes Megan Whalen Turner and Avatar: The Last Airbender, which shows great taste! And I wanted someone who would approach mentoring the same way as would an agent or editor. Naomi described her approach as exactly that, and I knew she could back those words up because of her amazing track record, including mentoring Casey Lyall, whose book I’d beta read a few years back.

Naomi: Why did you choose Anthony and GHOST IN THE MACHINE?  

Two words: revision brilliance. Anthony’s manuscript had Potential with a capital P, which was enough to interest me–but when I emailed him to check whether he’d be up for some heavy-duty edits, he enthusiastically replied with some seriously excellent revision ideas. That was enough to push me over the edge from “this could be such a cool story” to “I MUST WORK WITH THIS AUTHOR!”

Anthony: Summarize your book in three words.

Humans aren’t machines.

Naomi: Summarize Anthony’s book in three words. 

Cleverness, hacking, & AIs.

Anthony: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique?

I’m a university instruction librarian and fascinated by information as such, including how our Information Age has brought both unimagined benefits and unexpected complexity to our world — and we’re not done yet. My manuscript dives into those musings in a fun, fast-paced, character-centered way.

Naomi: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know.

I have two dogs, and both of them are named after characters from Avatar: The Last Airbender. Shout-outs for Momo and Zuko!

Thank you for supporting our Pitch Wars Teams! And don’t forget to stop by the Agent Showcase starting November 3rd to see how our teams do in the final round.

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