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 starting on February 6, 2019, we hope you’ll take a moment during your writing breaks and get to know our 2018 Pitch Wars Teams.
First up, we have . . .
Jeanne Becijos – Mentee
Nicole Melleby – Mentor
Nicole, why did you choose Jeanne?
Jeanne’s LGBTQ MG novel had everything I wanted: it was a lovely, lighthearted story that had heart, a main character who happens to be queer, and an incredibly fun voice. Basically, the kind of novel that I wish I had growing up, and the kind I want more of on the shelves now for today’s young readers.
Jeanne, why did you choose to submit to Nicole?
By mistake, I didn’t initially submit to Nicole, although I intended to. My info was passed to her, and luckily it’s a great match with her interest in LGBTQ characters and her connection to art as a focus in a middle grade book.
Nicole, summarize Jeanne’s book in 3 words.
Adrenaline pumping fun!
Jeanne, summarize your book in 3 words.
Adrenaline and Art
Nicole, tell us about yourself. Something we may not already know.
I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but after struggling with school and falling into a depression, I got back into writing thanks to falling in love with daytime soap operas. I actually got my undergrad degree in TV/Film because I wanted to write for soaps.
Jeanne, what do you hope to get out of the Pitch Wars experience?
Of course, ultimately getting an agent and placement with a publisher is ideal. However, along the way I’m planning on building my writing skills. (I’ve already realized that patience is a key!) Consulting directly with a mentor has been extremely valuable. Also, I’ve heard for a couple of years how great it is to be part of the Pitch Wars community, which can last beyond the current mentorship. Besides, it’s all quite exciting!
Jeanne, tell us about yourself! What makes you and your manuscript unique?
I’ve been a high school teacher in English/ Reading/Psychology and currently teach ESL at a community college. I’ve written several educational books and have also had plays produced. I’m totally into writing Middle Grade novels at the moment. Uniqueness in my manuscript, I believe, comes from the active, adrenaline-charged main character who is becoming aware of her romantic interest in girls. While Kiki tries to convince her artist father to let her live with him in his houseboat, she is involved in risky adrenaline-charged adventures and is learning the art of glass blowing.
Check out Nicoles’s recent release, HURRICANE SEASON …
Thank you for supporting our Pitch Wars Teams! The Agent Showcase is February 6 – 11, 2019, and our next #PitMad is December 6, 2018!