Wish List (If I were a Pitch Wars Mentor)

 I’m not exactly sure what got me on this train of thought, but earlier I was wondering what I would put on my wish list if I were a Pitch Wars mentor. So I decided to blog about it. Not sure if anybody will read it, but it was interesting to me at any rate.

If I were a Pitch Wars mentor, I’d mentor YA. Although I read across all age groups, YA has my heart, and I know it the best.

Things I’d like to see:

  • Religious characters, especially if religion isn’t the focal point of the story. Also especially from under-represented religions. If your book had a Sikh MC, I’d be ridiculously happy.
  • Weird mash-ups. Like that dream I had about a zombie apocalypse in space.
  • Superheroes! Always superheroes! 
  • Historical fiction from a less-talked about period or place (Like Ruta Septys’s Between Shades of Gray). I also happen to really dig the 1950s. Doo wop is the music of my soul. And the 1920s, cause flappers. And the French Revolution, because there was some crazy stuff going down.
  • Retellings, unless it’s Snow White or CInderella (Unless it’s like Marissa Meyer’s cyborg Cinderella in Cinder). I’m sort of tired of Twelve Dancing Princesses as well, but think it would be really cool if retold as a contemporary.
  • Something with word play, like Mark Dunn’s Ella Minnow Pea. Not YA, but one of my favorite books. Ever. On a similar note, I think epistlatory books are cool.
  • Sassy protagonists. Like Jaron from Jennifer Nielsen’s The False Prince.
  • A story about an overweight MC. Not necessarily fat. But bigger.
  • Nerd girl MCs. Or just nerds in general. Like the Big Bang Theory of books.

So I guess if you happen to be writing one of these books, you should let me know when it gets published.

4 thoughts on “Wish List (If I were a Pitch Wars Mentor)

  1. Awesome post! I think I would do NA or adult. I think I’d do best with a fantasy I could really sink my teeth into, with lots of world building and a good romantic subplot (since that’s what I write). I love contemp romance, but I’m not confident in my ability to help a contemp writer, since I’ve never written one myself. I’d be all, “How about you add some dragons?” and then they would think I’m crazy.

    I think the hardest thing about being a mentor would be trying to help someone grow their story without trying to twist it to my own tastes. I love that you’d look for a religious protag, though. That totally appeals to me, as well (WEIRD, right?). Also, I ❤ the twenties. Have you read Libba Bray's The Diviners? Loved.

    Ooooo, Twelve Dancing Princesses as a contemp? That's a pretty awesome idea! Entwined is probably my favorite in the dancing princess retelling category so far. And I also love The Lunar Chronicles. Fun times!

    • The Diviners is on my Goodreads To-Read list. Which I try to keep under 20 books, so it really is something I plan to do. I think I maybe liked Princess of the Midnight Ball better than Entwined, but both were very well written.

  2. Love this post.

    I’m not sure what category I’d mentor, if I had the chance. I have a weakness for adult fantasy and I’d love to be able to say, “Gimme all your fantasies set in non-Western settings!!” but I’d also love to be able to say, “Gimme all your YA & NA horror novels!!” It’s tough.

    • I didn’t put it on the list, but I’ve actually been digging non-Western fantasies lately. We’ve had a few awesome one’s coming through the agency lately.

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