Tuesday, July 18, 2017

PitchWars! What To Know About Me As A Mentor

Yes, it's true. I'm going to be co-mentoring again this year with Kate Karyus Quinn for PitchWars!

What is PitchWars? For those who don't know, check out this post on Brenda Drake's site. It's got all the info you need.

If you're interested in having me for a mentor, there are some things you need to be aware of. First off, I'm not here to make you feel good about yourself. You have friends for that, and probably a mom too. I'm a tough love mentor. I believe that my job is to make you better, and compliments don't make you improve. Criticism does. And I've got that in spades.

I will say nice things to you when you deserve them.

But for every kind word there will be three to five points that I think need work, and I won't hesitate to point them out. Be ready for that. Be cool with it. Embrace the monster that is having me for a mentor.

What am I looking for?

Kate and I both write dark, edgy YA. We also both write across genres, so neither one of us is looking or any specific genre to mentor. We want that ever-elusive element called voice. We're okay with sex. We're okay with violence. We're okay with language. However, none of those things can exist only for shock value. Do it well, do it right, and we'll notice you.

However, any eroticism of rape is completely off the table.

Kate and I will also be offering query and first page critiques to those who apply for us as mentors, but are not chosen. These will be posted on our blogs, so you must be okay with the criticism being out there, online, if you agree to the query and first page critique.

And THERE'S MORE -- if you'd like a first 500 word critique from me, I'm happy to do that. Comment on this blog post and I'll randomly choose a winner one week from this post going live. Be sure to leave your email address in the comment so that I can get a hold of you if you win.

A great way to learn more about Kate and I as writers and people is to listen to the debut episode of my podcast, Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire. Kate was my first guest, and you can easily garner a lot about us from listening in. The podcast is for aspiring and established writers, so if you like that first episode, keep on listening. It's free, and you can learn a lot.

And WHAT ELSE?! I am doing a giveaway below for an ARC of my October release, THIS DARKNESS MINE. Enter to win, and be sure to check out ALL of the #PitchWars Mentors below!

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Unknown said...

Cool! Do you just look at YA, or is NA/adult ok? (My piece is scifi/futuristic dystopia)

Mindy McGinnis said...

I think Kate and I are both open to anything age wise but we know the YA market best.

Haley S said...

Hi Mindy!

I'm so excited that you're one of the mentors this year!

How do you and Kate feel about stories with multiple/alternating points of view?

(my email is haleysullivanwrites[at]gmail.com)

Mindy McGinnis said...

Happy to read multiple POVs! Make sure the voices are distinct from one another.

K. Mikilani said...

You're a mentor?? AAA! (e-mail: kmikilani16 (at) gmail (dot) com)

Julie said...

Feedback for everyone who picks you as mentors - that's amazing. You are dedicated. (my email is juliechristensen at gmail dot com.)

Tracy Gold said...

I am a huge fan of FEMALE and would love feedback on my first 500 words! Tracyc@tracycgold.com is the email I'm using for Pitch Wars!

Todd Gleason said...

Loved your cynical, brutal personality on the Pitch Wars mentor video and would appreciate a critique! I'm at toddgleason@gmail.com. Also, since you mentioned crazy grandmas...I have a crazy grandpa in my small-town contemporary YA fantasy.

Mindy McGinnis said...

Thanks everyone for all the comments! Keep 'em coming!

Dan + Meghan + Fiona said...

Thank you! What a great opportunity! My email is mvillhauer (at) gmail.com

b4heroes said...

This is awesome! Also, loved watching you on the live chat video with the other mentors! Email: jcgillingham@loyola.edu

StacyHL103 said...

Very cool. One of my friends was a former mentee of yours - she said your feedback was invaluable. I also found your query letter for NOT A DROP TO DRINK on Writer's Digest super helpful when drafting mine - anastasia.taber@gmail.com

Mindy McGinnis said...

Thank you to everyone who visited during the blog hop, entered the giveaway, and commented for the first 500 word critique.

Winner of the critique is: Tracyc@tracycgold.com