MY PITCHWARS WISHLIST

I’m excited to be a 2021 PitchWars Adult mentor. For those who don’t know, Pitchwars is a volunteer-run mentoring program for writers. Published and/or agents authors, editors, or industry interns select one writer each to mentor during the event.

What’s involved in being mentored? If selected, your manuscript will be read in its entirety and the mentor will offer suggestions on possible tweaks before the agent showcase which wraps up PitchWars. In addition, each mentor also helps fine-tune their mentee’s pitch for the program along with their agent query letter.

A LITTLE ABOUT ME

I grew up in Los Angeles and have been a lifelong mystery fan. After losing our home during a California wildfire, we moved to the beach community of Los Osos along the central coast in 2021 and love all the mist and fog. I’m an avid gardener and am learning which California natives thrive here. I’m a member of Sisters in Crime National and Sisters in Crime Los Angeles.

A DEADLY BONE TO PICK is the first book in my new cozy mystery series and is slated for publication by Berkley in February 2022. My short story, The Midnight Hour, was included in this year’s Los Angeles SinC anthology, Avenging Angelenos. I have also had short stories published in two other mystery anthologies: The Best Laid Plans and Heartbreaks and Half-truths. My young adult adventure, PUNISHMENT SUMMER was published by Evernight Teen. I also illustrated the children’s book, ANGIE’S GREAT BIG BEAUTIFUL LIFE: TALES OF ANGIE THE RESCUE CAT.

WHAT I WANT

My focus for the contest will be:

Mystery — running th egamut from cozy to procedural to traditional — and

Thrillers

I’ll be reading in the Adult age category but will also look at New Adult submissions.

MY CRITIQUE STYLE

My goal will be to help your prose shine. I’ll be evaluating the manuscript for structure, pacing and character development. If selected, I’ll read the manuscript in its entirety, and the mentee will receive an editorial letter which we can discuss. While the mentee revises, I’ll be available to answer questions and talk through any problems and brainstorm as necessary (via email or Twitter DMs). I’ll re-read the manuscript before the showcase to give feedback and help with any last-minute edits.

Mentees need to be open-minded about making changes but I’m not a ‘What I say goes’ sort of person. I’ll give my opinion and will be happy to explain the thinking behind it, but whether or not a change is made will always be the writer’s choice. Communication is key, with an open back and forth dialogue between mentor and mentee.

BOOKS I’VE RECENTLY ENJOYED:

DEAD DEAD GIRLS by Nekesa Afia

WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING by Alyssa Cole

THE LAW OF INNOCENCE by Michael Connelly

BLACKTOP WASTELAND by S. A. Cosby

FINLAY DONOVAN IS KILLING IT by Ellie Cosimano

HE STARTED IT by Samantha Downing

AND NOW SHE’S GONE by Rachel Howzell Hall

ONCE YOU GO THIS FAR by Kristen Lepionka

STALKING GROUND by Margaret Mizushima

(Wow. Until I alphabetized this list, I didn’t realize how many wonderful mystery authors’ last names begin with ‘C’!)

Wishing everyone great success with their writing!

“Head back to the Pitch Wars post to see the complete list of mentors” and include this link: https://pitchwars.org/pitch-wars-2021-mentor-blog-hop/

Published by pegrothschild

My cozy debut, A DEADLY BONE TO PICK, is due out from Berkley Publishing Group in 2021! I grew up in Los Angeles and have authored two adult mysteries, CLEMENTINE'S SHADOW and ERASING RAMONA, as well as one young adult adventure, PUNISHMENT SUMMER. My short stories, "The Cookie Crumbles" and "The Devil's Blub," were published in the anthologies The Best Laid Plans and Heartbreaks and Half-Truths respectively. My short story, "The Magic Hour," is slated to be published in the upcoming SinC L.A. anthology, Avenging Angelenos. I also illustrated the children's book Angie's Great Big Beautiful Life: Tales of Angie the Rescue Cat. After losing our home during the 2017 Thomas Fire, my husband and I moved to the beach community of Los Osos along the central coast. When not at my desk or out walking, I can be found in the garden.

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