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Juliana & Lacee 2018 #PitchWars Wishlist

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Welcome dreamers and dream-thieves! It’s Juliana L. Brandt and Lacee Little here, and we can’t tell you how happy we are to have you stop by. We are very excited and hopeful for PitchWars 2018! As a small note, we are both die hard Diana Wynne Jones fans, so do please send us all the seven-league-boots you find along your journey.

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Before we get into the nitty-gritty, please know this above all else: we are here to invest in you and in your writing; we are so very proud for you that you’ve decided to take this leap this for yourself. We hope everyone submitting to us feels comfortable and safe in doing so. We will cherish your words and do our best to take care of your story.

PLEASE SEND

-Magic. Unexpected, wild, hungry magic. Magic that hasn’t been seen before, that dives into deep systems or skims the top. If you’ve ever thought, “Can this be magic? Does this work in MG?” send it to us.  We are passionate about magic systems in any and every form. Please. Send. (eh em, for those who may be interested, Lacee especially has an undying love for witches). Do note, this includes both huge, explosive magic systems, or the most quiet, subtle of systems. We have created and worked with both and are here for whatever you may bring to the table.

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-Mystery. We both adore stories with puzzles and twisty turns. Weird and unexpected hijinks. Mythic or ghostly-story elements mixed in. Stories with bad guys who don’t feel like bad guys, because hey–every antagonist is the hero of their own story. Make us guess what’s coming next and be surprised if we get it wrong. Give us all the shocking story parts that you can. We both have a soft spot for sneaky stories that twist clues together for a genius ending.

-Mythology, legends, folklore, and places steeped in tradition. Send us a people, a place, a world that feels real in all aspects of life. We are particularly interested in stories that are not Western oriented. We will have the utmost respect for what you send our way.

-Hope and whimsy–not to be confused with lightness and the trivial. To us, hope is one of the most compelling themes in Middle Grade, and whimsy makes our hearts pitter-patter. Both of these can be (and often should be) included in dark stories. If hope is a theme in your writing (no matter what kind of story it’s wrapped up in), we want to see it.

-Fantasy of all subgenres. Large scale world building. Political intrigue. Magical mayhem. Dynasties and matriarchal societies and utopias and post-apocalyptic battle grounds. Send us your worlds with intricate maps attached. Toss everything you’ve got at us! Do your worst. That being said, we both adore stories of our world but shifted in slight, purposeful, and creative ways. This also includes fantasy that does NOT include magic. When we say fantasy of all subgenres, we mean it.

-Relationship driven tales. Sibling relationships. Parental relationships. Best friends. Enemies. Kids who don’t know how to form friendships, and those who fall into friendships faster than a kid dives into Lucky Charms. We very much want to see stories with interesting, deep, and compelling relationships.

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-Other things we adore and would be very *grabby hands* to see: good mental health and LGBTQ and multi-cultural representation, humor, clever and witty characters, lyrical prose, monsters and strange creatures, horror elements, thick atmosphere, quests and journeys, strange story-structure, fearsome grandmothers, environmental elements, retellings that don’t feel like retellings, multiple points-of-view, characters who must make difficult choices, magic that *already exists* at the start of the story, characters with soft hearts, writing with strong voice, a hopeful who’s highly motivated to learn their socks off and edit their work thoroughly and doesn’t shy away from mentors who will push them to write the best novel they possibly can (did you read this far??).

Genre summarized: mystery (contemporary or fantasy), fantasy (high and low, otherworld or here, dark or light), retellings, timeslip, historical fantasy, steampunk, horror. And please, mash-up these genres! We like a good twist on genre. As a note though, we read, write, and edit many sub-genres, and as long as something has interesting voice & concept, genre truly doesn’t matter.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND
-Contemporary (unless it’s mystery)
-Sports books (unless the sport is sword-fighting and we’re hunting for murderous unicorns)
-Animal POVs (unless the animals are dragons or griffins)
-Chosen one stories
-Portal stories

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COMPARISON NOVELS
High-Fantasy: Furthermore and Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi
Fantasy without magic: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Lyrical Writing: Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin
Light Fantasy: The Evil Wizard Smallbone by Delia Sherman, and Savvy by Ingrid Law
Magical Creatures: The Dragon with the Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis
Historical Fantasy: Cuckoo Calling by Francis Hardinge, and The Mesmerist by Ronald L. Smith
Post-Apocalyptic: The Boy at the End of the World by Greg Van Eekhart
Horror: The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste, and The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
Ghosts: Lockwood & Co. by Jonathan Stroud and Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh
Mythology: Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
Witches: Love Sugar Magic by Anna Meriano, and The Thickety by JA White
Quests: Voyage to the Magical North by Claire Fayers
Mystery: The Emperor’s Riddle by Kat Zhang, and Greenglass House by Kate Milford
Timeslip: The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
Steampunk: The Peculiar by Stefan Bachman
Retelling: The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson, and The Real Boy by Anne Ursu

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WHAT TO EXPECT IF YOU WORK WITH US
(Be forewarned, we’re weird and involved and probably care about PW–and about YOU–too much.) Expect encouragements for self-care. Expect clear communication. Expect us to push you hard in your writing. Expect to work, and expect that we’ll work hard as well. Expect two rounds of revisions with us (not including any new critique partners you might find and match up with over the next months). Expect one round of larger edits (story structure, character arc, world building–whatever your manuscript may need), and one round of smaller edits (close, line-by-line scene & sentence/continuity issues). Expect help you with your query, synopsis, and pitch to prepare for the agent round, as well.

But most of all, more than anything else, expect to learn.

Because communication is important, we’ll most be readily available through email and on gchat; all communication will go through both of us–you won’t ever receive differing notes or responses to questions.

ABOUT US
You can find any of our info in our bios, but here’s the short version: combined, we have six years of Pitch Wars experience. Juliana has worked four mentees in past years (if you head over here, you can read all about her past mentees–their manuscripts, their experiences, how they did in the agent round, and who their agents are now); this year, she’s also serving on the PitchWars committee as one of their mentor liaisons. Lacee has been a mentee twice. You can read about her experience with PitchWars here. We know and deeply understand how this process works. We have pushed ourselves as authors and writers to understand craft, how to analyze manuscripts, and help others learn. This is a passion of ours, and we take the job quite seriously.

We pride ourselves on having particular expertise in regards to overall story structure, as this is where we’ve spent the last years in focused study. If you want to learn how to plot, and plot well, we’re your team. We will help you make sure theme, character arc, and plot all twine together to create a cohesive work. We can promise that if you join us, the following months won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. We are also quite meticulous in consistency in line-edits. And…shameless plug in that we are very good at pitch & query writing.

As a last little note, we made a Pinterest Board for PW ’18, if anyone is inclined to check it out. It’s filled with inspiration pictures, quotes, and comp novels. If you have any follow up questions regarding our wishlist, please contact us on twitter at @julianalbrandt and @laceelh. Thank you so much for stopping by. May the writing muses send you inspiration in the smallest details, ferocity in the face of doubt, and courage (and good friends!) to drag you along when you have neither.

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Interview With #PitchWars 2017 Mentee, Bronwyn Clark

2017 Pitch Wars was, without a doubt, a beautiful experience. I was able to work with Bronwyn Clark on the most lovely of manuscripts. I have to say, I’ve never met someone so happy to do extraordinarily difficult work on their writing. What’s extraordinary to me though isn’t necessarily the difficult work Bronwyn did during Pitch Wars (though she did–she dove in and re-structured her whole novel and re-worked world building without a single complaint), but rather how much she learned. While she received 26 requests during the agent round, she didn’t receive any offers of representation for that manuscript. Instead of taking that as defeat, she buried herself in another manuscript, using each of the tools she’d learned during PW. I was lucky enough to read a first draft of that new book, and let me tell you, it didn’t read like a first draft. She had nailed her plotting. It was such a gift to see how she’d grown as an author. 
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I am unbelievably proud and delighted to say that Bronwyn is now represented by agent Lydia Silver of Darley Anderson Children’s Book Agency for that shiny, new manuscript. She’s written about her writing journey over here; I highly suggest checking out that post, as it’s an incredible tale.Now, onto the PW interview! If you’d like to backtrack and read the interview with my 2014 mentee and alternate go here, or the interview with my 2015 mentee go here, or my 2016 mentee, head on over here!
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Me: There are a few parts to PitchWars, the first of which was deciding which mentors you wanted to submit. How did you decide who to send to?
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Bronwyn: Pitch Wars 2017 was my third time entering. The first time I entered in 2015 was with a YA Contemporary (not Juliana’s category). In 2016, I submitted to Juliana because she was so positive on Twitter, and I had a MG Fantasy that I believed would interest her. She asked for pages and even though she didn’t end up picking me that year, she gave me some really great advice. So, when I was choosing who to submit my MG Contemporary with magical elements to in 2017, she was at the top of my list. Juliana is one of the most positive, kind people I’ve ever interacted with. She is wicked smart, and I was over the moon happy when she and her co-mentor picked my manuscript. 
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Me: For the 2018 PitchWars hopefuls, what was it like to have me as your mentor? (Feel free to be honest :P)
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Bronwyn: It was all rainbows, and sunshine, and cupcakes! Seriously, I really did feel like the luckiest mentee on the planet! Juliana goes above and beyond the expected minimum for a Pitch Wars mentor. She doesn’t do this gig for name recognition or for the awesome Pitch Wars Mentor t-shirts. She’s believes in writers. There wasn’t a day that went by when I didn’t feel supported. She even had two of her former mentees read my manuscript for input. One of those amazing ladies was none other that Lacee Little, who also gave me awesome feedback. They will be an amazing team. Submit to them! You will not regret it if they pick your manuscript!
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Me: What was your overall experience with the editing/revising process? Was there a certain part that was particularly difficult or rewarding?
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Bronwyn: Revisions for my Pitch Wars manuscript were big. I needed to change my world building and make my magic system more unique. I needed to really figure out what my main character’s goal was and what she was up against to get there. Juliana and my other mentor walked me through what ended up being a rewrite cover to cover. There isn’t a whole lot of time during Pitch Wars for that kind of revision, but I knew they had my back and thought I was up to the task. 
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Juliana sprinkled in heavy doses of encouragement and pointed out things she loved about my writing. She was always ready to answer questions and so easy to talk to. I learned SO much from her, which is why I entered into Pitch Wars to begin with. If you choose to submit to Juliana and she suggests big changes, go for it! She knows what she’s doing. I trusted her 100%, and my manuscript came out stronger for it in the end. Even more importantly, I’m a better writer because of her. That is the biggest reward a writer can get! 
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Me: Were there any parts of PitchWars that you were surprised at? Submissions? Edits? The agent round? Post-agent round?
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Bronwyn: I think I’m most surprised by the additional bonuses of Pitch Wars. The real reason for this contest is to make new writing friends, learn as much as you can, and become a better writer. I’ve met amazing critique partners who I absolutely adore. I made writing friends for life in Juliana and Lacee. I know they will cheer me on for the rest of my writing career (and they will cheer you on as well!). There is such an amazing Pitch Wars community for those who choose to be positive and are willing to support other writers. 
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Me: If you could choose to do PitchWars all over again, would you? Why?
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Bronwyn: Definitely. Pitch Wars may not be how I get an agent, but it has made me a better writer and critique partner. Everyone gets an agent and a book deal at different speeds. Some after their first manuscript. Some after there twenty-third. What matters in the meantime is that we better our craft, and Pitch Wars is a guarantee for that. If you aren’t just looking for an agent and want to learn, then enter. You have so much to gain by doing so. 

Tips on Query Writing

I critique a lot of queries. Query writing is relatively easy to learn and hone, and it’s one I’ve enjoyed working on over the years. Though I have an agent, I still write a query-pitch for all of my manuscripts. It helps focus me while drafting and revising, and what’s especially cool, is if you write a particularly good query…your agent might use part (or all!) of it in submissions to editors.

While critiquing queries, I’ve noticed there are similar mistakes people seem to make. This post is designed to address some of them.

*It should be noted that the best query advice (IMO) is Lauren Spiellers’s Query Checklist. I use a verysimilar format below for my query suggestions. Please go check her post out! (She knows more than I do, because she’s…you know, a really good agent.)*

A few notes:
-I typically work with fiction queries for MG, YA, and A categories. This post doesn’t address queries that are specific to PBs, memoirs, or nonfiction books.
-I suggest below a pitch that’s broken into two parts, though I’ve often seen (and have used!) a three-part pitch.
-Place all titles (yours & comparison novels) in capital letters.
-Be wary of introducing too many characters.
-Be wary of listing things that happen (ie: Red Riding Hood must trick the wolf, save her granny, and not stray from the path…). This is telling and would be much more interesting if “shown” in longer form in the query itself.
-Be wary of getting “fancy”. Plain writing and sticking to the regular query format often works best.
-Keep the entirety of the query to around 250-400 words total (350 is a better max, truthfully).

1. Intro

Include: one agent with correctly spelled name & why you’re querying them. This paragraph is not always necessary. Jumping straight into the pitch is a good choice too. I believe Query Shark suggests this.

Some phrases that might be helpful in this paragraph:
“I understand from your website/Manuscript Wish List/Twitter that are interested in XXX, so I am excited to share my manuscript, TITLE, with you.”

2. 1st Half of Pitch

Include: main character’s name, normal life, deepest hopes, and inciting incident. The inciting incident is the event that kicks off your story and main conflict, ex: “Craving freedom (deepest hopes/needs) from her tedious chore-driven life (normal life), Red Riding Hood balks when her mother sends her to Granny’s house” and “testing the limits of her mother’s reach, Red Riding Hood strays from the path.”

Some phrases that might be helpful in this paragraph:

If you need help with the inciting incident sentence (“But…when…” sentences work well): “But when [exciting/terrible thing] happens, MC must [do something exciting/terrible that launches them into the story].” Ex: “But when Red Riding Hood strays from the path, she comes face-to-face with the legendary, terrifying Wolf.”

3. 2nd Half of Pitch

Include: “meat” conflict, aka: the main conflict your MC deals with; any other major characters; and stakes, aka: what horrible thing will happen if the MC doesn’t achieve their goal.

Some phrases that might be helpful in this paragraph:

If you need help with the stakes sentence (“If…then…” sentences work well): “If [MC cannot defeat/win goal], then [awful thing that will happen].” Ex: “If Red Riding Hood cannot defeat the Wolf, Granny won’t be the only one to perish.”

Also in terms of stakes, do keep them relevant to character arc to ensure that they are impactful—that it impacts more than just plot. One way to do this is to look back at your “inciting incident” sentence and the “deepest hopes/needs” sentence (Red craves freedom & strays from the path because of it, wherein she meets the Wolf) and make sure that your stakes is tied back to that (“Red must stop the Wolf or risk the destruction of everything she holds dear–her granny and any chance at freedom.”)

4. Book Details

Include: category, genre, word count, comparison novels, and other book details

Some phrases that might be helpful in this paragraph:

If you need help including book details succinctly: “Complete at xx,000 words, TITLE is a CATEGORY & GENRE novel that will appeal to readers of COMPARISON NOVEL and SECOND COMPARISON NOVEL.” [Note: Comparison novels are important; they show you’ve done your research and know the category and genre you’re writing in.]

If your book has series potential: “Complete at xx,000 words, TITLE is a standalone novel with series potential.”

If you write from multiple points-of-view: “Told from multiple points-of-view, TITLE is complete at xx,000 words.” OR “Told from xx and xx’s points-of-view, TITLE is…”

5. Bio

Include: publishing details and what you do besides writing (job, hobbies, etc). If you don’t have any publishing details, that’s okay! Don’t get too bogged down here. The most important part of your query is the pitch for your book. Feel free to add something short and fun. Ie: “When not writing, I can be found crocheting bookmarks and concocting magical stews.”

Some phrases that might be helpful in this paragraph:

If you are seeing new agent-representation: “After an amicable split with my previous agent, I am currently seeking new representation.”

6. Sign off

Be kind. Be courteous. Remember the agent you’re querying is flooded with work. They’re incredible human beings who deserve our respect. Include in the sign off what you’ve attached in the query showing that you’ve done your research. Agents can request a few pages attached IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL to specific page amounts as an attachment, to the entire manuscript. They could also request synopsis. Be prepared for a variety and please follow their guidelines!

Some phrases that might be helpful in this paragraph:

“Per your submission guidelines, I’ve included XXX of my manuscript below, as well as XXX. Thank you for your time and consideration.”

Interview with #PitchWars 2016 Mentee, Lacee Little

Another year has flown by and we’re heading into my fourth year with #PitchWars (ahhhh!). This year is going to be an extra spacial year, because I am co-mentoring with the extraordinary Allison Ziegler. We’ll announce our 2017 wishlist soon enough, but for now, I have a post about my indomitable 2016 mentee, Lacee Little, and her experience with PW!
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Lacee Little’s manuscript, AN IMPOSSIBLE MAGIC, is honestly one of the more creative, adventurous, and surprising historical fantasies I’ve read in recent years. Her query and pitch snatched up my heart immediately when I read it during the 2016 submission process. She turned out to be an absolute joy to work with, and over the course of two months, she was miraculously patient and hard-working while we made her MS shine. She’s become one of my dearest writing friends in the past year (#PitchWars can be a blessing in many different ways!), and I am eternally grateful to have a friend whose undying love for Diana Wynne Jones matches my own <3
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Read below for Lacee’s thoughts on Pitc.h Wars 2016 and what it was like to work closely with me in preparation for the agent round (umm, have I mentioned yet that the girl garnered 24 agent requests during the agent round? It was an absolute whirlwind)! Also, if you’d like to read the interview with my 2014 mentee and alternate go here, or the interview with my 2015 mentee go here (eh em, this lady–Julie Artz–is a mentor this year, too!).
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Me: There are a few parts to PitchWars, the first of which was deciding which mentors you wanted to submit to. How did you decide who to send to?
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Lacee:  I treated it very similar to looking for an agent. Mostly I looked at the MG mentors’ wishlists, and what books they enjoyed, and found the ones that closest matched my MS. Also with you, I had followed you on twitter since 2015 PW, and I really thought you seemed like an enjoyable and encouraging person to work with.
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[Me: Lacee was an alternate in PW2015 which is what she's referring to above!]
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Me: For the 2017 PitchWars hopefuls, what was it like to have me as your mentor? (Feel free to be honest :P)
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Lacee: The best ever!!! Seriously though, my answer is “Beyond my wildest dreams,” and I really mean it. I did not expect such detailed attention, encouragement, and just general helpfulness. Instead of just offering feedback, you talked things through with me, too, which helped accelerate the revision process.
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[Me *blushes furiously* Really though, the feeling is mutual!]
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Me: What was your overall experience with the editing/revising process? Was there a certain part that was particularly difficult or rewarding?
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Lacee: This was actually my best revising ever, I think. It certainly was the most enjoyable. Usually I revise extensively, then send to a CP, then revise a ton more, and send to a CP. It takes months. This time, I feel it was so much more collaborative, which I loved! I discussed ideas with so many people in the MIDST of revisions, and had people look over stuff before I’d completely “polished” it, which I’d never done before. Plus, I had more people read over and critique my MS than I’d ever had before, and I loved getting so many expert opinions. It was really interesting to see how everyone notices different aspects that need help.
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Me: Were there any parts of PitchWars that you were surprised at? Submissions? Edits? The agent round?
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Lacee: Like I said above, I was surprised how much support you gave me! I honestly did not count on such generosity! Also, I was very surprised by the community. Last year [in 2015] I was a last minute addition, so I wasn’t on the facebook group. It was such an essential part of my PW experience this year, not to mention the support from other mentors, and your past mentees. It totally felt like being adopted into a tribe/family, which I definitely hadn’t expected!
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Me: If you could choose to do PitchWars all over again, would you? Why?
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Lacee: Honestly, I would feel a bit greedy since it would be my 3rd time. ;) But hypothetically, for sure. I would encourage anyone to participate. I have yet to find an opportunity for better community and mentorship, and Pitch Wars handles things so professionally. It’s the best ‘writers helping writers’ organization I’ve ever seen!
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If you’re interested in finding Lacee over on twitter, you can find here; she really is a remarkable writer and friend, and I know she’d love to say hello!

Pitch Wars Wish List 2016

Hello, Warriors, Dreamers, and Wordsmiths! I will keep this post as short and sweet as I can, but I want the very first thing you read on my blog to be this: For PitchWars, I am not looking for a manuscript that is perfect. I am looking for a book that is filled with potential, and for a writer who has already done the hard work and is prepared to roll up their sleeves and dig in for two months with me. I am looking for someone who is open to critique and who is ready to have an open dialogue about what darlings of theirs might need to change. I am looking for someone who’s excited to learn. I am passionate about this process, and I will work so, so hard for you, if you are ready to do the same.

You are all bright, brilliant things, and I cannot say enough about the courage it takes to submit your work. I wish very much that I could take on each and every one of you who submits to me, but alas, since I can only choose one, let’s move on!

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Why You Should Choose Me!

-If you’re curious about what it’s like to work with me from a mentee’s point of view, check out this blogpost to read an interview with my mentee and alt from 2014 and this blogpost with my mentee from 2015.
-Stacy Hackney, my mentee from 2014, received a whopping 12 agent requests during the agent round and is now represented by the lovely Katie Grimm! Julie Artz, my mentee from 2015, received a solidly stupendous 6 requests, and is now working as the talented editor she is! Both of these lovely ladies will likely help me read submissions and have said they would be excited to help my 2016 mentee :D
-I have extensive critiquing experience: my editing strengths are in plotting (I adore plotting!), character arcs, defining the rules of magic systems, world building, writing at the sentence level (show vs tell, inserting emotion into the text), and honing queries until they shine. I work hard to have precise, thoughtful feedback, be it for bigger overall issues or close in line issues. Two months is, of course, not enough time to teach someone how to write from scratch, but it is enough time for a crash course in some writing elements. We’ll work together to figure out what you need.
-For the past two years, I have done editing with my mentees in two waves. The first being larger issues (plotting!) and the second closer issues (line edits!).
-I have written 10 books, eight of which have been fantasy and the other two were contemporary (this is the main reason why I am not the best fit for a contemporary novel–see below in the “what I’m looking for” section–as I don’t have as much experience writing and critiquing it). I am passionate about the drafting and editing process, and have learned a lot through each of my books. I am so excited to share what I’ve learned with you <3
(Please do come find me on Twitter @julianalbrandt. I would love to chat and “meet” you! Or feel free to write any comments questions on this blogpost! I will be happy to respond:)

What I’m Looking For!

I’m looking for MG fantasy this year, both high and low. I am a massive fan of weird magic, unique magic systems, and worlds that haven’t been seen before. I love darkness tinged with humor, characters that form close relationships, mythology that’s woven into plot, quests (QUESTS, I LOVE QUESTS), villains that resonate, and clever main characters who use their wit to escape from tricky situations.

To give you an idea of my reading tastes, check out the list below:

-Otherworld fantasy: HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE (or anything by Diana Wynne Jones, for that matter), THE REAL BOY by Anne Ursu, TUESDAY’S AT THE CASTLE by Jessica Day George, THE HOLLOW KINGDOM by Clare B. Dunkle, THE WITCH’S BOY by Kelly Barnhill, THE THICKETY by J.A. White.
-Fantasy that is NOT magic-based: THE THIEF by Megan Whalen Turner, THE FALSE PRINCE by Jennifer Nielson, PRINCESS ACADEMY by Shannon Hale.
-Dark fantasy: THE PECULIAR by Stefan Bachmann.
-Horror: THE NIGHT GARDENER by Jonathon Auxier, DOLL BONES by Holly Black.
-Historical Fantasy: SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK by Robert Beatty.
-Magical, adventure stories: THE MAP TO EVERYWHERE by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis, LIESL & PO by Lauren Oliver, PETER & THE STARCATCHERS by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.
-Stories with beautiful mythology: WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON by Grace Lin. (I would fight tooth and nail for books involving local mythology!)
-Magical Realism: RULES FOR STEALING STARS by Corey Ann Haydou.
-I would shove aside other mentors for a diverse cast of characters set in a tight fantasy world. (Send me all the diverse MSs!)

*As an interesting thing to note, the manuscripts I’ve chosen to mentor in recent years have been about children discovering that magic (or something strange and wonderful) exists in the every day world. (This is very clearly NOT chosen one stories or children coming into some secret power (please see below at the “what I’m not looking for” section).) While this is noted, I would be very interested  in a MS where magic already exists at the beginning of story (ie: “discovering magic exists” is not the inciting incident).

What I’m Not Looking For

*Sci-fi & contemporary novels are not my strong suit. There are other, incredible mentors who shine in those genres, who you should look at submitting to before thinking of submitting to me.
*I am not as good of a fit for “chosen one” stories, magic systems that have been seen before (such as elemental magic), retellings (or stories using fairytale characters), or portal stories. If your MS has any of these and you still want to submit to me, these elements will have to be very uniquely written for me to be interested.

As a note, I will not be able to respond to everyone who submits to me. I will do my best to respond to the people I request material from. The school year is just beginning though, and I know it would not be healthy for me to promise to respond to everyone’s submissions. I do apologize for this.

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