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WELCOME TO MY PITCH WARS BIO. HAVE SOME SNACKS.
Are you settled? Need tea? I’ve got Chai, Peppermint, Earl Gray.
I’m Stephanie Scott and this is my third year as a Pitch Wars mentor. My category is YOUNG ADULT.
I’m crazy about this contest, so much that I’m ALL IN at the same time as my debut book launch! See my bio on the right and below it a link to my book ALTERATIONS on Goodreads. Add it if you dare!
One of my favorite parts of Pitch Wars is providing feedback on queries and first pages. It’s not an expectation to respond to everyone, but I like doing it. Given my book release, my feedback to anyone who subs to me who’s not chosen will likely come a little later—mid-September or so. I want my full attention on choosing the manuscript I can best help, and then reading through the MS with notes so my mentee can get working.
What I’m Best Equipped To Help With
Contemporary Young Adult is what I write and read most, in any range from romance to realistic to a little bit ‘o magic. I like historicals, but as a tip, many YA historicals that sell or do well in the traditional YA market have some type of magic or fantasy element (MY LADY JANE and DIVINERS for example, both of which I loved). I’m looking for what I can see gaining attention with our chosen literary agents and agents outside of the contest.
Here are some topics that always spark my interest
- #ownvoices – If you’re writing diverse characters and you yourself represent a minority or marginalized group, I WANT TO SUPPORT YOU.
- Athletes – School sports or personal interests like snowboarding, rock climbing, dance, or showing horses. Anything where the character has an expertise and a competitive drive.
- Teens with jobs – The story involves their work-life. Sarah Dessen, Huntley Fitzpatrick, and Julie Murphy have written YA books like this.
- Setting – Stories with a strong sense of place – distinct town, city, state, country, that affects the story.
- Class issues – Characters who struggle with class issues or varying financial hardships. (THE SERPENT KING does such a great job at showing economic disparity among friends.)
- Magical Realism – this is subtle elements of magic largely unknown to the world. So, not magic schools, portal worlds, or chosen ones. Check out Sarah Addison Allen’s books or IMAGINARY GIRLS by Nova Ren Suma. Also: modern folklore; SHADOWSHAPER is a very cool book with more overt magic elements, but centered in the real world. And I love the mystical magic clashing with the real world in THE RAVEN BOYS.
- FUNNY – I love the funny. Bring on the funny.
- Hackers – MR. ROBOT near/alt future culture (are you watching Mr. Robot? Why not? Rami Malek is amazing!)
- Complicated friendships
What I’m Least Experienced With
- High fantasy (I like watching Game of Thrones, but I don’t read this type of fantasy very often)
- Sci-Fi with a heavy focus on other worlds, creatures, beings
- Portal fantasies (going through a portal to another world to save someone)
How are those snacks? Need more tea?
More About Me To Seal The Deal (aka your entry)
- I found my agent through a blog pitch contest. I know what it’s like!
- I’m a member of Romance Writers of America and judge entries for the Young Adult Rosemary contest along with my home chapter contest, and the national-level Golden Heart for unpublished manuscripts.
- I’m a mentor for Adventures in YA Publishing’s monthly 1st Five Pages workshop.
- YARRR! See Left for my Boatswain Jayne photo from where I blog with YABuccaneers about writing and YA books!
- I also blog with the Pitch Wars mentor-run blog Writing with the Mentors
- I have a 4-person critique group who have made me a better writer over the 3 years we’ve been working together
- I’m part of The Sweet Sixteens debut group and have read over a dozen Young Adult releases so far in 2016!
What You Can Expect from me in Pitch Wars
The chosen mentee will have their full manuscript read with in-doc notes and an overview. We can work on narrowing down a revision plan. After that, periodic check-ins, and assistance in crafting the pitch and first page for the agent round. My critiques are character and structure focused. I would never, ever rip anyone’s work apart in a heartless way. I focus on constructive criticism to help writers find their voice to tell their best story.
One More List OF STUFF
- Current obsession: #bookstagram on Instagram
- Current foodie obsession: Ramen – not the 4 for $1 Top Ramen packets, but a noodle soup bowl with fresh vegetables and a hardboiled egg ZOMG
- Fandoms: Star Wars, The X-Files, Orphan Black, iZombie, Supernatural (I’m going to a SPN CON this fall! For real!), Ravenclaw, Team Jacob, Team Gale, Team Damon, #SaveGansey
- Favorite droid: BB-8
- Favorite not-guilty pleasure: dance movies
- Gamer Life: Fallout, Halo, Dragon Age, Skyrim, Borderlands, Peggle
- Pitch Wars factoid: I’ve shared a bed with Brenda Drake
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