PITCH WARS MENTOR BIO 2018
|Benedict Crumplebutt tells you to breathe.|
So no matter what happens for you from here on out, if you get into Pitch Wars this year, or if you don't. KEEP GOING! Publishing is for the stubborn.
WHO I AM AND WHAT I WANT
|This is my face!|
|Oh won't you be #teamshootforthemoon with me?|
I'm open to ALL fantasy. FANTASY IS MY FIRST LOVE. I particularly love Contemporary Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, and fantasy novels set in worlds without magic. I'm not the best fit for Paranormal or Urban Fantasy but I can be convinced if the concept is fresh enough.
In sci-fi, I prefer novels that are light science/heavy characterization. I love sci-fi with big concepts and warm authentic characters. I particularly love Black Mirror type stories, and sci-fi that takes place in near future type worlds (although I adored Firefly, and love anything SET IN SPACE). Other favorite sci-fi shows: X-Files (especially the quirky episodes), Fringe, Primeval, Falling Skies, The 100, Timeless, Dark Matter, and Continuum.
In horror, I need the story to have a sense of humor and a balance of light. I'm not squeamish, but I am empathetic, so I probably won't choose something that means going to a dark place emotionally for the length of the entire story, no matter the genre. Think STRANGER THINGS level of scary. I'm also looking for stories which are spooky, not scary.
I'm especially interested in stories that mix elements of all three genres.
I'm not taking Contemporary, Graphic Novels, Memoirs, Thrillers, or anything too far above a PG 13 rating. I can handle triggering subjects pretty well, but please no graphic violence towards young children or dogs. I'm also steering clear of stories involving VR or video games because of similarities with my own book.
In all genres...
GIVE ME YOUR WEIRD!
|handy VENN DIAGRAM with three circles of things I want. |
First circle labeled WEIRD.
The weirder the concept the more I want to request.
I'm looking for stories like CINDER by Marissa Meyer (fairytale retelling staring a cyborg girl on a planet ruled by an evil queen, YES!) or SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman.
I love stories where the impossible happens for logical reasons. I love deeply researched magic systems like, well, everything by Brandon Sanderson or V.E. Schwab, or like the magic system based in bone magic, where the MC's wields magic teeth, in the upcoming THE MERCIFUL CROW by Margaret Owens. I love stories with RULES, and MAPS, and THREE RING BINDERS FULL of worldbuilding details.
I also love stories where logic is thrown out the window. I absolutely loved THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER by Emily X.R. Pan, a lyrical lush literary story about a dead mom who turned into a bird. So MR or fabulism is a yes for me!
I especially like when tropes are twisted on their head. I unironically love all Disney Channel Movies, so don't hesitate if your story is by the book, BUT GIVES SOMEONE NEW A CHANCE TO STAR. I'm very interested in fresh voices, diverse characters written by diverse writers. Books like WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT by my CP Isabel Ibanez, CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by Tomi Adeyemi, or THE DISASTERS by MK England.
GIVE ME YOUR FEMINIST STORIES!
If you just eeped, send me your stories.
|Penelope likes herself the way that she is.|
This moment in the movie makes me cry every single time,
and I want it in more book forms.
|The VENN DIAGRAM is completed: weird, feminist, and kissing.|
|Oh I love this movie.|
*edited to add-- I DO NOT NEED A ROMANCE. I'm especially drawn to stories where the characters go through an emotional connection arc, which does not have to be romantic. Found families, parent/child relationships, friendship stories, etc all would count.
OTHER THINGS ABOUT PENELOPE THAT I'D LOVE TO SEE.
Every shot of this movie is magic, I swear. I love gothic stories, or stories where you can feel the heat of the desert or taste the spicy peppers, stories where the mood or the setting is basically a character of its own. Stories where the woods are alive, and not just with the Sound of Music. (My mentee can expect quality theatre puns like this one.)
- ATMOSPHERIC WORLD BUILDING
- DAMAGED BOYS WHO ARE INSPIRED TO DO BETTER BECAUSE OF LOVE.
- ANTAGONISTS WHO SPEAK THE WORLDS OF THE MEANEST VOICE IN THE MC'S HEAD.
- Also WITCHES,
- GREAT CLOTHES,
- MATCHMAKING or ARRANGED MARRIAGES,
- FOUND FAMILIES,
- and FEMALE FRIENDSHIPS.
THINGS NOT IN PENELOPE BUT I STILL LOVE AND WANT TO SEE
- ghosts in theaters,
- unlikely alliances,
- super heroes,
- characters who die,
- quiet stories set in HUGE worlds (Like THE QUIET PLACE),
- stories that take you on an EMOTIONAL RIDE,
- soft boys,
- awkward smart kids,
- robot buddies,
- characters with mental illness treated in a loving way,
- fat characters (yes I said this nine times, I NEED IT)
- best friends to lovers,
- also enemies to lovers,
- also lovers to enemies,
- killer world building,
- literally world building that might kill me,
- TWISTY STORIES
- book foods,
- nerd culture,
- characters who care too much,
- characters who don't care at all (lies),
- band geeks,
- theatre nerds,
- bookish characters,
- high stakes,
- characters in disguise,
- royalty in disguise
- royalty in new ways (send me your fat queens or princes with depression!)
- MC's who are on the wrong side but don't know it,
- testing family loyalty,
- villains that need to be killed,
- villains who get what is coming to them,
- punching villains in the face,
- also anything that feels like a new fairy tale or folklore.
|Thanks, Benitin Cowsrumple. I also needed the reminder.|
When it comes down to it, I will know the story when I find it, and I will fight for it. I will be there for you as you revise, I'll be cheering you on twitter, chatting through g-chats any time you need, helping you throughout the entire Pitch Wars period, and beyond.
Having a mentor means not going this scary thing alone.
I'm so honored to have your stories in my inbox. If you have more questions, please comment below and I will reply below. Also, I will be at the #askmentor on the 16th, so feel free to @ me with any questions you might have then.
And mentee of mine, whoever you are, you are going to be family to me and I can't wait to meet you.
FIGHT ON, my friends! I can't wait to see your books on the shelves!
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