Genres I’m particularly interested in:
-Science Fiction & Fantasy
-Mystery & Thriller
I would especially love to see books with ANY of the following:
-High concept premises
-Diverse, disabled, or LGBTQ characters
-Romance that makes me swoon (and yes, steamy scenes are fine!)
-Strong friendships or family relationships
-Unusual settings or time periods
-Anything that makes me laugh
-Something that turns YA/NA tropes upside down
-Characters who are skilled at or passionate about something (music, gymnastics, baking, molecular biology – whatever!)
I am NOT the best mentor for:
-Paranormal or Urban Fantasy
-Dystopian or Post-apocalyptic
-Dark contemporary (except mystery/thriller)
-Novels in verse
-Fairy tale retellings
-Vampires, zombies, were-anythings, angels/demons, mermaids, or fairies
-Anything involving rape, sexual abuse, or animal abuse/death
Why you should pick me:
This is my third time mentoring Pitch Wars and BOTH of my former mentees have gone on to get agents. Also, this year I was a coach for The Writer’s Voice and my team won with the most requests – and some of those authors have already signed with agents, too. You can check out my 2012 and 2013 Pitch Wars teams, along with my Writer’s Voice 2014 team, if you’d like to see what kind of entries I've picked before. Many of my team members have become friends and CPs with each other, and I make it a point to check in every so often with my former Pitch Wars mentees and alternates. Team Briggs is for life!
|My 2012 mentee Stephanie & me|
|My dogs helping me proof my book|
|In my Katniss (book version) costume|
Please only apply for me if you are open to honest, constructive criticism and are willing to work hard on revisions. If you think your book is ready to be published as-is, I am not the mentor for you.
Also, if I have critiqued for you before (in a contest or otherwise), please do not apply for me – I like to work with new people for Pitch Wars to give as many people a chance as possible.
Look around my website, and if you think I'm the right coach for you, send me an application on August 18. Please visit Brenda's site for more info on the participating agents and all the submission guidelines. Good luck!