Pitch Wars 2014 - Pick Me As Your Mentor!

I am so excited to be a Pitch Wars mentor for the third time! This year I’m looking for both Young Adult and New Adult books. (Note: I am NOT mentoring Adult.)

Genres I’m particularly interested in:
-Contemporary Romance
-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
-Literary novels
-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
In the last few years I’ve been on many different sides of the publishing world. My New Adult romance MORE THAN MUSIC came out in June and the prequel novella MORE THAN EXES will be out soon. I also write YA sci-fi and I’m represented by Kate Testerman of KT Literary. I interned for literary agent Jill Corcoran for over a year, interned for Entangled Publishing, and worked as an editor for Curiosity Quills Press. I can get your work in the best shape possible and can give you advice about the many different publishing paths available right now - and help you figure out which one might be best for you.

My dogs helping me proof my book
When I’m not working on my books, I mentor at-risk teens in writing and volunteer with a dog adoption group. I’m a huge geek who’s been to Comic-Con seven times and even cosplayed for a few of those. Music is my other passion and I have three guitars, though I don’t practice as often as I should. My husband is from England and has a sexy accent, rides a motorcycle, and makes chain mail in his spare time. We live in Los Angeles with five fluffy rescue dogs.

In my Katniss (book version) costume
You can find out more by checking me out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Tumblr.


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!