Pitch Wars – What J.K. Rowling and I Have in Common and Why You Should Pick Me For Your Mentor

Once upon a time, a writer was induced two weeks early so her birth could be covered by a health insurance policy which expired July 31.  That means, not only could she have been two weeks smarter, she also shares a birthday with J.K. Rowling (and Harry Potter).  Like J. K. Rowling, one day she will have a zillion readers and achieve such success, she can write whatever drivel she wants, and people will still stampede to buy her books.  Until then, she will be busy picking off extraneous adverbs, and sharpening her dialogue until her characters beg her to stop before they commit hari-kari on the edge of her pen.

I write contemporary and historical YA fiction.  My agent is Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency.  I’ve edited everything, from legal docs and newspaper articles, to books from published and unpublished writers, MG, YA and adult fiction.  For Pitch Wars, I will mentor only YA.   See below list for genres I like to read.  More than any specific genre, I’m looking for a story with heart, and an MC I can root for.  I love pirates, geniuses, sailors, castles, love triangles, the marginalized, culture clashes, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, best friends, damsels with cheek and slightly baffled heroes.  Would especially love a boy-view, or a coming-of-age story, and a combo of the two would be even better!  I’m not a fan of horror.  I love working with other writers and look forward to meeting you.  We’re going to kill this!

  1. Action/Adventure
  2. Chick lit
  3. Contemporary
  4. Crime
  5. Dystopian
  6. Family drama
  7. Fantasy
  8. Historical
  9. Humor
  10. Multicultural
  11. Paranormal
  12. Romance
  13. Sci-Fi
  14. Thrillers



Submissions start today (11/26) ! The cut off time to get your applications (query & first five pages of manuscript) in is 8AM EST onDecember 5.

Send your applications to brendadrakecontests@gmail.com. Writers can apply for up to 3 coaches. The coaches’ categories are set. Coaches can only consider the categories they’ve signed up for. Writers cannot apply for a coach that is not in their category.

For additional information about this contest go HERE.

·        This is open to finished manuscripts only.

·         You may only enter one manuscript.

·         Only the genres requested by each coach will be considered for the contest.


Subject line: Pitch Wars Application: Coach Name you want to apply for: Title (Example: Pitch Wars Application: Brenda Drake: GONE WITH THE WIND)

Name: Your Name

Genre: The genre of your manuscript

Word Count: The word count of your manuscript

Query letter here  (embedded in email). Single spaced. No indentions. A space between each paragraph.

First five pages of the manuscript here (embedded in email). Single spaced. No indentions. A space between each paragraph.


REMINDER: You can send an application for up to 3 coaches.

Check back soon for a complete list of the amazing agents participating in the contest. There’s over a dozen!

Today all the coaches are posting bios/wish lists on their blogs. So before choosing your top 3 picks, check all the coaches’ posts in your category before deciding which coach to submit. To jump from blog to blog, just click on our pictures below.


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6 Responses to Pitch Wars – What J.K. Rowling and I Have in Common and Why You Should Pick Me For Your Mentor

  1. Jae says:

    Mmmm… if you love desserts, have you ever tried pot au chocolate? To die for!

    Thanks for being a part of Pitch Wars. I plan to submit my application to you (which we briefly discussed on Twitter), and am glad to hear you’re interested in a boy-view manuscript. I’m still polishing everything up before I submit it. Only the best for the Pitch Wars mentors—or at least the best I can make it. Hopefully one of you will be able to take the story and my writing to new heights. Again, thanks for being a part of this!

  2. Giora says:

    My YA fiction covers sections 1,3,6,10, 11 and 12 making you a great coach. Thanks for participating.

  3. stacey says:

    Jae, oh yes, pot au chocolate and I are good friends. Awesome! I’m looking forward to reading. 🙂
    Giora, wow, you have me covered. Yay!
    Nicole, thanks for visiting!

  4. What a great contest opportunity for people! It amazes me how many great contests are out there. And as a spectator, it’s been kind of fun to read all the PW posts on Twitter. Some of them are pretty saucy. Good luck to you and the person you mentor!

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