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Pitch Wars 2019

Welcome to our wishlist! We’re Julie and Sarah, aka GreenTEAm, Middle Grade co-mentors for Pitch Wars 2019! Pitch Wars is a mentoring program where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer each to spend three months revising their manuscript. It ends in February with an Agent Showcase, where literary agents can read a pitch/first page and request to read more.

Who is GreenTEAm? 🍵

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Photo caption: Julie (left) and Sarah (right) are very pleased to meet you!

Julie Abe is the author of the middle grade fantasy EVA EVERGREEN, SEMI-MAGICAL WITCH (2020 / Little, Brown Young Readers) and the second book in the series, releasing 2021. She has lived in Silicon Valley, spent many humid summers in Japan, and currently basks in the sunshine of Southern California with never enough books or tea, where she creates stories about magical adventures. Website | Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads

Sarah Suk (pronounced sooke like soup with a K) graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Major in English Literature and a Minor in Creative Writing. Since then, she has worked at an ice cream store, lived in Seoul, South Korea to intern with an NGO called Liberty in North Korea, and pursued her many story ideas, one word at a time. She currently lives in Vancouver, writing Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction, and is represented by Linda Epstein at Emerald City Literary Agency. Website | Instagram | Twitter

We connected online a few years back and immediately bonded over a shared love of Japanese desserts and, of course, magical stories. Since then, we’ve swapped manuscripts, gone on writing retreats, and become close friends with a deep appreciation for sending each other food photos and french fry emojis. We’re so excited to pair up as Pitch Wars co-mentors and we can’t wait to see what brilliant Middle Grade stories are out there!

Caption: GIF of delightful green tea being poured from a teapot.

Our Mentoring Style

Our mentee will get two edit letters co-written by us (one at the beginning of the edit window and the second after you turn in your revised manuscript to us). Our edit letters will include all the things that gave us heart eyes about your story, as well as some tough love on points that could be stronger. Though we can’t guarantee requests, agents, or book deals, we can promise to help you refine your manuscript to be the best that it can be! With that said, we believe that you as the writer know your story better than anyone and we will never try to make your decisions for you. Rather, we are here to guide and support you through the process.

Along the way, and even after the Agent Showcase, we're available to chat, commiserate about the query trenches, talk about how to make your story ~*shine*~, and even walk with you through your publishing life with an agent/editor. We’re here to cheer you on through Pitch Wars and beyond!

Caption: GIF of root vegetables rooting for YOU!

Our Middle Grade Genre List:

(Only Middle Grade, please! We are not open to YA/Adult submissions).

  • Graphic Novels

  • Fantasy

  • Literary

  • Adventure

  • Contemporary

  • Steampunk

  • Historical

  • Mystery

  • Retellings

  • STEM

  • Science Fiction

What We’re Looking For:

  • Authors from marginalized groups. We would love to see more stories from underrepresented voices

  • A modern day Stargirl

  • Stories with the humor and adventure of Sal and Gabi Break the Universe

  • Graphic novels and graphic novel hybrids like Pie in the Sky

  • A distinct MG voice! Ex: Strong voices such as Anna-Marie McLemore and Dusti Bowling

  • Found families and tight friendships

  • Sweeping adventures with high stakes/high rewards

  • A middle grade version of Warcross

  • A *fun* story that’s an escape

  • Anything that can comp Into the Spiderverse

  • Character driven stories. We love a strong character arc!

  • Vibrant, memorable settings

  • Please include content warnings/trigger warnings if needed

We’re Not the Right Mentor for:

  • Animal / Non-Human Protagonists

  • Ghosts / Vampires / Werewolves / Fairies / Elves

  • Gross humor

  • Stories where religion is the main focus

  • In verse unless it strongly fits one of our “What We’re Looking For” criteria

Some of Our Favorite Books Include...

  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

  • The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

  • Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

  • Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

  • Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

  • The Lockwood Series by Jonathan Stroud

  • Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

  • Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

  • Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

  • Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

If you feel like our mentorship style and wishlist is a good fit for you, we hope you'll apply to us. We look forward to your submissions! Sending good thoughts and virtual green tea your way!

Click here to see all Pitch Wars mentor wishlists. You can also find our amazing fellow Middle Grade mentors listed below. Be sure to check them out to see what they’re looking for!