Tuesday, July 18, 2017

2017 Pitch Wars Mentor Blog Hop!



This post is specifically for the many talented authors entering Pitch Wars this year. I'm so excited to be a Pitch Wars mentor for the first time ever. I'm only accepting middle grade entries. But I can't wait to read them!

About Me:

I spent more than a decade as an aspiring author before finally getting an agent in 2009. My first book, 30 Days of No Gossip, debuted in 2014, followed by my second book, 25 Roses. In August, my third middle grade will debut--a novel I co-wrote with six other authors called Best. Night. Ever. I also write the Piper Morgan chapter book series. In addition to writing children's books, I'm also a freelance branded content writer, so basically I write all the time. I worked in information technology for 13 years before leaving to be a full-time writer.

What I'm Looking For:


  • Fun contemporaries--I'm a sucker for a girly-girl heroine who loves fashion and hanging out with friends.
  • Comedies--I don't have to laugh out loud (although that would be great), but a fun, lighthearted read gets me every time.
  • Spooky tales--I live for spooky stories, especially if they involve ghosts.
  • Magical realism--Contemporary stories with magical elements also draw me in.
  • Suspense/mysteries--When I read adult books, I love Gone Girl-type suspense novels. I'd love to see a more innocent version of this in a middle-grade format.
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Introducing Princesses, Inc. by Mari Mancusi

Mari Mancusi isn't new to publishing. In fact, before her first Aladdin M!x novel hit the market, she already had a full backlist of books for adults, young adults, and children. And she recently sold a three-book deal to Disney Hyperion...so wow! This month, she's celebrating the release of her second Aladdin M!x novel, which has a cover that no tween could resist. Scroll down to read all about it!





Blurb:

Twelve-year-old Hailey and her BFFs are all big fans of Collin Prince, a YouTube star, and swoon-worthy crush. So when the opportunity to meet him at a local Comic-Con comes up, the girls jump at the chance. The problem? The convention isn’t cheap—and the girls don’t have the money to go. But Hailey isn’t ready to give up just yet. In addition to meeting Collin at the convention, there is a young writer’s competition that she is determined to enter—and win.

The girls dream up Princesses and Pirates, Inc., a babysitting service where the girls will dress up in costume to entertain their charges. Of course, they aren’t as prepared as they thought they would be to deal with bratty kids, scheming older siblings (who are less than thrilled that their own babysitting jobs have dried up), and trying to balance their new “jobs” with school. And more responsibilities means less time for Hailey to work on her contest entry. Will their plan to make it to Comic-Con pay off…or could their business end up as shipwrecked as the pirates they portray?


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Bio:

Mari Mancusi grew up in New England where she spent her winters snowboarding in the mountains of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Today she resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband and young daughter, writing snowy stories to stay cool. A graduate of Boston University and a former Emmy Award–winning TV news producer, Mari has written numerous books for children, teens, and adults. When not writing, she enjoys traveling, cosplay, watching horror movies, and her favorite guilty pleasure—video games.



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