#PitchWars: Time To #PimpMyBio!

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What’s up #PitchWars mentors and mentees. I have to admit, I’m kind of nervous. I’ve never done #PitchWars before, let alone #PimpMyBio. Not totally sure what is supposed to go in these things, but after cruising through a few posts, I am going to try my hand at it. As they say, you miss 100% of the opportunities you don’t try.

ABOUT MY MS:

If you are looking for a Robin Hood retelling with a mix of Six of CrowsVeronica Mars and Oceans 11, keep reading!

The book I am submitting to #PitchWars is called STAR OF XIANU. It is a YA Contemporary Fantasy about a badass lady thief, the Prince from another realm that blackmails her, the quest to find a stolen jewel, and how two total opposites fall in love.

As with everything I write, my book is #OwnVoices and features a diverse cast of characters.

If you like heists, lady thieves, hot and kind men, snarky women, royalty, Chinese influences, #BlackGirlMagic, stealing for the poor, strong family relationships, female friendships, sex positivity, and not-so-forbidden love, you might just love STAR OF XIANU.

AESTETHIC BOARD:

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If you are interested in more pictures that has inspired STAR OF XIANU, check out my vision board.

COMPS:

  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Ghost Girl In the Corner by Daniel Jose Older
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Oceans 11
  • Heist Society by Ally Carter
  • Veronica Mars
  • Tower Heist

MY FAVORITE AUTHORS/BOOKS/MOVIES:

  • All things Jane Austen
  • All things Alyssa Cole
  • Leverage
  • American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  • Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Jessica Darling Series by Megan McCafferty
  • The Magicians
  • Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • Clueless
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
  • Gemma Doyle Series by Libba Bray
  • Miss Representation
  • Between the Covers

ABOUT ME:

Now, a little about me. I have lived in Atlanta almost all my life, but I have dreams of moving cross-country to L.A. I am a 28 year old grad student at Clark Atlanta University studying Literature, with a specialty in 18th century English lit and got my undergrad degree at Georgia State University.

I’ve been writing basically all my life and I don’t think I could ever stop, even if I never get published. I am a storyteller at heart. I am also an avid reader, and read what I write, namely romance and fantasy. Though I have self-published some romance, I want to go traditional for my YA.

I am almost constantly on Twitter and also spend a lot of time on Instagram and Pinterest.

MY MENTOR WISHLIST:

  • Willing to work on big and small picture edits with me
  • Not afraid to really dig down and tell me the issues with my MS
  • Doesn’t mind my anal organizational habits
  • Communicative and willing to brainstorm ideas
  • Willing to do more than one pass if time permits
  • Gives a mix of praise and critique
  • Hopefully, and most importantly, a lifelong friend

Thank you to Brenda Drake and the mentors for volunteering your time to help us aspiring authors.

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#BlackGirlMagic in Publishing

blackgirlmagicFirst off, there is so much #blackgirlmagic happening in publishing write now. Angie Thomas, Tomi Adeyemi, Dhonielle Clayton. It is beautiful to finally see more black women making it in publishing. In theaters now is Everything, Everything, a YA romance based off of a book written by a wonderful black woman, Nicola Yoon. I get so excited seeing the opportunities black women are finally being afforded in this often sexist and racist industry.

I went to a writing retreat back in March about diversity in writing. It was wonderful and I got to meet some of my favorite authors (including Nicola), but the thing I most took away from the retreat was a sense of community. While at the retreat I got to meet so many different people from different walks of life, but the thing that impacted me the most didn’t happen until the night before we were all to leave and on the ride home.

That night a big snow storm was predicted to hit Chicago. During the retreat, I’d met three women, Rena, Nia, and Ronni. All three of them would be impacted by the storm. Nia had already ridden up with me from Atlanta and was going to ride back down, but I mentioned off handedly, that there was room in my car for two more. They took me up on my offer and it was set that they would ride back to Atlanta with me and stay there with family they had until they could fly back out.

That ride was the most magical thing I had ever experienced. I got to connect with three wonderful women and since then have talked to them almost every day. They are my writing community. We are able to lean on each other for support and bounce ideas off of each other and rant about the industry in privacy.

There have been times I was close to giving up and times I needed advice and they are always there for me. I like to think that I am there for them too. We have big plans with each other and supporting one another is just the beginning.