Friday, January 6, 2017

2107 Sun versus Snow Mentors

Here they are! The mentors for Team Snow. We'll plow down the competition and bury them under bulldozers of snow, leaving them unable to get up! 

The mentors will be helping the picks polish up their query letters and first pages. Here's a little something about the mentors. Please do follow them on twitter and buy their books. They work hard to help writers and deserve your thanks. Do read down to the bottom of the post for details about our mentor chat on twitter!

And visit Amy's blog to see the Sun mentors. 

Mentors of Women's Fiction, Contemporary, and Romance:

Laura Heffernan is living proof that watching too much TV can pay off: AMERICA'S NEXT REALITY STAR, the first book in the REALITY STAR series, is coming from Kensington’s Lyrical Press March 7, 2017, with SWEET REALITY to follow September 5. When not watching total strangers get married, drag racing queens, or cooking competitions, Laura enjoys travel, baking, board games, helping with writing contests, and seeking new experiences. She lives in the northeast with her amazing husband and two furry little beasts.

Some of Laura's favorite things include goat cheese, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, the Oxford comma, and ice cream. Not all together. The best place to find her is usually on Twitter, where she spends far too much time tweeting about writing, Canadian chocolate, and reality TV. Follow her @LH_Writes. Laura is represented by Michelle Richter at Fuse Literary.


Marty Mayberry writes young adult and adult stories, and infuses them with romance. When she’s not dreaming up ways to mess with her character’s lives, she works as an RN/Clinical Documentation Specialist. She has a BA in International Affairs in German and an Associate’s Degree in Nursing. She lives in Maine with her husband, children, and three neurotic cats. She’s a member of SCBWI, YARWA, and a PRO member of RWA, and is also a PitchWars Mentor. Give her a long walk on a powdery beach, an ancient ruin to explore, or a good book, and her life’s complete.

Her young adult sci-fi thriller, PHOENIX RISING, won the ‘15 YARWA’s Rosemary Award for speculative fiction.
She’s represented by Jessica Watterson of the Sandra Dijkstra Agency.

Twitter: @marty_mayberry

Kimberly Ito writes contemporary fiction for teenagers and teenagers-at-heart.  When she isn't writing, she also works as an editor, proofreader, and Japanese-to-English translator. Kimberly is repped by Brooks Sherman at the Bent Agency, and can be found at her website, Also follow her on twitter.


Mentors of SFF:

Vicki L. Weavil turned her early obsession with reading into a dual career as an author and librarian. Her debut novel, the YA fantasy, CROWN OF ICE, was published in 2014, and her YA scifi, FACSIMILE, in 2016. Vicki will release a revised, second edition of CROWN OF ICE, and its sequel, SCEPTER OF FIRE, via Snowy Wings Publishing in May 2017.

She also writes adult science fiction as V.E. Lemp. The first two books of her THE OTHERS trilogy – THE LIGHT FROM OTHER SUNS and THE DARK OF OTHER SKIES – will release from White Tulip Press in March and April of 2017.

She writes cozy mysteries under the penname, Victoria Gilbert.

An avid reader who appreciates good writing in all genres, Vicki’s been known to read seven books in as many days. When not writing or reading, she likes to spend her time watching films, listening to music, gardening, or traveling. Vicki is represented by Frances Black of Literary Counsel, NY, NY.

My website/blog (Vicki L. Weavil & V. E. Lemp):
Website/blog (Victoria Gilbert):
Author Page on Facebook:

Michael Mammay is a Soldier and a Science Fiction writer. A lot of his stories are about soldiers. Go figure. He’s represented by Lisa Rodgers of Jabberwocky Literary. He would be very useful in a zombie apocalypse. You know…in case you’re making plans.

He's a well-known Pitchwars success story and mentor in 2016 and also helps runs #SFFpit. 


Mentor of Middle Grade:

Wade hails from Nova Scotia, Canada, land of wild blueberries and Duck Tolling Retrievers. He teaches part-time, dabbles in animation, and spends the rest of his time as a stay-at-home dad. It is also possible he has set a new record as the slowest 10K runner. Ever. He owns one pretend cat and one real one, and they get along fabulously.

Wade’s first book, THE ADVENTURER’S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL ESCAPES, was a BEA 2016 Middle Grade Buzz Book, a Fall 2016 Indies Introduce pick, and also a 2016 ABC Best Books for Young Readers selection. The sequel, THE ADVENTURER’S GUIDE TO DRAGONS (AND WHY THEY KEEP BITING ME), is due out in September 2017.

Twitter: @wadealbertwhite


Mentor of Thriller and Mystery:

Max Wiretone lives in Lawrence, Kansas with his husband, his son, a very old dog, and more books than a reasonable person should own. His first book, THE UNFORTUNATE DECISIONS OF DAHLIA MOSS was published by Orbit last year, and is coming out in paperback in February. His second book, THE ASTONISHING MISTAKES OF DAHLIA MOSS is coming out in March.

Learn more about Max at and twitter.


Aren't they the tops! 

Now for the mentor chat!

We will be having a Mentor Chat with two sessions on January 19th at 4:00 pm EST and 8:00 pm EST. You can visit the Mentor Chat on twitter and pick the brains of these experienced writers along with the hosts. Feel free to ask questions about genre and word count or writing in general. Ask about their experience on submission or once they were published. See what they think makes for an enticing first page or what belongs in a query.

We will be using the hashtag #svschat. Can't wait to see you all there. And the agent post will be coming soon!  Until then immerse yourself in snow!

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