#PitchWars Mentor Bio (and Scavenger Hunt Letter!)

Well hello all you fantastic writers visiting my little corner of the internet!

I’m excited to be involved with #PitchWars this year and am beyond-belief excited that Lynnette and I get to work with one of you!

I was an alternate in 2014 (way back yonder when they had mentees and alternates) and ended up finding my incredibly amazing literary agent, Kirsten Carleton, after she requested at the agent showcase.

So, let’s get down to it…

Why should you pick me as your mentor?

Well, aside from the obvious hilarious comments in the margins of your MS (I personally think I’m super funny), I am an agented writer who knows what it’s like to write and revise a book and get it ready for editors. Another plus is I’m a professional writer in my day job, focusing mainly on digital marketing. That particular skill gives me an eye to scrape away fluff and restructure writing in a way that makes your message clear so the impact is felt. Lastly, I was an intern for two different literary agencies and so I feel I have a good handle on the YA market, what’s selling, what agents are looking for, and what type of query is going to hook agent interest.

For more about me and Lynnette, you can CLICK HERE for our Mini-Interview on Brenda’s site.

You can also read my SETTING Critique on Brenda’s site.

As far as my editing strengths, I love line editing! I’ll be working with you on a line by line level as we smooth out sentence structure, dialogue tags, tense, etc. We’ll work on making sure your POV is deep enough on a sentence level and eliminating “crutch” words.  Although Lynnette is going to be working with you on the big picture revisions, I’ll be here to lend my voice and help in whatever way I can!

Finally, I’ve been in your shoes. I know what it’s like to read an edit letter for the first time and wonder how in the WORLD you’re ever going to accomplish everything. I know what it’s like to re-write a book, cut characters, shave off thousands of words, deepen characters, deepen your setting… you name it, I’ve been through it in my own personal writing.

As you’ve read on Lynnette’s blog, we’re looking for a mentee who is open to working hard and going deep. We are committed to matching you stride for stride, so you put in the work and we’ll put in the work. We’re #TeamDominate and that’s just what we’re planning to do, DOMINATE #PITCHWARS! As your mentors, we are here for you now, but also after #PitchWars because believe you me, Publishing is a crazy beast and we want to be there with you every step of the way.

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Since you’ve hopped over to my blog from Lynnette’s, you already know what we’re looking for in a YA manuscript. So I’ll end this by giving you the next letter for the Scavenger Hunt!

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We can’t wait to hear from you!

Me Revealed…

I have some fun news I’m going to be announcing soon, but until then, I figured why not give you a scarily in-depth view of the way my mind works! 🙂 

ABOUT DESTINY

Q. WHAT IS YOUR BIRTHDATE?

A. I’m 31 years old (eeks!)

Q. PREVIOUS OCCUPATIONS

A. I’ve been a writer and copywriter for several years now, but I have worked in marketing/communications and was a legal assistant in college.

Q. FAVORITE JOB

A. I really loved being a legal assistant, but writing is something that is such a natural extension that I love it the most!

Q. HIGH SCHOOL AND/OR COLLEGE

A. I went to a small private school and then went to the University of Texas (Arlington)

Q. NAME OF YOUR FAVORITE COMPOSER OR MUSIC ARTIST?

A. Oh man, I’m so ridiculous because I’m going to say Sarah Mclachlan or Alanis Morrisette (which totally reveals my age)

Q. FAVORITE MOVIE

A. Impossible! (I love movies), but if I had to narrow it down: Star Wars (original trilogy), Willow and the Harry Potter series (which coincidentally all have Warwick Davis in them)

Q. FAVORITE TELEVISION SHOW

A. I loved Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, but current is GOT, Scandal and HGTV shows.

REVEALING QUESTIONS

Q. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR LIFE IN ONLY 8 WORDS?

A. Happy. Full. Fun. Busy. Stretched. Loved. Kids.

Q. WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO OR MAXIM?

A. Be silly. Be Honest. Be kind. (Waldo Emerson quote)

Q. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE PERFECT HAPPINESS?

A. When you push yourself to your next absolute best.

Q. WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST FEAR?

A. Falling off a boat in the middle of the ocean.

Q. IF YOU COULD BE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW, WHERE WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO BE?

A. Either Trequanda, Italy or Brussels, Belgium

Q. WITH WHOM IN HISTORY DO YOU MOST IDENTIFY?

A. Any exhausted mother who struggles with the balance of expectation versus personal achievement.

Q. WHICH LIVING PERSON DO YOU MOST ADMIRE?

A. Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook) and JK Rowling – I mean, seriously? These women kick butt!

Q. WHAT ARE YOUR MOST OVERUSED WORDS OR PHRASES?

A. For reals. So true. Seriously.

Q. WHAT DO YOU REGRET MOST?

A. When I spread myself too thin. Happens more than I would like. I inevitably disappoint people and I HATE that.

Q. IF YOU COULD ACQUIRE ANY TALENT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

A. Dancing! I wish I could dance and try out for SYTYCD and wow everyone.

Q. WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT?

A. Writing my first book.

Q. WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST FLAW?

A. Not connecting emotionally with people.

Q. WHAT’S YOUR BEST QUALITY?

A. I am incredibly loyal.

Q. IF YOU COULD BE ANY PERSON OR THING, WHO OR WHAT WOULD IT BE?

A. In a different life I would have gone to law school and become a lawyer.

Q. WHAT TRAIT IS MOST NOTICEABLE ABOUT YOU?

A. That I speak my mind.

Q. WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE FICTIONAL HERO?

A. Edmond Pevensie

Q. WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE FICTIONAL VILLAIN?

A. Lord Voldemort

Q. IF YOU COULD MEET ANY HISTORICAL CHARACTER, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO HIM OR HER?

A. I would have to say FDR. I would like to know what he was thinking in the months leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor… OR John Quincy Adams and talk to him about his time as Secretary of State…

Q. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PET PEEVE?

A. When I can’t figure out how to get to a place I want to be.

Q. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE OCCUPATION, WHEN YOU’RE NOT WRITING?

A. Being a mom

Q. WHAT’S YOUR FANTASY PROFESSION?

A. Senator

Q. WHAT 3 PERSONAL QUALITIES ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU?

A. Loyalty, Thoughtfulness. People who like wine.

Q. IF YOU COULD EAT ONLY ONE THING FOR THE REST OF YOUR DAYS, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

A. salsa and chips.

Q. WHAT ARE YOUR 5 FAVORITE SONGS?

A. No possible way. They change on a month to month basis.

ON BOOKS AND WRITING

Q. WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

A. Again… seriously? Rainbow Rowell, Terry Brooks, JK Rowling, Beth Revis, Francine Rivers… I just have to stop. There are too many.

Q. WHAT ARE YOUR 5 FAVORITE BOOKS OF ALL TIME?

A. Harry Potter trilogy, Redeeming Love, Eleanor & Park, The Chronicles of Narnia, etc…. (this list could never end)

Q. IS THERE A BOOK YOU LOVE TO REREAD?

A. The Deathly Hallows

Q. DO YOU HAVE ONE SENTENCE OF ADVICE FOR NEW WRITERS?

A. Persistence in the face of rejection.