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Pitch Wars 2020 Mentors – Adult by Genre


Pitch Wars 2020 Genres

This is just a quick reference for Pitch Wars 2020 writers looking for adult (category) mentors. There are so many great mentors that it can take a lot of time to find those interested in your genre. I put this together for the adult mentors only, while looking for science fiction as a genre; however, I’ve included all genres mentioned by the mentor on their linked mentor pages. If it’s in all-caps or oddly formatted, that’s how it was on the source page (and has no other meaning).

If this is helpful, great, but PLEASE VERIFY EVERYTHING HERE before submitting anything. And if you find this sort of list objectionable for some reason, feel free to pretend it doesn’t exist. Nothing to see here.

UPDDATE (9/15): The people at Pitch Wars kindly put mentors by genre into a searchable spreadsheet here.

Pitch Wars 2020 Mentors (Adults & NA)

All information here comes from the Pitch Wars 2020 wishlist page and linked mentor pages. Any errors of translation or transmission are mine. Note that I have NOT included any Mentor information on genre specifics, including sub-genres, etc., so you’ll have to read it all anyway (some of it is included if it was hard to break out). If I was confused or unsure on correct genres, this is indicated with an “(*)” and is just due to my poor reading comprehension.

# Mentor(s) Age Genres
1 Mia P. Manansala and Kellye Garrett Adult + NA Crime fiction
2 Rochelle Karina Adult + NA Romance,  Women’s Fiction, Thrillers/Suspense/Mystery, Horror
3 Ren Hutchings Adult + NA Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Speculative Fiction
4 Mary Ann Marlowe Adult Contemporary Romance / Romantic Comedy, Fantasy Romance, LGBT Historical Romance
5 Rachel Lynn Solomon Adult contemporary romance, romantic comedies, women’s fiction
6 Anna Kaling Adult Horror, Romance, Women’s fiction, Erotica, Thriller / suspense, Mystery and crime, Sci-fi, Historical, Adventure, General contemporary / mainstream
8 Kristen Lepionka and Ernie Chiara Adult Not sure (but not sci fi) (*)
9 Rachel Howzell Hall Adult Crime fiction, mystery
10 Lyn Liao Butler Adult Contemporary Fiction, Domestic Suspense, Women’s Fiction, Rom-Coms and Contemporary Romance, Memoir
11 Michael Mammay and AR Lucas Adult Science Fiction, Fantasy
12 Paris Wynters Adult + NA Sci-fi, romance, horror, thrillers, paranormal, adventure stories like something similar to Tomb Raider or Black Sails, and anything to do with Search and Rescue
13 K.A. Black Adult + NA Sci-fi, Science-fantasy, New Weird/Weird Fiction, Horror-based sci-fi, Retellings, Fantasy
14 Heather Van Fleet and Jessica Calla Adult + NA Romance or romantic subplots
15 Hudson Lin Adult + NA Romance, Science fiction, Memoirs, Narrative Non-fiction, Literary Fiction & Historical Fiction
16 Sonia Hartl and Annette Christie Adult + NA Romance, Women’s Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Historical Fiction (from 1920’s and up), Gothic
17 Taj McCoy Adult + NA Rom-Coms, “Chick Lit”, Contemporary Romance, Funny Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction
18 Ian Barnes Adult + NA Fantasy
19 Keena Roberts Adult + NA Science Fiction, Fantasy
20 N.E. Davenport Adult + NA Science Fiction, Fantasy
21 Elizabeth Little Adult Crime Fiction, Mystery
22 Anne Raven and Janet Walden-West Adult + NA Romance, Fantasy
23 Charish Reid and Denise Williams Adult CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
24 Kalyn Josephson and Kat Enright Adult + NA  Fantasy, Sci-fi, Horror,  Gothic, Romance
25 Gladys Qin Adult + NA Science Fiction, Fantasy, Suspense, Gothic, Adventure, Contemporary
26 Tanen Jones Adult + NA Contemporary—Dark, Thriller/Suspense, Literary, Retellings
27 Clay Harmon Adult + NA Genre fiction with an emphasis on science fiction, fantasy. Also thriller, horror, steampunk, alternate history, historical, contemporary, mystery
28 Jake Nicholls Adult + NA Science Fiction, Fantasy
29 Layne Fargo and Halley Sutton Adult Thriller/Suspense, Mystery, Dark contemporary
30 Denny S. Bryce and L. Penelope Adult Fantasy, Historical, Romance
(Note that some genres are sub-genres flipped or blended, like Sci-Fi Romance, which is cool, but read carefully)
31 Roselle Lim and Farah Heron Adult + NA Romantic Comedies, Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction
32 Morgan Rogers Adult + NA Many, including contemporary, magical realism, fantasy, etc., but not sci-fi (*)
33 Samantha Rajaram Adult Contemporary, historical fiction
34 Rob Hart Adult Not sure, mixed genres, but possibly science fiction (*)
35 Damyanti Biswas Adult + NA Crime Fiction, Mystery
36 Maria Heater Adult SFF, Historical, Contemporary
37 Cynthia Pelayo Adult + NA Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
38 Gia de Cadenet Adult Romance – Hot and sexy Contemporary or Suspense, Mainstream Fiction with Romantic Elements
39 Nicole Glover Adult + NA Historical Fantasy, Steampunk, Alternative History, Fantasy, Paranormal; Contemporary (aka Urban) or Lighthearted Fantasy, Space Opera, “Soft” Science Fiction, Science Fiction with a touch of romance, Retellings, General Mystery, Cozy Mystery, Contemporary Romance
40 Rosie Danan and Ruby Barrett Adult + NA Romance, Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Erotic, Women’s Fiction (w/ central romantic arc)
41 Cole Nagamatsu and Sequoia Nagamatsu Adult Fabulism/magical realism, Literary speculative fiction, Fairy Tales + Retellings
42 Carly Bloom and Sam Tschida Adult Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance, Western Romance, Rom-Com, Chick Lit, Cozy Mysteries, Women’s Fiction
43 P.J. Vernon and Kelly J. Ford Adult + NA Suspense, Thrillers, Gothic, General Fiction with a criminal bent
44 Matthew Quinn Martin Adult + NA Fantasy (Urban or Magical Realism), ​Horror, Retellings, Gothic, Other
45 Stephen Morgan Adult + NA Many mash-ups inc. Sci-Fi (*)
46 Alex Segura and M. J. Soni Adult Crime Fiction, Mystery
47 Roma Panganiban Adult + NA Literary fiction, speculative fiction, women’s fiction, fantasy, historical, mystery, sci-fi, memoir
48 Tricia Lynne Adult + NA Romance, Women’s Fiction

I hope that helps. If you see an errors here, please let me know. I’ll be glad to correct any bad data with good, happy data.

My Thoughts on Possible Mentors

This is just my brain on WordPress. No use to you. Ignore. So many great mentors to choose from…

RE (3): Ren Hutchings (Twitter)

In terms of sci-fi interests:

I love all flavours of sci-fi, from sprawling space opera and galactic intrigue to small, intimate narratives that take place on a single ship. I like alternate universes and parallel worlds, and science-fantasy crossovers that explore the coexistence of technology and magic.

So possible fit, but the two fight scenes might be a bit violent? Not sure yet. Need to do more research.

RE (6): Anna Kaling (Twitter) – Yes

Another great mentor. Anna’s sci-fi preferences:

I want the science to be vaguely plausible. I’m not one of those people who forgets the “fi” in sci-fi and will present you with equations explaining why your premise is impossible (for a start, I can barely add up using a calculator) but I want some kind of basis behind it. For example, even though Michael Crichton’s JURASSIC PARK couldn’t actually be done with current tech, he gave a good enough explanation for how it happened in the book. That’s all I need.

Seems like a good possible fit, esp. since Jurassic Park involved genetic engineering. But no love for dystopian things. Not sure if my novel is that, but it’s not utopian. Asked this question on Twitter, and Anna seemed fine with Gatacca, so close enough. Also asked about the light animal-related violence in the book, but as Anna like’s Jurassic Park, this shouldn’t be an issue.

RE (7): Gwynne Jackson (Twitter)

Seems like cool possible mentor. Gwynne’s comments on Sci-Fi:

“I’m only interested in soft science fiction. I want to be more (or at least equally) swept away by the story than by the science in it. I don’t necessarily need to know the whys and hows, only that the technology works and makes sense within the scope of the story. I’m a big Star Trek fan and have been all my life, so things on that level, where the focus is less on the precise temperature required to sustain the warp core and more on “seek out new life, new civilizations, boldly go” will appeal to me. Don’t get me wrong–I love it when people geek out about science! I do it myself all the time. But when it gets too technical, I lose interest. I’m also a big fan of fun and light-hearted science fiction where the reader can go along for a fast-paced ride. So…less doom-and-gloom apocalypse, more “Yeah, Mr. White! Yeah, science!”

But in her No categories, G. includes, “No 9/11 stories, tragic pandemic stories, or stories that are politically-based.” My book has strong political elements, so I’m not sure about G. as a mentor.

RE (11): Michael Mammay + AR Lucas (Twitter, Twitter)

M & AR are looking for:

We’re especially excited for Military SF, Space Opera, space travel, and distant future stories. We’re also receptive to Science Fantasy with original concepts. We’re okay with some near future SF, especially if it has exceptionally unique elements or an interesting/original take on artificial intelligence; and some cyber punk. We’re not particularly excited about dystopian, climate SF, Superheroes, or near future SF beyond that mentioned above

Well, hmm. Among the books one or both of them like are: Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Martha Wells’s Murderbot, This is How you Lose the Time War, Exhalation by Ted Chiang, Recursion by Blake Crouch–which includes genetic, near-future, and sarcasm…so maybe a good fit?  After talking on Twitter (is that really talking), Michael mentioned that, “I think near future with genetics is in our maybe range. Not something I’d jump at, but not something I’d immediately toss either.” Which sounds like I’d be unlikely to be selected. Darn.

RE (12): Paris Wynters (Twitter) – Yes

Paris’ comments on sci-fi:

I’m looking for all your sci-fi. I love it. I read it. I devour it. That being said what I would really love to see in my inbox is a story similar to Fringe. To give you a sense of my tastes, here are some sci-fi novels I adore: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars (omg, I was lucky to have read this), Expeditionary Force series, Ghost in the Shell, The Martian (read it 5 times), Annihilation, Planetside, Seveneves and Gideon the 9th.

I like Paris’ taste in books, but wish I had more information. To the Twitter!

RE (13): K.A. Black (Twitter)

Here are her sci-fi interests:

Sci-fi: Both hard sci-fi and soft sci-fi; Space Operas; Stories featuring robots/AI either as the main character or a very strong secondary/supporting character; Near-future settings; Time travel; Quiet stories with small casts or non-world changing stakes; Environmental/Climate change/Clifi/Biopunk–however you want to call it, I want to see it; Cyberpunk or it’s opposite, hopepunk. I will also include vaporwave inspired stories within these; Sci-fi with romantic subplots, but if it requires a good understanding of Romance genre beats it’s not for me.

All of this seems aligned with my novel, though she does say she’s not into sports (my book involves a running competition). On Twitter, says this not an issue. Great that she’s also a sci-fi writer. Maybe next time.

RE (15):  Hudson Lin (Twitter)

Not sure of the fit here. I think she’s primarily looking for not me (white cis male) as an author, so I just may not be someone she wants to mentor. Which is fine. My novel also doesn’t necessarily fit in her sweet spot:

Science Fiction (with or without a romance subplot) in a dystopia or space setting. See TV shows Sense8, The 100, 3%, Travelers, Dark Matter, The OA, Altered Carbon. See Marie Lu’s Warcross, Cindy Pon’s Want.

She’s a great contemporary romance author, but that doesn’t match my genre. So, probably not the best fit.

RE (19): Keena Roberts (Twitter)

Overall sounds like a good possible fit. Her book on Amazon. More research needed, but personality-wise, I’m leaning toward yes.

Novels aimed at adults that fall into the science fiction and fantasy category. Though I’m a big fan of YA, your novel should be geared towards adults and deal with adult-age topics. 

That’s me so far. Her references were also interesting. I liked This is How You Lose the Time War, for instance, and there is similar snark in my book. So…

RE (20): N.E. Davenport (Twitter) – Yes

Possible match. Favorite sci-fi books:

My all time favorite Adult SFF books are NEVERNIGHT (Jay Kristoff), THE POPPY WAR (R.F. Kuang), CITY OF BRASS (S.A. Chakraborty), THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS (N.K. Jemisin), A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN (Sarah J. Maas), and HOUSE OF BLOOD AND EARTH (Sarah J. Mass’ new Crescent City series book).

Which I’ll have to research more as I haven’t read most of them. In addition, she says she’s a fan of:

I’m a sucker for good warring/ fighting/ stabby scenes, and all of the books above have this too.

Which I’ve got, but:

With that being said, if the romance doesn’t end in a Happily Ever After or Happy For Now, then it isn’t for me.

What if the romance ends in a, “We’ll have to see in the next book?” state? Hmm. Seems like  a really good match other than that.

RE (24): Kalyn Josephson + Kat Enright (Twitter, Twitter)

In sci-fi, they’re looking for:

In science fiction, we are looking for the softer side of things. We want space opera, near future, cyberpunk. We love tech, but we care less about the nitty gritty of how it works, and more about what the tech says about us as people and as a society. We are not the best fit for hard or military scifi. Recent favorites include: GIDEON THE NINTH, DOCILE, VICIOUS/VENGEFUL.

Possible, but maybe next time.

RE (25): Gladys Qin (Twitter) – Yes

In sci-fi, seems open to any sub-genre, with some preferences. These closely match much of what’s in the book I plant to submit:

Feminist/female-led (especially in male-dominated subgenres like cyberpunk and military). Nuanced antiheroes and antagonists on the moral fence—crush the good vs bad dichotomy in SFF. Oh yeah. An internal struggle as big as external ones. Give me a deep dive into the psychology of “normal people”. Avant garde voice/POV/concept. Exploration of the post-human: give me the cyborgs, augments, mutants, AI, aliens, robots, human Transformers??? But not in a war against the humans that ends up making the humans look great because they have a heart etc. Characters with quirky hobbies.
Engineers, so I can live out the life I never did. Rich world building that I can see on the page but doesn’t overload the page. Bonus points for everything that’s shiny in your manuscript. Double if colourful.

But not looking for, “Setups of oppression.” I’m not sure what this means, but my book specifically deals with caste and oppression. I asked question on Twitter by referencing Gatacca, which was received positively, so now a definite maybe.

RE (27): Clay Harmon (Twitter)

In sci-fi, he seems more space oriented than my near future plot, but we read all the same books:

I’m accepting all subgenres of science fiction; near-future and space opera especially. I’m a sucker for “grounded” science fiction, which I define as consisting of technology that “could” exist in the next 100 years. After finishing high school, I desperately wanted to become an astrophysicist like Brian Greene, Brian Cox, or Neil DeGrasse Tyson. I was obsessed with space and the regular existential crises that followed. I love thinking about humanity’s place among the stars (i.e. THE EXPANSE series by James S.A. Corey or THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir scratches this itch very well), and that’s because it makes me optimistic about where we as a species might go. If you have a story like this, I’m all for it. I’ll absolutely still accept other subgenres of science fiction, though. RED RISING by Pierce Brown and THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS by Ursula Le Guin are two of my favorite books and they’re far from grounded.

Doesn’t hurt that he’s a “fitness nut,” but he’ll probably go for space stories first.

RE (28): Jake Nicholls (Twitter)

(They/Them): Sci-fi interests include a lot of space elements (not my sweet spot), but also others:

In the SCIENCE FICTION corner, I’m especially up for THINGS IN SPACE. That could cover space opera, military SF, soft science fiction, hard science fiction… As long as that delicious dose of character is there, I’m all for it. I just really dig stories that take place in space and on spaceships. I’m a sucker for space fighter pilots à la Battlestar Galactica or Brandon Sanderson’s Skyward (not technically in space, but close enough). I also like to sink my teeth into more expansive military sci-fi along the lines of Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee. That’s not to say that I’m not also up for planetside sci-fi. Whether it’s near-future, dystopian, post-apocalyptic, cyberpunk or any other type of -punk, I’m here for it. Again, character is top of the list for me, so I’m not too concerned by the subgenre label. Earth-based SF I’ve enjoyed recently includes: Rosewater by Tade Thompson, Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller and Wanderers by Chuck Wendig. I’m overly enthusiastic for stories featuring ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, robots and especially sentient spaceships. Things like Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers, Embers of War by Gareth L. Powell, and the Culture novels by Iain M. Banks are all right up my alley, as is the aforementioned Battlestar Galactica and the general concept of Westworld.

The ethical and thematic concepts of Westworld are a possible match. Helps that they like, “humour, wit, snark and sarcasm”and “dubious protagonists and relatable villains.” Seems to like similar tropes. I may be more plot and less character than they like, but not 100% sure on that.

RE (34): Rob Hart (Web, Twitter)

Books on Amazon.  Honestly not 100% sure what he’s interested in, but seems mostly interested in crime and suspense? Research needed.

RE (36): Maria Heater (Twitter)

Sci-fi seems lower on the list for Maria, but interests include:

I’m mostly interested in softer SF that uses tech/science to look at human and social issues rather than hard SF or space opera. The more techie/space-oriented it is, the less likely I’ll be able to help. If your story could be a Black Mirror episode or flips the world order on its head like The Power, please send it my way. This includes dystopias and alternate histories.

All of which is a good fit, but more research needed. Seems like a great potential mentor given additional comments on Twitter, but seems to skew toward fantasy. I’m guessing Maria will end up with three fantasy / non-SF selections and maybe one SF. Just not sure I’d make the SF cut, so still not sure.

RE (39): Nicole Glover (Twitter)

Book on Amazon. Sci-fi interests:

Space Opera, “Soft” Science Fiction, and Science Fiction with a touch of romance. I want to explore the universe with a motley crew, see alien planets, and maybe not necessarily get involved in a galactic war. I don’t mind romance thrown into the mix, but it shouldn’t be overwhelming.

Probably more interested in things in space, so, maybe not the best fit? So hard to tell. Seems more interested in fantasy.

RE (45): Stephen Morgan (Twitter)

Like his experience and tone, but he’s no looking explicitly for science fiction.

RE (47): Roma Panganiban (Twitter)

Not interested in sports, but I like Roma’s tone, and she seems to like sarcasm, and I’ve got that. Maybe next time.

Random Q&A

What the heck is Pitch Wars?

Great question. Go here to find out.

What about YA and Middle-Grade Mentors?

They have many great ones. Not my category of writing, though. Go here for information on the Pitch Wars site.

Is this information endorsed by Pitch Wars?

Nope. In fact, when I asked about this on Twitter they cautioned me as follows. So caveat emptor.

So I’m doing my own research, but thought some of ya’ll might find this useful since I was reading it all anyway.

What do I think of Pitch Wars?

Seems pretty awesome. First year doing it, so no real insight. Good luck to everyone!

Why so many caveats and disclaimers?

People got a bit worked up about this post, so I’m trying to couch things more carefully. We’ll see…


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    After some input from participants, the people at Pitch Wars put together a spreadsheet for all mentors by genre: https://t.co/R5Nq4zSwJR?amp=1. Thank you!

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