My Pitch Wars Wishlist

Pitch Wars Badge 2Hi. I’m Kellye and I’m an Adult mentor this year.

Congrats on finishing your book and being ready to share it with the world! I was a mentee last year so I know you’re probably frantically visiting mentor websites, hoping to find your Pitch Wars soulmate. It’s the writer’s equivalent of speed dating: so many amazing people, not enough time to get to know them all.

With that in mind, I’ll get to the point with what I like to call…

 

Manuscript Wishlist: Marry, Shag, Kill

When it comes to my ideal Pitch Wars novel:

I’d marry a Mystery/Thriller/Suspense novel.

Mysteries are my first love and I’m pretty equal opportunity: traditional, cozy, humorous, amateur sleuth, P.I., police. Think Stephanie Plum. Think Spenser. Think Kinsey Millhone. Think Elvis Cole. Think Junior Bender. Think Benji Golden.

(I do, however, have a few turn offs: extremely dark subject matter involving rapists, pedophiles, child abusers and the like. They just don’t mesh well with my overactive imagination. I will make an exception if the concept is ridiculously clever, like Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter novels, though.)

With thrillers and suspense, the cooler the hook or twist, the better—especially if it involves spies, con artists, hitmen, assassins, heists, or just an everyday person thrust into extraordinary circumstances. Think John Grisham. Think Gillian Flynn. Think Paula Hawkins. Think Ian Hamilton. Think Owen Laukkanen.

I’d shag a Commercial Fiction novel.

Of course, if you don’t write mysteries, that doesn’t mean I don’t want to read your book. I love commercial fiction with lots of humor, interesting concepts (think Emily Giffin’s Something Borrowed) and/or kick-ass main characters (who can be either gay or straight).

(Extra credit if said character is a woman or of color.)

(Extra-extra credit if said character is a woman of color.)

Coming from an entertainment background, I’m also super into any novel involving pop culture. Think Kim Gruenenfelder’s A Total Waste of Makeup.

And I’d kill…

Trust me when I say that “It’s not you. It’s me.” — but I’m not interested in romance, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, historical, or anything involving those pesky aforementioned rapists, pedophiles, child abusers or any other character that will make me want to not even go to the bathroom by myself.

Here’s why you should choose to marry (and definitely not kill) me:

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  • I was Sarah Henning’s mentee last year! In fact, Pitch Wars is how I met my agent. (She offered me rep in a bar. I’ll tell you the whole story before we get to work on editing your manuscript.) Even though it’s been almost a year, I’m still all-too-familiar with being in the query trenches. I’d love to help make sure you don’t make the same mistakes I did.
  • I’m a professional writer! Not only do I have two (very expensive) degrees in writing, it’s also the only thing I’ve ever done to keep myself well-fed and non-homeless. Having been both a magazine editor and a TV writer, I’m great at collaborating with other writers to figure out how to make their writing better while still keeping their unique voice.
  • I used to teach writing! I spent a year teaching TV writing for Gotham Writers Workshop, so I have a lot of experience giving new writers gentle-but-necessary feedback to help them craft their story. Being a mystery writer and a former TV procedural writer, I’m especially good with plot and dialogue.
  • I’m a fast reader! I’ll read your book and give you lots of detailed notes ranging from overall story points to nitpicky line edits that you’ll probably come to hate. I also have an annoying habit of putting smiley faces next to lines I love.
  • In terms of communication, I will practically stalk you via email, text and G-chat. I’d rather give you a kidney than a phone call, though.

If my artful use of bullet points isn’t enough to entice you, here’s a short bio:

Kellye Garrett spent 8 years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for the CBS drama “Cold Case.” People were always surprised to learn what she did for a living—probably because she seemed way too happy to be brainstorming ways to murder people. A former magazine editor, Kellye holds a B.S. in magazine writing from Florida A&M University and an MFA in screenwriting from USC’s famed film school. Having moved back to her native New Jersey, she spends her mornings commuting to Manhattan for her job at a leading media company—while still happily brainstorming ways to commit murder.

Her all-time favorite TV series are “Veronica Mars,” “The Closer,” “The Wire,” “The West Wing,” and the first two seasons of “Alias.” She also may be the only black woman in America who does not watch “Scandal” or “Empire.”

Pitch Wars is amazing and, honestly, you’ll be in good hands no matter which Mentors you submit to. Of course, I’d love for you to pick me!

If you have any questions, feel free to hit me up on Twitter or leave a comment below.  Otherwise, I can’t wait to read your query and first chapter.

Now back to the Mentor Blog Hop…

1. Kes Trester (co-mentoring with Jennifer Hawkins)
2. Mindy McGinnis (co-mentoring with Kate Karyus Quinn)
3. N.K. Traver
4. Kristin B. Wright
5. Laura Heffernan
6. Mary Ann Marlowe
7. Joy McCullough-Carranza
8. Lisa Lewis-Tyre
9. Jenni L. Walsh (co-mentoring with Trisha Leaver)
10. Sarah Glenn Marsh
11. Julie C. Dao
12. Kellye Garrett
13. K.T. Hanna
14. Jessie Devine
15. Rosalyn Eves
16. Jami Nord
17. Samantha Joyce
18. Helene Dunbar
19. Jenna Lehne
20. Linsey Miller
21. Jessica Vitalis
22. Stacey Graham
23. Dan Koboldt
24. Brighton Walsh
25. Kate Brauning
26. Lisa Maxwell
27. Wendy Spinale
28. Sarah Cannon
29. L.L. McKinney
30. Juliana Brandt
31. Scarlett Cole
32. Hayley Stone
33. Jennifer Blackwood
34. Kendra Young
35. S.P. McConnell
36. Nikki Roberti
37. Emmie Mears
38. Lori Goldstein (co-mentoring with Chelsea Bobulski)
39. Jennifer Hawkins (co-mentoring with Kes Trester)
40. Elizabeth Briggs
41. Ron Walters (co-mentoring with Meredith McCardle)
42. Fiona McLaren (co-mentoring with Dionne McCulloch)
43. S.M. Johnston (co-mentoring with Stacey Nash)
44. Max Wirestone
45. Jaye Robin Brown
46. Molly Lee
47. Rachel Lynn Solomon
48. J.C. Nelson
49. Holly Faur
50. Sonia Hartl
51. Natasha Raulerson
52. Marty Mayberry
53. J.C. Davis
54. Rebecca Wells
55. Michelle Hauck
56. Tabitha Martin
57. Rebecca Petruck
58. Sarah Henning
59. Alex White
60. Jeanmarie Anaya
61. Laura Salter
62. Wade Albert White
63. Brooks Benjamin
64. Margarita Montimore
65. Megan Grimit
66. Charlie Holmberg
67. Diana Gallager
68. Stefanie Wass
69. Tamara Mataya
70. Rebecca Sky
71. Kara Seal
72. Lee Gjertsen Malone
73. Katie Bucklein
74. Kevin A Springer
75. Brianna Shrum
76. Kate Karyus Quinn (co-mentoring with Mindy McGinnis)
77. Kim Graff
78. Emily Martin
79. Trisha Leaver (co-mentoring with Jenni Walsh)
80. Kim Long
81. Catherine Scully
82. Stacey Trombley
83. Stephanie Scott (co-mentoring with Valerie Cole)
84. Valerie Cole (co-mentoring with Stephanie Scott)
85. Lizzy Charles
86. Dannie Morin (co-mentoring with Alexandra Alessandri)
87. Kate Foster
88. Elly Blake
89. Julie Sondra Decker
90. Lady Lioness
91. Susan Gray Foster (co-mentoring with Monica Bustamante Wagner_
92. Kelly Calabrese
93. Sarah Nicolas
94. Kelly Siskind
95. Roselle Kaes
96. Monica Bustamante Wagner (co-mentoring with Susan Gray Foster)
97. Renee Ahdieh (co-mentoring with Traci Chee)
98. Traci Chee (co-mentoring with Renee Ahdieh)
99. Janet B. Taylor
100. Jessie Humphries (co-mentoring with Mara Rae)
101. Lynnette Labelle
102. Erica M. Chapman
103. Summer Spence
104. Marieke Nijkamp
105. Meredith McCardle (co-mentoring with Ron Walters)
106. Thomas Torre
107. Phil Stamper
108. J.A. Souders

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11 thoughts on “My Pitch Wars Wishlist

  1. Lol. Long story short: There was a mystery conference the same week as Pitch Wars that Michelle also was at. And anyone who has been to a conference knows that it’s all about the bar! A group of us were just chatting for like an hour and she literally leaned over my friend and said, “I’d love to talk about representing you!” I was shocked. (Good luck with Pitch Wars Anna!)

  2. Loved visiting your blog on the PitchWars blog hop. Thanks so much for agreeing to mentor. What a friendly and supportive community PitchWars is. Good luck with your applicants!

  3. Thanks so much for giving us newbies a piece of your time. I’m going to pitch you.

    I’m a roofer who writes WF, that alone should entice you to pick me.

  4. Thank you for agreeing to mentor. A friend just told me about PitchWars, and I’m going to join the fray! And of course, I’m going to pitch–you sound most awesome! Peace…

  5. I’d love to submit to you, but my MC is a kick ass who’s work involves dealing with abuse issues. Nothing explicit in the details, though there’s a rescue scenario reenacting the beginning of a rape. Everything else is mentioned, not viewed. After reading your “turn offs”, I wanted to ask first. Please let me know. Either way, thanks for the time you’re investing in #PitchWars.

  6. Love your query for PAY DAY–my type of mystery and sounds like a fun story. Mine is set in LA too and SCA features prominently in one of the chapters, but then the whole book is all USC. Hope you think we’ll be a good match too. Fight on!

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