What is Pitch Wars?

Pitch Wars is a mentoring program where published/agented authors or publishing professionals choose a writer to work with for three months to revise their manuscript. It ends in February with an Agent Showcase, where agents can read a pitch + first page and can request to read more.

Who are we?

Welcome to our Pitch Wars wishlist! We’re Em X. Liu and Grace D. Li, co-mentors and longtime critique partners (and friends!). We’re mentoring YA/NA this year. Read a little bit more about us and what we’re looking for below: 

Em: Hello! I’m a Chinese Canadian author who moonlights as a medical student. This is my first year mentoring for Pitch Wars and I’m so excited to dive in! You can find me on Twitter @emdashliu

Grace: Hi! I’m a Chinese American author who grew up in the suburbs of Houston, TX. Like Em, I’m a medical student by day and a writer by night, and my debut novel, PORTRAIT OF A THIEF, comes out April 2022. It follows five college students as they steal back looted Chinese art from Western museums, and is about diaspora, art as power, and what history leaves out. I mentored in Pitch Wars last year (check out my mentee Sarah Underwood, who writes gorgeous sapphic fantasy and is also mentoring this year!) and I’m so excited to be back. You can find me on social media @gracedli!

Why should you submit to us? 

We’ve been friends & critique partners for years now, so we know each other’s process inside out at this point! We are also each other’s biggest cheerleaders, so working with us will mean lots of encouragement and support! Em has previously been an AMM mentee, so in particular they totally understand some of the pressures of participating in a mentorship program & we’re both super open to any specific kind of support that our mentee wants. 

We have both lots of experience with massive rehauls and revisions (we’ve both rewritten projects top down before, including things as big as POV changes!), so we’re not afraid to really dig in during the revision phase. But that also means that we’re super empathetic to how difficult revision can be, and are ready to walk you through anything that seems too daunting. Above all, we approach Pitch Wars like a team, and that includes you! 

In terms of communication, we’re pretty flexible. We’ll set up a groupchat on a platform that works for all three of us, and we’re open to video calls if needed to really talk a thing through! Even beyond the agent showcase, we hope that you’ll stay in touch; we’re here to support you for the entire publishing journey!

Thanks for reading Part I of our wishlist! For Part II, including what we’re looking for, our favorite recent reads, and what isn’t the best fit, please visit Grace’s website here: www.gracedli.com/pitchwars 

Pitch Wars 2021 Young Adult Mentors’ Wish Lists

  1. Mary E. Roach (Accepts NA)
  2. Amelia Diane Coombs (Accepts NA)
  3. Diana Urban
  4. Susan Bishop Crispell (Accepts NA)
  5. TJ Ohler (Accepts NA)
  6. Laurie Dennison (Accepts NA)
  7. Justine Pucella Winans (Accepts NA)
  8. Zoulfa Katouh and Molly X Chang (Accepts NA)
  9. Sonora Reyes (Accepts NA)
  10. Abigail Johnson
  11. Rosiee Thor and Emily Grey
  12. Carlyn Greenwald (Accepts NA)
  13. M.T. Khan (Accepts NA)
  14. Sarvenaz Taghavian
  15. Emery Lee
  16. Margie Fuston (Accepts NA)
  17. Aashna Avachat (Accepts NA)
  18. Allison Saft (Accepts NA)
  19. Fiona McLaren
  20. Jessica Lewis
  21. Brianna Bourne (Accepts NA)
  22. Jamie McHenry
  23. Meg Long and Rochelle Hassan (Accepts NA)
  24. Laura Weymouth (Accepts NA)
  25. Natalie Crown and Angelica Monai (Accepts NA)
  26. Skyla Arndt and Alex Brown (Accepts NA)
  27. Charity Alyse and Cimone Watson (Accepts NA)
  28. Emily Thiede and Lauren Blackwood (Accepts NA)
  29. Anna Sortino and Annika J. Cosgrove (Accepts NA)
  30. Jenny Perinovic and Kyrie McCauley (Accepts NA)
  31. Carrie S. Allen and Sabrina Lotfi
  32. Jamie Howard and Meredith Tate (Accepts NA)
  33. KL Burd (Accepts NA)
  34. Jennifer Yu (Accepts NA)
  35. Hoda Agharazi and Lyssa Mia Smith (Accepts NA)
  36. Em X. Liu and Grace D. Li (Accepts NA)
  37. Carly Heath (Accepts NA)
  38. Kiana Krystle (Accepts NA)
  39. Sarah Underwood and Kat Dunn (Accepts NA)
  40. Joel Brigham (Accepts NA)
  41. Dante Medema and Liz Lawson (Accepts NA)
  42. Aty S. Behsam and Maedeh B. Saaina (Accepts NA)
  43. Kylie Schachte (Accepts NA)
  44. Gabi Burton (Accepts NA)
  45. Aaron Cole and Tamara Cole (Accepts NA)
  46. Hannah V. Sawyerr and Olivia Liu (Accepts NA)
  47. Bethany Mangle (Accepts NA)
  48. Lane Clarke (Accepts NA)
  49. Sunya Mara (Accepts NA)
  50. Karen Bao (Accepts NA)

Click here to view all Pitch Wars 2021 Mentors’ Wish Lists. To view the wish lists by genre, visit this link.