George and LQ’s PitchWars Wishlist :)
Welcome, everyone! We’re so excited to have you here and humbled that you’d consider our duo. Since you’re probably checking out several of these, we won’t waste your time and get right to the fun stuff.
PitchWars is a mentoring opportunity where you’ll send a submission package to four mentors (each single or duo counts as one). They will read and provide two rounds of revisions across a couple of months prior to an agent showcase in which you have the exclusive chance to get an agent’s attention.
LQ Nguyen (he/him): a Vietnamese-American middle-grade fantasy writer and George Jreije’s first critique partner. LQ brings expertise and a keen editorial eye, with skills in writing multiple points of view and character development. Last year, his PW mentee received two agent offers of representation!
George Jreije (he/him): a Lebanese-American middle-grade fantasy and science fiction writer and a friend to the legendary LQ Nguyen. His first novel (add on Goodreads!) was acquired at auction by HarperCollins, and he is also a former PW mentee himself. He’s helped several authors find their agents, two through mentoring competitions like this!
Together, we make the silliest duo in all of PitchWars, though we get down to business when it matters most. To see the wishlists of other mentors, head back to the Pitch Wars post to see the complete list of mentors.
Now, our wishlist is as follows:
Science fiction and fantasy that can take place both in our world and outside it
Heroes who conquer their fears to do what’s right
Twisty and unexpected storylines
Lots and lots of tasty treats and pastries
Thrillers and unforgettable adventures
Strong friendship and/or family
Stories that are humorous but can explore deep themes
Diverse representation not required, but welcomed :)
Things that are a tougher sell for us are:
Horror and romance
Contemporary stories without a speculative element
Excessive violence and/or animal cruelty
Chapter books (books aimed at ages 6-8); less than 40,000 words
Historical, unless it has a fantasy or science fiction element
Books about a marginalization you don’t share
Some books we love:
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe
The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez
The Aru Shah Books
Amari and the Night Brothers
*We do ask for a lot of trust from our mentees, so if you are not ready to do heavy revisions on your novel, we may not be the right mentors for you*
Thanks for reading! Again, to see the wishlists of other mentors, head back to the Pitch Wars post to see the complete list.