Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Pitch Wars: Mentor Ninja Bio

That special time of year is here again. Epic battles, smack talk, and Twitterpalooza. That's right! It's PITCH WARS! Woot! And now, Tina gets to talk in the third person and convince you once more why it's imperative to choose her as your mentor. And since she loves her bio from last year, she is presenting it all its glory for your decision--and amusement--with a few tweaks.
Tina Moss could sit here and tell you all of the reasons you should pick her as your Pitch Wars mentor, but there’s really only one that matters…she’s a ninja. And she can wield a light saber! Seriously. Ask her agent mates, if you don't believe her. Studying traditional Shotokan Karate for ten years and earning Shodan rank (first degree black belt), she should technically be a samurai. At 5’1” and a half (5’2” on a good day), she can wear the armor well…
However, her stealth-like skills (sorta) and unassuming demeanor (definitely) make her the perfect ninja! She’s even lived in Japan…the land of ninjas! And you never see her coming. As part of Team Ninja she’ll help you sneak in all quiet-like and wipe the floor with the competition! Ninjas don’t lose.
If that isn’t enough to convince you, Tina lists all the other non-ninja stuff here:
  1. Made of awesome. She took a DNA test to be certain.
  2. Master’s degree in English Language and Literature.
  3. Published works include urban fantasy novel, A TOUCH OF DARKNESS and a short story in charity anthology, WINTER WONDERS.
  4. Eleven years teaching English, five years running an academic department, and now a specialist in primary school
  5. Represented by Super Agents, Frances Black and Jennifer Mishler, of Literary Counsel.
  6. Purveyor and crafter of wondrous words in urban fantasy, paranormal romance, romantic suspense and NA contemporary.
  7. Beta reads approximately ten manuscripts per year including works for published authors: LM Preston, Kristie Cook, Brenda Corey Dunne, Danielle DeVor, and more.
  8. Will not stop working with you until your MS, query and pitch shine! 
Wishes, wishes, and wishes galore...

Tina loves working with other writers and seeing them succeed. No over-egos or self-wallowing allowed here. There’s enough room on the shelves and in cyberspace for every writer, including you!
Like what you’ve read? Tina hopes so. If you think you'd make an awesome teammate (see made of awesome above) and you’re ready to be a ninja, here’s what Tina is looking for in the New Adult or Adult market...

  • Urban Fantasy – Kickass main character who isn’t afraid to face inner and outer demons in a rough and tumble city environment. (Favorites: Ilona Andrews, Jeanine Frost, Marjorie Liu)* 
  • Paranormal Romance – Feisty heroine and strong heroes please apply. Off the grid mystical creatures falling head over heels hot for each other. (Favorites: Gena Showalter, J. R. Ward, Nalini Singh)*
  • Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic – World-ending? Alternate super scary government take-over? Bleak impossible landscape? Yes! Let's see how your characters deal with the insanity of these worlds. (Favorites: Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth - want to see this brought to adult market)**
  • Historical Romance – Give me your highlanders, knights, dukes and more. Favorite time period is the Middle Ages, but open to reading all eras. (Favorites: Michelle Willingham, Karen Marie Moning, Anita Clenney) 
  • Contemporary Romance - In fairness, Tina admits some of the other Pitch Wars mentors have more experience in this area. But, she's currently writing a NA novel in this genre, so she's open to it too and would love to help you develop that story! (Favorites: Jennifer Armentrout as J. Lynn  and Harlequin classics)
*Both genres, especially vampires, angels/demons, and werewolves are a hard sell nowadays, but good story trumps all.

**Another tough sell, but I may have more sway in the new adult and adult markets.

And for game time... SECRET LETTER: A

Does your MS fall outside one of these categories? Not sure if it'll work for the Mentor Ninja in Pitch Wars? No worries. Send Tina a note on Twitter and she'll help determine if it's in her area of interest. Not on Twitter? Use Tina's Contact Me page.

Still not sure whether to choose Tina as your mentor? Perhaps her alter egos will convince you…
Batwoman Link Katniss Everdeen
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  1. Yay for Pitchwars, and go Tina! Here's wishing you the most fabulous entries this year. May your gut be torn between too many fabulous possibilities!

  2. I have pitched to you. I hope that I can possibly stand out!
    Remember. Deadly Transit!

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