Welcome to #TeamHubbaHubba!

We’re Susan and Auriane (and Bear and Buttercup and Sammy), and we’re so excited to be co-mentors for Pitch Wars this year! Pitch Wars is a mentoring program where mentors choose one writer each to spend three months revising their manuscript. It ends in February with an Agent Showcase. Learn more about Pitch Wars on their website, or stay right here to find out more about Team Hubba Hubba!

Susan Lee

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Helloooo blog hoppers! I’m Susan and I’m a 2018 PitchWars alum mentored by the incomparable Gloria Chao. I had SUCH an amazing experience last year and it is my honor and overwhelming joy to be able to give back to the PitchWars community. 

I write YA rom-coms centered on Asian-American protagonists but with a whole lotta intersectionality thrown in the mix! My agent is Devin Ross at New Leaf Literary and I consider myself lucky every single day to have such an amazing champion in my corner! I am a Human Resources executive at a tech startup, so helping people pays the bills and I’m happy to help you along the way with each high and low and everything in between.

With #teamhubbahubba, not only are you getting mentored by Auriane and myself, but also by our super smart and amazingly creative and insightful pups. I have two badass chihuahuas, Buttercup (the good cop) and Bear (the bad cop). My style will be somewhere in between. :) 

You can find me on Twitter & Instagram (please ignore all the pictures of rosé).

Auriane Desombre

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I was the fabulous Sonia Hartl and Annette Christie’s mentee in 2018, and I’m so excited to be mentoring with Susan this year! My co-co-mentor is my dog, Sammy. A dog trainer once told me that “I see a lot of dogs, and I never say this, but he really is a bad boy.” She was right, he’s such a bad boy, but he has a very meme-able face and a good heart, so we love him anyway.

I write queer YA rom coms, and I’m represented by the wonderful Penny Moore of Aevitas Creative Management. I’m also pursuing two graduate degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing for Children & Young Adults. 

My classmates call me a cheerleader, and it’s true — when I love a book, I become its biggest hype woman, and I’ll do the same for our mentee! In addition to your edit letter, you can expect a lot of gushing, encouragement, and stories about how your book made me cry on the subway (I cry on the subway over books a lot. The general population of New York is concerned, but when it comes to a great book, there’s nothing to be done). Sammy will provide memes, motivational cuddles, and the occasional finger nipping.

I’m can’t wait to see your submissions! In the meantime, come find me on Twitter

Our Wishlist

What we’re looking for: YA Contemporary!

We’ll be mentoring YA Contemporary this year! Send us your:

  • Romances

  • Coming of age stories

  • Cozy mysteries

  • Retellings/reimaginings (even better if it’s something unexpected!)

  • Ownvoices narratives

Our finest selection of Sammy Memes

Our finest selection of Sammy Memes

What we can help our mentee with:

  • Plot structure

  • Dialogue

  • Fine tuning your voice

  • Character motivation and backstory

  • Querying tips

  • Copious pup pictures ⁠— self care is a must!

Some of our favorite things:

  • Rom com tropes! We’re big fans of enemies-to-lovers especially, as well as fake-dating and lots of banter (bonus points if at any point there’s only one bed or they’re stuck in an elevator (or one bed stuck in an elevator!!!!)).

  • Humor! Give us all the snarky sarcasm, voicey MCs, and banter please.

  • Epic first kisses

  • Sibling stories and strong family dynamics

  • Friendship and romantic breakups

  • Secondary characters that jump off the page (love a feisty best friend or an even feistier rival!)

  • Human disaster protagonists who are just trying their best

  • Have we mentioned banter? We love banter!

  • Any manuscript that screams “make me into a Netflix movie!”

  • Pets! (Prefer dogs but will consider cats, rabbits, chinchillas, iguanas, etc…)

Books we love:

  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

  • American Panda by Gloria Chao

  • Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

  • Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo

  • Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertallli

  • Frankly in Love by David Yoon

  • Have a Little Faith in Me by Sonia Hartl

  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

  • Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson 

  • One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

Stories we’re not a good fit for:

  • High fantasy (though we would consider contemporary fantasy)

  • Horror (a wonderful genre, but Auriane is scared of everything)

  • Brutally angsty stories (Susan is an emotional wimp)

Communication/Mentoring Style

As mentors, we’re all in to help make our mentee’s manuscript shine. We’ll start off by looking at the big picture stuff: plot structure, character arcs and motivation, voice, and more. After that, we’ll dive into the nitty-gritty details that will help make the manuscript really come together. To accomplish that, we’re looking for a mentee who’s ready to work! Someone who will consider investing time in honing craft and doing what it takes to perfect the story!

As for the process, we’ll be with our mentee every step of the way. Whether it’s answering questions, bouncing ideas around, or giving pep talks, we’ll be here to support our mentee throughout the process and beyond. And don’t forget, dog pictures!!!

Closing

We’re so excited to see your submissions! It’s an honor and a privilege to receive your words. Happy writing!