Why hello there!
I’m Rebecca Yarros, and I’m accepting Young Adult and New Adult submissions for the most awesome agent-seeking competition there is… PITCH WARS!!!
So who am I?
Yeah, that’s me professionally. Personally? Take a peek around this blog, you’ll get a good idea.
I’m an author (betcha figured that out already, eh?) and I write what? Young Adult and New Adult fiction.
Ready for the super-stiff info? I have a degree from Troy University in History and English so I’ve got a pretty good grip on the grammar stuff.
And on the author front? I was actually a Pitch Wars alternate back in 2013, which gave me one of my best friends, Molly Lee. Now, I’m rep’d by Jamie Bodnar Drowley of Inklings Literary, whom I love enough to give the last brownie to. Seriously. My debut novel, FULL MEASURES, came out in February from Entangled and I was super blessed to see it become an Amazon Best Seller, #1 in Series Romance. I also just turned in the first book in a new three book deal with Entangled, so YAAAAY!
On a personal level? I’ve been married 12 years to my amazing army-aviator husband, which means I’m a Colorado Girl in a New York world for the next few months until we PCS (move) again. We have six kids (yes, you read that right), to include our youngest daughter, whom we’re fostering. We have an English Bulldog named Diesel, and a Bunny named General Fluffy Pants (I can’t make this stuff up, folks.), who seriously sat on our dining room table Easter Morning because one of our sons declared him the “Easter Bunny.” Yup. I have four little boys, (my little avengers), who keep me running around and tying hockey skates. ALL THE TIME. Oh, and I write this little blog you’re on right now, which is one of the top military spouse blogs in the country… Sigh, it’s been so neglected because of this last deadline… If you catch me watching TV (Which doesn’t happen often), it’s usually True Blood, Game of Thrones, Scandal, TVD (can’t help it, guilty pleasure), or my favorite…. ARROW. Here’s a .GIF of Stephen Amell (aka, ARROW). You’re welcome.
So anyway, can I stop talking about myself yet?
Okay, so let’s get down to the Pitch Wars fun!
What am I looking for?
In Young Adult – Contemp, UF, Paranormal, Fantasy. I love strong female characters, well, strong male characters too. Let’s just say strong characters in general. I’m a huge fan of urban fantasy, but I’ve got a soft spot for contemporary too, and given the right elements, I could be sold on some Sci-fi. Give me great characters, a strong, well-paced plot, a fantastic hook in your first chapter, authentic voice, and at least a little bit of romantic sub-plot, and I’m yours.
In New Adult: – I want to see something that hasn’t been done before. I love the angst, the romance, the …um… yummy scenes, but I’m really looking for the new. What am I looking for in particular? Fun locations, atypical plots, strong emotions. Paranormal, contemp, UF, it’s all good.
I love epic love stories, so give me the stakes, and I’m ready to chase you down.
What am I not looking for? – Horror is always a no-go for me. That’s just a personal preference, other than that? The overdone. In NA, for me that means recovering abuse, teacher/student, and billionaire boyfriends.
So why should you choose me? Hmm…. Let’s see.
I’m super fun.
I’ve got a great grip on what works in a manuscript, I beta for some already PHENOMENAL authors, I’ve read for my agency, and I find it ridiculously hard to talk about myself as a commodity. Seriously. Pick me because I’m a good author, a great beta, and I’ve got enough real-world experience to shine the heck out of your manuscript.
Seriously, I want to help you, yes YOU, because 18 months ago, I WAS you. So basically –
What can you expect if you choose me? Work. Yup. Does your manuscript have problems? Well then…
I’m going to rip your manuscript apart (and you’re going to like it). I’m going to tell you exactly why it’s awesome, and what you need to do to make it sparkle. We’re going to take your query and even when you think it’s amazing? We’re going to look at it and say –
When you’re confused? We’ll set up a Skype session and chat it out. I’m going to expect you to work just as hard as I do, so at the end of this process, you might be like:
But I’m hoping we’ll snag you some awesome requests that are going to lead to representation.
So basically – Choose me.
And even if you don’t, let me just say, good luck in Pitch Wars, because it’s an unbelievable competition. Make friends with the other Pitch Warriors, and scout out some new CP’s. This is such an amazing opportunity!
Thanks for taking a peek, and hopefully I get to choose your manuscript!!!
And don’t forget, as mentors, we all know how hard this is to put yourself out there, to take the chance and send the query. We respect every single one of you, and your work. So congrats on even thinking about Pitch Wars, and major props to those of you who enter!
Now go polish up that query and those first pages!!! And then… Give them to me. 😉