Pitch Wars 2017 Mentee Bio

Hello Pitch Warriors/Mentors/Potential Mentees! I know I’m a little late getting this posted this year, but I figured I should get it posted anyway. Without further ado…

The Girl

I’m Meagan Evans. I’m 26 years old and live in the suburbs of Seattle. I grew up in Connecticut, and despite living in different places for over 12 years, it still feels the most like home. I like coffee, sweets, buying more home decor than I can fit into my apartment, Christmas shopping, fairy lights, daydreaming that my hair isn’t normally a mess of frizzy curls, crying from laughter with my mom, and making people smile. One of my biggest goals in life other than getting published is making people – and myself, for that matter – proud.

The Book

For this year’s Pitch Wars, I’m submitting the same manuscript I submitted last year. Well, sort of. I did a fair bit of editing, so some things are the same, others are different.

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OUT FROM UNDER is a YA contemporary about a girl who, along with her parents, escapes from an underground bunker and quickly falls into the world of the royals – which just happens to include a super adorable prince. That’s the short version. “What’s the long version?” you ask? (Humor me and pretend you asked.)

Seventeen-year-old Poppy Barlow thinks the world is on fire. Literally. After spending seven years in the safety of a bunker with her parents and an occasionally-violent, apocalypse-fearing man named David, she has no reason to suspect otherwise. So when her parents insist they escape when David is asleep, Poppy is shocked to see that the world is just as they left it.

A few days after arriving at their new home in England, their neighbor pulls them into one of the most elite inner circles in the world: the royal family’s. And one member of that family happens to be the seriously adorable Prince Henry, who Poppy can’t help but start falling for. By some miracle, Henry starts falling for her, too. The Queen, however, is more than a little skeptical of Poppy, and her weird upbringing and total lack of knowledge of what the world is like nowadays aren’t helping. Despite the stress of trying to win the Queen’s approval, Poppy feels like her new life is pretty close to perfect.

Until, that is, David decides he isn’t going to sit back and let the Barlows live happily without him – especially after he sees Poppy’s face on the cover of a tabloid linking her to Prince Henry. If David wins, Poppy will lose the crazy yet incredible new life she’s creating for herself. But if there’s one thing Poppy Barlow refuses to do, it’s lose. She can only hope that finding a way to outsmart David while still keeping Henry around doesn’t make her lose one of the most important things of all: herself.

I’ve put a lot of time into this manuscript, but I know it can be better. I’m hoping to make it truly shine with a mentor’s help. Revision ideas? Show me the red ink. Killing my darlings? Hand me the knife in the form of a delete key. Rewrites? I’ve got my blue-light reducing glasses on and my hands ready to type. I’m willing to put in the work, and would be thrilled to do so. More than anything, I want to make a mentor (and myself) proud, regardless of the final outcome. If we could add our names to the list of Pitch Wars successes, that’s even better.

The Random Stuff

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  • I haven’t gone a single day in the past year without listening to at least one song from the Hamilton soundtrack. Even though I haven’t been lucky enough to see the show yet, I absolutely love it.

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  • Hi, my name is Meagan, and I’m a TV-holic. Seriously, my list of favorite TV shows is way too long, but some of my favorites are One Tree Hill, This is Us, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, iZombie, MTV’s The Challenge, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Stranger Things, The Bold Type, Younger, Gilmore Girls, American Housewife, The Great British Bake Off, How to Get Away with Murder, The Mick, and as seen in the previous GIF, Big Brother.

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  • I’m also a Disney nerd. Disney World is one of my favorite places, I love pretty much any Disney movie, and Walt Disney will forever be my answer to the question, “If you could have lunch with one person, dead or alive, who would it be?”

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  • I’m an Arizona Wildcat, born and raised. My years at the UA were some of the best years of my life so far. I’m still waiting patiently for our next basketball national championship win.

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  • I’m happiest at Christmastime. Crisp air, the occasional bit of snow, cozy clothes, decorated trees, houses decked out in lights, Hallmark Christmas movie marathons, candy canes, cookies, spending time with loved ones…you get the point.

I think that sums up the main, GIF-able stuff. If you’re curious to know more, feel free to ask me on Twitter @MegEvansWrites. And feel free to follow me! New friends are more than welcome.

Best of luck, fellow potential mentees! And to the mentors, Brenda, and everyone else involved, thank you so much for your time, commitment, and kindness, and best of luck to all of you, too!

xx

Meagan

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Pitch Wars 2016 Mentee Bio

Hey there, Pitch Wars mentors and potential mentees! I’m Meagan, and the novel I’m submitting is a YA contemporary titled OUT FROM UNDER. I’m so excited to be able to enter this year, and I can’t wait to see the mentors’ selections.

Here are a few facts about me:

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  • Disney World is my happy place, and Disneyland is a close second. One of my friends is “friends” with Cinderella and Rapunzel at Disney World and has been in Cinderella’s Castle Suite more times than I can count. I’m eternally jealous and daydream about setting foot in there one day.

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  • I love TV. Some of my favorites are Orphan Black, iZombie, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Gilmore Girls (I need the reboot now, please), Once Upon a Time, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Outlander, and Jane the Virgin. Some of my TV guilty pleasures: UnREAL, The Royals, and Big Brother. The drama gets me every time!

  • I love, love, love dogs. They’re the best at fixing a bad mood. I have a golden retriever and a miniature beagle. Their snuggles always make me smile.

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  • Amy Poehler is one of my heroes. She’s a badass.

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  • I grew up in Connecticut and now live in the Seattle area. I love the Pacific Northwest, but nothing compares to New England. Especially at Christmastime.

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  • I’m the fourth person in my family to graduate from the University of Arizona. It’s one of my favorite places in the world. And I’m a diehard Wildcats fan. If Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year (which it is, in my opinion), March Madness is a close second.

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  • I’m sort of heartbroken that I didn’t get to see Hamilton with the full original cast. Or even #Ham4Ham. I still want to see the show someday, and I’m crossing my fingers I’ll get to see it if/when Lin returns!

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As far as writing goes, it’s something I’ve been doing for as long as I can remember. I wrote my first “book” in preschool as a class assignment, and haven’t stopped writing since. My fourth grade teacher was the person who really made me want to be a writer, even though I didn’t know back then that having a career as a writer was a possibility.

The book I’m submitting for Pitch Wars this year is my second novel. My first novel was a YA thriller titled PHASE ONE, and despite some requests for fulls, it ultimately didn’t work out. I decided to set it aside last year so I could write my new book.

My YA contemporary, OUT FROM UNDER, is basically Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt meets THE ROYAL WE. It has romance, some funny moments, female friendships, and a bit of suspense. Click here for a more detailed description.

I like to think of myself as a very hard worker, and I’m 100% willing to take feedback and work with it, even if it means killing my darlings. Critiques may sting sometimes, but they’re worth enduring to get to the end result. Especially if a few smiley faces and encouraging notes are thrown in. And anyway, the pain of a critique is never worse than this:

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I mean, if you felt like stabbing me in the eye with a pencil, we wouldn’t be a good match anyway.

Well, there you have it! If you want to know more about me, you can find me on Twitter @MegEvansWrites.

Having the help of a Pitch Wars mentor would be incredible, and I know everyone who gets picked is going to have a great experience. I can’t wait to hear the success stories that are sure to come later this year!

Good luck to all, and happy pitching!

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