So I should probably introduce myself! I’m Diana Gardin, and this is my first year as a Pitch Wars mentor. Don’t let the fact that I’m a newbie fool you, however; I’ve been writing for a long time, and I know my way around the publishing business, even though I’m not sure anyone can ever truly be an expert in this ever-changing tide we call publishing! I have a very vivid love-hate relationship with publishing, as I’m sure most authors do. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to write. It’s like a relationship to me, no matter how pissed-off I get with the publishing world or a WIP, I always go back to it. And that’s never going to change. Here’s my bio:
I’m a hybrid author who’s been publishing romance since 2012. I started out pretty clueless, but after total immersion in this crazy business, I can proudly say I know what I’m doing. Although I learn something new every single day. I’m the author of eight published novels, and my ninth is releasing August 2. I’m a romance author, through and through. I’ve written novels across the board from YA Contemporary to Adult Romantic Suspense. I write dreamy teenage guys who’ve clawed their way to the top, sexy military heroes, blue-collar delicious heroes, and the strong, successful heroines who fall in love with them. Also note…all of my books (so far) are set in the South. Although I am planning on self-pubbling a romantic sci-fi series in the coming months that will obviously be set in fictional worlds in a galaxy far, far away. For more info on me and my books, reach out to me on Twitter or my Facebook Page. For my traditionally published work, I’m represented by Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary Group.
Let’s make this easy. I write romance, I love romance, I WANT romance. I want the hottest, feeliest, most gripping, tear-my-heart-out-and-stomp-on-it-before-you-put-it-together-again romance. And I want it in the following categories and genres:
That’s really it, y’all. That’s all I want. And I will love these things whether they fall into the Adult OR the New Adult category. I’ll definitely be warning you that if you’re an N/A author who hasn’t been published yet, you’re going to have an uphill climb. But as long as you know the odds are against you, I’m willing to work with it if you are.
When it comes to romance, I like mine HOT. Seriously. The steamier, the better. If your love scenes fade to black, I’m probably not the mentor to you, because I’m only going to wish you had gone there. I’m also pulled more toward emotional, dark, and edgy stories more than the funny ones. So although there are really great romantic comedies out there that I’ve enjoyed, I’m not going to want them for Pitch Wars.
Here are the things I’m not really looking for at all:
I want you to grab me from the very first page with your writing, because I have a short attention span when it comes to my books. I need a standout voice that doesn’t sound like any other romance author I’ve read before. I’m looking for heroes that aren’t assholes, and heroines that are smart and capable. But I DO want the hero who saves the day, because chivalry. Right? MAKE ME SWOON. I’M BEGGING YOU!
with that being said, you should know a little about my mentoring styles. My personality is very laid back, and that will reflect on my mentoring. I’m not afraid to tell you what I think, but I’m also going to be your biggest cheerleader. I WANT you to succeed. I’m more of a big-picture kind of girl, so I don’t often get stuck on minute details. I’m the kind of writer who says what I need to say in the least amount of words possible, so I’m going to suggest to my menthe to cut unnecessary prose. If you love unnecessary prose, I’m probably not the mentor for you. But…there is definitely a mentor out there for you who will do an amazing job with your manuscript. Heres’s a little more info about said mentors, and a parting gift for you before I go.