<![CDATA[Kevin A. Springer - Blog]]>Tue, 18 Jul 2017 19:45:49 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[My 2017 pitch wars MG wish list]]>Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://kevinaspringer.com/blog/my-2017-pitch-wars-mg-wish-list
Entering my third year as a Pitch Wars mentor, I have a better feeling for what I like and what I feel I can help with the most. The past two Pitch Wars has really opened my EYES to how many good writers there are out there waiting for the right break. There have been many great manuscripts that I have passed on that were worthy of being selected, but I had felt I wasn't the right person to take it to the next level.

What am I looking for this year? I like stories with main characters that lean toward the quirky side (can be read as not part of the cool crowd). Characters that will learn and grow throughout the book until they better understand their role in the world around them. It doesn't matter if the MC is a boy or a girl. I like stories that move at a fast pace - take me for a ride! I like adventure, mystery, light fantasy, some paranormal, but with hint of humor woven through that is not over the top/in your face. 

I am not best suited for contemporary, sad tales, or historical fiction (unless it contains a good bit of what I do like). 

I want to work with a person who is willing to listen to my take on their work and not get defensive. When asking for feedback, you will hear a variety of different suggestions on how to improve your story. I am looking for a mentee who has a sense of humor and doesn't take themselves too seriously. There is enough stress and anxiety over editing and submitting, sometimes you just need to laugh.

I am not a grammar wizard, but I do have a good eye for the subtle nuances that create depth in a scene or display small glimpses into character (body language, non-verbal cues to who they are). I tend to sit with your manuscript at first to go through the whole thing and then connect with you (best over phone) to go chapter by chapter. I sometimes come up with small slants to the story that are purely "take it or leave it" feedback that is just for you to chew on (may open you to ideas that you haven't thought about yet that could be really cool or just not your cup of tea).

Feel free to contact me if you have any direct questions. You can reach me via Twitter the easiest.

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<![CDATA[Book Spotlight: SOUTHERN FRIED WICCAN by Susan Sipel]]>Thu, 15 Sep 2016 19:59:55 GMThttp://kevinaspringer.com/blog/book-spotlight-southern-fried-wiccan-by-susan-sipel
When Cilla Swaney returns to her Southern roots from traveling the world as a military brat, she's eager to break free of her life-long role as the major's "good little daughter." She vows to, for once, explore her own interests...especially magick and Wicca.

However, adjusting to life in the homeland she barely knows is keeping her from seeking out her inner goddess. First her church-going grandmother threatens to rat her out if she sets a Wiccan-wandering toe out of line. Then, at her new charter school, the first girl she meets steals her grimoire and casts a spell that sets their shared locker afire. Finally, when that same girl invites her to a coven, Cilla's sister argues she doesn't have the guts to attend.

But it's the dark-haired hottie at school who really ignites Cilla's flame. When Emilio shows up at her coven, she starts believing in her ability to finally conjure her own magick.

Until all Hades breaks loose with a prank gone wrong, and Emilio is possibly to blame. Will Cilla be able to keep the boy, her coven, and the trust of her family, or will this Southern Wiccan get battered and fried?

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Born and raised in North Carolina, Susan Sipal had to travel halfway across the world and return home to embrace her father and grandfather's penchant for telling a tall tale. After having lived with her husband in his homeland of Turkey for many years, she suddenly saw the world with new eyes and had to write about it. Perhaps it was the emptiness of the Library of Celsus at Ephesus that cried out to be refilled, or the myths surrounding the ancient Temple of Artemis, but she's been writing stories filled with myth and mystery ever since.

Over the last several years, she's also developed and presented A WRITER'S GUIDE TO HARRY POTTER, which helps writers of all genres (including those writing fanfiction) improve their craft with Harry Potter as their text.

<![CDATA[change and other things that go bump in the night]]>Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:13:12 GMThttp://kevinaspringer.com/blog/change-and-other-things-that-go-bump-in-the-nightPicture
As the end of the school year approaches, I find that I am on a roll, firing on all cylinders. I feel productive, creative, and optimistic. Things are good.

As a stay at home parent of two awesome boys, my summers are made up of trips to the pool, making sure they are not living on their electronics, and since they are energetic, growing boys, the rest of the time I feel I am feeding them.

This is a lot of fun, but there is a catch. I have lost momentum on writing. I admit, I have Adult ADD and keeping focus is a challenge on most days. Add the noise and interruptions that come with having kids, and nothing productive can occur.

It has taken me a few summers of this to accept it for what it is and not beat myself up over it. So, this should help me get back into the swing of things once school starts back up in August, right? Not so much. I have come face to face with a change (kids are gone) and we don't play well together.

Change can be scary, it is stressful for us all, but it isn't until we accept our relationship with it that we can finally move past it. I have found that starting up the creative engines will take time and soon I will be on the road back to being productive. For me it has been baby steps, but learning to accept how I work best has improved how I deal with change.