Pitch Wars is ON!

It’s Pitch Wars time again, and this year I’m thrilled to be a mentor, accepting submissions in the YA category.



Are you having trouble connecting your audience to your character? Is  your character’s history essential to your plot but it’s tough to present in a way that doesn’t seem like a lecture? Is your story not captivating your reader the way it should?


Then I’m the mentor for you!

Character development is where I like to dig in while critiquing. I’m a firm believer that a bit of backstory is important and, when well placed, can do wonders for a novel. Is the middle of your book struggling with hooking your beta readers? I totally feel you! With my first novel, Effortless With You, I went through TWENTY ONE drafts to get it balanced right. …That’s right, TWENTY ONE. So trust me, I’ve learned the art of pacing.


What I’m Looking For:


I love emotional books. I love books after the heart and development of a character.  Think inner beauty, redemption, and coming of age. If you really want to hook me, toss in a thread of romance!

What can I say? I love the love! I’m accepting manuscripts from all YA categories. I write contemporary young adult romance. My work has made it into the top two hot new releases on Amazon and have established international amazon category bestseller ranks. Check out Effortless With You, Perfectly Messy, and Bring the Rain to see how I roll. My favorite books are Eleanor and Park, The Harry Potter Series, The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness, The Fault of our Stars, The Giver, Indian Captive,  Anne of Green Gables, and, of course, Pride and Prejudice.

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Do I have further credentials? Well sure… Behind this fierce (okay, very friendly) author, you’ll find a degree in nursing from the University of Minnesota. I’m a science geek so if you happen to have chest pain or questions about your premature baby, I’m your go-to gal.


I’m also a proud mother to three under five years old, and I love to laugh (hint, hint).



Earl grey tea and green tea are my go-to beverages. Dark chocolate is my fourth child, and I could eat sushi everyday until I die.


Am I the mentor for you? I certainly hope so! I can’t wait to open my inbox and dive into your work!

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  1. I think you’re the mentor for me; however, my story is not YA. Would you still like to see it?

    • Lizzy Charles

      No thank you. For PitchWars in only taking YA.

  2. Sushi is the most amazing food in the world. And dark chocolate? To die for. I like your taste, Lizzy!

    We’ve chatted on Twitter for a couple years now (Your experience with your first novel tense helped me with mine!)

    I have two questions:

    1. Are you OK with our knowing each other on Twitter for a while and having me as a mentee candidate?

    2. Any interest in a YA contemporary with a superhero (YA contemporary fantasy)? It includes humor, romance, and some action. 🙂

    Thank you in advance!

    • Lizzy Charles

      Since I’ve never CP’d for you before I’d definitely be open to working with you if the MS fits! And that sounds cool! I’d love to see something like that in my inbox!

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