Friday, August 1, 2014

Pitch Wars Bio!

Hi there! I'm Stefanie Wass, a middle grade writer represented by Danielle Smith of Red Fox Literary. I'm a graduate of Miami University and a former fifth and sixth grade teacher. These days, I write full-time. When I'm not writing contemporary MG, I beta-read, explore everything in the genre, and attend as many SCBWI conferences as my budget will allow! I am a hard-core believer in the editorial process. (Yup, I believe in post-it notes, highlighters, printing out the ms, reading it aloud, reading it on my Nook, and sending it to umpteen beta readers.) Perfectionist? Um, yeah.
The type of manuscripts I love? Realistic MG contemporary. Do I like fantasy? Nope. Historical? Nope. A touch of magical realism? Well, sure...but only if it is light-handed. What seals the deal for me? Spot-on voice. Character-driven stories with a ton of heart. Think ONE FOR THE MURPHYS, THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY, LOVE, AUBREY, and ABSOLUTELY ALMOST.
I have a soft spot for dogs, so an animal story might be for me.But honestly, it's all about the writing. If you have a manuscript that is literary in nature with writing like THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY, then I am crossing my fingers you will send it my way!
Best of luck with Pitch Wars!


  1. I love, love, love Love Aubrey too! One of my all time favorites:) I write MG contemporary. I may have to send it your way!

  2. Oh, hooray for contemporary MG! My gal lives in a dorm on a college campus. I can't wait to send in my entry. You're def. on my short list! :)

  3. I'm so glad you were so clear! Mine is not realistic, even though it has a reality TV show in it, so I know you are probably not the best mentor for me this year. But I can't wait to see your mentee, because I do like to read contemporary MG.