Saturday, May 6, 2017

Meet ShoreIndie Editor Katie McCoach

Katie McCoach is a developmental editor working with authors of all levels. Her motto is, “Let’s create your best story!” Her specialties are romance, young adult, new adult, sci-fi, fantasy, and memoir. She is an active member of Romance Writers of America, Contemporary Romance Writers, and Los Angeles Romance Writers. She’s a featured editor for Revise & Resub (#RevPit contest) and #ShoreIndie contest (2017). Katie was also a participating editor in Pitch to Publication (2015, 2016), and has judged the 2016 & 2015 Golden Hearts Awards and 2014 Stiletto Contest. She is based in Los Angeles.

For ShoreIndie 2017, Katie is excited to receive submission that fit the following MSWL:

I am all about character-driven stories with strong voices. The main character can be unlikeable, as long as they are compelling and readers can understand/relate to their actions, even if they don’t agree with them.

I also love tension between characters. Whether they are love interests, best-friends, enemies, or parents & children. Maybe your book features unlikely characters are on a journey together. I think there’s a huge need right now for stories about friendship. So, I’d love to see a YA or NA story about a building friendship between two or three characters with very different backgrounds and views on world. I’d especially like it if this friendship formed through unexpected means.

I’m also interested in romances—possibly two people falling in love despite how much they disliked each other to start. Or a love triangle. Or even reverse harem.

I do tend to lean toward strong, independent female characters. BUT there is a world of voices we haven’t heard from yet, and I want to work on those stories. Fresh, unique, diverse voices. I read to experience emotion, learn something new, or view things in a perspective I haven’t before.

*I’d also be happy to work on the first book in a series.

I want to see stories in the following age categories and genres:

Adult: Romance, Women’s Fiction, Upmarket Fiction, Suspense
YA & NA: Contemporary, Romance, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Speculative, Retellings, Dystopian

Not interested in: Historical, Horror, Erotica (different than erotic romance), Epic Fantasy, Paranormal, MG or younger

Follow Katie on Twitter, check out her Website and Facebook page, and ask her all your questions during her #ShoreIndie #AskEditor sessions on Sunday, May 28th at 2pm and Tuesday, May 30th at 5pm.

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