Since the very first edition of PitchWars, I’ve been a mentor. Every year, I try to shift my focus a bit, to make sure I can help my mentee to the best of my ability. So this year, I want:
Contemporary or fantasy, literary or science fiction, historical or romance, I don’t care about the genre. I love it all. I want it ALL.
I want stories that include: LGBTQIA* characters, gender diversity, and/or characters with disabilities. I want stories that skew close to my own experiences, so I can best help you.
I want queer princesses and disabled dragonslayers. I want genderfluid heroes with happy endings and fearless heroines with a limp. I want intersectionality. I want flocks of queer characters and bands of misfits. I want communities that reflect the real world.
Wow me with your storytelling, make me fall in love with your characters, chill me to the bone, and in return I will fight hard and dirty – I am a Slytherin, after all – for you, to make sure the story is as amazing as it can be. Fair warning: I do expect you to work equally hard. But together, we’ll make a sensational team.
If you have any questions, tweet me!
why you should pick me*
“Marieke is a Secret Targaryen.”
Corinne Duyvis, author of OTHERBOUND and ON THE EDGE OF GONE (Amulet)
“If I want dark, complex work — the kind that kicks me in the feels and leaves me begging for more — Marieke is my go-to writer. She’s also my go-to CP, because with those brains and that affinity for character/ reader torture she’s clearly a super villain in disguise, and who doesn’t want one of those on their team?”
Sarah Benwell, author of THE LAST LEAVES FALLING (Random House UK, Simon & Schuster US)
“When I first started writing, everyone told me that maybe I should stick to something I’m good at, like playing with string, or hunting for dead batteries in the couch cushions. But then Marieke became my CP and now suddenly I have a book published, so, I think it’s obvious she’s made of magic and fairy dust. Five manuscripts’ worth of Mariekrits later, and I’m fluent in Dutch and have only cried twelve times! SUB TO MARIEKE AND GREAT THINGS WILL HAPPEN. Possibly filthy things, but I’m not really at liberty to say.”
Dahlia Adler, author of UNDER THE LIGHTS and JUST VISITING (Spencer Hill Contemporary)
“Partnering up with Marieke is the equivalent of getting hit with the magic stick. Everything she touches turns to gold, including the pitch she wrote for my novel, LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE in Pitch Wars 2012, which ultimately scored me an agent. She’s also very tall, super sweet, and has a voice like a mental massage. You want her on your team, and you want to be on hers.”
Gina Ciocca, author of LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE (Simon Pulse)
“Marieke Nijkamp exists only when she’s not being viewed; blink, and your manuscript has been critiqued.”
Francesca Zappia, author of MADE YOU UP (Greenwillow)
“I was that kid. The one in the back of the classroom with nothing but a pen, a journal, and a story. I was lost. My words screamed from the pages and I was sure I was the only one who heard them. Then I met Marieke. And for the first time ever, the screams turned to cries of happiness. They had found their mentor. They had found their literary guru. They had found their path to greatness. In Marieke.”
Brooks Benjamin, my 2013/2014 PitchWars mentee, now fellow 2016 debut and author of MY SEVENTH GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS (Delacorte)
“You may only want Marieke for her shrewd mind, keen understanding of the YA market, and incisive critique. That’s fine, whatever. But you should also know she’s incredibly generous with her time and a super lovely, supportive person who will never make you feel flailingly uncool despite her rockstar status. As an MG mentor, I am absolutely delighted that she is NOT mentoring MG.”
Joy McCullough-Carranza, spectacular MG mentor and playwright
*Yes, I shamelessly stole some of last year’s mentor blurbs. #Slytherin