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BORDER MARKERS by Jenny Ferguson . . . Cover Reveal!

TITLE: Border Markers AUTHOR: Jenny Ferguson PUBLISHER: NeWest...

Day 19 (The Last One) of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Laura Heffernan

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Day 18 of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Jennifer Blackwood

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ARTIFACTS by Pete Catalano . . . Happy Belated Book Release!

  Title: ARTIFACTS Author: Pete Catalano Publisher:...

A FINE MESS by Kelly Siskind . . . Cover Reveal!

  TITLE: A Fine Mess AUTHOR: Kelly Siskind PUBLISHER: Forever...

Day 17 (Part 2) of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Jeanmarie Anaya

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Day 17 (Part 1) of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Lynnette Labelle

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Vlog: Who Should Apply to Pitch Wars?

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Day 16 (Part 2) of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Jessica Vitalis

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Day 16 (Part 1) of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Addie Thorley

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CIRCLE OF JINN by Lori Goldstein . . . What Makes A Great Sequel, Book Release, and Giveaway!

TITLE: Circle of Jinn AUTHOR: Lori Goldstein PUBLISHER: Feiwel &...

Day 15 (Part 1) of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Pintip Dunn

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Day 14 (Part 2) of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor J.C. Davis

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Day 14 (Part 1) of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Sonia Hartl

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Day 13 (Part 2) of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Michelle Hauck

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Day 13 (Part 1) of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Sharon Johnston

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Announcing the 2016 Pitch Wars Mentors!

We’re getting excited behind the scenes for our fifth Pitch Wars! For...

Day 12 (Part 2) of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Kate Karyus Quinn

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Pitch Wars Success Interview with Michella Domenici and Mentors Kes Trester and Jennifer Hawkins

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Day 12 (Part 1) of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Naomi Hughes

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Day 11 (Part 2) of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Lisa Maxwell

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Day 11 (Part 1) of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Natasha Raulerson

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Day 10 (Part 2) of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Brighton Walsh

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Pitch Wars Success Story With Judy Roberts and Her Mentor Kate J. Foster

  The best part of the contests for us around here is when we hear...

Day 10 (Part 1) of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Kendra Young

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Day 9 (Part 2) of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Marty Mayberry

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Pitch Wars: The 35-word and Twitter Pitch … simplified

Is your 35-word pitch (aka logline) ready? Got a Twitter pitch? Many...

Day 9 (Part 1) of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Kristin B. Wright

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Pitch Wars: The Query … simplified

Are you query ready for Pitch Wars? The first impression of your book comes...

Day 8 (Part 2) of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Natasha Neagle

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Pitch Wars Success Story with Kelly Garcia, Her Mentor Diana Gallagher, and her Agent Terrie Wolf!

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Day 8 (Part 1) of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentors Abby Cooper and Gail Nall

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Day 7 of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Michael Mammay

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Pitch Wars: The Synopsis … simplified

Will you need a synopsis for Pitch Wars? I’m not going to lie. You...

BORN TO TREASON by E. B. Wheeler . . . Happy Release Day!

TITLE: Born to Treason AUTHOR: E.B. Wheeler PUBLISHER: Cedar Fort,...

Day 6 (Part 2) of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Hayley Nicole Stone

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THE RULE BOOK by Jennifer Blackwood Release Day … with excerpt and giveaway!

Cover Design: LJ Anderson, Mayhem Cover Creations Release Day: May 9,...

Day 6 (Part 1) of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Kelly Siskind

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Day 5 (Part 2) of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars mentor Jami Nord

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Day 5 (Part 1) of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Kellye Garrett

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Day 4 (Part 2) of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentor Jenni Walsh

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Day 4 (Part 1) of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars mentor J.C. Nelson

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Day 3 (Part 2) of the May Pitch Wars Voice Workshop with Mentor Summer Spence

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Day 3 (Part 1) of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars mentor, Helene Dunbar

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Day 2 of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars mentor . . . Dionne McCulloch

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THE BFF BUCKETLIST by Dee Romito . . . Happy Release Day!

Cover illustration by Annabelle Metayer TITLE: THE BFF BUCKET LIST AUTHOR:...

Day 1 (Part 2) of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars mentor Cat Scully

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Day 1 (Part 1) of May’s Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars mentor K.T. Hanna

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DRAGONS ARE PEOPLE, TOO by Sarah Nicolas . . . On Sale to Celebrate Diversity!

In honor of Celebrate Diversity Month, the ebook of Sarah Nicolas’s...

The People Who Matter by Tamara Mataya

I could tell you about the time they poured pencil shavings—and...

Dear Bully by Laura Shovan

  Dear Bully Sometimes when we pass in the hall I hear you say,...

Carnations Do Matter by Nikki Roberti

It started when I was 12. My parents moved me to a Christian private school...

Setting Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentors … sign up now!

We’re holding a SETTING workshop with some of our wonderful Pitch Wars...

You are Beautiful, You are Strong by Janet B. Taylor

Today, I am so grateful to Brenda for allowing me to participate in this...

A Pitch Wars 2014 Success Story with Heather Ezell and Her Mentor, Rachel Lynn Solomon!

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My Thoughts About Bullying by Kelly Calabrese

  HEY THERE FELLOW ARMADILLOS! AKA: MY THOUGHTS ABOUT BULLYING. BY:...

DOWN WITH THE SHINE, Safe Wishing PSA & Giveaway!

  Tomorrow is the release of my third book with HarperTeen, DOWN WITH...

Don’t Be a Bully (or Raise One) by Laura Heffernan

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Friends Stop Bullies by C.M. McCoy

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SOME KIND OF MAGIC by Mary Ann Marlowe . . . Cover Reveal!

  In this sparkling debut novel, Mary Ann Marlowe introduces a hapless...

Your Bullying Did Not Break Me by Katie Bucklein

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The day my heart broke … a story about bullying.

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CATALYST by Kristin Smith . . . Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

COVER REVEAL FOR CATALYST With $25 AMAZON GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY! Clean Teen...

TREASURE AT LURE LAKE by Shari Schwarz . . . Book Release and Giveaway!

  TITLE: TREASURE AT LURE LAKE AUTHOR: Shari Schwarz PUBLISHER: Cedar...

Pitch Wars 2015 Success Story with Sarah Grimm and Mentor Molly Lee

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Winner of Query Critique from Agent Intern Shari Schwarz!

This is just a quick note to announce our winner of the query critique...

Contest Announcement by Jodie Andrefski . . . Secret Clues, Missions, and Crazy Fun!

Are you interested in a chance to win some great prizes while spreading a...

MY PERFECT MISTAKE by Kelly Siskind Blog Tour … excerpt and giveaway!

TITLE: MY PERFECT MISTAKE AUTHOR: Kelly Siskind PUBLISHER: Forever...

Shari Schwarz . . . My Path to Publishing, Query Critique Giveaway as an Agent Intern

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Happy Release Day to THE NATURAL HISTORY OF US by Rachel Harris . . . and Giveaway!

Rachel Harris’s THE NATURAL HISTORY OF US is already getting swoons from...

Guest post by Martina Boone … Are You Ready to Query, Sub, or Enter that Contest?

Are You Ready to Query, Sub, or Enter that Contest? Four Writing Contest...

Voice Workshop with Pitch Wars Mentors … sign up now!

We’re holding a VOICE workshop with some of our wonderful Pitch Wars...

Pitch Wars Success Story with May B. Bridges and her mentor, Jami Nord!

  I’m a little new to the world of pitch contests and have never even...

EDGE OF CHAOS by Molly Lee . . . Release Day and Giveaway!

Release Date: March 30, 2016 Photo & Cover Design: Regina Wamba /...

YA Scavenger Hunt … it’s live!!

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YA Scavenger Hunt Spring 2016 Announcement

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the Amazing Brenda Drake!

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WHEN I LIED by Michelle Kemper Brownlow … cover reveal!

WHEN I LIED By Michelle Kemper Brownlow New Adult Romance RELEASE DATE:...

The Pitch Wars Road Show … RT Booklovers Convention Las Vegas!

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SUPERNORMAL by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway . . . Release Day!

TITLE: Supernormal AUTHOR: Caitlen Rubino-Bradway GENRE: YA SFF PUBLISHER:...

A Pitch Wars Success Story with Becky Dean, and her mentor, Marty Mayberry!

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EDGE OF CHAOS by Molly E. Lee … cover reveal and giveaway!

Release Date: March 30, 2016 Photo & Cover Design: Regina Wamba /...

Pitch Madness 2016 Mario Kart Edition … Game On!

  Welcome to Team Yoshi Falls! It’s been a long week of reading through...

B17: ADULT THRILLER: CANARY HILL

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B16: ADULT UPMARKET CONTEMPORARY: YEAR OF THE LETTERS

  Title: Year of the Letters Age Category: Adult Genre: Upmarket...

B15: ADULT SCI-FI: UNTIL THE END

  Title: UNTIL THE END Age Category: Adult Genre: Women’s fiction...

B14: ADULT MYSTERY: PORTSIDE SCREW

  Title: “Portside Screw” Age Category: Adult Genre:...

B13: ADULT FANTASY: DAUGHTER OF FURY

  Title: Daughter Of Fury Age Category: Adult Genre: Fantasy Word...

B12: YA CONTEMPORARY: FAULT LINES

  Title: FAULT LINES Age Category: Young Adult Genre:...

B11: YA FANTASY: A DRAGONBIRD IN THE FERN

Title: A DRAGONBIRD IN THE FERN Age Category: Young Adult Genre:...

B10: YA CONTEMPORARY: DIAMONDS ARE A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND

  Title: Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend Age Category: Young...

B9: YA SCI-FI: SCARS WE BARE

  Title: Scars We Bare Age Category: Young Adult Genre: sci-fi Word...

B8: YA CONTEMPORARY: STAGED

  Title: STAGED Age Category: Young Adult Genre: Contemporary Word...

B7: YA SPECULATIVE THRILLER: THE DARKNESS RISES

  Title: The Darkness Rises Age Category: Young Adult Genre:...

B6: YA SCI-FI: INTO THE SKYE

  Title: Into the Skye Age Category: Young Adult Genre: YA –...

B5: YA URBAN FANTASY: VITIUM

Title: VITIUM Age Category: Young Adult Genre: Urban Fantasy Word Count:...

B4: MG FANTASY: AMANDA JONES AND THE QUEST TO SAVE ZEE

  Title: Amanda Jones and the Quest to Save Zee Age Category: Middle...

B3: MG FANTASY: DANDELIONS

  Title: Dandelions Age Category: Middle Grade Genre: Fantasy Word...

B2: MG CONTEMPORARY: BIG FAT POND FISH

Title: Big Fat Pond Fish Age Category: Middle Grade Genre:...

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Brenda Drake

Author of TOUCHING FATE (Entangled Teen Crave, October 12, 2015) and THIEF OF LIES: a Library Jumpers novel (Entangled Teen, January 2016), host of #PitchWars, #PitchMadness, and #PitMad, fueled by coffee and Goldfish crackers (but not together), and represented by Peter Knapp with New Leaf Literary.

Blog/Contest Assistant Heather Cashman

Blog/Contest Assistant Heather Cashman
With a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, the lab reports always lacked the fantastical element Heather's imagination demands. Hypotheses turned into taglines and novels, so she's going back to college for a Creative Writing degree. Her novels range from Epic Fantasy to Contemporary Speculative Fiction, she dabbles in picture books, and is currently seeking representation. ~Member SCBWI

Blog/Contest Assistant Nikki Roberti

Blog/Contest Assistant Nikki Roberti
Nikki is a professional journalist and marketer with more than a decade of published writing experience. She is also a young adult author represented by Suzie Townsend of the New Leaf Literary Agency. Before writing novels, she was a seven-time award winning playwright with her short pieces performed around the country, including The Kennedy Center in D.C.

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