Pitch Madness 2016: Team Yoshi Falls
Feb16

Pitch Madness 2016: Team Yoshi Falls

Pitch Madness 2016 Mario Kart Edition Yoshi Falls Today we’re excited to introduce the teams for Pitch Madness. Pitch Madness is a contest to win a request from one or more of the participating agents. I will have an agent introduction post up soon. For those who don’t know about Pitch Madness, click here for THE OFFICIAL RULES. Pitch Madness will be on four blogs and each blog host will have a co-host helping them choose their top 15 entries. Some will have a team of first readers who will check for formatting, grammar, and content and put their top picks through to the hosts.  And the top 60 finalists will move onto the agent round! Here are the hosting sites  … Brenda Drake’s site Rebecca Coffindaffer’s site Sharon Johnston’s site Summer Heacock’s site And now, introducing Team Yoshi Falls hosted by Brenda Drake along with her co-host Kimberly P. Chase and K.T. Hanna …   Team Yoshi Falls will be hosted this year by our very own Brenda Drake! She will be helping as much as possible while she tours New England signing her latest book, so Brenda will have two co-hosts this year that will be doing most of the heavy lifting (or late-into-the-night reading). The second round readers searching the best entries for Team Yoshi Falls are . . . Dannie Morin is an addictions therapist with a writing problem. By day she alternates between counseling teens and wrangling a very sassy toddler. By night she writes, critiques, and edits like a boss. When she’s not doing any of those things, she’s a compulsive participant in the Carolinas Region of SCBWI and a regular Snarky Sue in online Pitch Contests. Dannie pens young adult and new adult fiction in Charlotte, North Carolina. Repped by John Cusick of FolioLiterary. Website   |   Twitter     And me, 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 Twitter     Helping out as she can while balancing time with her new baby is blog 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,...

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Pitch Madness 2016: Team Bowser’s Castle
Feb16

Pitch Madness 2016: Team Bowser’s Castle

Pitch Madness 2016 Mario Kart Edition Bowser’s Castle Today we’re excited to introduce the teams for Pitch Madness. Pitch Madness is a contest to win a request from one or more of the participating agents. I will have an agent introduction post up soon. For those who don’t know about Pitch Madness, click here for THE OFFICIAL RULES. Pitch Madness will be on four blogs and each blog host will have a co-host helping them choose their top 15 entries. Some will have a team of first readers who will check for formatting, grammar, and content and put their top picks through to the hosts.  And the top 60 finalists will move onto the agent round! Here are the hosting sites  … Brenda Drake’s site Rebecca Coffindaffer’s site Sharon Johnston’s site Summer Heacock’s site And now, introducing Team Bowser’s Castle hosted by Rebecca Coffindaffer along with her co-host Marieke Ninjkamp … Team Bowser’s Castle will be hosted on Rebecca’s blog. (They won’t be using any second round readers.) HOST Rebecca (Weston) Coffindaffer is an author and freelance copy editor and writer with experience working in both publishing and editing. She’s also a full-time mom to her daughter, Nerd Baby, and wife to her husband, Nerd Boy. In her limited free time, she binge-watches TV shows on Netflix; creates experimental dinners in the kitchen; and uses her dog as a giant, fuzzy pillow. She writes mainly about girls kicking butt and dealing with issues, both of the supernatural and the mundane variety. Website   |   Twitter   |   Tumblr         CO-HOST Marieke Nijkamp is a storyteller, dreamer, globe-trotter, geek. She holds degrees in philosophy, history, and medieval studies, and wants to grow up to be a time traveler. Her debut young adult novel This Is Where It Ends was published by Sourcebooks Fire on January 5, 2016. Website   |   Twitter   |   Amazon Author Page         This is Where it Ends, by Marieke Nijkamp Published by Sourcebooks, January 5, 2016 Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun. 10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve. 10:02 a.m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class. 10:03 The auditorium doors won’t open. 10:05 Someone starts shooting.Told from four perspectives over the span of 54 harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival. Winter ’15 Kids Indie Next List Goodreads YA Best Books of the Month Buzzfeed 5 YA Books You Should Be Reading This January Bustle.com 18...

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Pitch Madness 2016: Team Moo Moo Meadows
Feb16

Pitch Madness 2016: Team Moo Moo Meadows

 Pitch Madness 2016 Mario Kart Edition  Moo Moo Meadows Today we’re excited to introduce the teams for Pitch Madness. Pitch Madness is a contest to win a request from one or more of the participating agents. I will have an agent introduction post up soon. For those who don’t know about Pitch Madness, click here for THE OFFICIAL RULES. Pitch Madness will be on four blogs and each blog host will have a co-host helping them choose their top 15 entries. Some will have a team of first readers who will check for formatting, grammar, and content and put their top picks through to the hosts.  And the top 60 finalists will move onto the agent round! Here are the hosting sites  … Brenda Drake’s site Rebecca Coffindaffer’s site Summer Heacock’s site Sharon Johnston’s site And now, introducing Team Moo Moo Meadows hosted by Sharon Johnston along with her co-host Jeyn Roberts … The second round readers searching the best entries for the Moo Moo Meadows team are . . . Laura Brown: I live in Massachusetts with my husband and five year old son . . . I’m a self-described extrovert trapped in an introverted body, which makes me right at home in social media, even if I lurk a great deal of the time. I graduated from Boston University with a degree in Deaf Studies which led to working in social work for ten years before burning out . . . I’m a big supporter of diverse books, especially in regards to disability. I wear two hearing aids, and have since I was five (that’s, umm, almost thirty a lot of years). I consider myself Hard of Hearing, not impaired. My ears are a big part of who I am and not something I’m willing to change. I write characters with hearing loss. Sometimes it’s part of the plot, sometimes it’s just an is. My goal has always been to bring that part of my world into my novels. SILENT ATTRACTION, my NA (New Adult) Contemporary Romance, coming June 14, 2016 from Avon Impulse. Website   |   Twitter   Heather Bryant: One day I’ll be published. One day I’ll have a book with my name on the cover. One day I’ll own a purple unicorn. Until that day I’m a twenty-something hopeful with an addiction to coffee and anything that makes me smile. Website   |   Twitter       And our Moo Moo Meadows host and co-host will pick 15 finalists and post them on Sharon Johnston’s website … HOST Sharon Johnston: After growing up listening to my father reading fables, folklore and, it’s no surprise I love stories. As soon as...

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Pitch Madness 2016: Team Rainbow Road
Feb16

Pitch Madness 2016: Team Rainbow Road

Pitch Madness Mario Kart Edition Rainbow Road Today we’re excited to introduce the teams for Pitch Madness. Pitch Madness is a contest to win a request from one or more of the participating agents. I will have an agent introduction post up soon. For those who don’t know about Pitch Madness, click here for THE OFFICIAL RULES. Pitch Madness will be on four blogs and each blog host will have a co-host helping them choose their top 15 entries. Some will have a team of first readers who will check for formatting, grammar, and content and put their top picks through to the hosts.  And the top 60 finalists will move onto the agent round! Here are the hosting sites  … Brenda Drake’s site Rebecca Coffindaffer’s site Summer Heacock’s site Sharon Johnston’s site And now, introducing Team Rainbow Road hosted by Summer Heacock along with her co-host Dee Romito … The second round readers searching the best entries for the Rainbow Road Team are . . . Sarah Cannon: Despite my best efforts, I’m a hopeless wanderer, partly because I married a newsman. I’ve lived in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Jersey, Ohio, North Carolina, New York, and Indiana. I earned my B.S. of Ed. from Ohio University, and I’ve taught everyone from the earliest readers to college students who need writing help. I homeschool my three kids, and tutor part time for a national franchise. I writes all kinds of speculative fiction for young people, inspired by everything from Browncoats to Dutch folklore to TED Talks. I live in a comfy old grey house, which delights me because it makes me think of Grey House in Susan Cooper’s Dark is Rising series. We’re in the only hilly part of this mid-western town. I am always happier surrounded by hills. When I’m not writing or teaching, I grow food, knit, spin, geek out with my family, and sometimes even run on purpose. Website   |   Twitter   Janet Johnson: My husband (a.k.a. Jedi Master Daddy) and I (a.k.a. Princess Mommy) are raising three energetic Jedi: Master London, Jedi Brandt, and Padowan Khyah. I have mastered the use of my purple light-saber (inherited from Mace Windoo himself), the art of identifying the bad guys (they drink prune juice, NOT water), and the ability of crafting bases and ships from scraps (aka legos). In my spare time I write children’s books, translate French to English, and keep up with my blog. So yes, my laundry is probably waiting to be done. Website   |   Twitter     Our Team Rainbow Road host and co-host will pick 15 finalists and post them on...

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