Pitch Madness 2016 Mario Kart Edition . . . Submission Form!
Feb25

Pitch Madness 2016 Mario Kart Edition . . . Submission Form!

 Pitch Madness 2016 MARIO KART Edition! The submission window is now open! To submit your MS pitch into the contest, enter your information in the form below. What is Pitch Madness? It’s a contest to win a request from one or more of the participating agents. (See who they are here.) The submission window is open from NOW and until 11:59PM EST on February 26th. You should have plenty of time to get your submissions in. Make sure to perfect your entry. If you make an error, you may not resend. What do you need to enter? A 35-word (max) pitch and the first 250 words of your finished manuscript. If the 250th word falls in the middle of a sentence, go to the end of the sentence. There will be 60 finalists moving onto the agent round. Pitch Madness will accept Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult (never before published) fiction only, novel length (no novellas) completed and polished manuscripts only. All genres (i.e. fantasy, contemporary, sci-fi, and so on) are welcome to enter. This time around we will not accept non-fiction. Only one entry per writer. Pitch Madness will be on four blogs: Rainbow Road Team on Summer Heacock’s site Bowser’s Castle Team on Rebecca Coffindaffer’s site Moo Moo Meadows Team on Sharon Johnston’s site Yoshi Falls Team on Brenda Drake’s site Each blog host will have a co-host helping them choose their top 15 entries. We’ll have a team of first readers who will check for formatting, grammar, and content and put their top picks through to the hosts. This year’s first round readers can be found here. All the twitter fun will happen on the hashtag #PitchMadness!   THE SUBMISSION WINDOW IS NOW CLOSED. Good luck to all those who entered! We’ll be announcing the winners either March 6, 7, or 8 during the team drafts. We’ll let you know as soon as we have a concrete...

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Win a signed copy of Chameleon by K.T. Hanna!
Feb25

Win a signed copy of Chameleon by K.T. Hanna!

Want to win a signed copy of Chameleon by K.T. Hanna? Find out why Kirkus Reviews says, “Debut author Hanna takes familiar sci-fi genre elements…and spins dystopian gold.” This series by our own Pitch Wars mentor, K.T. Hanna, is amazing! Just by being a subscriber of my newsletter you’re entered to win the drawing for books and/or swag each month. February’s book is a signed copy of Chameleon by K.T. Hanna along with swag: a beautiful postcard with the cover art, a sticker, and a bookmark. Sign up for my news letter here by February 28 to be entered to win this month’s prize. Swag Pack! Here’s the information about the books … “Debut author Hanna takes familiar sci-fi genre elements…and spins dystopian gold.” Kirkus Reviews Blurb: When Sai’s newly awoken psionic powers accidentally destroy her apartment complex, she’s thrown into an intensive training program. Her only options are pass or die. Surviving means proving her continued existence isn’t a mistake–a task her new mentor, Bastian, takes personally. Her abilities place her in the GNW Enforcer division, and partners her with Domino 12, who is eerily human for an alien-parasite psionic hybrid. After eliminating an Exiled scientist, she discovers nothing is what it seems. With each mission more perilous, Sai must figure out who to trust before her next assignment becomes her last.   Available for purchase from: Signed Copies at: Watermark Books Hybrid, book two in the The Domino Project series is available now, and book three, Parasite, releases February 22, 2016. Find it here. Find it here. About the author:  KT Hanna has a love for words so extreme, a single word can spark entire worlds.Born in Australia, she met her husband in a computer game, moved to the U.S.A. and went into culture shock. Bonus? Not as many creatures specifically out to kill you.When she’s not writing, she freelance edits for Chimera Editing, and chases her daughter, husband, corgi, and cat. No, she doesn’t sleep. She is entirely powered by the number 2, caffeine, and beef jerky.Note: Still searching for her Tardis.   Author Links:    ...

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A Pitch Wars Success Story with Shari Green, and her mentor, Stefanie Wass!
Feb25

A Pitch Wars Success Story with Shari Green, and her mentor, Stefanie Wass!

The best part of the contests for us around here is when we hear about successes. Today we celebrate Shari Green and her Pitch Wars mentor Stefanie Wass! Shari recently signed a publishing contract with Pajama Press and her book, ROOT BEER CANDY AND OTHER MIRACLES, will be published Fall, 2016. We couldn’t be more thrilled for her. So without further ado, please meet Shari and Stefanie as they recap their Pitch Wars success story. Shari, was this your first PW experience? yes 🙂 Stefanie, what was it about Shari’s application that made you pick her? Shari’s lovely, lyrical prose, coupled with the beachy, magical themes in her novel instantly made me fall in love. I am grateful to another mentor, Joy McCullough-Carranza, for passing Shari’s novel to me. She thought we’d be a great fit, and she was right! Shari, what made you decide to send an application to Stephanie? I picked Stefanie right away – her wishlist included character-driven, realistic MG with heart, and light magic realism, which all fit my ms so well. But then I did some less-than-subtle twitter stalking and found out she didn’t think she’d be a good match for a verse novel. So, I actually didn’t apply to her! Crazy, I know. One of my other top choices was Joy McCullough, and when Joy read my submission, she thought of Stefanie and passed it on to her. I’m very grateful that Joy connected us, because it turned out Stefanie was the right match all along!   Stefanie, tell us about your experience mentoring Shari. It was a delight to work with Shari. She was open to revision, punctual with deadlines, and willing to put in the hard work before the agent round. Shari, tell us about your revision process. I like revising way better than drafting. But with this book? It was my first verse novel, and I remember thinking, how on earth do I revise my carefully-polished verse without destroying the rhythm, the musicality, the images I worked so hard to create? It felt like baking a cake and painstakingly decorating it, only to have someone say I love it! Now could you add this egg to the batter, please? In reality, though, it wasn’t as bad as all that, lol. After mulling over Stefanie’s great feedback, I dove in, and I got into the groove of revisions. It went pretty smoothly once I got started! (Stefanie went above and beyond, reading the ms multiple times until we were both confident it was ready.) Stefanie, do you have a standard process or is it more on the spot/intuitive? The process with...

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