Day 3 (Part 2): Pitch Wars Query and First Page Workshop with mentors Gail Villanueva, Isabelle Adris, and Leigh Mar
May11

Day 3 (Part 2): Pitch Wars Query and First Page Workshop with mentors Gail Villanueva, Isabelle Adris, and Leigh Mar

    Welcome to our Query and 1st Page Workshop with some of our amazing Pitch Wars mentors. From a Rafflecopter lottery drawing, we selected writers to participate in our query and first page workshops. Each mentor has graciously critiqued a query or 500 word opening from our lucky winners. We’ll be posting four critiques per day (except weekends) through July 7. Our hope is that these samples will help shine up your query and first page and that you’ll get to know some of our wonderful Pitch Wars mentors. We appreciate our mentors for giving up their time to do the critiques. If you have something encouraging to add, feel free to comment below. Please keep all comments tasteful. We will delete any inappropriate or hurtful ones.  First up we have … Pitch Wars Mentor Leigh Mar … Leigh Mar is a marketing and communications professional and a young adult author represented by Elana Roth Parker at Laura Dail Literary Agency. She’s a former Pitch Wars mentee (class ’15) turned mentor. Leigh loves to travel (both in reality and through fiction), has an excellent sense of direction, and only ever gets lost on the internet. Twitter: Twitter | tumblr Leigh’s Query Critique . . . [Leigh’s comments] Leigh’s suggestions for content. Dear Pitch Wars Query Mentor, Maggie Morris spent every night in her childhood by her bedroom window, waiting for a flying boy who never came. [This initial phrasing tripped me up a bit, I kept wanting to read it in present tense, consider rearranging so we know Maggie is now 18 and thinking back to her childhood. Suggested rework to try to pull all those need-to-know details upfront]: Eighteen-year-old Maggie Morris spent every night in of her childhood by her bedroom window, waiting for Peter–the flying boy from grandmother Wendy’s stories. Now eighteen and at the cusp of her society debut, Maggie is disappointed that Peter never came and dismayed to learn becoming an adult isn’t the adventure she hoped for [preach!]. Corsets pinch and afternoon teas bore [I love this line! Concise, brings great voice to the query which is tough to do]. Far worse, her mother is determined to marry her off to a chauvinistic marquess who sees her only as a pretty prize to be won. But just Aas Maggie wonders is questioning if real love [true love? I think the phrase gives more of a fairy tale vibe] is as much a myth as her beloved fairy-tales, Peter arrives. [The only other thing I’d like to work into this intro paragraph is what era the story takes place in. It sound like it could...

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Day 3 (Part 1): Pitch Wars Query and First Page Workshop with mentors Helene Dunbar, Beth Hull, and Stephanie Scott
May11

Day 3 (Part 1): Pitch Wars Query and First Page Workshop with mentors Helene Dunbar, Beth Hull, and Stephanie Scott

Welcome to our Query and 1st Page Workshop with some of our amazing Pitch Wars mentors. From a Rafflecopter lottery drawing, we selected writers to participate in our query and first page workshops. Each mentor has graciously critiqued a query or 500 word opening from our lucky winners. We’ll be posting four critiques per day (except weekends) through July 7. Our hope is that these samples will help shine up your query and first page and that you’ll get to know some of our wonderful Pitch Wars mentors. We appreciate our mentors for giving up their time to do the critiques. If you have something encouraging to add, feel free to comment below. Please keep all comments tasteful. We will delete any inappropriate or hurtful ones. First up we have … Pitch Wars Co-Mentors Helene Dunbar and Beth Hull … Helene Dunbar is the author of THESE GENTLE WOUNDS (Flux, 2014), WHAT REMAINS (Flux, 2015) and BOOMERANG (coming from Sky Pony in 2018). Over the years, she’s worked as a drama critic, journalist, and marketing manager, and has written on topics as diverse as Irish music, court cases, theater, and Native American Indian tribes. She lives in Nashville with her husband and daughter and exists on a steady diet of readers’ tears. Represented by Lauren MacLeod at The Strothman Agency. Twitter | Website | Amazon Author Page In less than a second… … two of the things Cal Ryan cares most about–a promising baseball career and Lizzie, one of his best friends–are gone forever. In the hours that follow… …Cal’s damaged heart is replaced. But his life will never be the same. Everyone expects him to pick up the pieces and move on. But Lizzie is gone, and all that remains for Cal is an overwhelming sense that her death was his fault. And a voice in his head that just…won’t…stop. Cal thought he and his friends could overcome any obstacle. But grief might be the one exception. And that might take a lifetime to accept… GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES AND NOBLE | INDIEBOUND   Beth hull lives in northern California with her husband, two kids, and cat. She overuses parentheses and ampersands. She writes short stories and young adult novels. Twitter | Website         Helene and Beth’s Query Critique . . . AGE CATEGORY: Young Adult GENRE: Fantasy Dear [Agent]: [How I found agent and why I thought they would be interested in my project]. At 99,000 words THE EXILES combines contemporary and fantasy settings in the vein of a modern day CHRONICLES OF NARNIA meets THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS.  [I would move this 2nd sentence to the end. Most agents want to dive into the story...

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Pitch Madness Success Story with P.J. Switzer from Team Ice Cream Sea with Monica Hoffman and Brenda Drake
May10

Pitch Madness Success Story with P.J. Switzer from Team Ice Cream Sea with Monica Hoffman and Brenda Drake

  Our favorite part of hosting pitch contests around here is hearing about successes. Today we celebrate PJ Switzer who signed with Kari Sutherland with Bradford Literary Agency after Pitch Madness 2017! PJ was part of Monica M. Hoffman and Brenda Drake’s #TeamIceCreamSea, and we’re so over-the-moon excited for her. So please join me in congratulating PJ as she shares with us her awesome success story. So let’s get this party started. PJ, what made you decide to enter Pitch Madness, and how did you feel during the contest? Actually, I entered Pitch Madness because of dumb luck and my husband. I just happened to be on Twitter and saw the deadline was midnight that night. I thought about it then decided not to do it. I’d received so many rejections that I’d reached the, “What’s the point?” stage of querying. But my husband pushed me to enter. He used the tried and true logic of, “What have you got to lose?” And, as the saying goes, the rest is history. I’m not going to lie, I took stress eating to a whole new level during the contest. The first round was hard. I was absolutely convinced my entry wasn’t going to make it. I soothed the worry with lots of chocolate cake. It helped. When my entry was selected I practically danced with joy. But as hard as the selection round was, the agent round was worse. I read the other contestants entries, which were amazing, and knew no agent would want my manuscript. So, I decided to quit writing and become a cocktail waitress in a Venezuelan nightclub. Before I got the chance to buy my airline ticket the agent round ended and something wonderful happened. Which blog were you on and what was the title of your entry? How many requests did you get? Any other details you’d like to share? I was on Brenda Drake’s blog with my manuscript, The Cold Place. I received 4 requests for the full manuscript and 9 requests for partials, which, if I do my math right, equals 13 total requests. Brenda and Monica, what made you choose Pj’s entry to host on your team? Monica: What made THE COLD PLACE stand out from the rest was the voice and narrative style. It immediately got my attention. When I got to the end of the 250-words, I not only wanted more or it, I needed it. I needed to know what happened to her main character. I instantly connected with her MC even within the first page! Brenda: That VOICE!! Hooked me right off. Plus the premise was so intriguing. PJ is a wonderful writer and her prose and...

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Day 2 (Part 2): Pitch Wars Query and First Page Workshop with Mentors Nikki Roberti and Jami Nord
May10

Day 2 (Part 2): Pitch Wars Query and First Page Workshop with Mentors Nikki Roberti and Jami Nord

Welcome to our Query and 1st Page Workshop with some of our amazing Pitch Wars mentors. From a Rafflecopter lottery drawing, we selected writers to participate in our query and first page workshops. Each mentor has graciously critiqued a query or 500 word opening from our lucky winners. We’ll be posting four critiques per day (except weekends) through July 7. Our hope is that these samples will help shine up your query and first page and that you’ll get to know some of our wonderful Pitch Wars mentors. We appreciate our mentors for giving up their time to do the critiques. If you have something encouraging to add, feel free to comment below. Please keep all comments tasteful. We will delete any inappropriate or hurtful ones. First up we have … Pitch Wars Mentor Nikki Roberti … Twitter | Website Nikki Roberti Miller is a young adult author, a professional journalist, and marketer with more than ten years of published writing experience. She currently works full-time writing feature articles and marketing copy at the international relief non-profit, Samaritan’s Purse,  while also freelancing for various magazines and sites such as WeTV, Engagement 101, Parents magazine, and NBC’s iVillage.com. She was also the founder and editor-in-chief of REALITY Check Girl Magazine, which was featured in the Washington Post online. 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. She is also an avid young adult/middle grade author and was selected to be featured in the 2014 Pitch Wars for her young adult contemporary, THE TRUTH ABOUT TWO-SHOES  and mentored by author Rachel Lynn Solomon. But also in her spare time she enjoys cooking, making balloon sculptures and blogging about her author adventures and attempt at living a happy, healthy married life at www.MrsHealthyEverAfter.com. Nikki’s Query Critique . . .   AGE CATEGORY: Young Adult GENRE: Contemporary Fantasy Dear [Agent’s name here], Fifteen-year-old Lucy Nightingale has always suspected that the world hates her, from her parents’ divorce to the stupid freshmen who keep sticking gum all over her bike handlebars. But then the world goes and proves it [This reads awkward to me, and for a query it should be very quick and streamlined. I’d recommend shortening it to “but then the world proves it” or something], when her own dreams start trying to murder her in her sleep.[THIS IS AWESOME. What a great line.] Every night, Lucy must face her Dreamon – a shapeshifting physical manifestation of all her darkest thoughts. Not only that, but she must come to grips with the new rules which govern her dream...

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Day 2 (Part 1): Pitch Wars Query and First Page Workshop with Mentors Lyndsay Ely and C.M. McCoy
May10

Day 2 (Part 1): Pitch Wars Query and First Page Workshop with Mentors Lyndsay Ely and C.M. McCoy

Welcome to our Query and 1st Page Workshop with some of our amazing Pitch Wars mentors. From a Rafflecopter lottery drawing, we selected writers to participate in our query and first page workshops. Each mentor has graciously critiqued a query or 500 word opening from our lucky winners. We’ll be posting four critiques per day (except weekends) through July 7. Our hope is that these samples will help shine up your query and first page and that you’ll get to know some of our wonderful Pitch Wars mentors. We appreciate our mentors for giving up their time to do the critiques. If you have something encouraging to add, feel free to comment below. Please keep all comments tasteful. We will delete any inappropriate or hurtful ones. First up we have … Pitch Wars Mentor Lyndsay Ely … Twitter Lyndsay Ely is a writer of speculative fiction, and that’s as specific as she’s willing to be about genre. She lives in Boston, where she works in publishing and organizes a local speculative fiction writing group. Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely Add to Goodreads In GUNSLINGER GIRL, when Serendipity “Pity” Jones runs away from home, she lands in a lawless city at the edge of civilization. There, she joins the decadent Theatre Vespertine as a trick sharpshooter, but there’s a dark cost for her freedom. Need more? Of course you do! Scroll down for an exclusive excerpt of Chapter One! Once you’re addicted, and you will be, you can look forward to getting your hands on it January 2, 2018.   Lyndsay’s Query Critique . . . AGE CATEGORY: Young Adult GENRE: Contemporary Dear [Agent], [Concise sentence on why I’m querying them specifically.] Winning the national championship is the one realistic opportunity Dustin Esposito has left to get noticed. Plagued by memories of his failure on soccer’s global stage, the college senior finds his future is filled with question marks. Wanting nothing more than a professional career, crippling anxiety convinces him there is no chance—that missing a penalty in the U-17 World Cup six years ago saw to that. Royally screwing up in front of scouts in last season’s semifinal sealed the coffin. [There’s a lot of intriguing detail in this first paragraph, but I think it could be conveyed more concisely. For example, combining the first two sentences into something like: “Plagued by memories of his failure on soccer’s global stage, winning the national championship is college senior Dustin Esposito’s last chance to get noticed.” And the specific failures may not be necessary in the query. I think what follows is more interesting.] Off the pitch, his parents proceed through a...

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FRIEND (with benefits) ZONE by Pitch Wars mentor, Laura Brown … cover reveal!
May10

FRIEND (with benefits) ZONE by Pitch Wars mentor, Laura Brown … cover reveal!

I’m ridiculously attracted to my best friend. Today is a bad day. The worst actually. After dealing with the constant manhandling that comes with being a cocktail waitress at a dive bar and surviving a date from hell, I see an eviction notice slapped on the door of my sketchy basement apartment. Great. When my best friend Devon shows up at my door and uses his stubborn charm (emphasis on stubborn) to get me to move in with him, I give in. We’ve had about a million sleepovers since we met in the kindergarten Deaf program, but this time it’s different because I can’t stop thinking about his hard body covering mine, every single night. I know Devon would do anything for me, but I’m afraid what I want to happen will ruin our friendship forever. And the more time we spend together in close quarters, the harder it’ll be to resist the spark of attraction I’ve always felt. But maybe it’s possible to have the best of both worlds: keep the one relationship I can’t live without and indulge in an attraction I can’t deny. I guess the only thing we can do is try… * * * * * (Author fun fact: Before you check out the amazing cover, there are two details I absolutely love, be on the lookout for them. One, the model’s hands appear to be in motion, almost as if he’s signing. Two, my amazing graphic artist managed to add a hearing aid, as Devon himself normally wears two.) * * * * * * * Available for pre-order at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | and more! You can also add to your Goodreads list!   About the author: Laura Brown lives in Massachusetts with her quirky abnormal family. Her husband’s put up with her since high school, her young son keeps her on her toes, and her three cats think they deserve more scratches. Hearing loss is a big part of who she is, from her own Hard of Hearing ears, to the characters she creates. Website | Facebook | Twitter...

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Enter to win a stack of signed books from Brenda Drake & Pintip Dunn!
May10

Enter to win a stack of signed books from Brenda Drake & Pintip Dunn!

Pintip Dunn and I are back from the RT Booklovers Convention in Atlanta. We had a great time meeting readers and givingaway books! We also collected many books while attending the convention and decided to do a giveaway. The books in the photograph above, are all signed by the authors. There’s even an ARC of Sonali Dev’s upcoming release, A DISTANT HEART. All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter below. Also, if you haven’t heard, FORGET TOMORROW by Pintip Dunn and THIEF OF LIES by Brenda Drake (me) are on sale for $1.99 each. But hurry! The sale is only until May 14. Thief of Lies: Amazon | Amazon Australia | Amazon UK | Amazon Canada | Barnes and Noble Apple iBooks™ | Kobo Forget Tomorrow: Amazon | Amazon Australia | Amazon UK | Amazon Canada | Barnes and Noble Apple iBooks™ | Kobo Here’s the list of books in the giveaway … Enter the giveaway here. Stack of Books is open to US addresses only. International winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card instead of the stack of books. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway Save Save Save Save Save Save...

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SEIZE TODAY by Pitch Wars mentor, Pintip Dunn … cover reveal!
May09

SEIZE TODAY by Pitch Wars mentor, Pintip Dunn … cover reveal!

Available for preorder now! Goodreads  Preorder Big thank you to YA Books Central for revealing the cover of Seize Today! Author: Pintip Dunn Title: SEIZE TODAY Release Date: October 3, 2017 Publisher: Entangled TEEN About the book … Seventeen-year-old Olivia Dresden can literally see the path to goodness in each person. Her precognition means that different versions of people’s futures flicker before her eyes. But forced into isolation, she can only watch as her mother, Chairwoman Dresden, chooses the dark, destructive course every time. Even so, she remains fiercely loyal to the woman her mother could be. When the chairwoman captures Ryder Russell, a boy from the rebel Underground, Olivia sees a vision of her own imminent death. Despite her bleak fate, she rescues Ryder and flees with him, drawing her mother’s fury and sparking a romance as doomed as Olivia herself. As the full extent of Chairwoman Dresden’s gruesome plan is revealed, Olivia must find the light in her mother—or blink out of existence with the rest of the world. Haven’t read the FORGET TOMORROW series yet? Read Book 1 now for the bargain price of $1.99! Sale ends 05/14. Book Trailer Kobo  Amazon  Barnes & Noble  iBooks  About the Author … Website  Facebook  Twitter  Instagram Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. Her novel, FORGET TOMORROW, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. In addition, it is a finalist for the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, the Japanese Sakura Medal, and the MASL Truman Award. THE DARKEST LIE was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her other books include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, the novella BEFORE TOMORROW, and the forthcoming GIRL ON THE VERGE. She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com     Save...

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Day 1 (Part 2): Pitch Wars Query and First Page Workshop with Mentors Kim Long and Carlie Sorosiak
May09

Day 1 (Part 2): Pitch Wars Query and First Page Workshop with Mentors Kim Long and Carlie Sorosiak

Welcome to our Query and 1st Page Workshop with some of our amazing Pitch Wars mentors. From a Rafflecopter lottery drawing, we selected writers to participate in our query and first page workshops. Each mentor has graciously critiqued a query or 500 word opening from our lucky winners. We’ll be posting four critiques per day (except weekends) through July 7. Our hope is that these samples will help shine up your query and first page and that you’ll get to know some of our wonderful Pitch Wars mentors. We appreciate our mentors for giving up their time to do the critiques. If you have something encouraging to add, feel free to comment below. Please keep all comments tasteful. We will delete any inappropriate or hurtful ones. First up we have … Pitch Wars Mentor Kim Long … Twitter  |  Website Kim Long is an attorney in the Chicagoland area, where she spends her days expressing her clients’ (always true) stories to judges and juries. She writes MG contemporary fantasy that contains a sprinkle of science. When not managing her fantasy baseball and football teams, she can be found biking along the numerous trails in Illinois, watching Star Wars for the zillionth time, or teaching her nieces about the importance of choosing the correct racer (Toad) and vehicle (magicruiser) in Mario Kart.   Kim’s Query Critique . . . AGE CATEGORY: Middle Grade GENRE: Fantasy Dear [Agent], Twelve-year-old Anya Kozlova desperately wants to be good at something. Her mother is a gifted farmer, able to use magic to sing sweetness from her onion crops. [Not sure what this means or how this contributes to the household. Is she growing onions? Is she a singer? It sounds like the family’s farmers, so maybe she’s using magic to sing sweetness to the onion crops?] Her father has a magical bond with their goats—or at least he did, before he was conscripted and sent to fight in Tartary. Even her blind grandmother and crippled grandfather are useful contributors to the household, leaving Anya as the dead weight. [A touch too vague. Either say what their magic can do or leave them out entirely—which would probably be fine—the parents are good enough.] But all that’s about to change. Anya discovers the corrupt village magistrate’s plan to evict Anya’s family from their farm unless they can pay the enormous sum of 250 rubles in thirty days. [I’m wondering if this would make a good start to your query. Considering the plot centers around the dragon, I don’t think you need that top paragraph at all. I’d start here. Something like, “When twelve-year-old Anya discovers her family’s about...

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Day 1 (Part 1): Pitch Wars Workshop: Query and 1st Page critique by mentors, Jessica Vitalis, Julie Artz, and Shari Schwarz
May09

Day 1 (Part 1): Pitch Wars Workshop: Query and 1st Page critique by mentors, Jessica Vitalis, Julie Artz, and Shari Schwarz

Welcome to our Query and 1st Page Workshop with some of our amazing Pitch Wars mentors. From a Rafflecopter lottery drawing, we selected writers to participate in our query and first page workshops. Each mentor has graciously critiqued a query or 500 word opening from our lucky winners. We’ll be posting four critiques per day (except weekends) through July 7. Our hope is that these samples will help shine up your query and first page and that you’ll get to know some of our wonderful Pitch Wars mentors. We appreciate our mentors for giving up their time to do the critiques. If you have something encouraging to add, feel free to comment below. Please keep all comments tasteful. We will delete any inappropriate or hurtful ones. First up we have … Pitch Wars Co-mentors Jessica Vitalis and Julie Artz … Jessica Vitalis is a middle grade novelist represented by Saba Sulaiman at Talcott Notch. An active member of the literary community, she volunteers as a Pitch Wars mentor, with the We Need Diverse Books campaign, and writes for The Winged Pen. When she’s not pursuing her literary interests, Jessica can be found preparing for her upcoming move to Canada (or eating copious amounts of chocolate). Twitter: @jessicavitalis. Website: www.jessicavitalis.com     Julie Artz spent her childhood sneaking into wardrobes hoping to find Narnia. Now that she’s older, people think that’s creepy, so she writes middle grade instead. Her stories for children feature the natural world, folklore, mythology, history, and all that is magical about those things. In addition to helping run From The Mixed Up Files of Middle Grade Authors, she works as a developmental editor for Author Accelerator, contributes regularly to The Winged Pen, is a mentor for TeenPit and PitchWars, and is the incoming co-RA of SCBWI Western Washington. She is represented by Jennie Dunham of Dunham Lit. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.>     Jessica and Julie’s Query Critique . . . AGE CATEGORY: middle-grade/young-adult GENRE: fantasy Dear (agent’s name – triple checked for correct spelling) [Good idea!], When mysterious blue fire consumes 14-year old Aila’s village is burnt down by mysterious blue fire, she escapes and lands [We aren’t sure “lands” is the best word choice—does she fly to the new empire? How does the find it? Is she rescued?] in an obscure [What makes it obscure? This is vague]Empire surrounded by giant white walls [So maybe she did fly? Otherwise, how did she get in; best to clarify so you reader isn’t confused]. But as dazzling as Praesidion is [Insert comma] with its glowing forests and quirky inventors, Aila must escape...

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BECOMING BONNIE by Pitch Wars mentor Jenni Walsh … release day & giveaway!
May09

BECOMING BONNIE by Pitch Wars mentor Jenni Walsh … release day & giveaway!

Available for purchase now! Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound About the book … From debut historical novelist Jenni L. Walsh comes the untold story of how wholesome Bonnelyn Parker became half of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde duo. The summer of 1927 might be the height of the Roaring Twenties, but Bonnelyn Parker is more likely to belt out a church hymn than sling drinks at an illicit juice joint. She’s a sharp girl with plans to overcome her family’s poverty, provide for herself, and maybe someday marry her boyfriend, Roy Thornton. But when Roy springs a proposal on her and financial woes jeopardize her ambitions, Bonnelyn finds salvation in an unlikely place: Dallas’s newest speakeasy, Doc’s. Living the life of a moll at night, Bonnie remains a wholesome girl by day, engaged to Roy, attending school and working toward a steady future. When Roy discovers her secret life, and embraces it—perhaps too much, especially when it comes to booze and gambling—Bonnie tries to make the pieces fit. Maybe she can have it all: the American Dream, the husband, and the intoxicating allure of jazz music. What she doesn’t know is that her life—like her country—is headed for a crash. She’s about to meet Clyde Barrow. Few details are known about Bonnie’s life prior to meeting her infamous partner. In Becoming Bonnie, Jenni L. Walsh shows a young woman promised the American dream and given the Great Depression, and offers a compelling account of why she fell so hard for a convicted felon—and turned to crime herself. Excerpt (Chapter 1) … About the author … Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads Jenni L. Walsh spent her early years chasing around cats, dogs, and chickens in Philadelphia’s countryside, before dividing time between a soccer field and a classroom at Villanova University. She put her marketing degree to good use as an advertising copywriter, zip-code hopping with her husband to DC, NYC, NJ, and not surprisingly, back to Philly. There, Jenni’s passion for words continued, adding author to her resume. She now balances her laptop with a kid on each hip, and a four-legged child at her feet. Becoming Bonnie is her first novel. Please learn more about Jenni and her books at jennilwalsh.com. Enter the giveaway … a Rafflecopter...

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Pitch Wars Webinar: Ask a Publishing Pro with Michele Rubin
May02

Pitch Wars Webinar: Ask a Publishing Pro with Michele Rubin

WEBINARS   Ask a Publishing Pro . . . Michele Rubin was a Senior Executive Literary Agent with Writer’s House for almost 25 years where she represented everything across the board before becoming the Managing Editor at Cornerstones U.S., a literary consultancy. Join this webinar and ask Michele all of your burning industry questions—no topic is off limits! Michele will also share valuable insights around what authors should look for in an editor. What questions should you ask? What should you expect? How can you tell if the relationship is a worthy investment of your time and money?   The Details . . . Date: Tuesday, May 30, 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm ET Cost: FREE Please note: There is a 50 person limit for the webinar   About Michele Rubin . . . Twitter | Cornerstones US | Cornerstones UK Michele Rubin was a literary agent at Writers House for 25 years, leaving agenting in 2013 to work full-time as a freelance editor, writer, ghostwriter, and conductor of writing workshops. Her areas of expertise and interest are broad; she is open to all genres. Michele is a Cornerstones industry editor.         THIS WEBINAR IS NOW FULL   Thank you for your interest! The Pitch Wars team is thrilled to be launching our new webinar series!   About Pitch Wars Webinars . . . The Pitch Wars webinar series was developed to help writers at every stage of their careers. Mentors and industry experts will host webinars focused on pitching, publishing, developing craft, and more. Pitch Wars is a contest where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer suggestions to shine it up for agents. The mentors work with their mentees for two months before an agent round. Learn more. ALL SESSIONS WILL BE RECORDED, so if you can’t make the exact day, you will have access to the webinar after the event.    ...

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