Pitch Madness 2017 Candyland Edition … submission window
Feb24

Pitch Madness 2017 Candyland Edition … submission window

  The Pitch Madness 2017 submission window is now open! To submit your manuscript 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 24th. 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. If  you’ve entered this manuscript into contests before, you CAN still enter Pitch Madness. 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. Only one entry per writer. Each blog host will have a co-host helping them choose their top 10 entries. We have a team of first readers who will check for formatting, grammar, and content and put their top picks through to the hosts and cohosts. This year’s first round readers and teams can be found here. The agent round will be on March 16 and 17. To see our amazing line up agents go to this post here. All the twitter fun will happen on the hashtag #PitchMadness! Hope you’ll enter and good luck!   Entry Form … The submission window is now closed!...

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A Pitch Wars Success Story with Sabina Khan and her mentor, Natasha Neagle
Feb10

A Pitch Wars Success Story with Sabina Khan and her mentor, Natasha Neagle

  Having our mentees land an agent or a publishing deal is one of the highlights of being part of Pitch Wars. We’re so excited for Sabina Kahn and her mentor, Natasha Neagle. Sabina signed with Hillary Jacobson of ICM Partners after Pitch Wars 2016, and we couldn’t be happier for her! Please, help me in congratulating Sabina and Natasha on their Pitch Wars Success. Sabina, what was it about Natasha that made you choose to send them a Pitch Wars application? So here’s the thing: if I hadn’t seen Natasha’s tweet about Pitch Wars when I did, I may not even have entered. I was in a real funk and ready to give up when I saw her tweet offering a free query critique. Thinking I had nothing to lose and that I probably wasn’t going to get it anyway, I tweeted back and ended up winning. I sent her my query and she was amazing. She loved the premise of my book and her positivity and enthusiasm totally rubbed off on me and I began to feel excited about it again. Her critique was spot on. All her suggestions totally made sense and I agreed 100% with them. When it was time to choose which mentors to sub to, of course she was my first pick along with five other amazing mentors. Luckily she picked me and the rest, as they say, is history. I strongly believe things happen for a reason and I feel incredibly lucky that the stars aligned and we got to work together. Natasha, what was it about Sabina’s Love, Chai & Confessions that hooked you? I immediately connected with her character and found myself wanting more right from the query. Her novel made me feel and took me on a journey as her character worked out who she was and how she fit into the world. Sabina, tell us about the revision process for Pitch Wars? Natasha is an incredible mentor. The teacher in her made it a great learning experience for me. Right from her first edit letter down to every critique, she was precise and her suggestions were spot on. To be honest, I can be a bit prickly when it comes to having my work critiqued. Some of it is because I am a control freak, but also I’ve had past experiences where I’ve been told that my story might resonate better among Indian readers and other such rubbish. So I was a bit wary and it’s something I work on constantly. But with Natasha, there was never a moment where I didn’t feel my story was completely safe and that she understood...

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PROJECT PANDORA by Aden Polydoros … cover reveal!
Feb06

PROJECT PANDORA by Aden Polydoros … cover reveal!

Goodreads | Preorder Title: Project Pandora (The Olympus Experiment, #1) Author: Aden Polydoros Release Date: August 1, 2017 Description: Olympus is rising… Tyler hasn’t been feeling like himself lately, his dreams are full of violence and death, and there are days where he can’t remember where he’s been. Miles away, Shannon finds herself haunted by similar nightmares. She is afraid that she has done something terrible. As the daughter of a state senator, Elizabeth has everything she could ever hope for. But when an uninvited guest interrupts a fundraising gala and stirs up painful memories, everything goes downhill fast. Murder is what Hades is good at. So when two of his comrades go AWOL, he is rewarded with the most exhilarating hunt of his lifetime. For him, the game has just begun. Link to Exclusive Cover Reveal on YA Books Central: http://www.yabookscentral.com/blog/it-s-live-cover-reveal-1-31   About the author… Website | Twitter | Facebook Aden Polydoros grew up in Long Grove, Illinois, the youngest of three children. Aden’s family moved to Arizona when he was in second grade. As a kid, he spent much of his time exploring the desert near his home. When he wasn’t searching for snakes and lizards, he was raiding the bookshelves of the local library. As a teenager, Aden decided that he wanted to be a writer. He spent his free time writing short stories. He was encourage by his English teacher to try his hand at writing a novel, which inspired him to begin Project Pandora. The YA thriller is set for publication with Entangled Publishing in Summer of 2017. He is represented by Mallory Brown of Triada US.  ...

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Happy Release to THE RULE MAKER by Pitch Wars mentor, Jennifer Blackwood!
Jan17

Happy Release to THE RULE MAKER by Pitch Wars mentor, Jennifer Blackwood!

Grab your copy today! GOODREADS AMAZON ITUNES BARNES AND NOBLE KOBO Here’s a little something about the book …   Ten Steps to Surviving a New Job:   1. Don’t sleep with the client. It’ll get you fired. (Sounds easy enough.) 2. Don’t blink when new client turns out to be former one-night stand. 3. Don’t call same client a jerk for never texting you back. 4. Don’t believe client when he says he really, really wanted to call. 5. Remember, the client is always right—so you can’t junk punch him when he demands new design after new design. 6. Ignore accelerated heartbeat every time sexy client walks into room. 7. Definitely ignore client’s large hands. They just mean he wears big gloves. 8. Don’t let client’s charm wear you down. Be strong. 9. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the client. You’ll lose more than your job—maybe even your heart. 10. If all else fails, see rule number one again.   About Jennifer … Website | Twitter Jennifer Blackwood is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and poorly behaved black lab puppy. When not chasing after her toddler, you can find her binging on episodes of Gilmore Girls and Supernatural, and locking herself in her office to...

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Happy Book Release to PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES by Pitch Wars mentor, Stacey Trombley!
Jan17

Happy Book Release to PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES by Pitch Wars mentor, Stacey Trombley!

Happy Release to PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES by Stacey Trombley! Here’s something about this awesome book …   Myra goes to Haiti with one goal: take the photograph that will win a scholarship and prove to her uber-traditional family that she has what it takes to be a photographer instead of a doctor. Her camera has always been her shield against getting too close to anyone, but she didn’t expect the hot teen translator who has an ability to see past her walls.   Elias needs his job as a translator to provide for his siblings. He can’t afford to break the rule forbidding him from socializing with a client. Except this girl Myra insists on going outside the city to capture the perfect picture, and he steps in as her guide in order to keep her safe. The deeper they travel into the country, the harder they fall for each other. Now they’re both taking risks that could cost each other their dreams.   If they get too close—it could ruin both their lives.   Grab your copy today!  http://entangledpublishing.com/index.php/pushing-the-boundaries.html About Stacey … Stacey Trombley lives in Ohio with her husband and the sweetest Rottweiler you’ll ever meet. She’s always been the weird one in the family (which is saying something since her father is a full time balloon artist) and she’s totally proud of that fact. She thinks people are fascinating and loves exploring the diversity around her. Any chance she has, she’s off doing or learning something new. She went on her first missions trip to Haiti when she was twelve-years-old, and is still dying to go back. Her “places to travel” list is almost as long as her “books to read” list. She wants to bring something new to the world through her writing, but just giving a little piece of herself is more than enough. You can find her online at www.StaceyTrombley.com and on twitter...

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Announcing Pitch Madness 2017…Candyland Edition!
Jan13

Announcing Pitch Madness 2017…Candyland Edition!

The Pitch Madness submission window will be open for 24 hours on February 24! What is Pitch Madness? It’s a contest held every March, where writers enter for a chance to win requests from the participating agents. Writers submit a 35-word (max) pitch and the first 250 words of their completed manuscript on submission day. Then a team of readers choose the top sixty (60) entries to go onto the agent round. Though Pitch Madness has a game theme, the next contest will transition to more of a critique based contest with agents simply requesting in the comments of the entries’ posts instead of having the agents play for requests. Also, hosts will coach our team members, helping them polish their entries and first pages. We’ll have an agent introduction post up next week. The submission window will be open from 12:01 AM EST on February 24 until 11:59PM EST. You should have plenty of time to get your submissions in. There is no limit of how many entries will be accepted. Please note: All entries sent before or after the allotted times will be deleted. There will be 60 finalists moving onto the agent round. Pitch Madness will accept Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult completed fiction, novel length (no novellas) completed and polished manuscripts only. This time around we will not accept non-fiction. Only one entry per writer this round. 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. I will post formatting instructions before the submission window opens. There will be a form on the submission post to enter your pitch into. Pitch Madness will be on six blogs and each blog host will have a co-host helping them choose their top 10 entries. We’ll have a small team of first readers ranking the entries for the host round. All the twitter fun will be happening on the hashtag #PitchMadness!   Meet our first round readers …   Jami Nord Website | Twitter Phone monkey, former Lit Agent intern, freelance editor for @Chimera_Edits, & writer under a pen name. Bi, pagan, nerdy, & liberal. I don’t bite, promise.   Kerbie Addis Twitter Writer. Feminist. Slytherin. Bacon mage. Future librarian. Lit agent intern. Army wife. Lover of dark stories & dark lipstick. #PitchWars co-mentor. #WNDB   Mary Ann Marlowe Website | Twitter Author of SOME KIND OF MAGIC @KensingtonBooks Feb ’17 * Repped by @mike_hoogland at @DGLM * #PitchWars Mentor, Whovian, & Sassenach   Samantha Joyce Website...

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A Pitch Wars Success Story with Heather Elliott and her mentor, Charlie Holmberg!
Jan11

A Pitch Wars Success Story with Heather Elliott and her mentor, Charlie Holmberg!

Having our mentees land an agent or a publishing deal is one of the highlights of being part of Pitch Wars. We’re so excited for Heather Elliott and her mentor, Charlie N. Holmberg. Heather signed with Marlene Stringer of Stringer Literary after Pitch Wars 2016, and we couldn’t be happier for her! Please, help me in congratulating Heather and Charlie on their Pitch Wars Success. Heather, what was it about Charlie that made you choose to send her a Pitch Wars application? Her amazing accomplishments, her familiarity with some of the historical/cultural background I had in my novel, her favorite books list, and her novel Followed by Frost, which I wish I had written. Charlie, what was it about Heather’s Song of Suleiman that hooked you? It was different. It was in a historical setting you don’t usually see on the bookshelf (ancient Israel) and the premise was new and clever—using clues found in the Songs of Solomon to uncover a hidden treasure? It stood out to me right from the beginning. Heather, tell us about the revision process for Pitch Wars? Charlie sent me an edit letter the same night the contest results were announced. I took just under a month to work through it, and then she reread the MS to give me line edits. I’d already put three years of drafting, revision, feedback, and more revision into the book, so most of what we did was fine tuning. The biggest change was creating more consistency in the protagonist—something my beta readers had mentioned before, but I hadn’t known how to fix until Charlie helped me out J. Charlie was extremely easy to work with—almost every change she suggested made complete sense to me and fit with my vision of the book, which confirmed for me that we were a great match. She was also speedy and generous in her responses to other questions I had along the way about the query and publishing process. Charlie, tell us about your experience mentoring Heather. Ha ha, yeah, I sent the letter the night of because I had written it before actually having Heather confirmed as my mentee. I was ready to fight tooth and nail for her and wouldn’t take no for an answer! And I’m glad Heather thinks I’m speedy, because I actually had deadlines overlapping with Pitch Wars this year and worried I was taking too long! Heather was great to work with, though. She wasn’t afraid to ask questions if I confused her and she kept an open communication, which I love. She’s also awesome in general, so… 😉 I didn’t have to do a lot...

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Happy Release Day to LOST BOY by Pitch Wars mentor, Wendy Spinale
Dec27

Happy Release Day to LOST BOY by Pitch Wars mentor, Wendy Spinale

  “This is a magical, wondrous treat, with a conclusion that’s nothing less than epic.”    —Publishers Weekly AN ENOVELLA PREQUEL TO EVERLAND: Available now! Before Captain Hook annihilated England, before the Lost City was built underground, before Gwen stole his heart, Pete was a just boy living among the shadows. Determined to get himself and his sister out the rundown orphanage, Pete finds a solution in the seedy underbelly of London, a deadly place of scamps and thieves where survival is determined by cunning skill and bareknuckle bravery. But then one night, everything changes . . . Read more about Lost Boy Check out Everland on Tumblr! Meet Wendy BUY THE BOOK:       About the author … Wendy Spinale is a former Disneyland actress and online journalist. She currently lives in the Bay Area with her husband, three sons, and the best four-legged writing partners ever, Odie and Alex. EVERLAND is the first in a three book series with a fairytale cast in a steampunk world. Website |...

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Happy Release Day to THE SECRET OF A HEART NOTE by Stacey Lee!
Dec27

Happy Release Day to THE SECRET OF A HEART NOTE by Stacey Lee!

Add it on Goodreads THE SECRET OF A HEART NOTE is available in Hardcover format: Indie Bound | Amazon | Barnes & Noble About the book … From critically acclaimed author Stacey Lee, an evocative novel about a teen aroma-expert who uses her extrasensitive sense of smell to help others fall in love while protecting her own heart at all costs perfect for fans of Lauren Myracle and E. Lockhart. Sometimes love is right under your nose. As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, sixteen-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of weeding, mixing love elixirs, and matchmaking all while remaining incurably alone. For Mim, the rules are clear: falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. Still, Mimosa doesn’t want to spend her life elbow-deep in soil and begonias. She dreams of a normal high school experience with friends, sports practices, debate club, and even a boyfriend. But when she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman and has to rely on the lovesick woman’s son, the school soccer star, to help fix the situation, Mim quickly begins to realize that falling in love isn’t always a choice you can make. At once hopeful, funny, and romantic, Stacey Lee’s The Secret of a Heart Note is a richly evocative coming-of-age story that gives a fresh perspective on falling in love and finding one’s place in the world. About the author …  Stacey Lee is a fourth generation Chinese-American whose people came to California during the heydays of the cowboys. She believes she still has a bit of cowboy dust in her soul. A native of southern California, she graduated from UCLA then got her law degree at UC Davis King Hall. After practicing law in the Silicon Valley for several years, she finally took up the pen because she wanted the perks of being able to nap during the day, and it was easier than moving to Spain. She plays classical piano, raises children, and writes YA fiction. Website |...

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Happy Release day to EVER THE HUNTED by Pitch Wars mentor, Erin Summerill!
Dec27

Happy Release day to EVER THE HUNTED by Pitch Wars mentor, Erin Summerill!

Available for purchase now! Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads Fans of Sara J. Maas’ THRONE OF GLASS, Kristin Cashore’s GRACELING, and Susan Dennard’s TRUTHWITCH won’t want to miss this enchanting and mesmerizing novel, the first in a series. Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, a legendary bounty hunter—that is, until her father is murdered. The alleged killer is none other than Cohen Mackay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a force to be reckoned with. About the author … Twitter | Website Erin Summerill was born in England. After spending years bouncing between Air Force bases in Hawaii, England, and California, her family settled in Utah, where Erin graduated with a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. She had aspirations to write the next great American novel, but writing proved tougher than she first thought. So she grabbed a Nikon and became a professional photographer while crafting manuscript after manuscript. The scenic detour of shooting weddings across the United States, as well as internationally, provided world-building inspiration. It gave her the vision to draft her debut YA fantasy, EVER THE HUNTED. Now when she isn’t writing, or shooting a wedding, she’s chasing her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens. This could be why she downs massive amounts of Coke Zero and Hot...

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Order GUARDIAN OF SECRETS and get free swag & an entry to win $50 Gift card and gifts!
Dec21

Order GUARDIAN OF SECRETS and get free swag & an entry to win $50 Gift card and gifts!

Pre-order GUARDIAN OF SECRETS before February 7, 2017 and get a signed bookmark, signed locker magnet, and autographed bookplate, plus an entry into the below pictured prize pack. Enter your information into the form below. Swag packs start mailing out February 8,  2017, and the winner of the grand prize pack will be chosen the day after release. Pre-order today! Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes Add it to Goodreads. About the book … Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens. Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it. And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia. Maybe. If she survives.   If you haven’t read the first book in the Library Jumpers series, THIEF OF LIES, a New York Times bestseller, the eBook is on sale for $.99 during the Entangled Publishing 25-days of Christmas sale going on now at all online retailers! Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes     Save Save GUARDIAN OF SECRETS Pre-order Swag PackGUARDIAN OF SECRETS Swag Pack Items Included in the pre-order hardcover swag pack: A signed GUARDIAN OF SECRETS bookmark, locker magnet, and bookplate, plus an entry into the grand prize pack. US addresses only. ~~~ Included in the digital pre-order swag pack: A signed bookmark and locker magnet, plus an entry into the grand prize pack. US addresses only. ~~~International residents won't receive a swag pack, but will be entered for a chance to win the $50 Amazon gift card.Name *Email Address *Mailing Address (US only) Pre-order Receipt Type *Hardcover Pre-order ReceiptDigital Pre-order ReceiptProof of Pre-order *Upload a screen shot of your online receipt or printed receipt from bookstore. VerificationPlease enter any two digits *Example: 12This box is for spam protection - please leave it blank:...

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SECRETS OF SOUTHERN GIRLS by Haley Harrigan … cover reveal!
Dec19

SECRETS OF SOUTHERN GIRLS by Haley Harrigan … cover reveal!

SECRETS OF SOUTHERN GIRLS by Haley Harrigan Published by Sourcebooks Coming Summer 2017 Description: In this powerful, affecting debut, a young woman uncovers devastating secrets about the friend she thinks she killed.  Ten years ago, Julie Portland accidentally killed her best friend, Reba. What’s worse is she got away with it. Consumed by guilt, she left the small town of Lawrence Mill, Mississippi, and swore nothing would ever drag her back. Now, raising her daughter and struggling to make ends meet in Manhattan, Julie still can’t forget the ghost of a girl with golden hair and a dangerous secret. When August, Reba’s first love, begs Julie to come home to find the diary that Reba kept all those years ago, Julie’s past comes creeping back to haunt her. That diary could expose the shameful memories Julie has been running from, but it could also unearth the hidden truths that Reba left buried…and reveal that Julie isn’t the only one who feels responsible for Reba’s death. Add it to Goodreads! Available for pre-order: Amazon | Barnes & Noble Bio: Haley Harrigan is a Women’s Fiction author represented by Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary. A progressive Southern belle with a deep affinity for words and an unapologetic potty mouth, Haley lives in Athens, Georgia with her teacher husband and their unreasonably adorable Yorkie. She graduated from the University of Georgia with degrees in Creative Writing and PR. In addition to writing books, she has also opened a small business, baked cupcakes, and managed real estate for a living. When she’s not reading or writing, you can probably find Haley searching for fanfiction she hasn’t read yet, obsessing over all things Joss Whedon, watching college football, brunching, internet shopping, or bingeing on HGTV. She believes most problems can be solved with a notebook, a pen, and the right glass of wine. Website |...

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