The Writer’s Voice Agent Round Begins!
Jun19

The Writer’s Voice Agent Round Begins!

Welcome to Team Coffeehouse for The Writer’s Voice. It’s been a few weeks of revisions with our team and we couldn’t be more proud of their hard work. Joining Brenda Drake and myself, Nikki Roberti, to coach the team was the amazing Kimberly P. Chase. Since you already know about Brenda and I, go visit Kimberly to find out more about her and buy her book! She’s amazingly kind and talented! Kimberly P. Chase Website | Twitter Buy The Apollo Academy today!   What is The Writer’s Voice? “The Writer’s Voice” is a multi-blog, multi-agent contest hosted by Brenda Drake , Mónica Bustamante Wagner , Elizabeth Briggs , and Krista Van Dolzer . We based the contest on NBC’s singing reality show The Voice, so the four of us selected projects for our teams based on their queries and first pages and coached the talented writers who wrote them as they polished their entries. And TODAY we get to post our team members’ finished entries on our blogs! Twelve amazing agents are going to read these queries and first pages, then vote for their favorites on Tuesday, June 23. Each vote will count as a partial or full request depending on how many votes the entry receives. If an entry receives 1 or 2 votes, those votes will count as partial requests. If an entry receives 3 or more votes, those votes will count as full requests. Voting will stay open until noon EDT on June 24, at which point we’ll determine which coach’s team received the most votes (and let this year’s ninja agents take a crack at the entries). That coach will win bragging rights for time immemorial, and everyone who received requests will be able to submit their materials to all the agents who voted for them. These votes represent serious interest in your project, so PLEASE DON’T ACCEPT AN OFFER OF REPRESENTATION BEFORE GIVING “THE WRITER’S VOICE” AGENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A COMPETING OFFER. Our twelve amazing agents: Caitie Flum of Liza Dawson Associates Mollie Glick of Foundry Literary + Media Erin Harris of Folio Literary Management Lauren MacLeod of The Strothman Agency Sara Megibow and Renee Nyen of kt literary Ammi-Joan Paquette of Erin Murphy Literary Agency Carrie Pestritto of Prospect Agency Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency Andrea Somberg of Harvey Klinger, Inc. Courtney Stevenson of Pippin Properties Caryn Wiseman of Andrea Brown Literary Agency   And here are the links to our teams entries … Team Coffeehouse #1 – DEVIL SPRINGS (YA) Team Coffeehouse #2 – MIDGARD (MG) Team Coffeehouse #3 – FOSTERING HOPE (YA) Team Coffeehouse #4 – THE...

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The Writer’s Voice: Team Coffeehouse #6 – GHOST OF RAG AND BONE
Jun19

The Writer’s Voice: Team Coffeehouse #6 – GHOST OF RAG AND BONE

  Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy Word Count: 85,000 Query: Fifteen-year-old Lauren Rousseau doesn’t want to be her sister’s keeper, but she’s the only one in her family who notices that her once-athletic, fun-loving sister seems to be vanishing right before her eyes. Wendi’s terror grows every time the family visits Grandmother Winifred; Grandmother perks up at the same time Wendi shuts down. The care facility staff is thrilled to see the family arrive; family visits change Winifred’s violent bad days into good ones. Their father is awed by his older daughter’s effect on his mother. Only Lauren recognizes Wendi’s repulsion as their grandmother strokes her hair and calls her pretty. By the end of each visit, Wendi is a little more wraith, a little less Wendi. A little less of a sister, or anything at all. Grandmother glares out from Wendi’s eyes, and Lauren believes the impossible is happening: Grandmother Winifred is stealing her sister’s life. When Winifred’s health declines and Wendi starts to disappear physically, Lauren will to do anything to save her sister, even follow her into worlds that exist only in the imagination of the three Rousseau women, real worlds that appear when needed and disappear without warning, the way memories do. And if Lauren isn’t careful, she might just disappear along with her sister, forever. First Page: The frayed wood sign over the shop door read: “Remains: Rags & Bones” and Lauren wanted – no, needed – to see what wonders waited inside. The front windows boasted such a panoply of weirdness, so many disparate items, and the name was so promising. She knew in the back of her mind she ought to wait for Wendi. If she were honest with herself, it wasn’t even back of the mind stuff. It was front and center. She needed to wait for her sister. Her mother had turned them loose within the cul-de-sac of eclectic Sacramento shops and only because the street looked like a craft fair, self-contained and crowded. Even then they were only to be out of mother’s sight for a short time and with the prohibition that they go nowhere without each other. It was hardly any kind of freedom at all except Lauren knew how very easy it was to evade her careless, dreamy older sister. So they wandered together, until a puzzle shop distracted Wendi, and Lauren slipped away. The inside of the shop was dark, and colder than she expected. When the bell over the door chimed a voice called from somewhere in the back, “Make yourself at home,” or maybe it was, “Make yourself a gnome,” which totally made as...

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The Writer’s Voice: Team Coffeehouse #7 – THE TREASURE HUNT
Jun19

The Writer’s Voice: Team Coffeehouse #7 – THE TREASURE HUNT

  Genre: YA Contemporary Word Count: 69,000 Query: When sixteen-year-old Benjamin McGill is shipped off to Bay Haven, ME, to stay with his grandmother for the summer, it’s not a vacation—it’s a punishment. Ben’s bored out of his mind in his Gran’s quiet coastal town—until he finds a letter from a secret admirer with promises of a treasure hunt. Ben follows clues to a cafe where he befriends Mitch, a long-haired metal head, and Jennifer, a chain-smoking extrovert. When Jennifer learns about the treasure hunt and invites Mitch and herself along, Ben’s summer quickly picks up, like a heavy guitar solo in the middle of a power ballad. But when Ben starts making metal playlists on Spotify and daydreaming about Mitch’s long hair and stubbly jaw, he realizes he wants to be more than friends. Just one problem—Mitch is full of mixed messages, acting like he has a thing for Jennifer one moment, and letting his hand linger next to Ben’s the next. Now Ben must decide if he should risk everything and tell Mitch how he feels, or play it safe and continue the games with his secret admirer, possibly losing a chance at going out with someone he’s actually met face-to-face. First Page:   TRACK 1  “Daggers Speak Louder Than Words” -Alesana   The vocals sounding through my headphones sliced through my heart. Vic Fuentes, Pierce the Veil’s lead singer, could always make me all emo with his high-pitched, I’m-on-the-edge-of-tears voice. I turned up the volume, trying to drown out my mother and step-father, who were fighting about me. Like always. My fingers curled toward my palms as my heart pounded, matching the drums. I should’ve been with my friends at the new skatepark in Chelmsford—not grounded. My bedroom door swung open. Scrambling, I ripped off my headphones and shoved them under the sheets, acting more like I’d just been caught rubbing one out, instead of what I was actually doing. But it was too late. My mother stood inside my room, red eyes narrowed. Shit. I gripped a pillow to my chest, blood rushing to my face. “Yeah?” “Ben, you need to start packing,” she replied, staring at the floor, not appearing to notice my badly hidden iPod, which I wasn’t supposed to use because of my less-than-stellar report card. Oh. My. God. Was this it? Was she finally leaving my step-father? About time. This was the best news since Craig Owens rejoining Chiodos. “Are we leaving right now?” I asked. “Where are we going?” She blinked, and then shook her head. “No, you’re leaving.” Wait—what? Was I going to my dad’s? “What do you mean?”...

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The Writer’s Voice: Team Coffeehouse #8 – AMERICAN HONEY
Jun19

The Writer’s Voice: Team Coffeehouse #8 – AMERICAN HONEY

  Genre: Women’s Fiction Word Count: 77,000 Query: Dear Agent: Sandy Jo thought if she didn’t escape Texas and her controlling mother after high school, she’d lose her soul. After being dumped by her boyfriend in New York, at twenty-five she’s realizing she feels more lost than when she left. Hoping to find herself again, Sandy Jo returns to a favorite childhood ranch and is confronted by her past. The last summer she had spent at the ranch, she was nearly seventeen, had a fling with a cowboy, and dealt with the tragedy of her friend’s mysterious disappearance and the discovery of her body weeks later. But when her mother shows up at the ranch demanding she knows what’s best for her, Sandy Jo must find the strength to stand up for herself once and for all. If Sandy Jo is ever going to put back the pieces of her life in New York, she must learn the truth about what happened that summer at the ranch. In the process, she discovers that a broken mother and a lost daughter can find their way to forgiveness, and that a certain cowboy might just be worth a second shot. AMERICAN HONEY weaves together a journey in two timelines about coming-of-age, leaving your past behind, and then recapturing it. First Page: I knew that if I got stuck in Texas, I’d lose my soul. After college upstate at Vassar, I wasn’t going anywhere close to home, so I moved to Manhattan. I remembered feeling liberated at first, knowing I was so far away from Mama and that I was going to have my own life here. People seemed to walk around with purpose in New York and I wanted to know what that felt like. But traipsing through the same busy streets in the city today, it didn’t hold the luster it once did. Walking down 63rd Avenue towards Central Park, I tried to recapture the things I loved about New York. I remembered the energy the city exuded and feeling excited by the possibilities. And I knew that any choices I’d have to make would’ve been all mine for the making. Did I want to wear those too-tall high heels out tonight…yes, why not? There was no Mama waiting to holler at me about changing everything I had on. Meandering down the street while staring up at the clouds, I was hoping to find inspiration somewhere. Two and a half days ago, all the skies’ hues washed away and I was praying to find any hint of color to bring me back. I wasn’t the type of person to let...

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The Writer’s Voice … enter the Rafflecopter now!
May20

The Writer’s Voice … enter the Rafflecopter now!

Welcome to #TheWVoice 2015! To enter, your manuscript must meet two conditions: First, it must be COMPLETE, POLISHED, AND READY TO QUERY, and second, it must be in one of the following genres: MG fiction (all genres) YA fiction (all genres) NA fiction (all genres except erotica) Adult genre fiction (excluding erotica) Adult literary fiction (including women’s fiction but excluding erotica) Adult commercial fiction (including women’s fiction but excluding erotica) Also, YOU MUST HAVE A BLOG TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CONTEST, as the coaches will be building their teams via #TheWVoice Blogfest (which starts tomorrow). You don’t have to have a blog at this moment to enter, but you will need to create one ASAP if you win a spot in the blogfest (which is what today’s Rafflecopter lottery will determine). Also, if you make it in, do not use Tumblr for your entry post–we have to be able to leave comments. For more information, including a timeline of events and a list of this year’s participating agents, check out this post. Then feel free to enter the Rafflecopter lottery anytime between now and 9:00 p.m. EDT! Brenda, Kimberly Chase and I will be joining forces as a coaching team and are so excited to read your manuscripts! We strongly recommend you enter the Rafflecopter lottery with your current e-mail address, NOT your Facebook account. Most people no longer use the e-mail addresses tied to those accounts, so if you use it to sign up, you probably won’t get our notification e-mail if you make it into the blogfest. Note: There’s only one box to enter both your name and email into, so make sure to enter both in the same box. a Rafflecopter...

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The Writer’s Voice … submission window is now open!
May01

The Writer’s Voice … submission window is now open!

Welcome to “The Writer’s Voice” 2014! To enter, your manuscript must meet two conditions: First, it must be COMPLETE, POLISHED, AND READY TO QUERY, and second, it must be in one of the following genres: Adult Historical Adult Fantasy Adult Science Fiction Adult Romance (excluding erotica) YA fiction (all genres) MG fiction (all genres) Also, YOU MUST HAVE A BLOG TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CONTEST, as we’ll be building our teams via “The Writer’s Voice” Blogfest (which starts tomorrow). You don’t have to have a blog at this moment to enter, but you will need to create one ASAP if you win a spot in the blogfest (which is what today’s Rafflecopter lottery will determine). For more information, including a timeline of events and a list of this year’s participating agents, check out this post. Then feel free to enter the Rafflecopter lottery anytime between now and 9:00 p.m. EDT! a Rafflecopter...

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