Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Are you ready for this? We have 16 incredible agents vying for our Pitch Wars team manuscripts. We're so excited to see what pitches they fall in love with, and what teams will win the coveted Pitch Wars Most Requested Manuscript title.
And, in no particular order, here are the agents...
L. Perkins Agency
Louise is seeking teen Sci-Fi and Young Adult horror. She's also on the hunt for deep, dark contemporary YA and select Middle Grade fiction with a literary feel--it must be realistic and thought provoking and the characters must be authentic and original. Louise loves horror and romance, especially Regency and Victorian.
Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency
Jessica is seeking Literary, Women's, Middle Grade, and Young Adult Fiction.
Natalie Fischer Lakosil
Bradford Literary Agency
Natalie is looking for commercial fiction, with an emphasis in children’s literature (from picture book-teen), romance (contemporary, paranormal and historical), and upmarket women’s fiction. Specific likes include historical, multi-cultural, paranormal, sci-fi/fantasy, gritty, thrilling and darker contemporary novels, and middle grade with heart.
Pam van Hylckama Vlieg
Larsen Pomada Literary Agents
Pam represents young adult and middle grade children’s book authors, and adult romance authors.
The Booker Albert Agency
Jordy is on the look out for Romance (contemporary, historical/Regency, and paranormal). YA contemporary/historical or dystopian, sci-fi/fantasy with romance elements. She's also open to YA GLBT within those genres. She'd love to see unique, well-developed plots featuring time travel, competitions, or travel.
Harvey Klinger Inc.
Andrea's looking for the following categories: Fiction; literary, commercial, womens fiction, romance, thrillers, mystery, paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, young adult, middle grade.
Jennifer is seeking Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult Contemporary, Young Adult Literary, and Young Adult Historical.
New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc.
Suzie represents adult and children's fiction. In adult, she's specifically looking for romance (historical and paranormal), and fantasy (urban fantasy, science fiction, steampunk, epic fantasy). In Childrens' she loves YA (all subgenres) and is dying to find great Middle Grade projects (especially something akin to the recent movie SUPER 8).
Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents, Inc.
Victoria is looking for literary fiction, commercial fiction, pop-culture non-fiction, and young adult. She is very interested in acquiring engaging Literary fiction and mysteries / suspense, commercial women's fiction (romantic suspense, sci-fi, fantasy), and Young Adult (contemporary, sci-fi/fantasy, thriller and horror ).
Levine Greenberg Literary Agency, Inc.
Kerry is looking for Young Adult and Middle-Grade fiction, both commercial and literary. She tends to shy away from werewolves, zombies, faeries, and the like, but she’ll read anything with a fresh voice and compelling characters. She is particularly keen on contemporary YA, quirky MG, books with a strong cinematic element.
The Rights Factory Literary Agents
Drea is currently seeking: fiction, memoir, crime, non-fiction and YA. Her roster consists of British, American, and Canadian clients. International talent is welcome.
Donald Maass Literary Agency
Katie specializes in fiction and memoir, especially women’s fiction and commercial-scale literary fiction, and realistic YA. She is most interested in coming-of-age stories and stories of unique relationships.
Dijkstra Literary Agency
Elise is interested in serious character-driven literary fiction, well-written narrative nonfiction, and short story collections. (Note: She is not interested in Fantasy, young-adult/middle-grade, picture books, romance, and sci-fi.) She aims to work with writers who have a realistic sense of the market and their audience.
Sadler-Caravette Children's Literary
Jodell is interested in YA, MG (especially funny) , fiction and nonfiction, book proposals, and picture books. She will also coach writers wanting to self publish. She simply loves a well-paced story that moves her between joy and tears.
Brittany and Michelle are teaming up to look for Adult, YA, and MG manuscripts.
Michelle’s published one novel, The Footloose Killer, and edited several others for publishing houses and private clients. She also is a Script/Story consultant on an independent film in Halifax, NS, Canada, and enjoys working closely with writers to help them develop their voice and craft.
When reading, Brittany loves to be introduced to new and interesting people and places. She looks for strong voice, good storytelling, and fascinating relationships between characters—romantic or otherwise. More than anything, she loves when a book surprises her.
There's just one more day to get your applications in for Pitch Wars. Make sure to check out this post here to get all the details.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Thanks for stopping by. So you're all here to find out about me, what I'll be looking for in my Pitch Wars submission pile, and if I'll be a good coach for you.... *gulps* This little cat is kinda how I feel right now. (Please like me)
Since no one can resist those eyes, we can get to the good stuff. My name is Kimberly Chase. I live in Charleston, SC with my husband, son, and two dogs. Some of my random favorite things: Cookies, Books, Shoes, Chocolate, Airplanes, Movies, Traveling, Running.
I'm short with an embarrassingly high-pitched voice. (Like when telemarketers call they ask me if my parents are home!)
Okay, I have to follow that little tidbit up with something cool. I have an Aeronautical Science degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and hold all of my Pilot's licenses.
I'm represented by the fabulous Brittany Howard of the Corvisiero Literary Agency. My young adult science fiction novel is currently out on submission.
I'm a member of TwitWits, an online writing community, and I'm an active CP for agented and soon-to-be agented authors. I also host contests and giveaways on my blog, so some of you may know me from the recent Trick or Treat with Agents contest I put together.
I love working on queries and pitches. I know that's weird...but I like helping writer's showcase the best of their work in a way that will hook the reader. (aka Agent) I will also provide a personal response/feedback to everyone who pitches me in this contest!
All genres of YA, BUT only if they have some sort of romantic element.
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Historical, Magical Realism, unique Paranormal, Dystopian, Contemporary, Thrillers, SteamPunk, Romance, Gothic, etc. If I've forgotten your exact genre, no worries as long as it's YA and has a little love, I'm open to it.
So you really like me, yes? And I'll see all of your fabulous YA pitches in my submission pile, right? If I don't see your pitch, this is how I will feel:
Submissions start today (11/26)! The cut off time to get your applications (query & first five pages of manuscript) in is 8PM EST on December 5.
Send your applications to email@example.com. Writers can apply for up to 3 coaches. The coaches' categories are set. Coaches can only consider the categories they've signed up for. Writers cannot apply for a coach that is not in their category.
For additional information about this contest go HERE (link to your post announcing the contest)
· This is open to finished manuscripts only.
· You may only enter one manuscript.
· Only the genres requested by each coach will be considered for the contest.
Subject line: Pitch Wars Application: Coach Name you want to apply for: Title (Example: Pitch Wars Application: Kimberly Chase: GONE WITH THE WIND)
Name: Your Name
Genre: The genre of your manuscript
Word Count: The word count of your manuscript
Query letter here (embedded in email). Single spaced. No indentions. A space between each paragraph.
First five pages of the manuscript here (embedded in email). Single spaced. No indentions. A space between each paragraph.
REMINDER: You can send an application for up to 3 coaches.
Check back soon for a complete list of the amazing agents participating in the contest. There's over a dozen!
Today all the coaches are posting bios/wish lists on their blogs. So before choosing your top 3 picks, check all the coaches' posts in your category before deciding which coach to submit. To jump from blog to blog, just click on our pictures below.
Our mentors ...
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
· November 26th through December 5th at 8PM EST: Aspiring writers will submit 3 "applications" to their choices for top 3 coaches to the contest email (firstname.lastname@example.org). That means, participants will send three separate emails to the contest email addressing each one of their three top choices for coach.
Friday, November 9, 2012
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
JEM, our 80's pink-haired rock star, is Brittany Howard with the Corvisiero LiteraryAgency.
Our black and white Harlequin masked agent is Ammi-Joan Paquette with the Erin MurphyLiterary Agency.
The Gryffindor clad Hermione Granger is none other than Jordy Albert with the Corvisiero Literary Agency.
The Jabberwocky, our scariest costume, is Ali McDonald with The Right's Factory.
Now, let's give a big thank you to our five fabulous agents, without whom this contest would never have happened. Thank you all for your participation and for picking such great costumes!
Monday, October 29, 2012
Agents will request "candy" in the comment section. Any kind of sugar candy (Skittles, Starbursts, etc) means you've gotten a partial request and chocolate candy (Snickers, M&Ms, etc) means you've gotten a full manuscript request. Agents can comment on as many entries as they like. AND multiple agents can request on the same pitch, so you might find your bag full of treats!
Costumed agents will be revealed at 6PM EDT on October 31st.
Anyone who receives candy, should email into email@example.com for further submission instructions. You will then receive an email on the 31st with the correct submission guidelines to follow. DO NOT contact the agent without getting the guidelines first. (not that you really can since they're in costume)
If you are another amazing agent who has happened upon this contest and would like to make requests, we welcome you to take a look. However please wait until the contest has ended, midnight on October 31st.
If you want to tweet about the contest, use the hashtag #AgentTreat And be sure to follow @brendadrake @kpchase817 @writeforapples
Word Count: 73,000
Seventeen-year-old Taela isn’t a murderer but when her sister is arrested for treason and executed, she vows to kill, Hawke, the man responsible, even if he’s the kingdom’s only hope for salvation. Learning that innocent men are being turned into drone soldiers for the king’s army, Taela rethinks her vendetta and makes a truce. Their fragile alliance will be put to the test when Taela discovers the truth about her sister’s death, and it forever ties Taela’s destiny to the very man she wants to destroy.
I would dress as Batman because he, too, lost his parents and seeks revenge. He is a man of principle and, like me, won't let those who destroyed his family get away with it.
Word Count: 55,000
After witnessing her rockstar father's murder, a sixteen-year-old orphan with cystic fibrosis must do the one thing she never suspected: survive. Skylar faces a choice between self-destructive escape and embracing her terminal imperfections. A choice made easier by alluring and lethal Cole, but more complicated by Noah, a fiercely loyal friend with an enigmatic past and an infuriating tenacity for hope.
Question 1: In your MC's voice, what costumed character do you relate most to and why?
I'm a friggin' miracle.
Dad says so twice tonight. First, as I pin the white stephanotis blossoms to the lapel of his tuxedo, then at the reception during our less traditional father-daughter dance. It's his wedding day, not mine.
In his mind, my craptastic lungs, toothpick frame and piss-poor immune system make me miraculous. In reality, my broken breathing, salty skin, and spectacular lung infections are symptoms of cystic fibrosis. My body produces thicker mucus than normal. So I get sick. A lot.
And I'll probably die before I'm thirty.
Miracle, my ass.
For now, I pluck a gazillion bobby pins out of Angela's hair. Elaborate, blonde curls tumble down the back of her white linen suit. She does a final makeup check in the honeymoon suite's fancy-pants, gold mirror before we head back to the reception, so she and dad can make their grand exit. There are rumors of a confetti cannon. Dad likes to put on a good show.
“Skylar, you're absolutely sure you won’t come to Mexico?” Angela asks.
Not this again. I'm stoked for them, for all three of us, but I'm not down with witnessing two weeks of carnal wedded bliss after a ten year engagement.
Fifteen-year-old Maya is the Yearbook Club nobody, the girl behind the camera documenting the lives of everyone cooler than her. A genetic glitch turns her into an unstable teleporter and she finds that being the main focus exposes nothing but trouble. When a series of bad decisions leave her friendless, boy-less, and strips her new-found ability, Maya must rely on her camera and her wits to prevent an international crisis at the G8 Summit in London.
I was born to stand out, but I always seem to fade into the background.
Question 1: In your MC's voice, what costumed character do you relate most to and why?
Question 2: As an author, what makes your manuscript a tasty treat (aka unique/marketable)?
First 200 Words:
"Sold out in comic stores first week. Got us a movie deal! Here."