Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Trick or Treat Agents Revealed



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.








Batman, our comic hero, is Thao Le with the Sandra Dijkstra 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!

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 29, 2012

It's Time to Trick or Treat!

It's time to go trick or treating! Can we get our bags filled with treats?
Trick or Treat entrants, thank you for joining the fun! We received such quality entries that choosing our top 36 was very difficult. In fact, we've added a lucky #13. We've tried to give our participating agents some great choices based on their wish lists and we're hoping to see lots of incredible matches made this week.  

Congratulations to our finalists and good luck! 

* * * Reminders * * *

ONLY PARTICIPATING AGENTS MAY COMMENT IN THIS ROUND. We want our awesome costumed agents to be able to read through the entries with ease.

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 trickortreatwithanagent@gmail.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 31s
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If you want to tweet about the contest, use the hashtag #AgentTreat And be sure to follow @brendadrake @kpchase817 @writeforapples

Trick or Treat #K1 - THE FATAL CROWN

Title: The Fatal Crown 
Category: YA 
Genre: Fantasy 
Word Count: 73,000

Pitch:
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. 

Question 1: In your MC's voice, what costumed character do you relate most to and why?
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. 

Question 2: As an author, what makes your manuscript a tasty treat (aka unique/marketable)?
My manuscript is a tasty treat because it features a distinctive voice with plenty of action and tension.  It also has a strong female main character the reader will want to root for.

First 200 Words:
Taela wasn’t a thief, not usually, but sometimes folks had to do unpleasant things for the sake of the people they loved.  Like keep secrets or steal from their own families. 

Or even commit murder. 

She slipped into the cool darkness of the storage shed and quietly latched the door.  She took a deep breath to calm herself.  At least, after tonight, it would finally be over.  She would fulfill her promise, no matter what it cost or how much it frightened her.  

Ribbons of moonlight shone through the slats of the old wooden structure, falling across the crates, casks and barrels stacked around her.  She had to be quick.  She rummaged through a crate, grabbed a handful of dried apricots and few shriveled potatoes and stuffed them into her pack.

Standing on tiptoe, she reached up to the top shelf for the stoneware crock that held last season’s summerbeans.  It felt smooth and cool in her hands.  She slid the container to the edge and eased it off the shelf, but it was heavier than she expected.  Before she could get a good grip, the crock slipped, fell to the dirt floor and shattered with a crash. 

Trick or Treat #K2 - IMPERFECTLY FINE

Title: Imperfectly Fine 
Category: YA 
Genre: Contemporary 
Word Count: 55,000 

Pitch:
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? 
Like I even need a Dumbo costume when I get to "dress up" twice a day with my nebulizer, this breathing treatment mask that makes me look like I'm part plastic elephant. I kick Naughty Pirate Wench ass without even trying. 

Question 2: As an author, what makes your manuscript a tasty treat (aka unique/marketable)? 
My manuscript gives voice to over 30,000 American children, teens and young adults living with cystic fibrosis, the world's leading life-limiting genetic disease. In a twist on the "dying young" archetype, Skylar outlives the people she loves only to face survivor's guilt on top of her own mortality. 

First 200 Words: 
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.

Trick or Treat #K3 - ANOMALY

Title: Anomaly 
Category: YA
Genre: Fantasy
Word Count: 80,000

Pitch:
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.

Question 1: In your MC's voice, what costumed character do you relate most to and why?
I'm basically the female version of Peter Parker. I may not fly around in a red and blue suit, but it's just me and my camera trying to figure out boys, oh and this new teleportation ability.

Question 2: As an author, what makes your manuscript a tasty treat (aka unique/marketable)?
People pay hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office to watch movies about super heroes growing into their own skin. Readers who enjoyed Perry Moore's HERO or Holly Black's WHITE CAT, will see the flip side in ANOMALY, a story of a female character struggling to be a teen, but also trying to understand and control her unique ability of teleportation.

First 200 Words: 
I was born to stand out, but I always seem to fade into the background.
            The picture frame with the words Friends Forever etched across the border holds a photo of Rachel, me, and Michael sandwiched in a hug on the last day of freshman year. Michael’s arms are so long they easily wrap around both of us. It’s so obvious that he likes her, even though I know he’s too shy to admit it. I can tell by the way his fingers dig into the fabric of her cheerleading uniform, clinging, not wanting to let go. The way his eyes angle towards her face as if the rest of the world doesn’t exist. As if I don’t exist.
            I cover Rachel’s image with my thumb, and convince myself, for a moment, that it’s just Michael and me. I remember how he smelled that day—like charcoal pencils and fabric softener. When I pull my thumb away reality kicks me in the butt…again. Best Friend #1, the cutest guy I’ve ever known, is in love with Best Friend #2, homecoming queen. And then there’s me, Yearbook Club nobody, the girl behind the camera documenting the lives of everyone cooler than her.

Trick or Treat #K4 - ISSUE 339

Title: Issue 339
Category: YA
Genre: Magical Realism
Word Count: 76,000

Pitch:
Comic book character and teen superhero Skye gets fed up watching the comics kill off everyone he loves, so he shoots his author. 

Now he struggles between his identity as a hero and his reality as a murderer as he's caught between his own suffering, and the suffering he's caused.

When the publishing company hires a new writer, Skye must decide whether one more murder will save his world, or damn his soul. 

Question 1: In your MC's voice, what costumed character do you relate most to and why?
"Jason Todd, hands down--that's Batman's second Robin, and man, he had it almost as bad as I do. DC comics killed him off with a brutal beating, and then resurrected him as a deranged freak!" 

Question 2: As an author, what makes your manuscript a tasty treat (aka unique/marketable)?
I'm well-engrained in the subculture of my target audience: comic book collectors, old-school sci fi nerds, and even table top gamers will love the nerdy references, hot action, and the thought-questions that appeal to geeks like me! The deeper questions of minority and female representations in comic books, sensualization of violence, and the author's role in fiction will also appeal to literary and up-market fans. 

First 200 Words:
Writer Greg Amadeus saw nothing wrong when he first glanced up from his laptop: breezy open window, shelves of brand-new action figures, angry youth in a ski mask--

Amadeus stopped typing. He looked again. A teen sat, as still as those action figures, on the rolley-chair on the other side of Amadeus' mahogany desk. Red ink marked over his left eye.

Amadeus jumped a bit and coughed, more annoyed than frightened. You know you've been writing comics too long when weirdly-costumed kids don't surprise you anymore. Amadeus closed his laptop. It occurred to him the kid had said something.

"Excuse me?" Amadeus asked.

"Why would you kill off a superhero's parents, and every girl he's ever loved, like that?" the kid repeated, whispering. His fingers clenched.

Amadeus chuckled, raising an eyebrow. "Back up. I don't usually have signing hours right now. But I do respect that you're a hard-core fan--that's Gavalon costume, you've got on--" He paused, a little disturbed. "I never published my Gavalon story."

"Answer my question, Mr. Writer."

Amadeus stiffened. "Your question. Yes. I'm sorry." He wasn't. He felt disrespected, but he'd tolerate the freak. "Skye: 339, right?" 

"Yes." 

"Sold out in comic stores first week. Got us a movie deal! Here."

Trick or Treat #K5 - SINK OR SWIM

Title: Sink or Swim
Category: YA
Genre: Contemporary
Word Count: 82,000

Pitch:
Eighteen-year-old Ayla Rourke has had her eye on Olympic gold since she was a little girl, until a torn rotator cuff threatens to bring all her dreams to a screeching halt. She finds the perfect distraction for her training embargo as a counselor and swim coach at Kilkenny Summer Camp, where she pictures manicures and dance parties, staying up all night for girl talk and gushing about boys. Kilkenny is anything but what she imagined and when she finds herself falling for a very talented, very good-looking, and very off-limits counselor named David, Ayla gets the distraction she wanted, though it might be more than she bargained for.

Question 1: In your MC's voice, what costumed character do you relate most to and why?
I relate most to Aquaman, because he rules the water and so do I. 

Question 2: As an author, what makes your manuscript a tasty treat (aka unique/marketable)?
Sink Or Swim is a tasty treat because it's about a girl who wants to be anything but normal and will do whatever it takes to make her dreams come true. 

First 200 Words:

“Did Coach say why he wants to see you?” Maureen, my best friend since kindergarten, asked as we sat together in Coach’s office, waiting for him. I didn’t answer Maureen right away, watching the snow falling softly outside instead.

“No,” I finally said. “Just that it was important.”

A hard knot settled in the pit of my stomach and dread washed over me, making me nauseous. A few months ago my shoulder started to hurt. At first it was nothing, just a twinge during a hard set or an ache after a meet. I swam through it. Now, it was constant agony. Every time I tried to lift my arm there was a stab of pain so sharp, it made my eyes water. Coach finally begged me to go in for an MRI, and the results were in.

“There she is,” Coach said with a smile, sweeping into the office like a force of nature with a huge manila envelope in his hands. I narrowed my eyes; his lips were pressed together a little too tightly, his whole face was actually a little pinched, and his grip on the envelope was sure to ruin the test results inside. My heart sank.

Trick or Treat #K6 - SYLVAN LEGACY

Title: Sylvan Legacy
Category: Adult
Genre: Historical Romance w/ Paranormal Elements
Word Count: 76,000 

Pitch:
In Regency era London, where the smallest faux pas can cause irreparable scandal, half-elven Katherine Sinclair has more to hide than anyone else. There are those who feed on magic energymembers of a secret brotherhood who would kill to possess a rarity like Katherine. So when she makes the scandalous mistake of healing a fellow debutante during a riding accident, she knows her reputation isn't the only thing in danger of being destroyed. 

Question 1: In your MC's voice, what costumed character do you relate most to and why?
I would undoubtedly choose to be a pirate for it seems only pirates can escape the ridiculous demands of society. 

Question 2: As an author, what makes your manuscript a tasty treat (aka unique/marketable)?
Amidst the backdrop of stuffy Regency era society, SYLVAN LEGACY combines steamy romance with fantastical elements and a strong heroine who isn't afraid to defend herself from danger. 

First 200 Words:

The horse's hooves thunder across the hillside, and my heart pounds with each bunching of his muscles. My hair breaks free of its pins, pale strands sweeping across my cheek. Though the wind breaks through the thin barrier of the breeches and tall boots borrowed from my brother’s wardrobe, the smile never leaves my face. Mild discomfort is a small price to pay for a ride unhindered by the thick skirts of my riding habit.

I glance at Robert, who is keeping easy pace with me.

"Careful, dear sister," Robert calls out, the wind snatching at his words, "I'm gaining on you."

I laugh. "Serenity will refuse to jump this next bank, just as she always does."

I press my booted heels to Orion’s sides, and a little thrill jolts through me as he charges forward. His excitement bubbles over my skin, making it hard to distinguish from my own. Magic derived from the warmth of the sun cloaks us both, its invisible golden bands connecting us until we are nearly one creature.

Trick or Treat #K7 - WAR AND ME

Title: War and Me 
Category: YA
Genre: Historical Fiction 
Word Count: 62,000

Pitch:
Flying model airplanes isn’t cool, not for fifteen-year-old girls in the 1940’s. No one understands Julianna’s love of flying model airplanes but her dad. When he leaves to fly bomber planes in Europe forcing Julianna to deal with her mother’s growing depression alone, she feels abandoned until she meets Ben, but when he signs up for the war, too, she has to consider whether letting her first love drift away would be far easier than waiting for the next casualties.

Question 1: In your MC's voice, what costumed character do you relate most to and why?
I relate most to Captain America, of course, because he fights the Axis Powers, just like my dad.  The proud men of Bridgmont wouldn’t sign up to fight for America if they didn’t believe in the strength and values of our great country, especially since in this cause, there are no guarantees. 

Question 2: As an author, what makes your manuscript a tasty treat (aka unique/marketable)?
Pairing a strong, yet vulnerable protagonist with the popular American home-front of the 1940s makes for an engaging coming-of-age story.  I like to describe the story as a Taylor Swift video set to big band music with all the angst and emotion and drama as any good first love story today but set 70 years ago. 

First 200 Words:
1943 

It’s funny the things you do when you’re paired against an adversary called War. The thought of collecting other people’s junk a few years ago would have disgusted me. But if hunting for scrap metal to turn into weapons to defeat America’s enemies would bring Dad home sooner, then I’d do it.

“Julianna, let’s get down to the river,” said Caroline. “Hurry! No way that boy’s getting dibs on the scrap metal out there.”

I couldn’t stop staring at the unfamiliar boy across the river. He wasn’t from Bridgmont. I was sure.
“Maybe we should walk down river a bit. I don’t want to look like we’re taking over his territory,” I said.

“No way. We go upriver. Anything washing downriver he’ll have first chance at. We’re winning this contest. I need that money for a real dinner,” said Caroline. “One night without rations.”
We grabbed our boxes and headed upriver. I turned around and watched the lean, lanky boy looking at us. It was real quick, just saw his eyes darting our direction. I couldn’t get a good look at his face, but something told me he was none too happy with our decision.

Trick or Treat #K8 - THE GRAVES

Title: The Graves
Category: MG 
Genre: Paranormal Mystery 
Word Count: 60,000 

Pitch:
Lonely twelve-year-old Charlie Graves, whose father is a modern-day grave robber, and whose mother is buried in the backyard, spends a lot of time in the cemetery behind his house.  When he stumbles across the body of a young girl, her ghost asks him to help her solve the mystery of her death.  But, Dad’s a prime suspect and time is running out to prove either Dad’s innocent or Charlie’s living with a killer.

Question 1: In your MC's voice, what costumed character do you relate most to and why?
Man, I would totally dress up like a ghost, you know.  Cause I can talk to them, of course. 

Question 2: As an author, what makes your manuscript a tasty treat (aka unique/marketable)?
I think a unique aspect of my story is that Charlie's dad is a modern-day grave robber and could-be killer. 

First 200 Words:
When Dad told me that burying Mom in the backyard wasn’t technically illegal, I believed him.  The Cranbrook County Cemetery was just over the back fence, after all.  Still – all those dead people in the cemetery had nice, fancy headstones to mark their passing.  Mom just had a wooden cross Dad had made from the wood in Rusty’s old dog house.  A dead dog and a dead Mom in the same year?  Sucks for me.

Mom’s death was a secret I didn’t like to keep.  It’s not like Dad killed her or anything.  She’d had cancer.  When the hospital bills wiped out their savings, Dad traded his “wares” for pain pills to a street vendor named Benny.  Mom popped pills like popcorn at the movies and just sort of faded away.  Dad buried her in the backyard, he’d said, because he wanted to keep her close.  I knew it was because we were broke.

Since Grandma and Grandpa had died before I was born, the only person that asked about Mom was her sister, my Aunt Jen. She didn’t come around much, but when Aunt Jen did – Dad banished me to my room so they could “talk."

Trick or Treat #K9 - LIFER

Title: Lifer
Category: YA
Genre: SciFi
Word Count: 82,000

Pitch:
As a servant on a star-ship, sixteen-year-old Asher’s only happiness comes from a secret romance with one of her betters. When he dies mysteriously, she’s left grieving, fighting attraction to his disturbing older brother and working for his crazy mother who wants her to sleep in his shrined bedroom.  Gathering intelligence for the rebellion on the lower levels gives her new purpose, but everything she believes is twisted when she learns her boyfriend might still be alive.

Question 1: In your MC's voice, what costumed character do you relate most to and why?
I walk the ship as a ghost, visible but not seen by my betters. Inside I am dead, a zombie from grief, too numb to feel.

Question 2: As an author, what makes your manuscript a tasty treat (aka unique/marketable)?
The Lifer world is a twisted Downton Abbey in space with rulers and servants and a main character who refuses to be the girl who falls for the bad boy. And there’s a twist that completely changes everything the reader (and characters) thinks they know.

First 200 Words:

I mark my body for Samuai.
                My right hand is steady as I press the slim needle against my skin. It glints under the soft overhead light of the storage locker, the only place to hide on starship Pelican. Row upon row of shelving fills the room. Back here I’m hidden from the door. 
It’s been seventeen days since Samuai passed. Seventeen days of neutral expressions, and stinging eyes, waiting for the chance to be alone and pay my respects in true Lifer fashion. With blood.
                I wrapped the body of the needle in thread I stole from my spare uniform.  The blue thread acts as the ink reservoir. It’s soaked with dye made from crushed feed pellets swiped from farm level. The pungent fumes sting my eyes and make it even harder to keep the tears at bay. But I will. There will be no disrespect in this marking.
                My slipper drops to the floor and I raise my left foot to rest on a cold metal shelf. He always held my left hand when we met in secret, but I can’t bear to examine those memories now. It’s only right that my left side serve as memorial for his life.

Trick or Treat #K10 - BLACK HEART, RED RUBY

Title: Black Heart, Red Ruby 
Category: YA
Genre: Gothic Horror
Word Count: 74,000

Pitch:
Seventeen-year-old Ava Nolan’s life as an amateur relic hunter is filled with backstabbing—not to mention literal stabbing—when her quest for an occult ruby pits her against her grave robber uncle and her ambitious boyfriend. 

Question 1: In your MC's voice, what costumed character do you relate most to and why? 
Since I’m a gifted tomb raider, Indiana Jones and I could be BFFs.  Plus, I know a thing or two about snakes, though there are no actual snakes in my story, unless you count certain members of my family. 

Question 2: As an author, what makes your manuscript a tasty treat (aka unique/marketable)? 
Sex, lies, murder, madness, haunted houses, twisted love, and sinister family secrets.  BLACK HEART, RED RUBY is like biting into a poison apple…and liking it. 

First 200 Words:

The boy I caught lurking outside my bedroom window deserved a good beating, but my brother never knew when to quit.  Cam’s head, as our dad used to tell my brother’s probation officer, was filled with missiles instead of brains—and it only took a tiny spark to launch WWIII.  As his sister and keeper, only I knew how to work the controls.                 

Diving into the fray, I rammed Cam from the side and broke his stranglehold on the stranger. The creeper collapsed to the ground, choking and wheezing in the weeds. He was a scrawny guy about my age, seventeen, maybe nineteen at the most.  Propped against the side of the barn, he looked as pathetic as a scarecrow. Somehow he’d seemed scarier standing in my backyard, a dark prince cloaked in fog and shadow. 

His name, we learned after Cam put him in a headlock, was Ben Wolcott.

“I don’t get you, Ava.” Cam scrubbed the sweat from his buzz cut. “You wanted me to talk to him and here I am—” He kicked Ben in the ribs. Ben groaned and hacked up a string of bloody spittle. “Talking.”

Trick or Treat #K11 - DIARY OF A GHOST

Title: Diary of a Ghost
Category: YA
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Word Count: 77,000

Pitch: 
For perpetual eighteen-year-old Cordelia Baxter, there are worse things than being dead: Falling in love with someone who is alive. That's just what happens when the Cahill family moves into the house where Cordelia was murdered, and among them is the hunky, brooding son, Julian. Amid the backdrop of Julian’s suspicious sister, who aims to have Cordelia exorcised, and Julian’s dangerous amateur pursuits to solve a twenty-year-old murder, Cordelia must quickly learn how to live with the living before all their lives are ruined. 

Question 1: In your MC's voice, what costumed character do you relate most to and why? 
"My name is Cordelia, and the costume character I relate to most would be a Casper the Friendly Ghost. Mainly because I actually am a ghost!" 

Question 2: As an author, what makes your manuscript a tasty treat (aka unique/marketable)? 
My YA novel is unique in that it is a ghost story told from the perspective of the ghost instead of the mortal, unlike most paranormal romances.

First 200 Words: 
April 22, 2010 

“Is anyone there?” 

I meander into reluctant awareness, shaking my head to clear the foggy remnants of rejuvenation. It’s been a while since I’ve been… awake, so I have to blink a few times to shed the confusion. Then I see the girl sitting cross-legged on the floor with a Ouija board leveled on her knees.

She’s waiting for an answer.

From me. 

It isn’t every day I get summoned by a Ouija-board-wielding teenager. In fact, this is the first time for me. 

“If anyone is there can you please give me a sign?” 

I roll my eyes. For real? 

While she’s waiting patiently for me to pick up a lamp or slam a door or toss a book across the room, I study the lithe creature sitting on the floor in wonder, mainly because she’s alive. Everything about her screams living, breathing – alive - and I’m taken by a ferocious moment of jealousy. Everything from her vibrant green eyes to her long honey-blonde hair reeks of life, and I automatically hate her for it. 

My sudden irritation causes a power surge and the lights flicker, unwittingly providing the sign she was hoping for.

Trick or Treat #K12 - POINTY EARED FREAK

Title: Pointy Eared Freak
Category: MG
Genre: Humorous Fantasy
Word Count: 36,000

Pitch:
Almost twelve-year-old Natalie has fantasized about a lot of things, but being an elf was definitely not one of them.  So when her ears turn pointy and two elfin ambassadors give her an Elf-vite to their Academy, she doesn't know what to do.  After all, dreaming about the existence of magical worlds is one thing, agreeing to go to one is quite another.

Question 1: In your MC's voice, what costumed character do you relate most to and why?
Even though I didn't even believe in him back when this crazy elf business started, the costumed character I relate to most now is Santa Clause!  I definitely don't relate to those tooth fairies - now that I know they're a carnivorous bunch.

Question 2: As an author, what makes your manuscript a tasty treat (aka unique/marketable)?
Pointy-Eared Freak is a modern twist on the traditional Christmas story and should appeal to kids who are way past the Santa stage, but still enjoy the fantasy.  There's a lot of humor and current cultural references, and an underlying message about fitting in and being yourself.  

First 200 Words:

Walk fast and keep your eyes on the page.  That’s what I tell myself whenever I pass by Blake and the jerks he hangs out with.  I stare at my Percy Jackson book, walk really quickly, and hope he chooses someone else to pick on today.

Luckily my plan works.  But now, because of those annoying boys, I’ll end up getting to music class early.  I dread that music class.  Why? Two words: Mr. Pratt.  Even though we’re in sixth grade now, he treats us like babies and makes us sing the same songs we sang in kindergarten.  Then there’s the hand moves - the embarrassing, mortifying, hand moves.

“Shake your fingers and reach for the stars, people,” he likes to say.

Really?  Will we catch them Mr. Pratt?  I don’t think so.  Maybe if you had spent a little more time reading science books instead of banging on that silly tambourine, you’d realize how ridiculous you sound.  I’d like to tell him this, but of course I don’t.  Instead I try to blend in so he won’t single me out for a solo.

Alicia doesn't know how to blend in . . . at . . all.  

Trick or Treat #K13 - DAMSEL DISTRESSED

Title: Damsel Distressed 
Category: YA 
Genre: Contemporary 
Word Count: 60,000

Pitch:
Imogen Keegan gained much when she lost her mother seven years ago: clinical depression, seventy-odd pounds, and a loathing for happy endings. Her swoon-worthy best friend with a big mouth, Grant, lands Imogen in the spotlight of the school musical which gives her jerk-face stepsister ample ammo to "mean-girl" Imogen right into a padded room for good. Tangled up in loss and love, Imogen knows she's got to become more than a cheese-loving nut-job, but her jaded heart will have to get out of the way of her happily ever after

Question 1: In your MC's voice, what costumed character do you relate most to and why?
"Baaaahahahaaa, are you freaking kidding me? I would rather contract ACTUAL rabies from the stray cat that lives behind my house than wear a Halloween costume, so I'll stick to my sweatpants thankyouverymuch... but you can leave the candy." 

Question 2: As an author, what makes your manuscript a tasty treat (aka unique/marketable)?
My manuscript gives a voice to young people who are dealing with the burden of being labeled by society for the things that make them different, specifically, adolescents with clinical emotional/behavioral disorders. 

First 200 Words:
I hate buttoning my jeans.

I would rather skip straight to the inevitable muu-muu phase of my life than try to encapsulate my size 20 ass into this denim prison ever again.

Come on, suck it in.

I'm not really into wishing on stars, but being able to magic my way into my paint-splattered jeans without feeling like a summer sausage would be a pretty good reason for a fairy godmother.

Oh, thank God. Houston, we have closure.

But seriously. The girls in fairy tales—they don't need the help. I mean, why would a completely gorgeous girl have trouble looking fabulous in a dress, or need help getting a handsome prince to take her to the ball anyway? I'm not fooled. Snow White has the attention of seven little men, not because she's the only one who can reach the top of the book shelf, but because she's a porcelain-skinned, ruby-lipped knockout. The little mermaid got a prince because she had to shut her trap for five whole seconds and looks fierce in a bikini. And Cinderella? She's a girl who clearly demonstrates to the prince that she's got lots of experience on her knees, and doesn't mind getting dirty.

Seriously. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Trick or Treat w/ Agents Submissions IS CLOSED


Submissions for Trick or Treat with Agents is CLOSED

To enter, your manuscript MUST be completed and ready for submission. Accepting MG, YA, and Adult--all fiction genres. (NO Erotica or Memoir)

How to Enter:

Step 1: Compose an Email. Address the email to trickortreatwithanagent@gmail.com

Step 2: In the subject line put your- Category, Genre, Title, Word Count                                                                         Example: YA, SciFi, The Apollo Academy, Word Count

Step 3: In the body of the email, include your Name, 3 sentence pitch, Answer to question 1, Answer to question 2,  and the first 200 words. Please leave your contact email at the bottom.

  • Remember to answer question 1 and 2 in 2 sentences or less.
  • If the 200th word ends in the middle of a sentence, please finish the sentence.
An automatic delivery receipt will be sent to everyone who enters the contest.

Those who make the first 150 entries after 11EDT on October 24th and follow guidelines will then receive ANOTHER email letting them know they made it into the contest. Please note this second email may take some time to receive.

The top 36 pitches will post at midnight on October 29th and will remain online until midnight October 31st. 12 pitches per blog.

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And a special thanks to our slush divers....

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Trick or Treat with Agents Rules. Submissions open Oct. 24th at 11AM EDT


To enter, your manuscript MUST be completed and ready for submission. Accepting MG, YA, and Adult--all fiction genres. (NO Erotica or Memoir)

How to Enter:

Step 1: Compose an Email

Step 2: Address the email to trickortreatwithanagent@gmail.com

Step 3: In the subject line put your- Category, Genre, Title, Word Count                                                                     

Example: YA, SciFi, The Apollo Academy, 84,000

Step 4: In the body of the email, include your Name, 3 sentence pitch, Answer to question 1, Answerto question 2,  and the first 200 words. Please leave your contact email at the bottom.

  • Remember to answer question 1 and 2 in 2 sentences or less.
  • If the 200th word ends in the middle of a sentence, please finish the sentence.
An automatic delivery receipt will be sent to everyone who enters the contest.

Those who make the first 150 entries after 11AM EDT on October 24th and follow guidelines will then receive another email letting them know they made it into the contest. Please note this may take some time to receive.

The top 36 pitches will post at midnight on October 29th and will remain online until midnight October 31st. 12 pitches per blog. 

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 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 trickortreatwithanagent@gmail.com for further submission instructions. You will then receive an email with the correct submission guidelines to follow. DO NOT contact the agent without getting the guidelines first.

Please No Commenting on the pitches. This is an Agent Comment Only contest.

And last but not least, if you don't make the first 150 or are not chosen in the top 36, please remember that this industry is incredibly subjective. In fact, you may want to go read my post: How an Online Writing Contest Brought Me to Tears. Then note that I had an offer 3 weeks after I wrote that. My agent didn't come from a contest, but from the good old fashioned way, a query letter in the slush pile.