Sun Versus Snow Pitch Contest: #sunvssnow

This is a reminder that Sun versus Snow submission window is Tomorrow, January 26th, 2015 starting at 4pm EST. This contest is hosted by Michelle Hauck and Amy Trueblood. They will only accept the first 200 entries, so don’t delay when the time arrives!

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You can learn about all the fabulous participating agents here. And if you have any questions, you can email the hosts from their blogs or ask them on twitter @michelle4laughs @atrueblood5 and can use the hashtag #sunvssnow.

Update: Winners will be announced February 2nd and the agent round will start February 9th. Mark your calendars.

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Writer and blogger of MG/YA fiction

 

Review: CRUEL BEAUTY by Rosamund Hodge

When a book keeps me up all night, I have to blog about the story. I started reading CRUEL BEAUTY by Rosamund Hodge Friday evening and didn’t go to bed until 6am!

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Of course, I’ve always been a sucker for anything remotely BEAUTY AND THE BEAST with a twist. (Those that have beta read my BEAST know this to be true.) And this story delivers! Now, I’m usually one to stay away from tales that mention a demon. Yunno, cracking the door paranoia sort of thing. But this isn’t that kind of story to fear. No Heaven versus Hell with fallen angels stuff, but more internal good versus evil. The fact that Rosamund created Nyx Triskelion (this story’s Belle) with bitterness in her heart made the character more realistic. Darkness lives inside the Lord of Bargain’s ever changing castle (which reminds me of Hogwarts) and the magical turns will keep you flipping to the next page. And if you’re a fan of Greek mythology, Rosamund perfectly weaves the ancient gods into her eerily twisted tale.

But wait…there’s more! (Mhmm, I said that.)

I couldn’t get enough of Rosamund’s style. So on Saturday, I read her novella GILDED ASHES (CRUEL BEAUTY UNIVERSE BOOK 2). This is sort of a prequel to CRUEL BEAUTY, but only in the sense that it takes place in the same area before the time of Nyx Triskelion and the Lord of Bargain makes a cameo. This is it’s own twisted story about based on CINDERELLA. Rosamund keeps true to her flawed characters and betrayal’s that leave you fuming.

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Now, I’m anticipating the release of her next novel CRIMSON BOUND. And you guessed it, another twisted fairytale retelling: LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD. Give me!

P.D. Pabst
Writer and blogger of MG/YA fiction

NEW LEAF PITCH PERFECT 2! (TWITTER PITCH)

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If you haven’t seen the tweets on twitter, New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. is hosting a twitter pitch session today starting at 4pm EST! It will end at 5pm EST. So you’ve only got an hour window to get that pitch submitted!

This isn’t like other twitter pitch contests (ex: #Pitmad or #SunvsSnow) where you pitch once every half hour, this is a one time pitch deal. So, polish up that 140 character pitch to fit the hashtag #NLpitchperfect and figure out your local starting time to correspond to the EST zone. You can check out their official post regarding the pitch event here.

As always, good luck! And my apologies for the short blog notice.

P.D. Pabst
Writer and blogger of MG/YA fiction

2015

THE YEAR 2015

Many folk make new year resolutions every year: shed more weight, spend more time with the family, get a better job, buy a house, find a better treatment for an illness, and on and on and on. These are important to all who make them and often are needed for improvements in the quality of their life. But for writer’s, resolutions tend to remain similar: write a manuscript (or write a better manuscript), find awesome critique partners, sign with an agent, get an amazing editor, have a book published (or get another book published), and so forth. But what if last years resolution wasn’t met?

Making the decision to do something and see it to fruition doesn’t always mean that it will occur in the timeframe one may wish. Does this mean a person should give up on that resolution? Of course not. Only ideas that are abandoned will certainly never see the light of day. Maybe the method someone uses works fine and just needs more time. Or maybe the person needs to find a new approach. For example, maybe a pantser decides to outline a plot this year or perhaps a writer reworks a query letter to take a completely different angle. Everyone should find what works best for them, even if it means changing things up a bit. With diligence and creativity, resolutions for 2015 can be accomplished.

Believe!

P.D. Pabst
Writer and blogger of MG/YA fiction

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

So, I said I wouldn’t be back until 2015. But before I logged off WordPress, I read that Andy Mulberry (an author of middle grade stories) nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Holy-moly…and THANK YOU Andy!!!

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Okay, so I’ve no idea where this award originated but I wouldn’t care if it was by a kindergarten class insisting to award me for best misfit socks. I’ll proudly except this nomination! Woot-woot! (And seriously, hop over to Andy’s site and learn about her stories!)

The award rules are:

  • Display the award on your blog
  • Link back to the person who nominated you
  • State 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 bloggers, link to them, and notify them about their nominations (Wow…that’s a lot.)

Okay, here it goes:

  1. I secretly love cheese more than chocolate. (Shhh, don’t tell Miss Swiss. I’ll need her this winter.)
  2. The past few years I’ve been bah-hum-bug about Christmas and have decorated only one to two days before the magical event. (You read that right. Behold. A Christmas tree erected on Christmas Eve.)
  3. My daughter had to sweet talk me into NOT taking the tree down the day after Christmas last year. (You in the corner, stop throwing stones! Refer to #1 and continue.)
  4.  I have a dog that does a front handstand when she urinates. Every. Time. (Don’t ask me how she keeps the pee off herself, but she does.)
  5. I once searched for thirty minutes wondering where I’d put the TV remote. Gave up and got a glass of tea. The remote was in the fridge. (Loosing my mind at twenty and have been going full force ever since.)
  6. While playing cards with friends on the Fourth of July (once again, in my twenties) and laughing, a temporary tooth that I thought was permanent fell out of my mouth and onto the kitchen table. Needless to say, the game never resumed because no one could stop laughing. (Alcohol may or may not have been involved.)
  7. My writing mind finds inspiration in almost anything. I once proved it by blogging an idea about toilet paper. (Seriously. My dog vomited. I stepped into the muck and imagined bacteria absorbing into my skin, causing me to grow claws and a tongue that could lick the wax out of my own ear.)

Now for my nominations:

  1. Brenda Drake
  2. Authoress (Miss Snark’s First Victim)
  3. Dan Koboldt
  4. Lauren Spieller
  5. Jessa Russo
  6. Caitlin Sinead
  7. Veronica Bartles
  8. Natasha Neagle
  9. SC Write
  10. Lucas Hargis
  11. Laura Heffernan
  12. Kimberly P. Chase
  13. Michelle Hauck
  14. Rae Chang
  15. Amy Trueblood

Okay, I was wrong. Fifteen isn’t enough to name all the wonderful people blogging great stuff! If I didn’t name you, it’s not because I don’t love you! And some that I wanted to name, I had trouble finding your blog. (Remember, I was in a hurry to post this so I could get on with Christmas shenanigans.)

Once again, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

P.D. Pabst
Writer and blogger of MG/YA fiction

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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As the year winds to an end, I’m thankful for all the wonderful friends I’ve gained over the past twelve months. The writing community is more supportive than ever imagined. And as y’all know, I tend to pay forward what I learn. Thank you for a wonderful year and please stick around for some exciting interviews, giveaways, and shared knowledge in 2015.

And to my family and unwriterly friends, I’m who I am today because you’ve been a part of my life. I look forward to sharing more happy days with everyone in my physical and virtual world in 2015. (I’ll return to blogging in the new year.)

Be safe! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

P.D. Pabst
Writer and blogger of MG/YA fiction

Writers: Finding What’s Hot & Guidance

New writer’s often wonder where to look for what’s trending in the category and genre they write. Or perhaps, they want good old fashion tips on writing and encouraging stories of how other authors succeeded. Writer’s can find help almost anywhere these days on personal blogs of other writers. But today I thought I’d share some of my favorite digital/print magazines and associations. And although some of these require a paid subscription to achieve their full benefits, trolling as an unpaid subscriber can still profit the writer. (But of course, I recommend subscribing when the budget allows.)

  • Publishers Weekly is the international news website of book publishing and bookselling including business news, reviews, bestseller lists, commentaries and more.
  • Writer’s Digest is a resource for writers, celebrating the Writing Life and What it Means to be a Writer in Today’s Publishing Environment. It also is the place to find Chuck Sambuchino’s Guide to Literary Agents.
  • The Writer is full of features you can use to improve your writing, including before-and-after examples of improved writing, more literary markets than ever before, practical solutions for writing problems, selected literary magazine profiles, tips from famous authors and hands-on advice.
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America is a professional organization for authors of science fiction, fantasy and related genres. Esteemed past members include Isaac Asimov, Anne McCaffrey, Ray Bradbury, and Andre Norton.
  • Romance Writers of America is a nonprofit trade association, with a membership of more than 10,000 romance writers and related industry professionals, whose mission is to advance the professional interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy.
  • Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is a non-profit , 501 (c)3 organization which is  one of the largest existing organizations for writers and illustrators. It is the only professional organization specifically for those individuals writing and illustrating for children and young adults in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia. Several of the most prestigious children’s literature professionals sit on the SCBWI Board of Advisors.
  • Children’s Book Council is the nonprofit trade association of children’s book publishers in North America, dedicated to supporting and informing the industry and fostering literacy.

I hope you find gold nuggets of information while visiting these sites. And as always, happy writing and good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Writer and blogger of MG/YA fiction

Interview: Brent Taylor Literary Agent

Great things are happening in the literary world. One of the latest is former editor, Brent Taylor, becoming a literary agent. But let me tell you, Brent is no stranger to this new hat. He interned for eight months at Book Cents Literary Agency and two years at The Bent Agency before being hired at TriadaUS Literary Agency earlier this year.

 

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1)      I was devastated you had to recently drop out as a mentor of a contest until I learned the super awesome reason. Can you tell us the journey of how you became an agent with TriadaUS?

It’s very long, but the abridged version is: I spent years working under various agents and agencies, and one day an incredible opportunity fell into my lap. Rest is history, etc. (Read more…)

 

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#PITMAD, hosted by @Brenda Drake

Don’t forget the quarterly pitch event with Brenda Drake is coming up this Thursday, December 4, 2014 on twitter under the hashtag #PitMad. If you are new to the game of writing, this is where you create a 140 character pitch for your FINISHED manuscript and tweet for agents to read. Things to remember:

  • Pitch submission time is 8am-8pm EDT (New York time)
  • You must fit the hashtag of #Pitmad within the 140 characters.
  • Include the category and genre in the 140 characters.
  • Change tweets up. (Twitter will remove identical ones thinking they are spam.)
  • DON’T FAVORITE TWEETS! This is for agents only. (If you want to support a friend, do it by retweeting.)
  • If you won’t be available this day, schedule tweets using Tweetdeck.
  • Only tweet once per thirty minutes so you don’t hog congest the feed.
  • Don’t tweet agents and editors directly unless they tweet you first.
  • Scammers can’t be controlled on an open pitch party. DO YOUR HOMEWORK before you submit from a favorite.

For additional tips, go to Brenda’s Drakes Pitmad page. As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Writer and blogger of MG/YA fiction

THANKSGIVING 2014

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Thanksgiving is a designated time to remember what we are thankful for in life. For many, it’s having our health to spend time with family and friends while gorging on amazing meals until our stomach feels like it will explode. But there are others who might be joyful they survived a fatal illness to be here celebrating with people they love. Or maybe, there are those thrilled to still have a job, maybe paid a mortgage off, or even happy because they got that iPhone they’ve always wanted.

As for me, I’d like to thank:

  • My family and friends who’ve supported me with my writing.
  • My readers. (Because without y’all, I’d have no reason to have a blog!)
  • All my critique partners, beta readers, and anyone who has ever glanced at a few pitches/pages/chapters and offered feedback (The list is SUPER long and I LOVE you guys!).
  • Contest hosts for supplying fabulous opportunities with agents and mentoring, and for selecting me at some point in the past for one thing or another. (For example: Brenda Drake, Authoress, and Jessa Russo.)
  • Slush readers. (I know your eyes cross and we don’t send enough chocolate!)
  • The creator’s of Preditors & Editors, Writer’s Beware  and Absolute Write Forums. (Trust me when I say they’ll save you from agent and publishing scams.)
  • All the Amazing author’s who’ve allowed me to interview them this year!
  • And finally (but not last), to God for giving me the strength to get through each day. (For numerous reasons, but especially my health.)

I’m sure there are many things and other people I may have forgotten, and ask forgiveness if I have. Everyone in my physical and virtual life are very important to me. Y’all give me strength to become the best me. And yes, you complete me! (Go ahead, grab a tissue.)

Whatever your reason for being thankful today, I wish you the Happiest of Thanksgivings!

XOXO

P.D. Pabst
Writer and blogger of MG/YA Fiction