Category Archives: Critiques

@WriteOnCon Campaign Has Begun for Critiques and Chats. You Can Also Register for the Conference in February 2018!

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WriteOnCon is an online conference for kidlit writers and illustrators to teach, learn, and mingle. You do not have to be published to attend, nor do you have to leave your house! And if you think I’ve been sitting on my laptop waiting for the campaign to start, YOU ARE RIGHT! The campaign often has very affordable critiques and I WANT IN!

During the campaign, writers can purchase critiques of their queries, partial pages, or full manuscripts from NYT Best Selling Authors, publishing editors, or literary agents. Writers can even purchase calls from a couple of literary agents to discuss the publishing industry. Some of the participants of the crits or chats include:

All purchases appear to include conference registration and entry into a raffle to win a critique, book ARC, or a phone call from an agent! (There will be multiple winners.) And of course, you can purchase only the conference if not interested in any of the critiques. The prices are:

  • General Admission: $1
  • Full Conference Admission: $5
  • Extended Admission: $10

No, you’re not reading those numbers wrong! This will be the cheapest conference you will ever attend that will be packed with hundreds and hundreds of dollars worth of information from the comforts of your home! What else could you ask for? For complete information of what the tiered admissions cover and to search through critiques you might want to purchase, go to the campaign page. The crowdfunding will end on December 7, 2017. so hurry if you want to purchase a critique. They’re going fast.

As for the conference, it’ll be February 9th – 11th, 2018. Mark your calendars and I hope to see you there, uh, virtually of course!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

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Author Mentor Matchup

Author Mentor Matchup was created by Heather Kaczynski and Alexa Donne. The object is to match new writers with authors further along in the publishing process and gain invaluable mentoring! That’s right, this is an opportunity to get your manuscript critiqued (for free) before submitting to agents!

Authors can select up to four mentors during the submission window between October 19. 2017 through October 24, 2017. Be sure to check the mentor BIOS to learn what age groups and genres they wish to see in their inbox!

Please note there is a two-step process for entering:

  1. Fill out the submission form. (I believe the form will appear during the sub window period.)
  2. Email the proper information to authormentormatch@gmail.com:
  • A query (pasted in the body of the email!)
  • The first 50 pages/3 chapters of your novel (whichever is longer & can be attached)
  • A synopsis

Be sure to include in the subject line the manuscripts Age Category +Genre + Title. (ie: YA Sci-Fi – Mars Plants are the Bomb) on the email submission. And check out the site in order to know how to select the mentors you wish to submit to because it isn’t clear quite yet. (I’m guessing this might be part of the submission form.) As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Inked Voices First Page Workshop with Tina Wexler GIVEAWAY!

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Here’s a chance to win a spot in Inked Voices’ upcoming Middle Grade Fiction First Pages Workshop with Tina Wexler of ICM Partners, which normally costs $82 for members and $99 for non-members. That’s right, you could get in for FREE!!!

  • Who this workshop is for: YA SFF writers ready for agent feedback and interested in meeting writers at a similar stage.
  • Focus: Middle Grade Fiction
  • Group size: 9 writers
  • Submissions: Writers will submit their first 3750 words (about 15 pages) at the workshop start.

To submit for your chance to win a spot in this great workshop, go here. Submissions close after October 10th, 2017. As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

A. M. Heath Twitter Pitch Event For Authors

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A.M. Heath is hosting a week long event of pitches on twitter for unpublished writers seeking agent representation. Each day will focus on a different genre of fiction and authors are invited to tweet one pitch for their polished manuscript on the relevant day using the hashtag #TellAMH. The dates and themed events are as follows:

  • Monday, September 18th: Crime/thriller/psychological suspense
  • Tuesday, September 19th: Historical fiction
  • Wednesday, September 20th: Women’s fiction
  • Thursday, September 21st: Children’s fiction (any age group)
  • Friday, September 22nd: Wild card (any genre)

A favorite from one of the agents or their assistant invites authors to submit directly to that agent via A.M. Heath website. (Be sure to mention that the tweet was favorited in the submission letter.) And for further excitement, they will select one winning pitch per genre the week commencing September 25, 2017 to receive a critique on the selected authors first 10,000 words!

Please be aware that A.M. Heath is based in London so that you pitch your genre on the correct date! Now, get those pitches ready! And don’t forget to check out the participating agents and assistants on their blog post so you don’t get scammed by trolls! As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction

PASSORPAGES

Operation Awesome is hosting a Pass or Pages this month. For this round, the category is  for middle grade Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Submissions open between September 11 (6am EST) to  September 13 (6pm EST), 2017. This is an opportunity to get feedback from an agent on your query and first 250 words of your manuscript. Peeps, this is priceless! And as a possible bonus, the agent reserves the right to request your FULL (so make sure the full manuscript is polished and ready to send).

The participating agents are:

There will be a form for submissions on Operation Awesome when the entry window opens. For complete rules and previous feedback reveals, go here. As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

#PreDV Practice hosted by Kat Cho

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This is a cool event sponsored by Kat Cho to help hone marginalized writerly pitches in preparation for #DVpit (DO NOT us this hashtag during the Pre-Event). Participants can post pitches on twitter using the #PreDV hashtag to get feedback from Kat and other volunteers. Marginalized writers are also encouraged to offer their own feedback on other pitches in the spirit of helping other writers.

Another great opportunity is writers can reach out to find critique partners from pitches they like in the age category or genres they also write in. So don’t miss out. Get those pitches ready!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Illustrator Feedback Opportunity

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If you’re an illustrator, don’t miss this opportunity to have Sharismar Rodriguez, Associate Art Director for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt BFYR look over your illustrations and provide feedback. Published or unpublished: This is a great way to get your artwork seen. The deadline for submitting for this limited 5 week Sharismar appearance is August 20th, 2017.

Sharismar Rodriguez is an Associate Art Director for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers where she designs and art directs children’s books for all ages, from Picture Books to Middle Grade and YA novels and Non-Fiction volumes. She started her career in children’s publishing right after obtaining her BFA in Visual Communications from Parsons School of Design.

For details on how to participate, go here. As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

#ShoreIndie Contest

#ShoreIndie Contest

Thinking about self publishing your manuscript? Have you noticed the contest buzz for #ShoreIndie on twitter? It’s a contest supporting emerging indie authors! Oh yes, you heard me write…I mean right. This new 2017 contest helps by providing quality editing services and book marketing resources, creating a Twitter-based learning community for established as well as emerging indie and hybrid authors, and connecting with existing online communities that share their mission of supporting the development of writing craft as well as the technical and business skill and knowledge needed for a successful indie author career. (Phew! That’s a mouth full.)

GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE (est. value: over $3,465 USD):

  • Up to 100K words of copy editing on one manuscript by Laura Dennison at Book Light Editorial
  • Cover design and interior design/formatting for ebook and print by CardboardMonet
  • A graphic design package of five promo images and cover design consultation by USA Today bestselling author and former graphic designer and marketing director Elise Kova
  • Mentorship from USA Today bestselling indie author Rebecca Syme in the form of two video chats and some email availability
  • One month of New Author Marketing Counsel with Cynthia T. Luna
  • A one-month listing on NetGalley, donated by Weapenry
  • A copy of Write! distraction-free word processing software
  • How to Market a Book (3rd ed., ebook) by Joanna Penn
  • Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook (ebook) by Helen Sedwick
  • Supercharge your Kindle Sales (ebook) by Nick Stephenson

RUNNER UP PRIZE PACKAGE (est. value: over $1,780 USD):

  • Up to 100K words of copy editing on one manuscript by Tayna Jarvik
  • Cover design by one of Reedsy’s professional cover designers
  • A graphic design package including FB & Twitter headers and two promo post graphics by Balance Less Author Assistant Services
  • Mentorship from indie author Scott Burtness in the form of three 1-hour voice or video chats
  • A copy of Write! distraction-free word processing software
  • How to Market a Book (3rd ed., ebook) by Joanna Penn
  • Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook (ebook) by Helen Sedwick
  • Supercharge your Kindle Sales (ebook) by Nick Stephenson

ADDITIONAL GIVEAWAYS:

  • 6 authors will win half an hour of marketing brainstorming with Cynthia T. Luna
  • 5 writers will win a copy of Write! distraction-free word processing software
  • 5 lucky winners will receive How to Market a Book (3rd ed., ebook) by Joanna Penn
  • 5 indie authors will win Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook (ebook) by Helen Sedwick
  • 5 ShoreIndie community members will win Supercharge your Kindle Sales (ebook) by Nick Stephenson
  • We’re also ecstatic to be running giveaways of books written by each of our Featured Authors and our Judges!

 

Submissions begin on June 3rd (9am EST) and end on June 5th (9am EST), 2017. Don’t forget to check out their additional savings to all the ShoreIndie community on Write! software and services from Reedsy. Please note, this is for previously unpublished novels AND novellas (YA, NA, and Adult). As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst

Blogger and author of MG/YA fiction

Operation Awesome: Pass or Pages

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Operation Awesome is hosting a Pass or Pages this month. For this round, the category is  for young adult contemporary. Submissions open between May 15 (6am EST) to  May 17 (6pm EST), 2017. This is an opportunity to get feedback from an agent on your query and first 250 words of your manuscript. Peeps, this is priceless! And as a possible bonus, the agent reserves the right to request your FULL.

The participating agents are:

There will be a form for submissions on Operation Awesome when the entry window opens. For complete rules and previous feedback reveals, go here. As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Inklings Literary Agency Critique Giveaway

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Inklings Literary Agency interns are giving away a critique of a query plus first 250 words to FIVE lucky winners! Each winning author will get at least 3 critiques, which means 3 points of view on their work from folks who love books and who’ve worked alongside agents for months. Many of these interns are published authors themselves!

For complete details and the Rafflecopter entry, visit Inklings’ PR Manager CM McCoy. She has all the important deets!

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.