#DVPit Critique Giveaway Starts Today

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First, for those not familiar with #DVPit, it’s a Twitter event created to showcase pitches from marginalized voices hosted by founder and literary agent Beth Phelan. The next event will be in October. So, in preparation, Beth has wrangled some agents, editors and authors to give away critiques to hone writers’ manuscripts and/or queries before the event.

In order for writers to participate, they’ll need a twitter account. The giveaway tweets for each category will post at noon ET on the relevant day. The posts will be on the twitter handle @DVpit_ starting today. The events will be as follows:

  • Tuesday, August 15 2017: Children’s, i.e. Picture Books, Chapter Books, Middle Grade
  • Wednesday, August 16 2017: Young Adult
  • Thursday, August 17 2017: Adult Fiction & Nonfiction

For the list of all the mentors involved for the specific dates, go here. As always, good luck!

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

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2017 Book Pipeline Early Entry Ending Soon!

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The 4th Annual Book Pipeline Competition seeks material for film or television adaptation. Open to writers worldwide, the contest accepts any genre, fiction or non-fiction. Published and unpublished works are both acceptable.

One Grand Prize Winner receives $10,000 and circulation to:

Early Deadline: August 15th, 2017 with a $55 entry fee. Regular Deadline: November 1, 2017 with a $65 entry fee. For guidelines on how to submit, go here.

As always, good luck!

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

Massie & McQuilkin Literary Assistant Job

Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents

Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents is seeking a full time literary assistant to start as soon as possible in New York.  (This is not a remote position.) Benefits will include health insurance. Responsibilities include

  • Handling general administrative tasks and office maintenance, logging submissions and contracts, scanning contracts and royalty statements, and facilitating author/editor interface.
  • Reading unsolicited and client manuscripts and writing reader’s reports, rejection letters and editorial letters.
  • Vetting and negotiating contracts
  • Assisting with foreign rights
  • Tracking payments
  • Evaluating text and photo permissions
  • Hiring and overseeing interns
  • Updating the agency’s Facebook and Instagram pages
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office essential
  • Familiarity with BAITS a major plus
  • Familiarity with social media essential
  • At least one year of relevant experience essential.

Contact: Lexi Wangler (lexi@mmglit.com), 27 W 20th Street, Suite 305, New York, NY 10010 (Ph# 212-352-2055) DO NOT CALL REGARDING QUERIES, THIS IS FOR SERIOUS JOB APPLICANTS ONLY!

Application Instructions: Please send your cover letter in the body of the email with your resume as an attachment to the attention of Lexi Wangler at lexi@mmqlit.com, with the subject line of “Agency Assistant Position.”

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

Pockets Fiction Contest Closing

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This contest is open to stories for children of 750-1000 words. The winner is to receive $500 and publication in Pockets Magazine.  Entries must be postmarked no later than August 15, 2017.

Please indicate FICTION CONTEST on both the outside envelope and the cover sheet.

• There is no set theme and no entry fee.
• Stories should be 750–1,000 words. (Stories shorter than 750 words or longer than 1,000 words will be disqualified.)
• Stories must be previously unpublished.
• Please include an accurate word count on your cover sheet.
• Multiple submissions are permitted, but please submit only your best work.
• Past winners are ineligible.
• The winner will be announced November 1 at
pockets.upperroom.org.
• Award: $500 and publication in the magazine.
• Entries with an SASE will be returned.
• If you have questions, please email us at pockets@upperroom.org.

SEND ALL MANUSCRIPTS WITH SASE TO:

Lynn W. Gilliam, Editor
P. O. Box 340004
Nashville, TN 37203-0004

They request to please NOT send submissions via FAX or e-mail. As always, good luck!

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

Sourcebooks

While Sourcebooks only accepts virtually all agented submissions, they’re doors are wide open for romance fiction subs—even from unagented writers! They are acquiring single-title romance fiction for their Casablanca imprint. Some of the subgenres they’ll accept are:

  • paranormal romance
  • romantic suspense
  • contemporary romance
  • erotic romance
  • historical romance (prior to 1900 only)

Please note, this is not an exclusive list as they state they’ll consider all subgenres. The manuscripts they’re looking for should be between 85,000-100,000 words. For complete criteria and to learn how to submit, go here.

As always, good luck!

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

Pitch Wars Submissions Are Open!

This is a quick reminder that Brenda Drake’s Pitch Wars submissions opened yesterday and will close August 6 at 10pm EDT (New York time). Go here for the guidelines and here  to submit. There are two other ways to get into the contest, a scavenger hunt  (scroll to find the info) to get a free pass into Pitch Wars and if you donate at least $20 you can pick two extra mentors. Woot! Note the participating menotrs are on the post with the scavenger hunt information. Lastly, be sure and stop by twitter to watch the #PitchWars feed because they are giving extra mentor prizes away.

One For Sorrow by Mary Downing Hahn

One For Sorrow BookPublisher: Clarion Books
Sold By: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: July 18, 2018

Okay, I’ll admit the cover drew me to this story! But look at it, soooo spooky! ONE FOR SORROW is set during World War I and the influenza epidemic of 1918, this story unravels the tale of childhood school days gone wrong. Annie is eager to make friends at her new school, but Elsie claims her as her own bestie, refusing to allow Annie to connect with other girls. After Elsie passes from influenza, her ghost returns to torment Annie for befriending others and to make sure Annie is isolated and disliked as much as she had been when alive.

While this was an easy read, Elsie didn’t become a ghost until halfway into the story. This was delayed longer than I’d anticipated, making some of the bullying redundant in order to get to the good stuff–a scary ghost! And even though the historical setting enriched the story, I felt cheated with the lack of generational terms. But make no mistake, author Mary Downing Hahn creates a realistic story of how easy it is to get swept into bullying when a child just wants to be liked. She also paints a cruel tale of how difficult it is to get out of a this horrible situation. So, if you’re looking for a darker read, this is for you!

Mary Downing Hahn

Mary Downing Hahn, a former children’s librarian, is the award-winning author of many popular ghost stories, including Wait Till Helen Comes, which is being adapted for film. An avid reader, traveler, and all-around arts lover, Ms. Hahn lives in Columbia, Maryland, with her cat, Oscar.

***THE OFFICIAL BLURB***

Against the ominous backdrop of the influenza epidemic of 1918, Annie, a new girl at school, is claimed as best friend by Elsie, a classmate who is a tattletale, a liar, and a thief. Soon Annie makes other friends and finds herself joining them in teasing and tormenting Elsie. Elsie dies from influenza, but then she returns to reclaim Annie’s friendship and punish all the girls who bullied her. Young readers who revel in spooky stories will relish this chilling tale of a girl haunted by a vengeful ghost.

Amazon | BN | Kobo| Google PlayGoodreads | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Target | BAM! | Audible

And check out these additional reviews:

“Hahn’s story is characteristically steeped in eerie atmosphere, and the novel’s blend of historical drama, the supernatural, and the intricacies of adolescent friendship is a gripping combination.” —PW

“Hahn is a veteran author who clearly knows her apples about writing ghost stories, as this, her latest inventive page-turner, evidences… Shivers aplenty, but also genuine emotion that will invite empathy.” — Booklist

“Another historical and chilling success.” —Kirkus

“Another solid addition to Hahn’s oeuvre, this would also make a spine-chilling pair with Cohen’s The Doll’s Eye.” —Bulletin

Author Links: Website | Facebook

Internship Opportunity for The Bent Agency

Molly Ker Hawn of The Bent Agency is looking for an intern to read young adult and middle grade fiction for her. This is a remote and unpaid internship. Her expectations are that the intern reads and reports on an manuscript every two weeks. Applicants should be familiar with all sorts of YA & MG, especially literary-commercial. Molly would like someone with knowledge of New York Time Best Sellers and has interests in authors like Katherine Rundell, John Corey Whaley, Stephanie Kuehn, Margo Lanagan, Jack Gantos, Marie Rutkoski, Naomi Novik, Jacqueline Woodson, E Lockhart, Gene Luen Yang, Libba Bray…and, of course, her own clients.

For guidelines and how to apply, go here. As always, good luck!

P. D. Pabst
Blogger and writer 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 contemporary romance (novels intended for adults, not YA). Submissions open between July 10 (6am EST) to  July 12 (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.

LOUISE MERIWETHER FIRST BOOK PRIZE

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Once again, the Feminist Press has partnered with TAYO Literary Magazine to for a contest seeking the best debut books by women and nonbinary writers of color to celebrate author Louis Meriwether’s achievements. This contest is for first time authors. Submit your complete manuscript of fiction (including novels and short story collections) or narrative memoir between 50,000 and 80,000 words. Capture their attention with your words to receive $5,000 and a publishing contract from the Feminist Press!

Thanks to TAYO Literary Magazine for their support!

The second annual Louise Meriwether First Book Prize entries will close on July 31, 2017. To learn how to enter and complete guidelines, go here. As always, good luck!

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