AUTHOR MENTOR MATCH

Author Mentor Match

Author Mentor Match 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 which is already opened! Submissions close January 14, 2021. Watch for the mentor BIOS to be posted 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 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.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021!

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I don’t know about y’all, but I’m so ready for a new year. GOODBYE 2020! I’m hoping this year brings brighter things for all of us and that we are nearing the end of this crazy pandemic. Though things have looked different, one thing is still common…making a New Year’s Day resolution. Here are some popular ones:

  • Exercise
  • Lose Weight
  • Pay off debt
  • Stress Less
  • Donate to a good cause
  • Quit an addiction
  • Eat healthier
  • Sleep more
  • Take a vacation
  • Buy a car
  • Get organized
  • Visit family and friends…finally!
  • Overcome a fear
  • Learn something new

Whatever your resolution is, embrace it to find success. If you stumble on any particular day, remember to keep going because the only way to positively fail is to just give up trying. I believe in you! HAPPY NEW YEAR and best of luck!

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

2021 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition

Minotaur Books (Macmillan) and Mystery Writers of America are sponsoring the First Crime Novel Competition. This contest is open to writer’s age 18 and older, who has never been published or under contract to be published with a novel. The submitted manuscript must involve murder or another serious crime or crimes at the heart of the story. The winner will be offered a standard form author’s agreement and a $10,000 advance against future royalties. Submissions must be received by 11:59pm EST on January 1, 2021. For complete rules, go here.

As always, good luck!

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

Merry Christmas!

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This year has been rough for many. Most never thought they’d live to experience a pandemic, yet here they are still clenched in it’s jaws with relief just out of reach. Many won’t be gathering with family members to keep themselves and those they love safe. That’s perfectly okay. Christmas looks different this year. It will come and go like any other crazy 2020 day, and we will still love each other when it’s over.

Safe travels to anyone braving the gathering experience. I hope everyone has plenty of food to stuff their bellies and joy to fill their hearts. And if it’s within your power, remember those less fortunate. Christmas should be about giving and less about taking. Also, remember to call those you know are alone to check on them and remind them how much you care, and to see if they need anything.

I send prayers out to those whom are ill this Christmas and fighting diseases. May God touch you with his grace, heal you, and bless this day and every day for your future.

Christmas my not be super merry this year, but it’s still Christmas. Have a blessed day!

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

Remote Internship: Writers House

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Writers House is searching for a remote intern for spring 2021 with an interest in publishing. Office experience is a plus with knowledge and interest in genre fiction; especially, young adult, thrillers, mysteries, romance, and science fiction/ fantasy. The end goal of the internship is to provide its participants an education in the publishing industry from the perspective of a literary agency. According to Writers House, at the end of the program the interns:

•Will have developed sound criteria for evaluating query letters, partial manuscripts, and full manuscripts.
•Will have advanced their ability to generate rejection letters, reader’s reports, editorial letters, and pitch letters.
•Will have gained new administrative skills that pertain specifically to publishing including Literary Expert, comparing contracts, reviewing royalty statements, and managing and maintaining calendars.
•Will have advanced their cover letter and resume writing skills.
•Will have advanced their job interviewing skills.

This internship involves a series of ongoing programs; specifically, weekly intern meetings, weekly tutorials, evening seminars, and one-on-one sessions. Interns will regularly engage in a broad range of editorial, administrative, organizational, and logistical duties as they develop the skills requisite to entry-level positions in publishing.

Length of intership with beFebruary 8 – June 4, 2021. Application is due by January 25, 2021. Payment will be a monthly stipend. To apply, send cover and resume to:

Michael Mejias
Director, Writers House Intern Program
mmejias@writershouse.com

As always, good luck!

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

L. Ron Hubbard Writers & Illustrators of the Future Contest

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers and Illustrators of the Future contest entries end at 5pm on December 31, 2020. So, hurry and get your submissions in.

Writers

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest is an opportunity for new and amateur writers of new short stories or novelettes of science fiction or fantasy. No entry fee is required. Entrants retain all publication rights. All awards are adjudicated by professional writers only. Prizes every three months: $1,000, $750, $500. Those quarterly winners then compete for one annual Grand Prize of $5000! If you have not read the contest rules, please click here before submitting.

Illustrators

L. Ron Hubbard’s Illustrators of the Future Contest is an opportunity for new science fiction and fantasy artists worldwide. No entry fee is required. Entrants retain all publication rights. All judging by professional artists only. Three prizes of $500 are awarded each quarter. Quarterly winners compete for $5,000 additional annual prize! If you have not read the contest rules, please click here before submitting.

As always, good luck!

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

JEAN V. NAGGAR LITERARY AGENCY, INC

Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency is offering a spring remote internship. It involves tasks that are designed to acquaint an intern with the daily workings of a literary agency, as well as the world of publishing as a whole. The intern would be trained in areas such as use of a software program used by a variety of literary agencies and publishers, the nature of the submission process (both domestically and internationally), along with other various projects; including database entry, social media, and assisting with royalty statements and contracts.

  • Length of intership is September through December (start and end dates are flexible.
  • 20 hours a week required for 3-4 months (at least 2 day per week commitment)
  • No payment, school credit only. (Thus, applicants must be able to recieve school credit.)

If you demonstrate knowledge and passion for books and the publishing industry, have excellent verbal and writing skills, and a critical eye, you might want to apply. Send a cover letter and resume to Ariana Philips at aphilips@jvnla.com, or apply through their website.

As always, good luck!

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

Remote Intership: Liza Dawson Associates

Liza Dawson Associates is looking for a remote intern for 2021 spring. They are a full-service literary agency based in New York City that represents a wide range of fiction and non-fiction. The canidate should be passionate and knowledgable in the science-fiction and fantasy genres to assist agent Hannah Bowman in reading queries, requesting partials, reading partials and preparing reader reports.

A strong applicant will be familiar with Hannah Bowman’s list and her manuscript wish list. Strong written and verbal communication skills are necessary. Candidates must be able to commit 5-6 hours a week for 3-4 months. BIPOC applicants encouraged to apply.

Compensation will be provided and they can approve academic credit. Send your cover letter in the body of the email and your resume as an attachment to Nan.wu19@outlook.com with “HB Internship Application” in the subject line.

As always, good luck!

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

Blue Mountain Arts Biannual Poetry Card Contest

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Blue Mountain Arts is holding their thirty-first Biannual Poetry Card Contest.  The winner will be published on their website and there are monetary prizes!

  • 1st prize: $350
  • 2nd prize: $200
  • 3rd prize: $100

Here are a few of the guidelines:

  • Poems can be rhyming or non-rhyming.
  • Write about real emotions and feelings.
  • Poems should be original and unique.
  • English-language entries only.
  • Enter as often as you like!

You can mail your submission or use their online submission form. For complete rules and guidelines, go here. Entry deadline is December 31,2020. As always, good luck.

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

Giveaway: Save The Cat! by Blake Snyder

As writer’s, we are always looking for ways to improve our writing. We will accept advise from authors, editors, or anyone in the publishing industry. One book that has gotten great acclaim for teaching writers is Save The Cat! by Blake Snyder. While this is geared toward screenplay writers, it has helped the careers of many novel writers. Which led to it being adapted into Save The Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody.

So, for holiday cheer, I’m giving away both! One for a writer interested in the screeplay version and one to an author interested in the novel version. Constest ends December 21, 2021 at 12:00am.

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As always, good luck!

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