Tag Archives: Adult 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 extras this year also, 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! Lastly, be sure and stop by twitter to watch the #PitchWars feed because they are giving extra mentor prizes away.

As always, good luck!
P.D. Pabst

Manuscript Wish List


Today I learned someone didn’t know Manuscript Wish List existed. I’ve blogged about it before but decided to readdress since agents updated their requests June 30th, as well as tweeting their wants on the twitter hashtag #MSWL. For those who don’t already know, Manuscript Wish List was created by agent Jessica Sinsheimer for agents (and some editors) to let writer’s know what they’d like to see in their inbox. Yes, it’s that simple! So, before you decide to query that shiny new manuscript, check out the website to see if any agents would be a perfect fit. Even more exciting, they’ve created a sign-up for upcoming newsletters!

We all should thank Jessica promptly! Just sayin’.

As always, good luck!

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

FicFest Writing Contest


Today the guidelines and theme should be revealed for the FicFest contest on Tiffany Hoffman’s blog. This is another contest where the winners will get help revising their manuscripts for 8 weeks before the agent round.

Update: Go here for guidelines and theme!

Here is a schedule for the event:

March 27, 2016 @ 7:00 PM EST
Meet the Team Leads & Their Members!

April 3, 2016 @ 6:00 PM EST
Agent List Announced

April 17, 2016 @ 7:00 PM EST – 10:00 PM EST
Q & A with Team Leads & Host
(Twitter – Using #FicFest)

April 24, 2016 @ 12:00 AM EST – April 25, 2016 @ 11:59 PM EST

April 26, 2016 – May 3, 2016
Teams will chose their finalists/alternate

May 4, 2016 @ 10:00 AM EST
Finalists/Alternate Reveal

May 5, 2016 – June 30, 2016

July 8, 2016 @ 12:00 AM EST – July 14, 2014 @ 11:59 PM EST
Agent Round

As always, good luck!

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

Caitlen Rubino-Bradway Interview


There is a fantastic interview with Caitlen Rubino-Bradway of LKG Agency on Brenda Drake‘s blog. I decided I should share it for those who might have missed it because Caitlen shares what she is looking for in an author, which I think can be universal for agents. So please, read and share this for all your writing pals. It’s simply good advise.

Have a great day writing!

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

Impulse-Avon Romance Open Submissions


If you write romance, this post is for you! HarperCollins has an imprint called Avon Romance that publishes new authors. You do not have to have an agent to submit to this publisher. According to their site, this is what they are looking for:

  • Romantic Suspense
  • Super sexy contemporaries
  • Trilogies—and beyond. (If you have a series, we want to see it.)
  • Historical Romance with a hook

Best I can tell, they only publish adult novels. If anyone finds out different, please let me know so I can update this post. But if you have a great romance waiting to be told, go here to learn more about what they are looking for and to submit your manuscript.

As always, good luck!

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


Pitch To Publication

Pitch to Publication

It’s almost time for Pitch To Publication hosted by Samantha Fountain. This contest is a golden ticket for the winners because not only do editors select manuscripts to edit, but there will be an agent round followed by a publisher round. It’s stretched over a few months for the winners, but when the contest comes to a close, a few might have agents as well as publishing deals!

The submission window will be on Saturday, March 5th 12:00pm EST to Sunday, March 6th 12:00pm EST. If you have questions, you can ask Samantha using the hashtag #P2P16 on twitter. The editors are listed on the website, along with what they are looking for. Samantha will also list the participating agents and publishers on the site, so stay tuned to her page!

As always, good luck!

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

No #Adpit Today!

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Just a quick note to writers who might’ve thought #Adpit would be today, the date got moved by the host to April 1, 2016. I’ll blog later and remind everyone. But on the bright side, you’ve longer to hone your pitches!

Have a great writing day!

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

Pitch Madness – Mario Kart Edition

Pitch Madness-Mario Kart Edition

It’s time for another Pitch Madness event brought to you by author Brenda Drake. The contest is for completed manuscripts only, so please don’t submit your current WIP. Since this is a blog contest, here is how it works. You’ll submit a 35 word pitch and the first 250 words of you manuscript via email. Hosts and co-hosts will select the 60 finalists to move into the agent round. They’ll accept MG, YA, NA, and adult fiction. (Sorry, no non-fiction allowed.)

The submission window will open at 12:01 AM EST on February 26, 2016 and close at 11:59 PM EST. Participating agents will be announced on Brenda’s blog on February 17th, so watch her site for updates and submission guidelines.


Angry Robot Banner

Do you write adult science fiction or fantasy? Then I want to make you aware Angry Robots is taking open submissions! The window closes January 31, 2016 so don’t delay. This publishing company pays a professional advance and will allow you to obtain an agent (if you haven’t already) to work the deal if they are interested in your work.

For all the information and guidelines, go here! And if you don’t write, perhaps you’ll find a good book to read.

As always, good luck!

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

#PitMad Is Tomorrow!

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Just a quick post from my mobile (so excuse any typos or wonky layouts). I want to make sure all my readers know Brenda Drake’s #PitMad is tomorrow! So get your 140 character pitch ready. If you won’t be home, you can always use TweetDeck to schedule your tweets.

And most importantly, be aware of the new rules! You are only allowed THREE pitches per manuscript. This is because #PitMad has become so popular that agents are having issues keeping up with the feed and many pitches are getting lost in the flow of abundance.

Also make a note NOT to RT to show support for a friend. (Tag them without RT to let them know.) And always-always remember to NOT favorite another pitch you like. This is for agents and publishers to request material.

For complete rules, go to the #PitMad page on Brenda’s site.