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Last Day for Query or First Page Workshop via Brenda Drake

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Brenda Drake and her team have put together to have a free query or first page critique workshop to help authors prep for PitchWars! During May, June, and July, Pitch Wars mentors will be helping writers shine up their query or first page. They will be posted after being critiqued on the blog, so only enter if you’re willing to have everyone see it.

They have 80 query spots and 80 first page spots. Whoa, that’s a lot! But only you’re only allowed to choose one and enter your information.

This is for all genres in the middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult categories of fiction. Your manuscript does not have to be complete to enter. Winners will be announced April 17th and will receive an email, so be ready to submit your sample for critique immediately. But today is the last day to enter, so hurry to get a chance to shine that query or first page!

As always, good luck!

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

Manuscript Wish List

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If you don’t know what Manuscript Wish List, you’re in for a treat. This fantastic blog 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!

So when will the next one take place? On February 8th, 2017, tweeting of wishes will unfold on twitter using the hashtag #MSWL. But remember, this IS NOT for direct pitching. Please make a list of agents and/or editors stating your MS might be what they’re looking for. Then send queries as directed by the agent/editor. (If you have trouble locating the information, most can be found on the agency/publisher websites.

Then stay tuned to twitter on February 8th, 2017, as Jessica promises a BIG announcement!

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.

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.

Dear Lucky Agent Contest: Women’s Fiction

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Chuck Sambuchino of Writer’s Digest is hosting another Dear Lucky Agent Contest on February 9, 2016. This 21st edition is with Elizabeth Winick Rubinstein of McIntosh & Otis. To submit, send the first 150-250 words (i.e., your first double-spaced page) of your unpublished, completed book-length work of women’s fiction (no erotica or category romance). You must include a contact e-mail address with your entry and use your real name. Also, submit the title of the work and a logline (one-sentence description of the work) with each entry.

For complete details, go here. As always, good luck!

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

Entangled Editor open for Query Critique

Kate Brauning

Kate Brauning is the senior editor at Entangled Publishing and author of How We Fall. While she doesn’t usually do freelance editing, she has opened for query critiques through February 2, 2016. Feedback from Kate will be invaluable and she’s pricing these at only $30! So, if you’ve been struggling to get the words right in your query, this might be for you. All the information on how to pay and submit is on her blog.

Happy writing and editing!

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

PITCHMAS TIME IS HERE!

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Oh yes, it’s that holly-jolly Pitchmas time! You know? The best time of the year! Where agents and editors stalk the feed to give you literary cheer!

Jessa Russo and Tamara Mataya are at it again! This year they have 16 agents and 9 editors participating in the Pitchmas blog contest. To submit, you’ll need a 35 word pitch for your finished, polished and unpublished manuscript! They will take submissions by email only, starting Sunday 12/13/14 at 9am PST and ending Monday 12/14/15 at 6pm PST. The winners will go live on the blog December 17, 2015.

And have no worries if you don’t make the contest. There will be a twitter pitch party for everyone on December 18, 2015. Be sure and use the twitter hashtag #Pitchmas