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Books by #BlackAuthors #BLM

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I have been quiet for several weeks because I have felt overwhelmed between my uncle dying, Coronavirus, worrying about my job, and distressed about police brutality. But honestly, I think my  brain started shutting down when the Pandemic struck. Then, as things progressed with continued bad news, I became numb. But it’s time to officially announce my stance. I support the Black Lives Matter movement. I might lose some followers, but I won’t need to mingle with those racist piece of poops anyway. Hopefully, I will gain new followers with amazingly diverse backgrounds!

Since I am a writer, I thought one of the ways I could show support is by posting some books by black authors. And since my taste revolves around the strange, most (not all) of these stories have strange creatures, ghosts, zombies, witches, mermaids, dragons, aliens, cursed people, super heroes, or people full of magical skills! If you know more, please feel free to mention them in the comments below.

As for the ones I’m posting, I have pasted a copy of the beautiful covers and embedded a link. If you click an the image, you will be directed to a purchase site where you can read the blurb to see if you want to buy the book. Okay, so here we go:

The Forgotten Girl

A Blade So Black (The Nightmare-Verse Book 1) by [L.L. McKinney] Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) by [Tomi Adeyemi] The Jumbies by [Tracey Baptiste]

A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope by [Patrice Caldwell] The Good Luck Girls by [Charlotte Nicole Davis] A Song Below Water: A Novel by [Bethany C. Morrow]

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by [Roseanne A. Brown] The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth Book 1) by [N. K. Jemisin] Dread Nation by [Justina Ireland]

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (Tristan Strong Novel, A Book 1) by [Kwame Mbalia] Akata Witch by [Nnedi Okorafor] The Rage of Dragons (The Burning Book 1) by [Evan Winter]

You Should See Me in a Crown by [Leah Johnson] Kingdom of Souls by [Rena Barron]

Lagoon by [Nnedi Okorafor] The Sound of Stars by [Alechia Dow] Fate of Flames (The Effigies Book 1) by [Sarah Raughley]

Feyi Fay and the Case of the Mysterious Madam Koi Koi by [Simisayo Brownstone] The Girl Who Looked Beyond The Stars (Sheena Meyer Book 1) by [L. B. Anne] Ghost Boys by [Jewell Parker Rhodes]

Hurricane Child by [Kacen Callender] American Spy: A Novel by [Lauren Wilkinson] The Deep by [Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes]

Some of these authors have more than one book out, so if you don’t like the one I’ve posted, check out their other stories. Or, you can buy them all. Happy Reading!

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

HANNIGAN GETZLER LITERARY AGENCY: Summer Internship

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Hannigan Getzler Literary Agency is looking for a summer intern to work directly with their agents for twelve weeks, approximately two days per week. The main task of the intern will be reading manuscripts from both potential clients and current agency clients, assessing quality of submissions, and providing editorial feedback. Interns also learn to write reader’s reports, rejection letters, editorial letters, and pitch letters. (Note: this is NOT a remote internship.)

Deadline to apply: May 31, 2020

Location: 37 West 28th Street, Floor 8 New York, NY 10001

Payment: Stipend to be dispensed at the end of the session

If you are interested in applying, email Jon Cobb at jon@hgliterary.com ​with Internship Application as the subject line, and include your resume and cover letter as attachments. You are also encouraged to tell them about your favorite books and genres.

As always, good luck!

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

PitDark Pitch Contest Hosted by Jason Huebinger

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This cool twitter pitch party will be May 21, 2020 and is hosted by author Jason Huebinger, the creator of #PitDark. This is one of my favorite contests because it’s strictly for manuscripts with darker elements, which is soooo down my alley. The event is between 8am and 8pm EST. Authors may pitch once an hour per manuscript. Please do not clog the feed by over pitching so agents don’t get frustrated and quit reading.

Hashtags for AGE CATEGORIES

  • #MG – Middle Grade
  • #YA – Young adult
  • #NA – New adult
  • #A – Adult

Hashtags for GENRES & SUBGENRES

  • #H – horror
  • #PH – psychological horror
  • #GH – gothic horror
  • #CSH – cosmic horror
  • #BH – body horror
  • #CH – comedy horror
  • #DC – dark comedy
  • #DR – dark romance
  • #SFH – science fiction horror
  • #PNH – paranormal horror
  • #ZH – zombie horror
  • #MH – monster horror
  • #GRH – graphic horror
  • #MM – murder mystery
  • #FA – fantasy
  • #DF – dark fantasy
  • #T – thriller
  • #EF – epic or high fantasy
  • #HF – historical fantasy
  • #LF – literary fantasy
  • #AH – alternate history
  • #PN – paranormal
  • #PR – paranormal romance
  • #UF – urban fantasy
  • #MR – magical realism
  • #SF – science fiction
  • #AF – apocalypse fiction
  • #ML – military science fiction
  • #PA – post-apocalyptic SF
  • #CP – cyberpunk
  • #SFT – sci-fi thriller
  • #SH – superhero / superhuman
  • #SO – space opera
  • #DS – dystopian
  • #SP – steampunk
  • #TT – time travel
  • #WW – weird west
  • #SPEC – speculative fiction
  • #NF – non-fiction

For complete rules, go here. (Note: If your curious about previous agent, editor, and film company participation, there is a link on this page.) As always, good luck!

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

Secret Agent Contest

Authoress (aka Jillian Boehme) is hosting a round of Secret Agent on her popular Miss Snark’s First Victim site. If you’ve followed Authoress for several years, then you know that she unveiled herself because she got her first book deal, which is out in the world today! (And this was her one condition she had promised herself before unveiling her true identity.) And many of us are so excited for her because she has given back to the community for so-so-so long! (Thank you Jillian!)

Now, for a few basic details of the contest:

  • Submissions open between Noon to 6pm EDT, April 13, 2020
  • This is a lottery. The BOT will draw 50 random names.
  • Only the First 250 words will be submitted.
  • Only completed and polished manuscripts may be entered.
  • Only ONE entry per person!

As always, there is no fee to enter the contest. This month’s contest will include the following genres only:

ADULT

  • High-concept women’s fiction
  • Rom-com
  • Mainstream with a hint of magic
YA
  • Fantasy
  • Magical Realism
  • Historical
  • Contemporary
  • Thriller
  • Mystery
MG
  • Contemporary
  • Mystery
  • Light fantasy
  • Light magical realism

For complete guidelines and entry form, go here. Also, keep an eye on her blog because she’ll post more details a week before submissions, especially the brief time the window for entries will be open. As always, good luck!

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

Florida Writing Workshop

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Per the Florida Writing Workshop website, this writing event (May 16, 2020) is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event (200 total). They will inform everyone directly on the website when seats are closed.

Here are a few of this years faculty that will be in attendance:

Since the seats are limited, don’t delay in registering. Have fun and learn lots!

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

BOOKCON in NYC

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BookCon will be May 30-31, 2020 at Javits Center, NYC. This event will allow you to interact with the authors, publishers, celebrities and creators of content that influence everything we read, hear and see. It will have Q&As with the hottest talent, autographing sessions, storytelling podcasts, special screenings, literary quiz shows and so much more. Some of the guests will be:

Tickets are selling fast and hotels are getting booked, so hurry if you want to attend. And as always, have fun and learn lots!

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

YALLWEST BOOK FESTIVAL

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If you are in the Santa Monica, California area on April 24-25, 2020 and you love books, you might want to attend the Yallwest Book Festivalwhere more than 100 authors are participating in book signings, panels, giveaways. There will be food trucks, rock ‘n’ roll, and photo ops too. Plus notable TV, film, video game, and comic creators will be in attendance.

Some of the fantastic author lineup includes:

  • Stephanie Garber (New York Times Bestselling Author of CARAVAL, also optioned for film)
  • Becky Abertalli (New York Times Bestselling author of SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA, also a motion picture)
  • Victoria Aveyard (New York Times Bestselling author of RED QUEEN)
  • Ransom Riggs (New York Times Bestselling author of MISS PERIGRINE’S PECULIAR CHILDREN, also a motion picture)
  • Kacen Callender (Stonewall and Lamda award winner author of HURRICAN CHILD)
  • Hafsah Faizal (New York Times Bestselling author of WE HUNT THE FLAME)
  • Marie Lu (New York Times Bestselling author of LEGEND)
  • Tahereh Mafi (New York Times Bestselling author of SHATTER ME)
  • Adam Silvera (New York Times Bestselling author of MORE HAPPY THAN NOT)
  • Angie Thomas (New York Times Bestselling author of THE HATE U GIVE, also a motion picture)
  • And sooooo many more!

To check out more authors attending, go here. Have fun!

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

Ireland Writer Tours

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Oh my gosh in chocolate heaven! There is an Ireland Writer Tours not just once this year but several times! How can someone choose which one to attend?

June 28-July 5, 2020

The tour will be hosted by author, screenwriter, and forensic specialist  JENNIFER DORNBUSH and literary agent from Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency JILL MARR.

July 12-19, 2020

This tour will be hosted by multi-published & award-winning author & Writers’ Digest instructor Donna Russo Morin and agent & editor with Marsal, Lyon Literary Patricia Nelson

The tours are mini-writers’ conferences that help get your manuscript ready for publication. With dinner in a haunted castle and visits to a mysterious lake, ancient forest and a cave with eerie true stories, the tour is filled with enchantment and enough creepy to spark your writing juices.  Combine this with professional critiques and editing advise and you’ve got one helluva trip! And don’t forget you can write this off at tax time since it’s a learning event.

Get your passports ready! And happy day writing.

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

Chicago Writing Workshop

Chicago Writing Workshop

Per the Chicago Writing Workshop website, this writing event (June 27, 2020) is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event (200 total). They will inform everyone directly on the website when seats are closed.

Here are a few of this years faculty that will be in attendance:

 

Since the seats are limited, don’t delay in registering. Have fun and learn lots!

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

Virginia Festival of the Book

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The Virginia Festival of the Book brings readers and writers together for a five-day celebration of books, reading, literacy, and literary culture. The Annual Festival will be held March 18-22, 2020. Programs range from traditional author readings and book signings to children’s programs and hands-on workshops. All programs are open to the public and, with the exception of a few ticketed events, the majority of Festival programs are free to attend.

An abbreviated list of past participants includes Rick Atkinson, Edward Ayers, David Baldacci, Maureen Corrigan, Edwidge Danticat, Kate DiCamillo, Rita Dove, Alan Furst, John Grisham, Jan Karon, Jim Lehrer, Frances Mayes, Colum McCann, David McCullough, Alice McDermott, Katherine Paterson, Jon Scieszka, Lisa Scottoline, Pete Seeger, Karin Slaughter, Alexander McCall Smith, Lee Smith, Bryan Stevenson, Elizabeth Strout, Judith Viorst, and Charles Wright. For a current listing, go here.

As always, have fun and learn lots!

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