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San Francisco Writers Conference

San Francisco Writers Conference

The 2019 San Francisco Writers Conference will be held on February 14-18 at the historical Hyatt Regency Embarcadero. Meet keynoters:  

But the SFWC presenters list also includes many more bestselling authors, literary agents, editors, and publishers from major publishing houses.  There are experts on self-publishing, book promotion, platform building, social media, and author websites.

2019 SFWC PRESENTERS:
Rick Acker
, author
Nina Amir, author and writing coach
Kathleen Antrim, author, Co-President of International Thriller Writers
Rachelle Ayala, author
Jim Azevedo, marketing director at Smashwords
Beth Barany, creativity coaching for writers
Jordan Bernal, author and past president of CWC Tri-Valley Branch
Chaya Bhuvaneswar, author
Gail Carriger, bestselling author
Stephanie Chandler, is an author and CEO of the NonfictionAuthors Association
Paula Chinick, author and  past president of California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch
Mark Coker, author and founder of major eBook publisher Smashwords
Christine Conradt, screenwriter, director, producer, author
EJ DeBrun, animator, author and TV/film professional
Kate Farrell, author, librarian, storyteller
George Fong, author
Cali Gilbert, author, photographer, filmmaker
Alessandra Harris, author
Sam Horn, founder and CEO of the Intrigue Agency
Anne Janzer, author, writing coach and consultant
Carla King, author and self publishing expert, founder of Self-Publishing Boot Camp
Mary E. Knippel, Independent editor, writing mentor and author
Kristen Lamb, author, blogger and social media Jedi
Linda Lee, web site designer and WordPress expert
Kerry Lonsdale, author of Everything We Give
Richard Loranger, poet and performance artist
Karl W. Palachuk, author, speaker and blogger
Lissa Provost, poet and author
Douglas Rees, author
Jordan Rosenfeld, author, editor and coach
Barbara Santos, author of Practice Aloha and two cookbooks…and Marketing Director for SFWC
Nina Schuyler, author
Rusty Shelton,  founder and CEO of Zilker Media
Ransom Stephens, physicist, author, award winning technologist, speaker
Alex White, author

The lists for attending agents and editors looks topnotch! Some of the agents will even be accepting pitches during the Speed Dating For Agents. You can see a list of those participating here. Their are also editors doing eight minute consultations. More information on the consults is here. But for an idea of the many agents and editors that will be in attendance, here is a list:

AGENTS:
Lisa Abellera, Kimberley Cameron & Assoc.
Peter Beren, Peter Beren Agency
Andrea Brown, Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc.
Dawn Frederick, Red Sofa Literary
Annie Hwang, Folio Literary Management
Taylor Martindale Kean, Full Circle Literary
Laurie McLean, Fuse Literary
Patrick Miller, Fearless Books and Literary Services
Kristen Moeller, Waterside Productions
Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Monica Odom, Liza Dawson Associates
Gabrielle Piraino, DeFiore and Company
Nicki Richesin, Wendy Sherman Associates, Inc.
Andy Ross, Andy Ross Agency
Jennifer March Soloway, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Jennifer Chen Tran, Bradford Literary
Gordon Warnock, Fuse Literary
Carlisle Webber, Fuse Literary

EDITORS:
Brenda Knight, Author, President of the Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter
Tyler Moss,  Editor-in-Chief of Writer’s Digest magazine
Daniela Rapp, Senior Editor at St. Martins Press
Mekisha Telfer, Roaring Book Press, Macmillan

INDEPENDENT EDITORS:
Pamela Feinsilber, Editorial and Writing Services
Suzanne (C.S.) Lakin, Indie Editor
Mary Rakow, Indie Editor and novelist
Monica Wesolowska, Author, teacher,and independent editor 

For those attending, this sounds like a great four days of learning and marketing yourself. Good luck!

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

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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, 2018. 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, Annual Grand Prize: $5,000 additional! If you have not read the contest rules, please click here before submitting. To enter, go here.

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. $1,500 in prizes each quarter. Quarterly winners compete for $5,000 additional annual prize! If you have not read the contest rules, please click here before submitting. To enter, go here.

As always, good luck!

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

Skylark Agency Competition 2018

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Skylark Agency is hosting a middle grade competition to find original talent for children. They are wanting to find great stories for ages 8-12 from creative writers. They have leading experts from the UK children’s publishing industry as guest judges to help them pick a winner.

Along with these three professionals, Joanna and Amber of Skylark Literary will also help create the judging panel. The prize will be a one-to-one editorial critique of your finished manuscript by phone, or in person (locations allowing). Deadline to enter is December 24, 2018. So go here for contest information and the read the submission guidelines. As always, good luck!

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

RevPit Critique Giveaways!

#RevPit

The RevPit editors are giving away critique packages through December 21, 2018! Check out the site each day for the package you want to submit to the Rafflecopter. Here are their sites guidelines:

  • When: 12/17/2018–12/21/2018 (Yes, it started already.)
  • Where: On Twitter, using the #RevPit hashtag, and on this blog post.
  • Who: The editors of #RevPit and you!
  • How: Check in each day on Twitter AND here on the blog post to enter to win the daily giveaways. Each day a new Rafflecopter link will go live, and you’ll only have 24 hours to enter!

Be sure to check out each editors likes for the raffle before signing up. And as always, good luck!

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

Pitmad is Coming, December 6, 2018

Nothing soothes the writerly soul than a good twitter pitch party! This Thursday, December 6, 2018 is the infamous #PitMad founded by Brenda Drake, now ran by Managing director, Kellye Garrett, and a full committee (yeah, it’s grown that much!). This event will run between the hours of 8am-8pm (EDT). Common age category and genre hashtags are below.

Age Categories:
#PB = Picture Book
#C = Children’s
#CB = Chapter Book
#CL = Children’s Lit
#MG = Middle Grade
#YA = Young Adult
#NA = New Adult
#A = Adult

Genres/Sub-genres:
#AA = African American
#AD = Adventure
#CF = Christian Fiction
#CON = Contemporary
#CR = Contemporary Romance
#DIS = Disabilities
#DV = Diversity
#E = Erotica
#ER = Erotic Romance
#ES = Erotica Suspense
#F = Fantasy
#H = Horror
#HA = Humor
#HF = Historical Fiction
#HR = Historical Romance
#INSP = Inspirational
#IRMC = Interracial/Multicultural
#MR = Magical Realism
#M = Mystery
#Mem = Memoir
#LGBT
#LF = Literary Fiction
#NF = Non-fiction
#R = Romance
#P = Paranormal
#PR = Paranormal Romance
#RS = Romantic Suspense
#S = Suspense
#SF = SciFi
#SPF = Speculative Fiction
#T = Thriller
#UF = Urban Fantasy
#W = Westerns
#WF = Woman’s Fiction

The rules clearly state to only pitch THREE times per manuscript during the contest. Don’t break the rules and clog the feed! Also, please remember anyone can stalk the feed. So, do your research before submitting your manuscript. And as always, good luck!

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

#FaithPitch is Coming!

A Twitter pitch event exclusively for faith-based fiction is being hosted by Little Lamb Books on November 28, 2018 between 8am –  8pm CST. This is for board books, picture books, middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction that fall under the categories of inspirational, faith-based, biblical worldview, or Christian. Different denominations, ethnicities, a POV in this niche are encouraged. Be sure to use the hashtag #FaithPitch and only pitch 4 times per manuscript during the pitch window. (Maximum of 4 manuscripts are permitted.)

As with all pitch events, any agent or editor can troll the feed. Be sure to do you research before sending off your book baby! For complete guidelines, go here. And as always, good luck!

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

Bath Children’s Novel Award

 

The Bath Children’s Novel Award is an international writing competition for unpublished and independently published novelists. This years judge is literary agent Hilary Delamere of The Agency. The winner will receive £2,500 (approximately $3285 US). And the most promising longlisted novel, will receive a free place on the Cornerstones Literary Consultancy online 18 week course Edit Your Novel the Professional Way , valued at £1,800 (approximately $2365 US).

Some of the past participants and winners have gone on to getting agents and/or publishing deals. Inaugural winner Lucy Van Smit was swiftly signed by literary agent Sallyanne Sweeney. Jane Brittan attracted a Carnegie Medal nomination for her indie-published debut. Shortlistee Sophie Cameron signed a book deal with Macmillan Children’s after accepting representation with literary agent Hellie Ogden for her YA novel Out of the Blue. Struan Murray signed a six figure deal with Penguin Random House for his novel Orphans of the Tide.

Entry for the award ends December 2, 2018 (and remember, this is UK time zone)! For complete guidelines and entry fee information, go here. As always, good luck!

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

Entangled Publishing Submissions

Entangled

Have you just finished writing a steamy romance novel, or maybe a teen novel sprinkled with some love? Entangled Publishing doesn’t require writers to have agents to submit to them. That’s right! Polish that manuscript and send it to one of their imprints that best fits your story.

  • Amara – 70k-120k word single title adult romance novels.
  • August – 20k-70k word category romance featuring Gen-X characters.
  • Bliss – 20k-60k sweet category romance.
  • Brazen – 20k-60k erotic category romance.
  • Embrace – New Adult romance novels or novels with romantic elements.
  • Entangled Teen – 70k-120k word romance novels or novels with romantic elements.
  • Indulgence – 45k-60k contemporary category romance.
  • Lovestruck – 20k-60k contemporary, romantic comedy category romance.
  • Scandalous – 20k-65k historical category romance.
  • Scorched – 15k-65k novellas, serialized novellas, and full-length novels, all with erotic romance elements.
  • Teen Crave – 20k-60k paranormal/scifi/fantasy YA category romance.
  • Teen Crush – 20k-60k contemporary YA category romance.

They even blog about special submission requests. Check them out here! So, if you haven’t written the novel that’s been nagging to leave your brain, get going! After all, it is NaNoWriMo!

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

HarperCollins Children’s Books Diverse Voices Open Inbox

HarperCollins Children’s Books has opened it’s doors to writer’s of diverse backgrounds to submit work. This is a contest for middle grade manuscripts (ages 8-12) in any genre or format. A few of the rules are:

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must have a diverse background: (Examples, but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.
  • Document in Microsoft Word or PDF, no larger than 5 MB

The winner will receive:

  • Editorial feedback from a panel of HarperCollins editors in writing, including an edit letter and a thirty-minute phone consultation.
  • Consideration for publication by the HarperCollins Children’s Books’ acquisitions group.

The deadline to submit is November 16, 2018. For complete rules for submission, go here. And as always, good luck!

Masterclass with Author Dan Brown

Dan Brown will be teaching a Master Class. Dan Brown’s thrillers have sold more than 250 million copies, including The Da Vinci Code (which was made into a movie, with sequels starring Tom Hanks). In Dan’s Masterclass, he unveils his process for turning ideas into gripping narratives. He’ll teach you how to research for your story, craft characters, and sustain suspense.

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Learn with one of the best with 19 lessons on writing vivid characters and realistic dialogue. There will be a workbook along with the videos, and Dan will critique select members of the class. You can enroll for $90. Have fun and learn lots!
P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/Fiction