Tag Archives: New Leaf Literary

Nightmare On Query Street 2017

It’s getting close to Halloween, which means Nightmare On Query Street is soon! But don’t let the title fool you into thinking you’re manuscript won’t qualify. The title is more about when the contest takes place. You can enter any age category or genre, excluding picture books and erotica.

The submission window opens at 4:00 pm (EST) on October 13th. All entries sent before this time will be deleted. For this years contest, there are 24 agents lined up! TWENTY FOUR! How awesome is that? But you’d better be on your toes if you want to submit. They will close submissions when they reach 250 entries or in two hours, whichever is first.

Participating Agents

Michelle, Mike, and Laura will make 13 picks each. Then a few mentors they’ve selected will help the authors hone their entries before the agent round. Here are all the dates for the event:

  • Submission Window Opens: October 13th 4:00 pm EST
  • Final Picks are Announced: October 20th
  • Mentors Go to Work: October 21th – 26th
  • Revised Entries Due Back: October 26th at 11:59 pm EST
  • Agent round: October 30th – 31th

Some rules to take note of:

  • You are not eligible if you’ve been in an agent round in the last six months. (This does not include open twitter pitches.)
  • You can enter if you have a different manuscript to enter than previous agent round you were in.
  •  Only ONE entry per person. (No using multiple emails or pen names!)

You’ll need to send you query and first 250 words, along with a short paragraph (no more than 100 words) answering this question: What is your main character’s most stressful relationship? Who really makes them sweat?

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

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

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Avalon Writer’s Retreat hosted by Kathleen Temean

Avalon, NJ

It’s summertime! Who’s up for a writer’s retreat on the beach in Avalon, New Jersey? Kathleen Temean is hosting this fantastic event where writer’s can stay in a house she’s rented on the beach to work on their manuscripts. Even more perfect is that literary agents will be attending to give full  and partial manuscript feedback! She has two sessions arranged:

First Session (Sept. 25-Sept28) has these participating agents:

Agent Kurestin Armada from PS Literary. She is actively acquiring Upmarket and Commercial Fiction, Magic Realism, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Alternative History, Historical Fiction, LGBTQ (any genre), select Young Adult and Middle Grade, Graphic Novels, Mystery (including mystery with elements of SF/F), and Romance.

Second Agent – waiting for confirmation – Building list for Picture books, MG and YA.

Second Session (Sept. 29-Oct. 2) has these participating agents:

Agent Scott Treimel from the Scott Treimel Agency and Jaida Temperly from New Leaf Literary.

Mkay, so this session is already full. But Kathleen will allow you to get on a waiting list if someone has to cancel their spot. What? A waiting list for the agency that represents Veronica Roth’s Divergent Series. Who wouldn’t put their name on the list!

As always, good luck and have a great retreat!

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

 

 

Pikes Peak Writers Conference

Pikes Peak Writers Conference

Pikes Peak Writers Conference is an opportunity to get literary advise from a professional in the business or get invaluable feedback on your manuscript. The conference will be held April 15-17, 2016 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Keynote speakers will be Kevin J. Anderson, Rachel Caine, Joe R. Lansdale, Jeff Lindsay, and Wendy Corsi Staub. Acquiring agents and editors will be Annie Berger (Harper Collins), Caitlin Dareff (St. Martin’s Press), Melissa L. Edwards (The Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency), Linda Epstein (The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency), Angie Hodapp (Nelson Literary Agency), Jennifer Letwack (Thomas Dunne Books), Renee Nyen (KT Literary Agency), Steve Saffel (Titan Books), Alec Shane (Writers House), Elaine Spencer (The Knight Agency),  Suzie Townsend (New Leaf Literary).

As always, don’t wait to register because seats fill up fast!

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