Tag Archives: Queries

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.

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Author Mentor Match is Open for Subs

Author Mentor Match is open for submissions. This event matches aspiring writers with agented authors to hone their completed manuscripts. There is no agent round or contest aspect, but a focus on building lasting relationships. Mentors will help writers revise their manuscript before querying, give advice and tips on agents, and support through the process.

This is a big deal in the writerly world because paying for editing can be extremely expensive! At first glance, the website seems like it may only be for young adult stories, but upon further reading it is clearly for YA & MG. If you’re interested in submitting, go check out the mentors involved (and get a load of their books) . Be sure to view the guidelines and submit before 11:59pm PT on April 23, 2017.

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.

Internship: The Emma Sweeney Agency

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The Emma Sweeney Agency is looking for a fall intern! The boutique literary agency represents multiple bestselling and award-winning authors. This internship is an excellent way to gain experience assessing the current book market, reviewing submission queries and manuscripts, writing reader’s reports and editorial letters, and in general receive a bird’s eye view of the industry. They can work with a university to provide college credit for the internship.

Their requirements state you should be hard-working and professional, possess excellent reading and writing skills, be eager to learn, and must be familiar with the current book market.  They did not state whether this will be local in New York or a remote internship. To apply, send your cover letter and resume to info@emmasweeneyagency.com.

As always, good luck!

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

 

Nightmare On Query Street is Coming! #NoQS

Oh yes, another wonderful contest to connect writers with literary agents! SUH-WEET! Please get familiar with these important dates:

Submission Window Opens: October 15th 4:00 pm EST
Final Picks are Announced: October 20th undecided time
Mentors Go to Work: October 21th – 26th
Revised Entries Due Back: October 26th at 8 pm
Agent round: October 29th – 30th

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The contest is hosted by Michelle Hauck and Michael Anthony. So far there are twenty agents signed up, but Michelle hasn’t posted them yet. However, she has revealed the mentors that will help winners perfect their query and first 250 words. They are:

  1. Colleen McCoy
  2. Kathleen Allen
  3. Jamie Zakian
  4. Rena Olsen
  5. Amy Trueblood
  6. Tracy Townsend
  7. Wade Albert White
  8. Ashley Hearn
  9. Jessica Kapp
  10. Melissa Caruso
  11. Judi Lauren
  12. Amanda Heger
  13.  Marty Mayberry
  14. Michelle Hazen
  15. Christina Dalcher
  16. Heather Van Fleet
  17. Richard Pearson
  18. Kim Long
  19. Judy Clemens
  20. Betsy Aldredge
  21. LS Hawker
  22. Wendy Nikel
  23. Erika David
  24. Nicole Tone

To learn brief bios on all the mentors you can visit half of them on Michelle’s site and the other half on Mike’s site. There is also a FREE PASS contest on Michelle’s site to go straight to the agent round! And don’t forget to watch for the list of participating agents, as well as pay attention to rules and formatting.

As always, good luck!

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

HELP FOR WRITERS

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There are so many places to go to find help for writers on the web, it’s hard to know where to start. In past blogs, I’ve posted links to check credentials of agents and publishers, perhaps even a few links for helpful books. But there are other published writers, agents, and editors that have cool sites where a writer can find some great tips.

  • Let’s start with PubCrawl, where helpful ideas and tips for writing are posted from published authors and things they’ve learned along the way. And even cooler, they’ve started a podcast. Here’s a link to their first one!
  • Next we’ll visit Writers Helping Writers. On this site the authors have created helpful tools, resources, webinars, and a bookstore. And holy-moly, they’ve even listed several thesauruses for sale that isolate certain moods and linked expressions!
  • Whiskey Wine & Writing is another great site. They have articles to read and vlogs to watch. Even though they are taking a hiatus right now, don’t worry, they’ll be back!
  • Query Shark is a blog more specific to helping with queries. Read all the archives to get ideas where you might need help with your own query and read the great articles. You won’t be disappointed, however, I’m not responsible for the fear you’ll fear from those Q.S. teeth!

These are just a few links to get you started. There are so many–many more! Follow other writers, agents, editors, and publishing houses to get great tips or watch for them to post other helpful links to follow. As always, good luck!

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