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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.

Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

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Self-published writers are often left out in the cold, struggling to market and promote there books. But every so often, there is an event to help them get noticed. The Published Book Awards via Writer’s Digest is such an event. Here is what is up for grabs:

GRAND PRIZE:

  • $8,000 in cash
  • A feature article about you and your book for the March 2021 issue of Writer’s Digest
  • A paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, including a coveted Pitch Slam slot

FIRST PRIZE:

  • $1,000 in cash
  • Promotion in the March 2021 issue of Writer’s Digest

BOTH WILL RECEIVE:

  • Be featured on the Writer’s Digest website
  • One year subscription to Writer’s Digest Tutorials
  • A digital award seal for use in promoting your win.

All entrants will receive a brief commentary from one of the judges. Be sure to check out the categories, guidelines, and submission details. Deadline is April 1, 2020.

As always, good luck.

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

Picture Book Party

Holy-moly! It’s another picture book contest. Things are looking up for the PB writers and illustrators, indeed. On March 9, 2020 Michelle Hauck, along with Mindy Alyse Weiss, will host a Picture Book Party. Submissions will open at 3:30pm EST and will remain open for two hours. You need to have a completed and polished PB manuscript and illustrations are encouraged to be submitted (if you’re an illustrator).

Past Participating Agents and Editors

Be sure to checkout the complete guidelines on the website. You can also follow helpful hints for all writers on the twitter hashtag #PBParty.

As always, good luck.

P.D. Pabst

Pass or Pages Contest

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Operation Awesome is hosting a Pass or Pages this month. For this round, the category is  for Adult Suspense/Thiller genre. Submissions open between March 9 (6am EST) to  March 13 (6pm EST), 2020. This is an opportunity to get feedback from an agent on your query and first 250 words of your manuscript. Peeps, this is priceless! And as a possible bonus, the agent reserves the right to request your FULL.

The participating agents:

There will be a form for submissions on Operation Awesome when the entry window opens. For complete rules and previous feedback reveals, go here. As always, good luck!

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

2020 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award

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For all lurking contest junkies, Baen Books has a contest that was brought to my attention a few years back. You only need to create 8000 words. That’s right, a mere eight-thousand! Most thrilling? You have until April 30th, 2020 to create a wonderful story.

  • GRAND PRIZE winner will be published as the featured story on the Baen Books main website and paid at industry-standard rates for professional story submittals. The author will also receive a handsome engraved award and a prize package containing $500 of free Baen Books.
  • SECOND place winner will receive a prize package containing $500 of free Baen Books,
  • THIRD will receive a prize package containing $300 of free Baen Books.

Baen Books will announce the winner of the inaugural Baen Fantasy Adventure Award at this year’s Gen Con to the best of original short fiction capturing the spirit and tradition of great storytellers as Larry Correia, Robert E. Howard, Mercedes Lackey, Elizabeth Moon, Andre Norton, J.R.R. Tolkien, David Weber and Marion Zimmer Bradley.
All the details can be found here.

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

The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing

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The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing searches for stories written by a first-generation immigrant. The publisher alternates years between fiction and non-fiction. This year they are searching to publish a tale of fiction. A few of the guidelines are:

  • Completed fiction manuscript, or book-length collection of short stories.
  • Candidates must be first-generation residents of their country.
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • Fiction candidates must not have previously published a book of fiction in English.
  • Only one submission per candidate per submission period.

The Prize:

  • $10,000 advance and publication by Restless Books in print and digital editions.

For complete guidelines and information on how to enter, go here. But hurry, the deadline is March 31, 2020. And as always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst

Writer and blogger MG/YA fiction.

#FaithPitch Twitter Event for Faith-Based Fiction and Non-fiction

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A Twitter pitch event exclusively for faith-based fiction is being hosted by Little Lamb Books on February 27, 2020 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 to them! For complete guidelines, go here. And as always, good luck!

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