Tag Archives: The Knight Agency

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.


The Knight Agency Pitch Event

The Knight Agency is holding another twitter pitch event TOMORROW on April 5, 2017 from 9am-5pm EST. Use the hashtag #TKA20 and include your age category with genre. Do not pitch directly to the agents. Pitch the same way you’d pitch during #Pitmad and similar contests.

Some of the participating agents will be Deidre Knight, Pamela Harty, Elaine Spencer, Melissa Jeglinski, Travis Pennington, Nephele Tempest, Kristy Hunter, and Janna Bonikowski . Some things their excited to see are: women’s fiction, historical fiction, YA, MG, romance of all subgenres, LGBT fiction and m/m romance, thrillers, mysteries, suspense, nonfiction, and fantasy. And popular genre abbreviations are:

  • #RS=Romantic Suspense
  • #WF=Women’s Fiction
  • #HF=Historical Fiction
  • #YA=Young Adult
  • #MG=Middle Grade
  • #MC=Multicultural
  • #M=Mystery
  • #CM=Cozy Mystery
  • #LGBT=LGBT Fiction or Nonfiction
  • #MM=Male/Male Romance
  • #CR=Contemporary Romance
  • #PNR=Paranormal Romance
  • #INSP=Inspirational Fiction or Nonfiction
  • #NF=Nonfiction #MEM=Memoir

For complete details and to see what each agent is specifically wanting, go here. As always, good luck!

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.

2016 Florida Writing Workshop

A writing workshop in the sunny state? You betcha! On March 25 (Tampa) and 26 (Fort Lauderdale) the Florida Writing Workshop will take place. This writing events are wonderful opportunities 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 events (100 per each).

This year’s faculty so far includes literary agent Penny Moore (FinePrint Literary); literary agent Lucienne Diver (The Knight Agency); literary agent Marlene Stringer (Stringer Literary Agency); literary agent Kimiko Nakamura (Dee Mura Literary); literary agent Nicole Resciniti (The Seymour Agency); literary agent Saritza Hernandez (Corvisiero Literary); literary agent Greg Aunapu (Salkind Literary); literary agent Kurestin Armada (P.S. Literary); literary agent Cricket Freeman (The August Agency); literary agent Amanda Leuck (Spencerhill Associates); and literary agent Kaylee Davis (Dee Mura Literary).

Registration fills up fast, so hurry and book your seat!

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

The Atlanta Writing Workshop

Houston Writing Workshop

Lately, you may have noticed that I try to keep you posted on conferences as well as contests. As I learn about events, I will post them for you to decide if you want to participate. Today I bring you information about The Atlanta Writing Workshop in Georgia on February 20, 2016. If you are in the area, you could get feedback from a literary agent or gain writing advise through one of the workshops. This year’s faculty so far includes literary agent Kaylee Davis (Dee Mura Literary); literary agent Stephanie Fretwell-Hill (Red Fox Literary); literary agent Penny Moore (FinePrint Literary Management); literary agent Julie Gwinn (The Seymour Agency); literary agent Kurestin Armada (P.S. Literary); literary agent Pamela Harty (The Knight Agency); literary agent Veronica Park (Corvisiero Literary); and literary agent Sally Apokedak (Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency).

As always, the seats are limited and fill up fast, especially since it’s so close to the workshop date. They will post directly on the website when seats are filled.

Happy writing!

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