NoQS YA Thriller: GIRL IN THE MACHINE

Title: GIRL IN THE MACHINE Genre: YA Psychological Thriller Word Count: 78,000 My Main Character’s Most Stressful Relationship is: Delta’s most stressful relationship is with her handler, Mira. Mira is supposed to be helping Delta to succeed at the Turing Test and pass as human. Delta relies on Mira and needs her. In some ways, […]

NoQS YA Contemporary: THE GOODNIGHT IRENES

Title: THE GOODNIGHT IRENES Genre: YA Contemporary Word count: 88,000 My main character’s Most Stressful Relationship is: Just the thought of her mother Mary makes Keelie’s skin crawl and her stomach clench. It’s not just the lying and manipulating, or even that she murdered Keelie’s friend. It’s the lack of self-control, the lives she’s destroyed. […]

NoQS YA Fantasy: ONCE UPON A TYPEWRITER

Title: ONCE UPON A TYPEWRITER Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Word Count: 98,000 My Main Character’s Most Stressful Relationship is: Emily’s younger sister Aubrey is her best friend and nemesis all in one. When their mom became mentally ill seven years ago, Emily swore that Aubrey wouldn’t miss having a mother in her life. But Emily […]

NoQS YA Mystery: THROWAWAY GIRL

Title: Throwaway Girl Genre: YA Contemporary Mystery Word Count: 75,000 My Main Character’s Most Stressful Relationship is:  Anna may be a star in the pool, but at home she’s worthless in her mother’s eyes, unless she’s washing her clothes or preparing her meals. Anna hates her role in the Patterson Hotel, her cynical name for the […]

NoQS YA Fantasy: VANISHING POINT

Title: VANISHING POINT Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy Word Count: 75,000 My Main Character’s Most Stressful Relationship is: All Ros ever wanted is affection from her father. It brought on an aching need, a need so great she can’t fill it on her own. She can’t remember her mother; she’s hasn’t been around since birth. […]

NoQS YA SF: THE WHITE LADDER

Title: THE WHITE LADDER Genre: YA-Sci-Fi with romantic elements Word Count: 102k My Main Character’s Most Stressful Relationship is: My main character’s most stressful relationships are with her two love interests. With Gabriel, her first boyfriend, insecurities about his real motives for dating her geeky self flourish when he keeps disappearing with vague explanations. Hacking […]

NoQS YA Gothic: THE CRY OF A THOUSAND RAVENS

Title: THE CRY OF A THOUSAND RAVENS Genre: YA Gothic Word Count: 75,000 My Main Character’s Most Stressful Relationship is: Rosalie’s most stressful relationship is with her mother, who is jealous of her daughter’s youth and beauty. Her mother lies about the whereabouts of Rosalie’s father while running around with younger men. She perpetuates the […]

NoQS MG Fantasy: THE CANDY CANE CONSPIRACY

Title: THE CANDY CANE CONSPIRACY Genre: MG Contemporary Fantasy Word Count: 84,000 My Main Character’s Most Stressful Relationship is: My MC’s most stressful relationship is with Santa. He’s her greatest enemy, but she can’t help but feel sorry for him and wonder if they’re more alike than she thinks. Like him, she’s willing to sacrifice […]

NoQS MG Contemporary: THANKS(MIS)GIVING DAY

Title: THANKS(MIS)GIVING DAY Genre: MG Contemporary Word Count: 37,000 My MC’s Most Stressful Relationship is with his conniving and manipulative sister, Jocelyn. It’s bad enough they share the same birthday, but blowing out candles together was just the first spark in their disastrous relationship. After they began school, a perky administrator decided to combine grades […]

NoQS MG Contemporary: CODE STARS

Title: CODE STARS Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary Word Count: 47,000 My Main Character’s Most Stressful Relationship is: My MC’s most stressful relationship is definitely with Julia Pearl, her best friend. At least, Evie thinks Julia is still her best friend. It’s hard to know these days. Evie wishes their friendship was like before, when she […]

Choosing Contest Entries: A Host’s Perspective

As those chosen for Nightmare on Query Street are working hard on their revisions, I wanted to give some insight to the types of things I’m thinking when I read through contest entries. Keep in mind that I am NOT an agent. An agent’s ability to ask to read something is limited only by their […]

Meet Laura’s Legions!

It was a tough decision. There may have been some tears, some begging, some desperate pleas for second reads from the amazing Kara Reynolds. But at the end of the day, we whittled the original 200+ entries down to one amazing team that I can’t wait to share with you. If you were chosen, you […]