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Title: INTERGALACTIC THISTLE Genre: YA Space Opera    Word Count: 69,000 Special Question: If your main character could be any Star Wars character, who would they choose and why? Heir to a massive intergalactic Viking empire, Ingrid “Thistle” Angsar III would choose to be Padmé Amidala in hopes of gleaning some of Amidala’s incomparable leadership skills […]

PITCHSLAM 10. Young Adult Contemporary: FORGOTTEN

Title: Forgotten Genre: YA Contemporary Word Count: 80,000 Special Question: Darth Vader. Austen is bossy, always in control, and will stop at nothing to win. But there’s also a soft side in there somewhere, miles beneath that hard shell. And she’s hiding some significant family secrets (maybe nothing as shocking as hidden Jedi twins, but secrets nonetheless). […]

The Revenge of The Writers

Is the force strong with us? We’ve spent the past week critiquing you, so now that you’ve read our comments, it’s time to respond. I unfortunately don’t have anything to post (the downside of working on a sequel), so I’m sharing Kara’s pitch and first 250. In the comments, choose an ANONYMOUS name and let […]

We Need to Do Better: Receiving Sensitivity Feedback

This entire blog can be summed up by a quote from one of my favorite books, Confessions of a Shopaholic:  “If you bother to ask someone’s advice, then bother to listen to it.” One of the manuscripts I recently completed is about the relationship between a trans woman and a demisexual woman. I did a […]

A New Nightmare

One…Two…We are coming for you. Three…Four…There will be a slush war. Five…Six…Get your query fixed. Seven…Eight…Make your first page great. Nine…Ten…Yes, we’re at it again. Nightmare on Query Street The agents are ready…. are you? Face your Fear October 14, 2016

How to Write a Romance

One thing I noticed reading my PitchWars subs this year (and talking to other mentors) was how many entries were submitted under the wrong genre. Personally, I was accepting both women’s fiction and romance, so it’s not the end of the world when an entry said the wrong one. However, I talked to some mentors […]

PitchWars Feedback Giveaway!

This year, I narrowed my wish list for PitchWars pretty significantly to help target submissions more toward my interests. I expected this would lower the total number of entries that I received – and it did, but not by much. At the end of the day, I wound up with more than 70 entries that […]

FAITHFUL Cover Reveal and Giveaway!!

Today Michelle Hauck and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for FAITHFUL, book two in the Birth of Saints series which releases November 15, 2016! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win a SIGNED copy of book 1 GRUDGING! On to the reveal!  Title: FAITHFUL (Birth of Saints #2) Author: Michelle Hauck Pub. Date: November 15, […]

FROSH: SECOND CHANCE blog tour and review!

Today I’m excited to be reviewing FROSH: SECOND CHANCES by Mónica Bustamonte Wagner. I received a free copy of both books in the series in exchange for this honest review. But before we get to that Mónica wanted to share her playlist for this book. Hi! Thanks for inviting me to this blog today. : […]

America’s Next Reality Star COVER REVEAL!

Today, I’m excited to share the cover for AMERICA’S NEXT REALITY STAR by Laura Heffernan, which being published March 7, 2017 by Kensington’s Lyrical Shine Press. SEEKING THE SMART ONE Twenty-four-year-old Jen Reid had her life in good shape: an okay job, a tiny-cute Seattle apartment, and a great boyfriend almost ready to get serious. […]

GUEST POST: An Agent’s Perspective on Pitch Wars and Other Contests

I’m so excited to have this guest blog from Jennifer Johnson-Blalock today. You all know I’m a total contest junkie, and I talk them up all the time. An agent has a very different perspective from me, both when I was a writer and now that I’m a host/mentor. Read on for some valuable insights. […]