This Book’s My Pitch!: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

As you may be aware, I help host the PitchSlam contest run every year by the amazing L.L. McKinney. Writers submit a 35 word pitch for feedback, then their first page for feedback, then both together for consideration for the agent round. The hosts, with a slew of talented readers, work to pick the most […]

THE HOGWARTS HOUSE CUP – INTRODUCING TEAM RAVENCLAW!!

The professors will soon be busy making their selections from the Hogwarts House entries!  Remember that contests are subjective. What one person might scream and yell accio for may do nothing for someone else. There were tons of excellent entries. Even with five people making selections, that’s nothing compared to the number of literary agents out there. No matter […]

1. Pitchslam: GRIFFIN/ÁNGEL

Title:  GRIFFIN/ÁNGEL Genre: Adult Upmarket Contemporary Word Count: 99,000 Hogwarts House: At the start of the book, Ángel’s definitely Slytherin. He can be a bully, he’s lying to everyone he knows, doing all sorts of bad things, and not getting in trouble for any of it.  But the arc of the book is about him changing […]

2. Pitchslam: HAPPILY EVER AFTER

Title: HAPPILY EVER AFTER Genre: Adult Fantasy Word Count: 97,000.  Hogwarts House: Lavie would be sorted into Gryffindor because she’s strong, brave, and always loyal to her friend  Pitch:  The Usurper’s surrender should mean peace, but asexual swordswoman Lavie battles PTSD and can’t adjust to noble life. When assassins attack, she must discover who wants to undermine the new […]

3. PitchSlam: UNTIL THE END

Title: UNTIL THE END Genre: Adult women’s fiction (with light sci-fi element) Word Count: 93,000 Hogwarts House: Lilia is a kind, loyal Hufflepuff who loves her family and hates confrontation – but if she’s going to survive, she needs to channel her inner Slytherin. 35-word pitch:  Lilia’s family is on the shuttle to Mars, but she’s […]

4. PitchSlam: NOT FIGHTING FAIRE

Title: NOT FIGHTING FAIRE Genre: Adult Romance Word Count: 83,000 Hogwarts House: Callie would be sorted into Gryffindor House because she’s brash, outspoken, and fearless. 35 Word Pitch: When her dad sells his failing renaissance faire, the future looks bleak for Callie’s beloved summer retreat. Now she must help the sexy, silver-tongued new owner restore it […]

5. PitchSlam: OLIVES AND OTHER TESTS

Title: Olives and Other Tests Genre: YA Magical Realism Word Count: 59,000 Hogwarts House: Hufflepuff. Stacey’s an incredibly hard worker–working two jobs to help pay for her mom’s specialty medical treatments–and she’d do anything for the people she cares about, including taking a potion that promises to swap her good health for her mother’s mysterious illness. […]

6. PitchSlam: FOREST LAKE

Title: Forest Lake Genre: YA Fantasy Word Count: 69,000 Hogwarts House: Slytherin, because she aims for better than she has and is willing to be sneaky to get there! Pitch In a land ruled by a sacred lake, where everyone dies at forty, fifteen-year-old Alysis must pick a life-partner among twelve boys she despises, or […]

7. PitchSlam: AS SEEN ON EVIE

Title: As Seen on Evie Genre: YA Contemporary Word Count: 81,000 Hogwarts House: Brave and chivalrous? He wishes. Put Justin with the ambitious and cunning Slytherins, except winning the girl (sorry, Snape!). Pitch: Kicked off the reality show chronicling Evie’s life for threatening to clue her in, teen actor Justin vows to win her love and […]

8. PitchSlam: JEREMIAH STROUT AND THE CURSE OF THE GOLDEN HARP

Title: JEREMIAH STROUT AND THE CURSE OF THE GOLDEN HARP Genre: MG Fantasy/Adventure Word Count: 39,000 words Hogwarts House: Jeremiah would be sorted into Slytherin for his ambition and resourcefulness. Though his goofy personality might be deceiving, Jeremiah would stop at nothing to save and protect those he loves. 35 Word Pitch:  Twelve-year-old Jeremiah discovers striking the strings of […]

9. PitchSlam: THE OSTRICH AND THE ROSE

Title: THE OSTRICH AND THE ROSE Genre: Middle-Grade fantasy Word count: 79,000 Hogwarts House: Gryffindor! Maris is a girl of action. While others dither and delay, she seizes the ostrich and rides out to save her father. Fantasy quest with an magic ostrich. What could go wrong? Pitch: When a cranky sorcerer turns Maris’ father […]

Pitches from the Pensieve

Hey Pitchslam peeps, We thought you’d like a laugh so the Heads of House, head boys and girls, and prefects are putting up our entries for your viewing pleasure.  Last spring, I posted the first page and pitch that helped me land my agent, along with a first draft of what I was currently working […]