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 […]


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 […]

GRUDGING Cover Reveal!!! – and Giveway!

Michelle Hauck is one of my favorite people. No, really. When I was querying, she picked me as an alternate for Sun vs. Snow and hosted a critiquing workshop, which really helped me improve my first page and query. Then she picked me in QueryKombat later that year, and the feedback I got directly lead […]

PITCHSLAM – Introducing Team Ravenclaw!

“Wit Beyond Measure is Man’s Greatest Treasure” The theme for this fall’s PitchSlam competition is the Hogwarts House Cup, and I couldn’t possibly be more excited to be Head of Ravenclaw. (Seriously. I may have cried.) Never fear: we’re not looking for the smartest authors out there. I really don’t have a way of judging […]

Eggfree, Single-Serving Cookie Dough

I know what you’re thinking – what does this post have to do with writing? And I have exactly two things to say to that: You don’t know me AT ALL. It’s my blog, and I want to write about cookie dough today. 😛 Now that we’ve cleared that up, I want to share something […]

Finding the Right CP

One of the most important things for writers is to find the right critique partner to swap work with and get feedback. I’m extremely lucky that I have some amazing CPs who are talented writers with great editorial eyes. Sometimes, when I’m talking to my CPs, I feel like I won the lottery. But it’s […]


I’m so excited to be able to help participate in the cover reveal for Tegan Wren’s INCONCEIVABLE! I first read the query and first page for this story last October when I was working on PitchSlam, and it was one of my favorite entries. I was absolutely ecstatic to learn Tegan had been offered a […]

Some (Non-Writing) Reasons I passed on PitchWars entries

I know that, as writers, we tend to assume the worst. We’re an emotional, sometimes needy bunch. So when you get a form rejection from anyone, the immediate response is “I’m a terrible writer.” You need to stop doing that. Many of the mentors, including myself, said that a pass does not necessarily have to […]

PitchWars Common Mistakes to Avoid

I was floored to receive so many #Pitchwars entries from writers asking for my help. And while I unfortunately just don’t have the ability to send personalized feedback to everybody, I did see a lot of common issues in many of the entries. Now, first, let me stress: Deciding to pick someone else is not […]

A Peek Into My PitchWars Inbox

We’re all still reading, requesting, and making decisions, but here are some statistics while you wait. I received approximately 100 submissions. Note that I am allowed to choose ONE as my mentee. Just one. This means you have a 1% chance of ultimately being chosen. Anyway, here’s what’s in my inbox: Approximately half of my […]

TRAITOR KNIGHT Cover Reveal!! – and a giveaway!

Today, I’m ecstatic to help a friend out with the cover reveal for TRAITOR KNIGHT, by Keith Willis, coming soon from Champagne books! I was lucky enough to hear the first chapters at a reading earlier this year, and I was hooked from the first page. I can’t wait until I can read the rest: […]