A #PitchWars Guide to Interacting with Mentors, Part 2

Pitchwars is one of the most exciting contests of the year, both for mentors and prospective mentees. It’s a huge contest, and everyone wants to be a part of it. In this three part blog series, I’m going to take a look at ways that you can benefit from the contest through your interactions with […]

Meet Query Kombat Grand Champion Erin King

Query Kombat Grand ChampionErin King Erin King hails from the deserts of Las Vegas, where she was a serious high school choir nerd (no, really, we won a Grammy), turned songwriter, turned novelist. These days, she lives in Manhattan with her designer husband, where they pretend “creatives” can afford the city. She writes Young Adult […]

Meet Query Kombat Adult Champion Maxym Martineau

Query Kombat Adult Champion Maxym Martineau Maxym Martineau is a staff writer and copy editor by day and a fantasy romance writer by night. She has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Arizona State University and a borderline unhealthy addiction to Dr. Pepper and coffee. When she’s not reading or writing, she can be […]

Meet Query Kombat YA Champion Tracy C. Gold

Query Kombat Young Adult Champion Tracy C. Gold Every day I strive to help people learn, spark conversations, think about “what’s next,” and play with cute animals. I spend most of my time teaching, editing, and writing. I cofounded Sounding Sea Writers’ Workshop, which holds writing classes and provides writing tutoring. I teach composition at […]

Meet Query Kombat MG Champions Jess and Britney Gulbrandsen

Query Kombat Mid Grade Champions Jess and Britney Gulbrandsen Jess and Britney Gulbrandsen are a husband and wife writing team who spend their romantic date nights discussing plot points and hunting for Big Foot. When they aren’t writing, Jess and Britney like to read aloud first lines of novels and create dialogue for their children […]

Summer Escape Giveaway, Week 2

Congratulations to the first round of Summer Escape Winners! July 2-8 Summer Escape Winners! $15 gift card to the ebook retailer of the winner’s choice – Charlotta C Rowe Blood And Shadow by Dayne Edmonson (print) – Barb Allen VanderWel Emergence by Dayne Edmondson (print) – Karen McKnight T. F. Walsh ebook of the winner’s […]

Query Kombat Wrap-up, Part 1

It’s unofficially over! The Query Kombat Awards Ceremony usually marks the close of our brutal, month-long tournament. Praising the top performing entries in each age category as well as the Grand Champion is a something we can’t do without! That being said, the ceremony will be delayed for about a week or so due to […]

Real Life Reality Stars: Steph Mignon

As some of you may have guessed, I like reality TV a lot. 🙂 To celebrate the upcoming release of Sweet Reality, I’m going to be posting interviews from current and former reality TV stars over the next few weeks. To start, I’ve got someone who is part of both my writing world and reality […]

Query Kombat Success: MY SOUL TO GIVE by Magali Fréchette

What better time to share a Query Kombat success story than before the final round? Publishing is a long game. You tend to hear about the overnight successes, which is one reason it’s so important to celebrate the stories that take a bit longer to find their homes. Today, we’re hearing from Magali A. Fréchette about […]

Query Kombat Round 5 starts now!

Here we go! Round 5! Entries are on Michelle’s Blog! This round lasts until June 28th at 8 pm.On Wednesday, the host will call out for extra judges to come and break ties, or in case of extra close votes to try and get a more decisive margin.  The entry with the most votes for […]

Query Kombat Round 4! Round 4! This round lasts until June 25 at 8 pm EDT.On the last day the hosts may call out for extra judges to come and break ties, or in case of extra close votes to try and get a more decisive margin. In the event a tie remains, the blog host will […]


Title: Plus-Size Entry Nickname: Be Grateful For Cookies Word Count: 45,000 Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary Query: Thirteen-year-old Lizzie will do almost anything for a cookie. Sadly, her mother banned them from her life months ago, replacing sweets with tasteless foods and a gym membership. Her mom claims it’s for her own good, even though her […]