It’s a brand spanking new year and I’m excited for our newest contest. Can you hit a perfect pitch for your Young Adult or Middle Grade manuscripts to agent Ammi-Joan Paquette of the Erin Murphy Literary Agency? This is a great opportunity to get your work in front of her since she’s closed to submissions. Also, you’d be lucky to have her as your agent. She’s always been so kind during our communications. You can read all about Joan here or here or here.
Not only is Ammi-Joan Paquette an awesome agent, but she’s also a terrific writer. I just finished reading her novel, NOWHERE GIRL, with Annika. Usually, I have to coax eight-year-old Anni to read at night, but not for this story. She’d count down the minutes until bedtime so that we could find out what happens to Luchi. Anni would fall asleep, and I’d continue reading because I didn’t want to stop. I didn’t even mind re-reading what I read without Anni the next time we read. I learned a lot about creating characters and evoking emotions from reading this book. If you don’t win a copy, you should definitely buy it. If not for yourselves, for a young person in your life. It’s a fantabulous read!
I’m giving away copies of NOWHERE GIRL to a few lucky folks who comment on this post. Just answer this question in the comments below: What is your prison (figuratively and, for some, literally) and have you broken free from it (which, if it’s literal, please comment anonymously)? I’ll announce the winners on January 15 on the contest’s entry post.
Here’s a bit about her novel…
A lyrical and enchanting tale of a girl born in a prison, in search of a true home.
Luchi Ann only knows a few things about herself: she was born in a prison in Thailand. Her American mother was an inmate there. And now that her mother has died, Luchi must leave the only place she’s ever known and set out into the world. Neither at home as a Thai, because of her fair skin and blond hair, nor as a foreigner, because of her knowledge of Thai life and traditions, Luchi feels as though she belongs nowhere. But as she embarks on an amazing adventure-a journey spanning continents and customs, harrowing danger and exhilarating experiences-she will find the family, and the home, she’s always dreamed of. Weaving intricate elements of traditional Thailand into a modern-day fairy tale unique unto itself, Nowhere Girl is a beautifully rendered story of courage, resilience, and finding the one place where you truly belong.
Buy it here:
Barnes & Noble
Here’s how the contest is going down …
On January 15th
post a two sentence pitch (no more than 35 words) along with the first 150 words (if it falls in the middle of a sentence, go to the end of that sentence) of your finished Young Adult
or Middle Grade
manuscript to your blogs. From January 15th-16th
hop around each others’ blogs and critique or praise them. Revise your entries, if you want, and post them by 8:00am (EST) January 17th
to the official entry post. DO NOT POST THEM TO THIS POST
. If you want, you may skip the blogfest/critique portion of this contest and just enter the contest. I will have the official post up, along with details on how to format your entries, on January 15th
so that you can start posting when you’re ready. To participate, sign up on the linky below.
You want to know the prizes? The prize (or prizes) is a request to read more from agent, Ammi-Joan Paquette. I’m crossing my fingers for all of you. Have I told you how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE this agent? Okay, well, I can’t say it enough! I totally <3 her!
What are you waiting for? Sign up now!
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