The contest is closed! Thanks everyone for participating and good luck. Please check back for the results soon!
Official Entry Post! All entries must be posted in the comments below by 8:00am EST January 17.
It’s finally here! Pitch your Young Adult or Middle Grade manuscript to agent, Ammi-Joan Paquette with the Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Please enter ONLY your entry to this post. If you have any questions, you can comment here.
About the agent…
From her agency site …
Joan joined EMLA in spring 2009 as an associate agent and was promoted to agent in fall 2011 after working in the editorial area of educational software development. In the last few years she has placed dozens of manuscripts with editors and is especially passionate about connecting with and launching the careers of debut authors. As the “East Coast branch” of EMLA, Joan works from her home office in Massachusetts, with long-distance support from the main Flagstaff office. She represents all forms of children’s and young adult literature, but is most excited by a strong lyrical voice, tight plotting with surprising twists and turns, and stories told with heart and resonance that will stand the test of time.
You can read all about Joan here or here or here.
And don’t forget about her most fabulous book . . .
The winners of the drawing for a copy of Nowhere Girl by A.J. Paquette by Random.org are …
Angela Brown and Amy Jane Helmericks
(Please email me your addresses at email@example.com to claim your prize.)
If you want to pick up your own copy of Nowhere Girl buy it here…
Barnes & Noble
Here’s how it’s 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. If you want, you may skip the blogfest/critique portion of this contest and just enter the contest. To participate, sign up on the linky below.
Here’s how your entry should look…
Title: Saint Michael’s DaughtersGenre: YA ParanormalWord Count: 70,000
Pitch: Jude’s been trained to save good souls, so when the hot bad-boy from her Catholic school is claimed by the devil, she’ll break the rules and go to hell and back to save him.
I hate the confessional. The booth is too tight and just plain creepy. You think you can hide your sins in such a dark place but that’s a ruse. I feel completely exposed. Vulnerable. I smooth my red and gray plaid dress-code skirt over my knees. The door shuts on the other side of the partition wall. The priest settles on the bench and slides the window open. I hold my breath, praying it isn’t Father Romano.
“You know it be a bit early for a confession, Jude.”
I exhale at hearing Father Kelly’s Irish accent muffle against the lattice screen.
“Yeah, but I sinned …you know.”
“You were here not quite a week ago. Surely, your sins can wait a full week.”
I sigh. “Well, today’s a big day. I don’t want to go to the ceremony with sins over my head.”
“Alright, then, we best hurry. The proceedings are due to start. Please kneel.”
I yank up my socks, shift to my knees on the prayer kneeler, and make the sign of the cross.
Well, I rushed my logline because I had fourteen girls from my niece’s basketball team sleep over last night and had to get this post done during all the craziness. Anyway, you get the idea. Good luck to everyone!
There’s still time to join in the fun. Sign up now! All entries must be posted in the comments by 8:00am EST on January 17.
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