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Pitch Wars! … ninja mentors

Saturday, 1 December 2012  |  Posted by Brenda Drake

Before I start, if you are in the NY area, you so have to go to this at Harper Colins Publishers on December 4! YPG December BBL: Not Your Grandmother’s Publishing Experience: An Author’s Path from Self-Pub to Traditional Pub. Louise Fury, agent extraordinaire, will be on the panel with editors from Harper Colins *pulls up browser to check flight rates*. I want to be THERE! 


  • Louise Fury, Agent at L. Perkins Agency
  • Julia Scribner, Online Marketing Manager at Atria Books/Simon & Schuster
  • Amy Tannenbaum, Editor at Atria Books/Simon & Schuster
  • Tessa Woodward, Associate Editor at Avon and William Morrow/HarperCollins
  • Sign up and check out the deets here!

    It’s not a war without ninjas, right? Well, we’ve just added some into the fray. We’re adding six ninja coaches! They’re going to sneak around the contest folders to find a writer to mentor. How great it that? Six more writers will have an opportunity to work with these aMAZing authors/industry interns/editors.
    I know you’re just going to skip here anyway, so here are your ninja mentors…


     Elizabeth Penney
    Elizabeth is repped by Kae Tienstra for her historical mystery series set in the 1890s. In addition, she’s got a historical YA and contemporary thriller YA under consideration. Her credits include a short story in a NH Pulp Fiction anthology, the Boston Globe, and a local history published by Arcadia. You can read more about Elizabeth on her blog Penmad.
    Suzanne Palmieri
    Suzanne Palmieri (AKA Suzanne Hayes) is the author of The Witch of Little Italy (Saint Martin’s Press/Griffin March 26, 2013) and co-author (as Suzanne Hayes) of I’ll Be Seeing You (Mira Books, June 2013). Her Literary Agent is Anne Bohner of Pen and Ink Literary, and what an agent she is! She sold four of  Suzanne’s books to two big six publishing houses all on one magical day. The Witch of Little Italy has sold internationally to Italy and Brazil and has sold audio rights as well. I’ll Be Seeing You has sold to Italy and France (and the UK). Her favorite authors are Stephen King, Alice Hoffman, Anne Rice, and well… all of them, really. She’s an AVID reader and a champion to all upcoming writers, because, well, she’s been there. Check out Suzanne’s blog here for more details.

     Susan Spann

    Susan’s interest in Japanese history, martial arts, and mystery inspired her to write the Shinobi Mystery series (Thomas Dunne Books, 2013) featuring Hiro Hattori, a sixteenth-century ninja who brings murderers to justice with the help of Father Mateo, a Portuguese Jesuit priest. You can find out more about Susan on her blog here.
    Brent Taylor
     Brent Taylor
    (Middle Grade)

    Brent’s an editor (when I need a smart young perspective he’s the one) for Teen Eyes Editorial, and has been a children’s and YA specialist intern at a New York-based literary agency since April 2011. His essays have appeared in School Library Journal and VOYA. He is a contributing writer at the Lambda Literary Foundation, and presented the 2012 Children’s and Young Adult Award at the Lammy’s in New York. Check out his blog here.
     Danielle Ellison
    (YA – NA)
    Danielle loves hearing new stories about people and places. This is probably why Danielle has nomadic tendencies and has had more addresses than years she’s been alive. With so many stories to hear and places to go, Danielle really wishes she had a TARDIS—and a knight, because everyone needs a knight.Her first novel comes out in 2014, and sadly there are no knights or time travelling machines. But there is a race against time and two hot boys, so it’s okay with her. Danielle is also a Senior Editor at Spencer Hill Press and Spencer Hill Contemporary. Read more on her blog here.
     Sarah Nicolas 
    Sarah Nicolas
    Sarah’s “Thursday” on the YA Rebels, a contributor at YAtopia, and an assistant publicist at Entangled Publishing. Sarah believes that some boys are worth trusting, all girls have power, and dragons are people too. I’ve read her stuff, and she rocks! You can read more about Sarah on her blog here.
    So isn‘t this awesome, more chances for you to make it into this epic contest!
    Dont forget to go to this post here to read my bio and see if we’re a fit! 
    And don’t forget to hop around and check out the other coaches below.

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