Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Pitchmas You can't HANDLE the truth!

First of all, I want this as clear as clear can be.

*This is completely VOLUNTARY. If you choose to submit to this, expect the truth. Maybe your pitch was one that got to yes but Jessa and I just couldn't agree on it being top 55. But maybe your pitch read more like a synopsis. Maybe your genre is a super tough sell. Maybe your pitch was just confusing.

BE PREPARED FOR BAD NEWS, but look at it as an opportunity for improvement.

*Jessa is NOT doing this. If your Unique Snowflake Feelings get hurt, take a deep breath and calm down. But don't direct any snark at Jessa, since this is my idea.

*This is completely CONFIDENTIAL. I won't be posting the results online. I won't be telling anyone about your pitch online. If you choose to talk about why your pitch wasn't chosen, that's up to you.

*This is NOT a pitch workshop. While I want to help you, 609 of you entered. 55 got to YES. If even HALF of you wanted to participate in this, that's a nightmare with the current writing deadlines and Christmas shenanigans in my life ATM. This is only going to be about the reason your pitch wasn't chosen. MAYBE you can take the reason and improve based on that, but I'm not looking to start open dialogues back and forth about how to fix your pitch.

*This is FREE. No one will be charged for this. I do, however, offer query critiques for $25 a pop. I got to yes on Query Shark once upon a time, and have a pretty good eye for these. You are under NO obligation to go for this, but for those interested in my editorial services, they can be found here though sometimes I give away query crits on my twitter and facebook pages for free, so if that's your jam, follow along and keep an eye out for those.

*These are my opinions. Opinions are subjective. If you can't take criticism, you, my darling, are in the wrong industry. I'm doing this as a favour to you because I GENUINELY want to help you, NOT because I'm an asshole who wants to hurt your feelings. Separate your feelings from your work.

*If there's any direct or indirect butthurt behavior in private or online, know that I understand how it feels. Disagreement with my opinions are fine, BUT any outright abuse WILL be posted online. :) Don't be an author behaving badly or I will showcase that behavior for everyone to see, if you haven't already done that for yourself. (I honestly can't foresee this happening, but I wanted you to be aware that I don't tolerate bullshit from people. I'm too old and curmudgeonly. GET OFF MY LAWN!)

Now. *rubs hands together* For the ACTUAL reason we're here.

IF this is something that still appeals to you after reading the above (and IF you enter you are agreeing to all of the above) then here's what you do:

READ CAREFULLY!

Submission window: Friday December 19th 6PM EST- Saturday December 20th 3PM EST


email pitchmas@gmail.com

SUBJECT LINE: Feaky, I can handle the truth!

Include:

1. Your title
2. Your genre
3. Your word count
4. Your category and genre
5. The pitch you submitted to pitchmas.

I will go through and email you back the reason why I didn't choose your pitch for the blog. Maybe I did but Jessa said no! Maybe Jessa said yes but I didn't like it. In either of those cases, the answer will just be that Jessa and I couldn't agree on the pitch, I won't say WHO was yes and WHO was no because that's not fair to Jessa or I and we're a team.

45/55 blog pitches got requests, some as many as 6. But 10 got NO love despite us loving them. That shows how subjective it is. But behind the scenes, Jessa and I were battling it out amongst ourselves. There were a couple pitches we didn't love but we knew were good and would get requests, and lo and behold THEY DID.

Can you handle the truth? If so, email me.

Again: Submission window: Friday December 19th 6PM EST- Saturday December 20th 3PM EST



Friday, December 12, 2014

Happy #PitchMAS Twitter Pitching, everyone!


IT'S TIME FOR OUR TWITTER PITCH PARTY!!!

*Throws confetti and glitter*



WOOHOOO! It's time! It's time! 


--->We go live at 12:00 AM pacific time on 12/12/14, and the pitching will continue all day long. The agents/editors will respond to the pitches they want to request. IF an agent or editor does not respond, but favorites your pitch instead, please view their feed to see if they've mentioned what they want from starred pitches, OR ASK ONE OF US FOR HELP.

-->NEVER NEVER NEVER pitch directly to an agent or editor UNLESS THEY HAVE ASKED. 
Please follow this simple rule . . . at all times, not just during pitch events.

--->If you did not get through to the Top 50 blog pitches, and even if you did, please join us for the Twitter Pitch Party!
ANYONE can participate!

--->BUT, your manuscript MUST BE COMPLETED AND POLISHED.

Did you read that last one? Go back and read it again. 
We'll wait. 
*whistles*

Completed and polished. Please, please, please do not pitch a bare-bones idea/concept or a half-written manuscript. No one will sign that, and they'll just be disappointed when they request pages that don't exist. This makes us all sad.

--->Twitter pitches MUST BE 140 Characters or Less, and they HAVE TO INCLUDE THE #PitchMAS HASHTAG. Don't make the agents and editors work to read what you're pitching because you've broken your pitch into more than one tweet. Don't make them follow a link. Just, NO. 

That will annoy them, irritate your fellow pitchers, and ensure that your pitch gets lost among the others.

--->Please keep your Twitter pitching to no more than TWO PITCHES PER HOUR, per manuscript. Do not fill up the feed with your pitch over and over again. This, too, will annoy the agents and editors involved, as well as ruining it for everyone else--which I know you don't really want to do, do you? (Plus, people WILL remember you for it.)

Twitter pitch parties are a LOT of fun--trust us, we've both done many as both hosts and pitchers--but please don't get carried away. TWO PITCHES PER HOUR is plenty, and doesn't bog down the feed.

Please respect us, the agents and editors participating, and your fellow writers by respecting these rules.

You are welcome to pitch more than one manuscript, but please only pitch EACH manuscript no more than TWICE per hour.

Follow along with the hashtag: #PitchMAS

Make sure you follow us on Twitter. (We often post the same #PitchMAS related info, but you never know when only one of us will tweet something important, AND we tend to tweet from our personal accounts way more frequently than our poor, neglected PitchMAS account.)

#PitchMAS

Tamara

Jessa

For the list of awesome participating agents and editors, please go HERE.

PLEASE ask any and all questions in the comments below or by tweeting to us directly (@feakysnucker or @jessarusso)! One of us will respond as soon as we can.

XO,
Jessa & Tamara

Thursday, December 11, 2014

How about some Twitter pitch *peer* critique!?

All of this information will be posted again tomorrow morning, but we're answering a lot of questions on Twitter, so we figured we'd post some info here. 

Also, some of you might want to have pitch feedback from your peers--and the workshop post is FULL of comments--so go ahead and post them here for some PEER feedback! 


Twitter Party Details (READ THESE PLEASE):

  • I've decided to set a time because the "all day" was causing A LOT of questions. We go live at 5:00 AM pacific time on 12/12/14, and the pitching will continue all day long. The agents/editors will respond to the pitches they want to request. IF an agent or editor does not respond, but favorites your pitch instead, please view their feed to see if they've mentioned what they want from starred pitches, OR ASK ONE OF US FOR HELP.


  • NEVER NEVER NEVER pitch directly to an agent or editor UNLESS THEY HAVE ASKED. 

Please follow this simple rule . . . at all times, not just during pitch events.

  • If you did not get through to the Top 55, and even if you did, please join us for the Twitter Pitch Party! ANYONE can participate!
  • BUT, your manuscript MUST BE COMPLETED AND POLISHED.

Did you read that? Go back and read it again. I'll wait. *whistles*

Completed and polished. Please, please, please do not pitch a bare-bones idea/concept or a half-written manuscript. No one will sign that, and they'll just be disappointed when they request pages that don't exist. This makes us sad.

  • Twitter pitches MUST BE 140 Characters or Less, and they HAVE TO INCLUDE THE HASHTAG. Don't make the agents and editors work to read what you're pitching because you've broken your pitch into more than one tweet. Don't make them follow a link. Just, NO. (That will just annoy them, irritate your fellow pitchers, and ensure that your pitch gets lost among the others.)
*On this note, we highly suggest avoiding anything that may appear gimmicky
(like artwork and images). 
  • Please keep your Twitter pitching to no more than TWO PITCHES PER HOUR, per manuscript. Do not fill up the feed with your pitch over and over again. This, too, will annoy the agents and editors involved, as well as ruining it for everyone else--which I know you don't really want to do, do you? (Plus, people WILL remember you for it.)

Twitter pitch parties are a LOT of fun--trust us, we've both done many as hosts and pitchers--but please don't get carried away. TWO PITCHES PER HOUR is plenty, and doesn't bog down the feed.

Please respect us, the agents and editors participating, and your fellow writers by following these rules.

You are welcome to pitch more than one manuscript, but please only pitch EACH manuscript no more than TWICE per hour.

Follow along with the hashtag: #PitchMAS

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 55

Title: WHERE THE MAPLES GROW
Category/Genre: YA/ Contemporary Retelling
Word Count: 51,000

Pitch: Romeo and Juliet meets Friday Night Lights. In the south, where football rivalry reigns, Jill and Rashon must bring families and towns together, or let their unintentional romance collapse—something they’re not willing to do.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 54

Title: THE GLASS SISTERS

Category/Genre: YA/SciFi, Thriller

Word Count: 105,550

Pitch: Rebecca Glass, an emotionally vacant teen who wants nothing more than to escape her controlling mother, absentee father, and unfaithful friends, turns over her life to her charismatic, but deadly reflection in the mirror.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 53

Title: BECOMING HOOK
Genre: YA Fantasy/Pre-telling
Word Count: 61,000
Pitch: When her Uncle Blackbeard is poisoned, Jas searches Neverland for a cure as the pirates and Indians verge on war. But falling for Tiger Lily and making an enemy of Peter will tear Neverland apart.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 52

Title: The Sisters Lin

Category/Genre: Fiction, literature/LGBTQ

Word Count: 51,361

Pitch: Tax season is over for accountant Amy Lin, but the season of weird has arrived. Between a funeral, her recovering addict sister, an amorous funeral director, and a new girlfriend, the strangeness is just beginning.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 51

Title: Star Steps

Category/Genre*: Adult/Science Fiction

Manuscript Word Count: Aprox 65,000

Pitch: From warf rat to ship stocker to avenger. Space pirates seized Tyrin's ship, his friends, and his lover. Now he is on the hunt for the betrayer – and the man he loves.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 50

Title: "Paradise Palms"

Category/Genre: YA Urban Fantasy 

Word Count: 100,000

Pitch: Cooking, monster hunting and girls: All more lethal than young chef Nick imagined. But if he wants to survive his new job at a Vegas hotel, he'd better learn fast.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 49

Title: SECOND CHANCE SERENADE

Category/Genre: YA/Contemporary

Word Count: 82 ,000

Pitch: A Battle of the Bands reality show tour bus isn’t a good place to be unexpectedly trapped with your (ex) first love. Especially when he's still interested. And you’re someone else’s fake girlfriend.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 48

Title: OPERATION SNOW MONKEY

Category/Genre: Adult/Thriller

Word Count: 83,000


Pitch: An emergency doctor watches her Navy SEAL husband die on the execution table for a crime he did not commit. Three years later, she revives a mysterious patient who claims he is her dead husband.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 47

Title:  Junior Year is Hell

Category/Genre:  YA/suspense

Word Count:  53,000

Pitch:  Lauren's got a crush on an older guy, best friend problems, a classmate's bloody body in her car and a principal who may be the reincarnation of a fifteenth-century serial killer.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 46

Title: Reconciliation

Category/Genre: Adult/Women's Fiction

Manuscript Word Count: 79700

Pitch: On the point of burn-out, TV actress Anne seeks R&R in Paris and reconnects with an old flame, now a Catholic priest. Reconciliation seems like a healing if terrifying step in the right direction.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 45

Title: The Feasting Virgin

Category/Genre: Adult/Upmarket Women’s Fiction, LGBT

Manuscript Word Count: 93,000 words

Pitch: When 38-year-old virgin Xeni falls for a free-spirited new mom during sumptuous Greek cooking lessons, she finds herself struggling to reconcile her religious beliefs with her emerging sexuality.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 44

Title: AFTER THE MIRROR

Category/Genre: MG/Adventure

Word Count: 37,000

Pitch: Life is hard enough when you’re the daughter of ‘The Fairest of Them All,’ but for Melody, who’s just been tricked into releasing the Wicked Queen, it’s about to get even harder.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 43

Title: The Glory of Summer Flowers

Category/Genre: Adult  Historical Romance

Manuscript Word Count: 102,000
 

Pitch: NY, 1860. Women’s Rights are non-existent. Abolitionists demand freedom for the enslaved negroes. Civil War threatens and 20yo Scottish Abigail does the unthinkable: she falls in love and runs away - with an escaped slave.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 42

Title:   SAVING MAVERICK

Category/Genre:   Adult/Romance

Manuscript Word Count:   70,000

Pitch:  Bad boy pitcher’s rant goes viral. PR expert guides him to redemption and HOT nights despite her rule—no ballplayers. Together they combat his stalker and their pasts. Will it be enough... or strike three?

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 41

Title: THE CEILING MAN


Category/Genre: Adult/Quiet Horror/Psychological Suspense


Word Count: 83.500


Pitch: As her mother falls under the sway of the mysterious Ceiling Man and her family falls apart, an autistic teen—unable to make her parents understand the danger—must save herself and her family.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 40

Title: A LAVENDER FARE

Category/Genre: YA Contemporary

Word Count: 53,000

Pitch: When Lavender's bestie drops a betrayal bomb on her carefully planned culinary future, zombie races and scavenger hunts with her cute Irish frenemy take the edge off...but can she take the heat?

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 39

Title: LEARNING TO LEVITATE: A MEMOIR OF BULLYING, SUICIDE, AND SURVIVAL

Category/Genre: YA/Creative Nonfiction

Word Count: 67,367

Pitch: Bullied to the brink of suicide, I schemed my way into the mental hospital where my mother stayed seven years before. Instead of finding refuge, I became addicted—the institution was a 24-hour drug supermarket.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 38

Title: The Pegasus Project
 
Category/Genre: Adult Thriller
 
Manuscript Word Count: 85,000
 
Pitch:  The CIA can extract memories and view them like home movies.  And they will do anything to keep it a secret.  Grant Exeter tried to expose that secret.  Now he is on the run.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 37

Title: The Other Place

Category/Genre: YA/Contemporary

Manuscript Word Count: 69,000

Pitch: When Justin's mother takes up with a man who thinks his schizophrenia can be cured with prayer, he has to find a new home or risk involuntary commitment in a Christian mental institution.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 36

Title: THE KALEIDOSCOPASAURUS

Category/Genre: PB

Word Count: 339

Pitch: When an operatic brontosaurus gets bronchitis the day before a performance, he seeks a feathered healer for help. Her potent medicine cures him, but will its side effects force this diva-dinosaur to cancel the show?

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 35

Title: 
​Meditations In Wonderland

Category/Genre: 
​NA Fiction, Re-telling

Word Count: 
​54​
,000

Pitch: In a dark Wonderland Elizabeth must find Alice by following her clues or be trapped there forever. The conflict: Elizabeth has a secret. The obstacle: Alice wants her dead. Think Pretty Little Liars in Wonderland.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 34

Title: SCATTER

Category/Genre: MG/Contemporary

Word Count: 25,000

Pitch: Two costumed pranksters set out to vandalize, but become accidental heroes instead. When a blackmailing nemesis threatens to expose their identities, they must appease him or abandon their alter egos…and the spandex.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 33

Title: THE WATERS OF AISLIN

Category/Genre: Adult/Historical Fantasy 

Word Count: 125,000

Pitch: Waking up in a medieval fortress wasn’t on Peter’s itinerary. Neither was being imprisoned as a spy or falling for the headstrong queen of a small Germanic kingdom. Time travel adventure-romance for OUTLANDER fans.
                        

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 32

Title: DELTA

Category/Genre: YA/Science Fiction

Manuscript Word Count: 99,000

Pitch: The difference between them is one sequence in their DNA that makes him human and her disposable. He’s fighting for fame and fortune, she’s fighting for her life. Let the battles begin.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 31

Title: A BOOK OF POEMS FOR THE MORALLY CHALLENGED CHILD

Category/Genre: PB

Word Count: 4,312

Pitch: A somewhat crooked collection of short stories and catchy rhymes, many with a core moral value, appealing to children and parents alike. Themes range from inspirational to silly to a little bit ... twisted.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 30

Title: HOPE ON A FEATHER

Category/Genre*: YA Contemporary

Manuscript Word Count: 65,000 words

Pitch: When an East Side gang invades his West Side neighborhood, Bobby doesn’t know what’s worth fighting for: the town, his friends, or the girl. Stand By Me meets The Outsiders. Boy POV. Coming of age.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 29

Title: INCONCEIVABLE

Category/Genre: Adult/Contemporary Romance

Word Count: 82,000

Pitch: After overcoming tabloid-fueled jealousy and career conflicts, a prince and American journalist wed, expecting a happy ending. But a heartbreaking ‘sex scandal’ emerges: infertility. Gossip rags call her 'Barren-ess.' Royals demand invasive treatments or divorce.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 28

Title: THE SEMI-UNFORTUNATE LIFE OF EMERSON WINTERS

Category/Genre: YA Contemporary

Word Count: 80,000

Pitch: After an embarrassing video goes viral in her homeschooling group, Emerson teams up with secret crush Finn to teach the douchenozzles responsible a lesson. Will the sweet victory of revenge forge her what-if into reality?

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 27

Title: EXPECTING TO FLY

Category/Genre: NA/Romance

Word Count: 59,000


Pitch: It's 1987 and Diana and Miranda compete for 19yo Thomas. One wants to sell his floppy-disc app, the other wants to share his bed. Writing code is easier than navigating love when Miranda becomes pregnant.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 26

Title: COMPANY BUSINESS


Category/Genre: ADULT/SATIRIC THRILLER


Manuscript Word Count: 112,416


Pitch:  James Morrison, a management consultant just a fart-sniff away from partner, sees a brutal murder on another train during his evening commute. Imagine his surprise when he meets his new client, the killer.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 25

Title: THE KEYSTONE CURE

Category/Genre: MG Adventure Sci-Fi

Manuscript Word Count: 35,000

Pitch:  Ben’s family has mysteriously fallen ill and been quarantined. He must complete a complicated and dangerous scavenger hunt before receiving the antidote. The dark quirkiness of Neil Gaiman meets The Hunger Games for MG.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 24

Title: SNOW GLOBE

Category/Genre*: MG Dark Fantasy

Manuscript Word Count: 40,000

Pitch: 
Sucked into a snow globe, Lily must save her dog to win their freedom, or she becomes the prize: the ice queen's devoted daughter, unhappily ever after. Coraline meets CS Lewis's Snow Queen.
 

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 23

Title: AMONG THE RED STARS


Category/Genre: YA/Historical Adventure


Manuscript Word Count: 83,000


Pitch: Code Name Verity in Soviet Russia. 18-year-old pilot Valya disobeys orders to rescue the boy she loves in this epistolary adventure of the daring airwomen the Nazis called "Night Witches."

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 22

Title: THE AUDITION

Category/Genre: YA/Fantasy

Manuscript Word Count: 78,000

Pitch: Gender-fluid thief Sal must outwit their bloodthirsty competitors in royal assassin auditions to escape poverty, court their noble love, and kill the lords who slaughtered their family—or die trying. Revenge meets Graceling.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 21

Title: WHO IS BERKLEY ADAMS?

Category/Genre: YA Contemporary 

Word Count: 67,000

Pitch: Elitist sixteen-year-olds Ben and Travis make a humiliating game out of anyone who dares approach them. But when Berkley Adams challenges their school dominance, it’s their codependent twinship under fire. Cruel Intentions meets Paper Towns.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 20

Title: FORCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL

Category/Genre: YA - Biopunk

Word Count: 74,000

Pitch: An obsessive scientist created the ultimate weapon, only now that weapon’s escaped and she’s got a plan. But if Force can’t control the programming in her head, she won’t be the only one to die.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 19

Title: THE LONELY ONES

Category/Genre: Upmarket adult/realistic fiction

Word count: 91,000

Pitch: Risk Assessor Patrick learns the hard way that his new client’s world of underground vampirism is more than a game of dress up. Sex, power, money - once sucked in, it's hard to get out alive.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 18

Title:  THE ENDURING SEASON

Category/Genre*:  MG contemporary

Manuscript Word Count:  38,000

Pitch:  A scheme to host a secret sleepover turns into a nightmarish adventure when Madeleine is left behind alone in a suburban town that has been mysteriously evacuated overnight. Contemporary retelling of Island of Blue Dolphins.  

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 17

Title:  I WANT TO BE FREE

Category/Genre:  A/Soft Science Fiction

Word Count:  72,000

Pitch:  When Maggie realizes her alien abduction is a hoax, government agents try to kill her.  Maggie rolls up a joint, grabs her shotgun Betsy, and shows them how cranky an old, Appalachian broad can get.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 16

Title: OPERATION PREP

Category/Genre: YA Adventure

Manuscript Word Count: 80,000 

Pitch: Nuri kissed a girl, who turned into a frenemy. Then kissed a boy, who turned into a CIA operative. Now students are disappearing, she's getting hazed, her diabetes is spiking, and she missed Rosh Hashanah.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 15

Title: I'M NOT A ZOMBIE, BUT I PLAY ONE ON TV

Category/Genre: MG Humorous Contemporary

Word Count: 30,000

Pitch: When Marty's dad loses his job, the squeamish sixth-grader accepts a role in a zombie sitcom to avoid foreclosure. But between a demonic director, rival actor, and eating brains, being undead just may kill him.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 14

Title: TALK TO ME

Category/Genre: NEW ADULT ROMANCE

Manuscript Word Count: 99,700

Pitch: Hollywood heartthrob, Aiden James, discovers his girlfriend is under Witness Protection. When tabloids expose their secret relationship, Aiden must protect her from the ex-husband who wants her dead or risk her disappearing forever. 

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 13

Title: Far Rider

Category/Genre*: Adult/Epic Fantasy

Manuscript Word Count: 145,000

Pitch: A demon wants her dead. A pirate wants her in bed. A war that will destroy both her and her people looms and Kaelyn needs an ally. She gets a senile wizard. She's toast.
 

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 12

Title: THE BITTERBLOODS


Category/Genre*: YA/Fantasy


Manuscript Word Count: 84,000


Pitch: She heals with a touch and he kills with a word. Together they're on the run, hunted by a queen who can't die. X-Men meets Snow White in the 19th Century.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 11

Title: PEACE, LOVE, AND ROCK & ROLL

Category/Genre: Adult/Contemporary Romance

Manuscript Word Count: 65,000

Pitch: Miranda visited the USSR and kissed a dark-haired Soviet boy.  Now he’s a shirtless, tattooed rock star in Rolling Stone, and she wishes she hadn’t stopped at kissing.  Who knew first love was The One? 

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 10

Title: IGNITION

Category/Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy

Manuscript Word Count: 76,000

Pitch: Meet Lacey: Half demon. All scientist. No bullshit tolerated. Her pre-college summer plans get fragged by a spellcasting asshole, but she'll rescue her annoying brothers and bitterly divorced parents whether they like it or not.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 9

Title: THE LAST AISLING

Category/Genre: Adult/Fantasy Romance

Word Count: 118,000



Pitch: Forced into marriage and bound to the Dark Fae by the black magic she unearthed in her Master's thesis, graduate student Elizabeth Tanner allies with an eighteenth-century Irish rebel to save herself and the world.

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 8

Title: CHASING HAPPILY EVER AFTER

Category/Genre: Adult, Upmarket Contemporary Romance

Word Count: 87,000

Pitch: Jilted at the altar, hedge-fund princess Marina freaks.  Deciding to chase down her Happily Ever After, she discovers her Prince isn't charming and replacing him isn't easy.  Will she lose her fairytale ending forever?     

#PitchMAS December 2014: Entry 7

Title: LE CIRQUE DU LITERATI

Category/Genre: YA MAGICAL REALISM

Manuscript Word Count: 91,000

Pitch: THE NIGHT CIRCUS meets INKHEART. Sixteen-year-old best friends, Josephine and Nikolai, must reveal their ugliest secrets, deadliest lies & hidden love for each other, to survive in a Utopian society of artists where bravery rules.