Monday, December 5, 2016

Meet the JUDGES! PitchMAS 2016

Introducing 2016's #PitchMAS 
participating agents and editors!


Logo Awesomeness courtesy of S.P. McConnell
(CLICK HERE FOR SCHEDULE/DETAILS.) 
Don't forget that we often have a dozen or more agents and editors who pop onto the #PitchMAS hashtag during the Twitter  pitch party (this year on 12/16), but are unable to participate on the blog pitch portion of PitchMAS, so their names are not listed here.  
We love our ninja agents and editors, especially when they pop in and surprise us! 




***LITERARY AGENTS***

Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary: 
Kevan Lyon is a founding partner of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. With over 25 years in the publishing business, including over 10 years as a literary agent and 17+ years on the wholesale, retail and distribution side of the business, Kevan brings an informed and unique perspective to her work with clients. Her background on the buying and retail side of publishing affords her helpful insight into what types of books will sell and how to market them. Kevan holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. Kevan handles women’s fiction, with an emphasis on commercial women’s fiction, young adult fiction and all genres of romance. Kevan works with her authors to help them realize their dreams of being published and to build a long term career as a writer, and strives to partner with her clients on all phases of the publishing path. Authors on Kevan’s list span a broad range of genres in women’s fiction including historical fiction, mystery, literary, commercial fiction and all genres of romance. She loves to be swept away by a captivating story and fresh narrative voice.
Kevan represents numerous NYT, USA Today and internationally bestselling authors including Marie Force, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Jamie McGuire, J. Kenner, Laura Kaye, Jennifer Probst, Kristen Proby, Shelley Noble, Laura Griffin, Jennifer Robson, Molly McAdams, Katie McGarry and Jennifer McQuiston, among others.
For more information on the agency and their client list, visit their web site at www.MarsalLyonLiteraryAgency.com, visit their Facebook page, or follow Kevan on Twitter!
  • Wishlist: Kevan is looking for Women’s fiction of all types, with an emphasis on contemporary and historical women’s fiction. Stories that may be seen as “book-club” type fiction, as well as suspense, thriller etc.


Heather Flaherty, The Bent Agency: Heather Flaherty grew up in Massachusetts, between Boston and the Cape, and started working in New York City as a playwright during college. After much country hopping and some work in editorial, Heather became a YA and Children’s Literary Scout, consulting with foreign publishers and Hollywood regarding what the next big book will be. As an Agent, she's thrilled to grow authors for that same success. @HeddaFlaherty
  • Wishlist: Currently, she's looking for authors of Middle-Grade and Young-Adult fiction, as well as select Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction projects. For YA, she’s looking across all genres (SFF to Contemporary, bright to dark), and loves an excellent and authentic teen voice. For MG, she's looking for more realistic stories (either contemporary or period), about coping, coming-of-age, or situations seen through the eyes of a young person. In Adult, she leans towards upmarket fiction, female-centric thrillers, commercial women’s fiction, as well as humor and pop-culture non-fiction and teen memoir.


Laura Zats, Red Sofa Literary: Laura Zats is an agent at Red Sofa Literary, where she represents authors of middle grade and young adult fiction, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and erotica. She loves books that feel like old friends and stories that expand her understanding of the world. Laura is also one-half of Print Run, a publishing podcast. 
  • Wish List: spunky and/or poignant middle grade (particularly with science and adventure!), YA of all types, untraditional romance with high heat, and fresh-feeling science fiction and fantasy that pass the Bechdel Test. Laura is particularly interested in geeky, feminist, and diverse books, with an emphasis on #ownvoices.


Mark Gottlieb, Trident Media Group: Mark Gottlieb attended Emerson College and was President of its Publishing Club, establishing the Wilde Press. After graduating with a degree in writing, literature & publishing, he began his career with Penguin’s VP. Mark’s first position at Publishers Marketplace’s #1-ranked literary agency, Trident Media Group, was in foreign rights. Mark was EA to Trident’s Chairman and ran the Audio Department. Mark is currently working with his own client list, helping to manage and grow author careers with the unique resources available to Trident. He has ranked #1 among Literary Agents on publishersmarketplace.com in Overall Deals and other categories. 
  • Wish List: Fiction: Mystery/Crime, Thriller, Sci-Fi Fantasy, Literary. Children’s: YA, MG, Graphic Novels, Picture Books. Non-Fiction: Pop Culture, Humor, Illustrated, History/Politics, Current Affairs, True Crime, Narrative, Celebrity Memoir, Lifestyle, Health, Biography


Nicole Resciniti, The Seymour Agency: Nicole has been listed by Publisher's Marketplace as a top dealmaker in the country, and named ACFW's 2012 Agent of the Year. She loves discovering new talent and helping established authors to take their career to the next level. Do you have the next project to feed her book addiction? A smart, tight read she won’t be able to put down? A signature voice she’ll fight to represent? Romance, mainstream suspense, thrillers, mysteries, YA, NA, MG, picture books, nonfiction, cookbooks, and inspirational novels are welcome. A consummate science geek and card-carrying Mensa member, Nicole would love to find the next great science fiction/fantasy novel or action/adventure masterpiece. 
  • Wish List: High concept middle grade, any kind of romance, thrillers, and really fresh voices in YA.


Jennifer Wills, The Seymour Agency: Jennifer has five years’ experience in some of the publishing industry’s leading literary agencies.  She worked with publishers around the world as an assistant in Trident Media Group’s huge foreign rights department, and with domestic publishers as an assistant at Writers House (where, incidentally, she began her career as an intern). 
She joined the Seymour Agency in April 2016, where she has quickly moved up the ranks to Associate Agent.  Jennifer has always loved helping fledgling authors become NYT bestsellers and she’s ready to be a relentless champion for her own clients’ work.  You can find her @WillsWork4Books on Twitter.
  • Wish List: Jennifer is particularly interested in a wide range of picture books and cookbooks, with a soft spot for author/illustrators of sweet and wacky picture books, and cookbooks with mouth-watering recipes of the health conscious, budget friendly or celebrity chef variety.  For fiction, she’s also interested in middle grade and YA with a sci fi/fantasy, horror/suspense, or contemporary bent, and upmarket women’s fiction with a sense of humor. On the nonfiction side, narrative nonfiction and memoir are also welcome.  If your manuscript has a great hook, a distinct voice, and can make her laugh out loud or ugly cry (or, even better, both), she’d love to see it.


Lauren Spieller, TriadaUS: Lauren comes to TriadaUS with a background in literary scouting and editorial consulting. She has a sharp editorial eye, and is passionate about author advocacy.
  • Wish List: In MG, she’s drawn to heartfelt contemporaries, exciting adventures, contemporary fantasy and magical realism, as well as light sci-fi. In YA, she’d love to find authentic teen voices in any and all genres. She is especially fond of fantasy and sci-fi, contemporary stories with a hook, and anything with a feminist bent. 

In Adult, Lauren is seeking commercial fiction, particularly female-driven psychological thrillers, and immersive literary fantasies. She is also interested in female-driven upmarket fiction (especially if it's funny or has a touch of magical realism!) and unique non-fiction with an existing platform. She's particularly hungry for counter culture books, cocktail books with a twist/theme, or narrative nonfiction with a unique hook. Whatever the age category or genre, Lauren is passionate about finding diverse and underrepresented voices. 

Abigail Samoun, Red Fox Literary: ABIGAIL SAMOUN was an in-house children’s book editor for over ten years, working on a wide range of projects, from board books to young adult novels. Her books received such honors as the CCBC Charlotte Zolotow award, the New York Public Library Ezra Jack Keats award, and the Pura Belpre. In 2011, Abigail made the transition from editing to agenting, co-founding Red Fox Literary with Karen Grencik. She is the author of several children’s books, including What’s In Your Purse? (Chronicle Books, 2014) and the Little Traveler board book series  (Sterling Publishing). Abigail likes to organize her library according to which authors would get along well together (the Brontes next to George Elliot, Lois Lowry next to Margaret Atwood). Abigail lives in Sonoma, California with her entomologist husband, a chihuahua, a gaggle of chickens, and two rambunctious little boys. Visit www.redfoxliterary.com
  • Wish List:  I'm an anglophile so anything British (particularly Victorian) captures my attention. THE SECRET GARDEN was one of my favorite books as a kid. I also like Gothic stories, ghost stories with a fresh approach, contemporary fantasy, a heart-stopping thriller, or a concept-driven, psychological horror story that really gets under your skin (like Caroline Cooney's THE FOG trilogy). I'd love to find a middle-grade that's set in its own strange, fantastical world, like A Series of Unfortunate Events or any of the Roald Dahl books. For YA, I'm on the look-out for a romance about two social misfits who have an "us-against-the-world" outlook. I'd also love a historical YA that doesn't feel dusty or distant, but really steeps you in the time and place and where the characters feel vital and intimate. I was born in France so I have a soft spot for European settings, particularly Paris. My tastes are fairly eclectic, but I do have a hard time really falling in love with sci-fi or futuristic stories. The three principal things I look for are good storytelling, a fresh approach, and a care and respect for language. 



***EDITORS***

Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks: Deb Werksman has been at Sourcebooks for the past eighteen years, before which she had her own publishing company. She is the editorial director of romance fiction and acquires single title romance in all subgenres. Sourcebooks publishes 6-8 romance titles per month, in print and ebook formats simultaneously. We are the country's largest woman-owned independent publishing house. We're known for our sales and marketing, as well as our focus on building authors' careers.
  • Wish List: Single title romance in all subgenres: paranormal, historical, romantic suspense, contemporary, erotic romance with: *a main character the reader can relate to * a love interest she can fall in love with * an imaginative, credible world gets created into which the reader can escape * a hook we can sell within 2-3 sentences * a career arc for the author (in other words, this book begins a series or begins a career that we can build)


Becky Herrick, Sky Pony Press: Becky has recently joined Sky Pony Press as editor after many years in editorial at Scholastic. She is originally from Ohio, attended the University of Michigan, and now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and cat. Becky is interested in YA, middle grade, and chapter books in most genres.
  • Wish List: I tend to like books on the lighter side, which often means high-concept, commercial stories. I am actively seeking diverse characters, authors, and stories. My wish-list includes: Fun, contemporary friendship and coming-of-age stories. Contemporary romance (YA only). Fresh/unexpected and accessible fantasy and magic. Quirky mysteries with a relatable narrator. Humorous stories with a great voice.


Kisa Whipkey, REUTS Publications: Kisa Whipkey is a freelance editor, a dark fantasy author, a martial arts demo team expert, and a complete sucker for Cadbury Mini-eggs. She's also the Acquisitions & Editorial Director for YA/NA publisher, REUTS Publications. She developed a passion for storytelling at a young age and has pursued that love through animation, writing, video game design, and demo teams, until finally finding her home in editing. She believes in good storytelling, regardless of medium, and applauds anything featuring a snarky lead character, a complicated narrative structure, and brilliant/uncommon analogies. Currently, she lives in the soggy Pacific Northwest with her husband and plethora of electronics.
Her personal blog--featuring sarcastic commentary on all things storytelling--is located at www.kisawhipkey.com. Or connect with her via Twitter: @kisawhipkey. And, of course, to learn more about REUTS Publications, please visit www.reuts.com.
  • Wish List: At heart, I am and always will be, a fantasy fan. So for now, I'm on a mission to find some truly thrilling additions to the genre. My forte is dark fantasy, and I adore anything with a multi-layered, intricate narrative that keeps me on my toes. Adventure and a dash of romance are always a plus, but to wow me, I'll need stellar world-building, fresh twists on the standard tropes, beautifully crafted language, and characters who grip me emotionally and refuse to let go. I'm looking YA/NA in any of the following sub-genres:

Dark High/EpicSword & SorceryMagic RealismSteampunkRomantic ContemporaryUrbanFairy Tale/MythologyMeta-fantasyScience FantasySome of my all-time favorite books include Uprooted by Naomi Novik, Fire by Kristin Cashore, The Rose Master by Valentina Cano, Shapechangers by Jennifer Roberson, and The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. I would love to find something that has an original fairy-tale feel paired with elements of classic literature like Jane Eyre, or Pride and Prejudice. Diverse cultures and settings are also a plus, as I believe that fantasy--and literature in general--should be infused with more of that. REUTS Publications, as a company, is open to any genre of fiction in the YA & NA categories. So I'll be scoping out anything that falls under those headers, regardless of whether or not it matches my personal wish list.

Lisa Gus and Andrew Buckley, Curiosity Quills PressAt Curiosity Quills Press, we believe a book is a portal to another world, a break from reality that frees both mind and spirit. We want to bring a little piece of that magic to every life we touch with the written word. W. Somerset Maugham once said, “To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” Everyone needs a place where they can relax, become another person, travel to a different realm. Welcome to CQ Press :)
  • Wishlist: We’d like to see some crazy good ethnic mythology stories (Chinese, Russian, Hebrew, etc.), magical realism, and solid alternate universe stories. Also unique thriller/psychological horror and some unique historical fiction. Primarily seeking upper MG and up.


Kate Brauning, Entangled Publishing: Kate is a senior acquiring editor at Entangled Publishing and an author of young adult fiction (How We Fall, Merit Press). Kate acquires YA, NA, and adult fiction across Entangled’s imprints. She’s especially interested in funny/charming or dark YA, and high-concept stories with literary writing, regardless of genre. In adult fiction, she’s looking for small-town or community-driven romances with clever or hilarious meet-cutes, and romance-driven women’s fiction. Authors Kate has worked with include Lydia Kang, Ingrid Paulson, Julie Hammerle, Tristina Wright, Erica Cameron, MK Meredith, and Golden Heart finalist Kimberly Bell. In her spare time, she makes three-tier cakes, hunts down new music, and reads just about everything. Kate can be found on Twitter (@KateBrauning) and runs the group publishing blog Publishing Hub.
  • Wish List: Light YA sci-fi set on Earth in modern-day with a strong romance. Sweet to spicy adult romance that revolves around clever and unusual meet-cutes, especially with strong setting and a strong community feel. Bonus points for LGBTQ+. Adult romantic suspense, especially featuring hackers. Adult international espionage and CIA/FBI thrillers with heat. NA romance with a unique twist we haven't seen before. A sweet, sports-centric romance for our Bliss imprint, like FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS meets SWEET HOME ALABAMA. Fluffy, light hearted YA paranormal romance (comp to Gail Carriger) for our Crave imprint. YA of any genre with a big-hook, high-concept plot and gorgeous writing.


Mackenzie Walton, Carina Press: Since entering the publishing world in 2007, Mackenzie Walton has edited a number of New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling authors. She joined Carina Press as a freelance editor in 2016. When not working, she likes to read, listen to podcasts, paint her nails, and take way too many photos of her pets. You can follow Mackenzie on Twitter @mackenziewalton.
  • Wish List: I’m open to romance in all subgenres (excluding inspirational), and am particularly interested in LGBTQ, paranormal, contemporary, erotic, and historical in any time period/setting, as well as urban fantasy and mystery. I especially love reading diverse casts, opposites-attract couples, intricate world-building, and strong, authentic dialogue with distinct character voices.




Good luck and HAPPY #PitchMAS, one and all! 
XO,

Tam & Jessa

Sunday, September 25, 2016

#PitchMAS 2016 Dates Have Been SET!

More details coming soon! 

PLEASE READ EVERYTHING IN THIS POST BEFORE ASKING QUESTIONS. 

FRIDAY 12/09/16
*PITCH-HONING WORKSHOP*
(A blog post will go LIVE on 12/09, right here on the PitchMAS blog, where you will post your pitches in the COMMENT SECTION. Your peers will then hop around and critique/advise you on what works/doesn't work. Tamara and Jessa WILL NOT be participating in the workshop; this is for peer critique/help only.) 
It must be said again, as we get questions about this EVERY year: If you feel that your comment hasn't posted, IT HAS. 
Because of the sheer volume of comments on the pitch-honing workshop, you'll have to click "load more'' at the bottom of the page a few times to see all of the comments. When in doubt, hit 'refresh'!


SUNDAY 12/11/16 - MONDAY 12/12/16
*SUBMISSION WINDOW*

For this event, we will be accepting your 35-word pitch submissions VIA EMAIL ONLY
Submission window will be open from 
Sunday 12/11/16 at 9:00amPST until Monday 12/12/16 at 6:00pmPST
We will delete any submissions received before or after that submission window.
------->It is up to you to figure out your own time zone differences.<-------
Email address is pitchMAS@gmail.com.
Please do NOT send anything to that email before the event.


THURSDAY 12/15/16
BLOG PITCH PARTY
{35 Words or Less}
The TOP 50 pitches will go live on the PitchMAS blog at MIDNIGHT on Thursday, 12/15/16. Agents and editors will have the entire day (as well as all day Friday and into the weekend!) to comment and make requests. 
Please do NOT comment if you are not an agent or editor. THE ONLY EXCEPTION TO THIS RULE is if an agent/editor has asked a SPECIFIC question. 
Any other non-agent/editor responses or comments will be deleted. 


FRIDAY 12/16/16
TWITTER PITCH PARTY

{140 Characters or Less}
On Friday, 12/16/16, from 6:00a.m. PST to 6:00p.m. PST, we will have our PitchMAS Twitter Party! 
Agents and editors will follow the hashtag #PitchMAS, reading your awesome pitches. ANYONE can participate, even if you didn't make it into the 50 selected blog pitches! However, your manuscript MUST BE COMPLETED and POLISHED. 
Twitter pitches MUST BE 140 Characters or Less and HAVE TO include the hashtag. DO NOT make the agents and editors work by breaking your pitch into more than one tweet. You will likely just annoy the participating agents/editors and your fellow pitchers. We also advise against making them click a link to get to your pitch. Guess what? They won't.  Also, including images with your pitch is gimmicky and we advise against it.
Please keep your Twitter pitching to no more than TWO PITCHES PER HOUR. 
Do not fill up the feed with your pitch over and over again. This will annoy the agents and editors involved, as well as ruining it for everyone else and people WILL remember you for it. 


Follow along with the hashtag: #PitchMAS


Participating agents and editors will be announced in November on MONDAY, DECEMBER 5th!  

In the meantime, make sure you follow both of us on Twitter. (We often post the same #PitchMAS related info, but you never know when only one of us will tweet something important.)

#PitchMAS

Tamara
Twitter

Jessa
Twitter

We've posted a few #PitchMAS success stories (more to come!) here on the blog as well, so if you're curious, click HERE to view them! 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Happy Twitter Pitching, #PitchMAS-ers!!! WE ARE LIVE!

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

*Throws confetti and caffeine*



WOOHOOO! It's time! It's time! 


--->Pitching will go all day long, as agents and editors don't have room for much rigidity in their schedules this time of year, so we want to leave it open to them. Be patient and watch for them to hop onto the thread. Most will announce themselves and tweet instructions for submitting to them once they've liked your pitch. 

--->The agents/editors will respond to or favorite 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 you, 
OR ASK ONE OF US FOR HELP by tweeting directly to @JessaRusso or @FeakySnucker.

-->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 during our blog pitching portion of #PitchMAS, 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. 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 incomplete novels, and they'll just be disappointed when they request pages that don't exist. This makes us sad.
*If you just wrote this manuscript during NaNoWriMo, congratulations! You wrote a book! But, sadly--and realistically--chances are it is not ready. 

--->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 just 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 MANUSCRIPT, PER HOUR. Do not flood 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

Side note: 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 17, 2015

#PitchMAS December 2015: BONUS Entry!

Title: COPPER SHADOWS

Category/Genre: Adult Psychological Thriller

Manuscript Word Count: 90K

Pitch:  Sean spends his days in self-imposed isolation, terrified of his own murderous potential. When a girl he's obsessed with gets kidnapped, he must confront demons both internal and external in his quest to find her.

#PitchMAS December 2015: BONUS Entry!

Title: FIRST NIGHT

Category/Genre: WF, R, Rom-Com, NA

Word Count: 60,532

Pitch: Lives of two twenty-somethings collide on NYE for epic 24 hours. Her long-standing South Philly family tradition is a bust. He’s determined to save it for the charming girl he’s just met.Cinderella/Bridesmaids meet Hangover.

#PitchMAS December 2015: BONUS Entry!

Title: PHOEBE FOGG AND THE CHRONOS APPARATUS

Category: Middle Grade 
Genre: Steampunk/Historical Science Fiction


Word Count: 35K

Pitch: Phoebe is desperate to go on her father's archaeology expedition. She even freezes time to stow away, but escaping past grief and guilt could prove more difficult than tampering with the laws of physics.

#PitchMAS December 2015: BONUS Entry!

Title:  TO FIND THE AIR

Category/Genre:  Adult Romantic Suspense

Manuscript Word Count:  95,000

Pitch:  Asthmatic social worker Summer’s first client is chain-smoking parolee Sawyer. When his country charm steals her heart, she abandons ethics to clear his name for his wife’s death. Now she’ll face the danger stalking him.

#PitchMAS December 2015: BONUS Entry!

Title: THE LAND OF SMILES

Category: NA/Contemporary Romance, Suspense

Manuscript Word Count: 70k

Pitch: An immigration advisor dreams of new beginnings in Thailand. After having an affair with a troublemaking university student who’s framed and facing deportation, will Samantha risk those dreams—and her life—to prove his innocence?

#PitchMAS December 2015: BONUS Entry!

Title: AMERICAN PANDA

Category/Genre: Women's Fiction/Contemporary

Manuscript Word Count: 84,000

Pitch: Taiwanese-American Mei must become a doctor (despite her germophobia) and marry a pre-approved suitor to appease her traditional parents. If she pursues dance and Japanese Darren, she’ll have the life she wants, but without family.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 50

Title: COOPER’S COMET

Category/Genre: MG Fantasy

Manuscript Word Count: 30,000

Pitch: Unite or die. In this Treasure Planet meets Goonies romp, former potty mouth Cooper is stuck on an infested comet with five rival classmates. Getting back home: impossible. Then again, impossible never stopped Cooper before.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 49

Title:  Tin Cans

Category/Genre:  Adult/Humor

Manuscript Word Count:  78K

Pitch: Should Lana give up the glamorous life of selling mobile homes?  But who will hire her zany employees, especially Mike with the wooden leg? Mob guy, shorty shorts, her anal ex all want to help…yay.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 48

Title: EIGHTEEN HOURS

Category/Genre:  YA Contemporary

Manuscript Word Count: 76,000

Pitch: In eighteen hours, on Friday morning, there will be a high school shooting. Eight teens from the school narrate what led up to the disaster—beginning at hour one. Thirteen Reasons Why meets Nineteen Minutes.


#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 47

Title: THE LANGUAGE OF LIARS

Category/Genre: YA Psychological Thriller

Manuscript Word Count: 64,000

Pitch: Raine doesn’t remember her party the media coined The Sweet Sixteen Massacre-the one only she survived. Under experimental treatment for PTSD, fragmented memories of the night resurface, and Raine discovers everyone lied...including her.


#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 46

Title: Watch Jane Fail

Category/Genre: Adult/New Adult

Manuscript Word Count: 70,000

Pitch: When Jane’s stoner boyfriend rolls off his waterbed and asks her if she wouldn’t mind taking the virginity of his best friend, she realizes something’s got to change—and it’s her. 

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 45

Title: THE ATLANTIC BOND

Category/Genre*: YA/Science Fiction

Manuscript Word Count: 80,000

Pitch: Seventeen-year-old fighter pilot discovers her Android's illegal sentient glitch when he saves her rookie ass. Falling for the infectious personality within the machine, she seeks cause of the glitch, risking her freedom to save him.  

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 44

Title: Killing June

Category/Genre: Adult Dark Contemporary Romance

Manuscript Word Count: 76,400

Pitch: Dark nights and sweat-soaked skin collides with Sunday church, pecan pie, and keeping up appearances. Cade infiltrates every section of her partitioned life, but Alex risks family image, career, and life by opening her heart.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 43

Title: CHASING CHAUCER

Category/Genre: YA Contemporary

Word Count: 84,000

Pitch: After an injury ends her soccer dreams, a high school senior must outwit three devious classmates to win a new scholarship in a literary-themed scavenger hunt across England.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 42

Title: THE CAMERA MAN

Category: YA Contemporary 

Manuscript Word Count: 55,000 words



Pitch: Jordan enters an uneasy gang alliance, agreeing to film and post brutal beatings online. When he rescues a girl from attack, he becomes the focus of retaliation as well as of local law enforcement’s investigation.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 41

Title: My Mommy Needs a Coffee

Category: PB

World Count: 350

Pitch: Quick! Here she comes, the growly, prowly bear! RUN Dad, get COFFEE! Ahhh, that’s better! Now Mommy’s curled up on the couch like a purring pussy cat.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 40

Title: Becky Harper is Hearing Things

Category/Genre: MG Paranormal

Manuscript Word Count: 34,000

Pitch:  Becky expects her new hearing aids to help her hear more. What she doesn't expect is that they'll also help her to hear ghosts. Or that some ghosts are more dangerous than others. 

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 39

Title: A HAUNT FOR JACKALS

Category/Genre: YA/Speculative Fiction

Manuscript Word Count: 98,500 

Pitch: Eerie is a Hushed, an embodied secret in human form, created to tell and then drop dead. Too bad she's falling in love with the boy who needs to know what only she can say.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 38

Title: STRAY

Category/Genre: YA/Contemporary, Romance

Manuscript Word Count: 90,000

Pitch: We’ve all had that day.  You know, that day you’re abandoned in a small town, you meet a boy then ruin his life.  That day, right?  No?  Then meet Lila Baxter, 17. 

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 37

Title: OUR REASONS

Category/Genre: YA/Contemporary Romance

Manuscript Word Count: 54,000

Pitch: After Garrett finds Maddie's suicide note in a library book, he decides to write one of his own: reasons for her to stay.

#PitchMAS December 2015: Entry 36

Title: CRAWLSPACE


Category/Genre: MG/Suspense

Manuscript Word Count: 37,000

Pitch: Alvin’s dad is going to prison for his uncle’s crimes unless Alvin can bring his grandpa back to life by finding an ancient statue. But while Alvin’s after the statue, his uncle’s after him.