Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Query Kombat: Get critiques from the judges!!

Want a chance to win a query critique?

Of course you do!

Here’s how:

From May 27th to June 1st (8am EST to 9pm EST), judges of Query Kombat 2016 will scour the hash tag #QKCrit looking to make critique requests. If you want to get in on the action, all you have to do is tweet a 140 character pitch including your age category/genre under the hashtag #QKCrit. Judges will visit the hashtag and favorite entries they find interesting enough to critique. If your entry is favorited, touch base with the judge to find out how to submit your query, first page, or both! Agents may critique as many entries as they like. It is completely up to them to decided how many critiques they'll take on.

A few rules:
  1.  QK Entrants and spectators, please avoid favoriting entries so there’s no confusion.
  2. The #QKCrit critique opportunity is ONLY open to QK2016 entrants who DON'T make it into the first round.
  3. Participants, please limit your pitching to two per hour per manuscript (max of 2 mss)
  4. Please don’t tweet directly to judges.
  5. Oh, and if you snag a critique, be considerate and give other people a chance and take a break from the feed.
  6. Have FUN!!!
Questions? Feel free to ask on #QueryKombat and one of the hosts will get back to you as soon as we can.


Monday, May 16, 2016

Query Kombat 2016: This is not a drill!

The submission window is NOW OPEN until May 20 at noon. There is no cap on entries this year.



If you don't receive email confirmation within an hour of submitting your entry, contact us via Twitter and let us know. Kontestants will be revealed on May 27th, and the tournament will kick off on June 1st.

IMPORTANT: The Query Kombat team reserves the right to disqualify any entrant at any time for any reason. If an entrant is disqualified before the agent round, an alternate will take its place. If an entrant is disqualified after the agent round, the opposing entry will automatically advance to the next round. The only time we will ever disqualify an applicant is if you say or do something to blemish the spirit of query contests. Query Kombat is supposed to be fun… 

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So none of this!

In order to enter the contest you MUST follow formatting guidelines, and submit during the contest window. All entries that follow said guidelines will be considered. 

In the event that we receive more than the available 64 spots (this is highly expected), Michelle, Laura, and I will savagely attack the slush pile in attempts to build the best team. We will pick (and announce) three alternates in case a submission is disqualified.

Entries should be sent to:  QueryKombat (at) gmail (dot) com.

We're asking for a $5 - $10 donation with each entry so we don't have to start charging everyone a fee. Neither giving a donation nor the amount increases your chances of being picked. 10% of all funds raised will go to FlintKids.org. Donations may be sent via the Query Kombat icon in the sidebar.

Formatting Guidelines:

Font: Times New Roman (or an equivalent), 12pt font, single-spaced with spaces between each paragraph. No (I repeat: NO!) indentations.
Subject line of the Email: A short, unique nickname for your entry [colon] your genre (audience included). Do not skip this step or your entry will be deleted. (ex. I Fell in Love with a Ken Doll: Adult Erotica). Nicknames should be 25 characters or less. Make it as unique as possible so there are no duplicates. These will be the names used in the tournament, so keep it PG-13 and make it relate to your story.

In the body of the email (with examples):

Name: Michael Anthony
Email address: myboyfriendwasbittenbyashark (at) gmail (dot) com.
Twitter Handle: @BarbforSenate36

Title: Eunuchs and Politics
Entry Nickname: I Fell in Love with a Ken Doll
Word count: 68K
Genre: Adult Erotica

Query: 

I FELL IN LOVE WITH A KEN DOLL tells the harrowing story of Barbra B. Doll, a US senator who goes against country, family, and the Illumaniti to be with an amateur surfer with no genitalia. 

First 250:

Words, words, and more words.


Don't include the chapter title and please, don't stop in the middle of a. Do not include a bio or comp title.

All queries submitted are FINAL. We will not edit them in any way, shape, or form. Please read, reread, and rereread your submission before you hit send. Competition will be fierce.


Best of luck in the tournament!




TWITTER PARTY!
Contests need to be fun. To help keep you from worrying as the hosts read through the emails, we're having a party! These are the daily topics, but feel free to start your own as well.

May 15th    Before the big day arrives tweet your category and genre. Ask questions about genre if you’re unsure where your manuscript fits.

May 16th  After 8:30AM tweet when you’ve submitted your entry to our QK email. Nerves and jitters can be calmed by sharing with others. All day long tweet out what your entry Nickname is and why you chose it.

May 17th   Day 2 of submissions! Judges get fun secret names. Entrants get to create nicknames. Your poor hosts are left out. Create nicknames for Laura, Michael and Michelle!  (Keep it clean. We blush easily.) And tweet your favorite comp title.

May 18th   Submission Hump Day! Tweet your main character’s name and a special tidbit about them. See what sorts of names are popular and if anyone else shares MC’s names with you.

May 19th    Tweet what you find the hardest about writing. Is it keeping out telling? Writing action scenes? What’s hard for you? Anyone have tips for making them easier?

May 20th   Last day to submit! Say hi to an entrant you’ve never talked to. Wish them luck in the slush round. If you need to let out some nerves, see if your new friend will lend an ear.

May 21st     Tweet something about how you write. Do you use music or prefer silence? Morning or late at night? We celebrate our differences.

May 22nd     Tweet us your villain’s name and something evil about them.

May 23rd      If you’re looking for some beta readers or CP, now is the time to tweet about it.

May 24th     Tweet us your favorite line from your novel. If you read any you like, favorite it. Have any favorite lines from a novel that’s not yours? Tweet those too!

May 25th     Tweet your thanks to the agents, editors, and judges of Query Kombat 2016. They’re dedicating a lot of time to help out. The least we can do is take a day to celebrate them!

May 26th      The big reveal is tomorrow! Tweet the title of a soothing song that is helping you get through the day before the picks are revealed. Hold hands and sing Kumbaya lyrics like the band of friends you’ve become. (We’ll be running around like crazy gerbils getting everything ready.)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

#QueryKombat Judge Nicknames

Since the kontestants get to invent amazing nicknames, naturally the judges want one, too! Plus it lets them vote with more freedom. To recognize our wonderful judges and know the vote is legit, here is a list of the nicknames they have chosen:


Barn owl
Spitfire
Bagheera
Apple
Cordelia Chase
Bob Thompstein
Tim Riggins
Trinity
The Kraken
La Duendecilla
Maggie
Solarpunk Goddess
Katherine Pierce
Poddy Fries
Captain Janeway
Irene Adler
Judge Dread
Bernadine Harris
Strawberry Shortcake
Apple Slices
Mallory Pike
Buttercup
Dana Scully
Dorothy Gale
Jellyfish
Ginger
Scowling Discontented Judge
Gadget
CatWrangler
Scarlett
Textual Couture
Alice Quinn
MonstersRComing
Latte Gal
Bella
The Martian
Cookie Monster.

It's fantastically fun to be silly sometimes and our judges had a blast choosing these names. We hope you'll have fun choosing an inventive nickname for your story!

And speaking of fun!

The chance to chat with our judges is today!
Join us on the hashtag #QKChat at 3:00 pm EST and 9:00 pm EST to ask questions about the contest and writing in general. You can ask writers who are further along on their journey what submission is like or how they promo or what they said during their call. Just don't ask them to reveal their secret nickname. :-) 

Remember submission for Query Kombat is just a few days away on Monday, May 16th. 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Judges' e-Book Giveaway!

***This giveaway has now ended. CONGRATULATIONS to our winner, Laura B., who won a copy of UNTIL WE BREAK by judge Jamie Howard!***

As we all know, the best way to thank contest judges and hosts for the time they donate is to buy their books. Ask your library to buy their books. Leave an honest review if you've already read them. I'm so thankful to Mike and Michelle for including me this year, and to all the judges who've joined us, that I'm going to kick things off by doing my own giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive their choice of an ebook of one of the following (any available e-reader format):
Michelle Hauck: Kindar's Cure or Grudging
Michael Anthony: My Best Friend Death

Any book published by (or available for pre-order) one of our many judges.

Visit the judge reveal pages on Michelle's blog, Mike's blog, and my blog to get to know our judges and decide which book you'd like to read. The winner will be posted here next week. Now get to polishing those entries!

To enter, leave me a comment to let me know which book you'd like, the author, and what ebook format, then use the Rafflecopter. All comments will be moderated - no one will know which book you requested unless you win. One book request per entrant, please.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Query Kombat 2016: Twitter Party Dates and Meet the Agents and Editors!

The big reveal is HERE.

Want to know what agents and editors we have for Query Kombat? WE HAVE TWENTY-EIGHT, AND COUNTING!! There are so many publishing professionals participating, we can’t fit them all on one blog! View one-third of them below, then click on over to Michelle's and Michael’s blogs to see the rest. We’ve got both well-established agents/editors and some newer professionals who are actively seeking to build their lists. Query Kombat 2016 is going to be an AWESOME Kontest. 

Don't miss the submission window from May 16 - May 20, 2016! We’re giving you the whole week to get your entries in. And remember to join us on May 11 at 3:00 and 9:00 p.m. to get to know the judges and ask questions! We’ll be hanging out at #QKChat on Twitter. We're also having a Twitter party during the submission period. Dates and themes are posted below.

For more information on how to enter when the window opens, please click here


May 15th    Before the big days arrives tweet your category and genre. Ask questions about genre if you’re unsure where your manuscript fits.

May 16th  After 8:30AM tweet when you’ve submitted your entry to our QK email. Nerves and jitters can be calmed by sharing with others. All day long tweet out what your entry Nickname is and why you chose it.

May 17
th   Day 2 of submissions! Judges get fun secret names. Entrants get to create nicknames. Your poor hosts are left out. Create nicknames for Laura, Michael and Michelle!  (Keep it clean. We blush easily.) And tweet your favorite comp title.

May 18th   Submission Hump Day! Tweet your main character’s name and a special tidbit about them. See what sorts of names are popular and if anyone else shares MC’s names with you.

May 19th    Tweet what you find the hardest about writing. Is it keeping out telling? Writing action scenes? What’s hard for you? Anyone have tips for making them easier?

May 20th   Last day to submit! Say hi to an entrant you’ve never talked to. Wish them luck in the slush round. If you need to let out some nerves, see if your new friend will lend an ear.

May 21st     Tweet something about how you write. Do you use music or prefer silence? Morning or late at night? We celebrate our differences.

May 22nd     Tweet us your villain’s name and something evil about them.

May 23rd      If you’re looking for some beta readers or CP, now is the time to tweet about it.

May 24th     Tweet us your favorite line from your novel. If you read any you like, favorite it. Have any favorite lines from a novel that’s not yours? Tweet those too!

May 25th     Tweet your thanks to the agents, editors, and judges of Query Kombat 2016. They’re dedicating a lot of time to help out. The least we can do is take a day to celebrate them!


May 26th      The big reveal is tomorrow! Tweet the title of a soothing song that is helping you get through the day before the picks are revealed. Hold hands and sing Kumbaya lyrics like the band of friends you’ve become. (We’ll be running around like crazy gerbils getting everything ready.)

And now... meet the agents and editors!

Whitley Abell, Inkings Literary Agency
Whitley joined Inklings Literary Agency in 2013. Before joining Inklings, she completed successful internships with Carol Mann Agency and P.S. Literary Agency. She is based in St. Louis, MO, where she daylights writing proposals of the entirely unromantic variety. She graduated in 2011with a BA in English and Creative Writing, and again in 2012 with a MAT in Secondary English Education, which basically means she can tell you anything there is to know about feminist literary theory and the Common Core Standards.

Whitley is primarily interested in Young Adult, Middle Grade, and Women's fiction. She likes characters who are relatable yet flawed, hooks that offer new points of view and exciting adventures, and vibrant settings that become active characters in their own right. She is open to almost anything with in the areas above, be it contemporary or historical, romance or thriller, realistic or supernatural, tragic or quirky. 

Whitley has a soft spot for the goofy guys, awkward ducks, April Ludgates, and devout fan girls of the world. Manic pixie dream girls will be turned away at the door.

She is not interested in vampires, werewolves, angels, zombies, dystopian societies, steampunk, or epic fantasy.


Lisa Abellera, Kimberly Cameron and Associates
Right now Lisa is looking for middle grade fiction (all genres), YA (aside from the usual high school tropes), science fiction, fantasy (except paranormal), mysteries, suspense, thrillers, especially speculative or medical science thrillers, upmarket fiction, women's fiction, and historical fiction. 

Jennifer Johnson-Blalock, Liza Dawson Agency
In adult fiction, Jennifer is looking for women's fiction, both on the commercial and upmarket ends--She's particularly interested in commercial stories that are slightly subversive like Emily Giffin and in upmarket works that have a feminist slant like J. Courtney Sullivan, striking characters and lyrical prose like Marisa de los Santos, or focus more on friends and family relationships than romantic ones. She's also desperately hunting for thrillers/suspense novels/mysteries, particularly those with psychological bents, unreliable narrators, or that could be categorized domestic suspense.

Jennifer is also seeking contemporary realistic young adult fiction (love Nina LaCour and Stephanie Perkins) and young adult mysteries/thrillers and contemporary realistic upper middle grade (a la Counting by Sevens). 

Mallory C. Brown, Triada US
Literary Agent Assistant Mallory C. Brown is seeking young adult, new adult, women’s fiction, and non-fiction. She is especially drawn to pieces with strong character-driven plots and witty humor. She loves contemporary fiction, low fantasy (think realistic world with a fantastical twist), and romance. Mallory also appreciates a well-placed comma and hopes you do, too.

Some of Mallory’s favorites at the moment are: Fangirl, Gone GirlOutlander, and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before


Kelly Peterson, Corvisiero Agency
Kelly has spent her whole life with a book in her hands. Whether it's from reading, writing, or day dreaming, her mind has always been up in the clouds wishing her fantasy stories would come true. Down on earth, somewhere between reading during science class, writing while she should be sleeping, and spending her social hours pretending she wasn't actually a closet nerd, she finally realized that her life would be a lot happier if she just accepted her love of books.

A recent graduate of West Chester University, she earned her B.S.Ed. in English and went to pursue a career in teaching. Little did she know that despite all of her hard work, the environment she ended up in would be one she disliked. After taking a step back and reassessing her life, she realized that maybe she should have focused on the world of literary agents and publishing a long time ago.

When not working as a book nerd, Kelly can be found dancing, hiking, riding horses, perfecting her yoga technique, blogging, and writing her own manuscript. If you're lucky, you might even be able to catch her flying around the world, saving lives. She is superwoman after all!

Though she reads various genres of Middle Grade, Young Adult, and New Adult novels, her true weakness is for YA Fantasy. More recently, Steampunk has quickly crept up the charts in her heart as well. 

With books, there's just something about strong female main characters holding their own against the world, in an environment that Kelly could never, in her wildest dreams, find herself living within. It tears at her heart and pulls at her soul, especially when the main character finds that she never needed another to complete her in the first place.

Carly Silver, Harlequin Romantic Suspense

Carly Silver is an assistant editor for Harlequin Romantic Suspense. She's passionate about happily-ever-afters in all their various forms, but primarily looking for submissions for Harlequin Romantic Suspense (guidelines here). Got a sexy loner cowboy? A brilliant female CEO of color who’s looking for the man of her dreams? A veterinarian who wants love and puppies? A kick-butt heroine who’s a tech genius? Carly's the editor for you. Visit her #MSWL page for more information.

Jaida Temperly, New Leaf Literary
Jaida is actively building both her Children’s and Adult list. She has a particular love for all things Middle Grade, especially those that are a bit quirky, strange, and fantastical (a la The Mysterious Benedict Society, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, Snicker of Magic, Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, etc.). She's also open to YA submissions (all genres), and picture books by author-illustrators with completed dummies.

For all other fiction (both Adult and Children's) she has an affinity for magical realism, historical fiction, and literary fiction, as well as stories with a strong mystery and/or religious undertones (The Westing Game, A Discovery of Witches, The DaVinci Code, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Outlander, The Rule of Four, etc.). 

On the non-fiction side, she’s actively seeking topics that are offbeat and a bit strange (Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human CadaversSmoke Gets in Your Eyes, etc.), as well as photography projects that offer unique insight into the human experience (Humans of New York, The Scar Project, etc.).
Prior to joining New Leaf Literary, Jaida grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm, studied classical ballet, and briefly attended medical school. She loves art history, traveling, logic puzzles, horticulture, and numerous other topics that come in handy for Trivia Night and crossword puzzles.
You can follow Jaida on Twitter and find her Pinterest #mswl here.

Nicole Resciniti, 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?

HEA’s are a must for romance. Mainstream suspense, thrillers, mysteries, YA 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.  

Currently on her wish list  high concept middle grade, any kind of romance, and really fresh voices in YA.

Nicole is a member of AAR, ACFW, RWA, and Mensa. She holds degrees in biology, psychology, and behavioral neuroscience. Like Mary Sue, Nicole taught in the public school system and has worn many hats before heeding her calling to become a literary agent--for which she will forever be indebted to Mary Sue Seymour.

 "I have the best job in the world. I read for a living and make author's dreams come true."


Dr. Uwe Stender, Triada US
Literary Agent Dr. Uwe Stender is a Full Member of the AAR (Association of Authors' Representatives). He is interested in all kinds of commercial fiction, especially Young Adult, Middle Grade, Mysteries, and Women's Fiction. He is also interested in all kinds of non-fiction projects. But surprise him, his tastes are eclectic, and he may just love what you wrote!

His favorite five novels right now are: Eleanor And ParkHow It Went DownCode Name VerityHigh Fidelity, and The Big Sleep.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

My QueryKombat FREE PASS winner!

I'm excited to announce the winner of my very first Free Pass into #QueryKombat. This author is guaranteed a spot in the Top 64 entries, which means getting valuable feedback from up to 25 judges in the first round of the competition.

Without further adieu, the winner of this year's free pass is:

MARK ENGELS

CONGRATULATIONS!

Here's Mark's response to the free pass entry question, What tools/skills would your main character(s) use to fight for their dreams?


Pawly must fight for her lover's life with the very thing that scares her most--her Affliction, the werecat bloodlust that killed her father years before. She relies on fangs, claws, enhanced senses and superhuman agility after a failed Navy combat mission drives her underground to protect him.
Sounds like a great read! Please send your entry to the QueryKombat inbox between May 16 - May 20, 2016 with FREE PASS WINNER in the subject. Don't forget to review the rules and formatting requirements before sending.  I can't wait to read your entry. Welcome to the Team!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Introducing the 2016 Query Kombat Judges!

Time for our AMAZING lineup of judges for this year's Query Kombat tournament. Many of them were contestants in prior contests. We've worked hard to find authors that form a diverse group of opinions, talents, and specialties from all categories and genres.

Query Kombat would not be possible without the wonderful people who donate their time to help. For this month-long contest, we've recruited thirty-six industry professionals to critique entries and vote for a winner of each matchup. Each and every one of these judges is participating out of the kindness of their heart, so please join the QK Crew in thanking them for volunteering.

THANK YOU!

Remember that the best way to thank judges for their time is to buy their books. Michelle has compiled a Goodreads list to make finding the judges' books easier, and they've written some great stuff. Also be sure to follow the judges on Twitter. On May 11, we'll be hosting a Twitter chat, where writers can reach out to the judges and ask questions about their entries, writing, querying, etc. Join us at 3:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. EST on #QKChat

There are so many judges this year, we're breaking the bios down across all three host blogs. Go here to see them all: Mike, Laura, and Michelle. For a rule refresher, click here. To donate, click here.

Now, without further ado, I'd like to introduce one set of judges for Query Kombat 2016.

Betsy Aldredge

Betsy Aldredge is a former magazine editor turned communications professional who writes about quirky YA, NA, and Adult characters. Betsy and her co-writer, Carrie DuBois-Shaw, were named Grand Champions of Query Kombat 2014 for their YA Contemporary Romance, Sasquatch, Love, and Other Imaginary Things. The entry, nicknamed “Shalom Sasquatch,” led to signing with the wonderful Christa Heschke at McIntosh and Otis. 

@betsyaldredge 



Dan Koboldt is a genetics researcher and SF/F author living in St. Louis, Missouri. He works at the McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University, where he and his colleagues use next-generation DNA sequencing technologies to uncover the genetic basis of inherited diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. He has co-authored more than 60 publications in Nature, Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, and other scientific journals. His debut novel The Rogue Retrieval -- about a Vegas magician who infiltrates a medieval world -- was published in March 2016 by Harper Voyager. 




Dan is also an avid hunter and outdoorsman. Every fall, he disappears into Missouri’s dense hardwood forests to pursue whitetail deer and turkey with bow and arrow. He lives with his wife and three children in St. Louis, where the deer take their revenge by eating all of the plants in his backyard. Find him at http://dankoboldt.com/


Rena Olsen

Rena Olsen is a writer, therapist, teacher, sometimes singer, and eternal optimist. By day she tries to save the world as a school therapist, and at night she creates new worlds in her writing. Her debut novel, THE GIRL BEFORE, will be available from Putnam 8/9/2016. She is represented by Sharon Pelletier of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

Website: renaolsen.com
Twitter: @originallyrena

Instagram: rosmiles

Elizabeth Roderick
ELIZABETH RODERICK is a West Coast girl, currently living in a one-room, off-grid shack in Washington State. She is the author of Love or Money, a romantic thriller about a young woman trying to escape the drug trade, and The Other Place Series about a young man with schizophrenia trying to make it as an artist, and a young woman addicted to heroin just trying to make it. The first installment of that series releases on 5/31/16.
Elizabeth has several other YA, NA and Adult novels in the writing and editing process. She writes across most genres, but her books have a common theme: they are the stories of people who are generally ignored, shunned, oppressed or outright reviled by society. Those are the stories she finds the most beauty in.  
In addition to writing, Elizabeth is a freelance editor of most fiction genres, and is a musician and songwriter. Find her on her website, blog, Twitter, Amazon, or Goodreads.
Twitter: @LidsRodney
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14759014.Elizabeth_Roderick


Layla Reyne

Attorney by day, writer by night, Layla Reyne was raised in North Carolina and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her scientist husband and three smushed-faced dogs. Growing up surrounded by generations of Southern storytellers and at the knee of her soap opera loving grandparents, she began writing at an early age. Now writing romantic suspense and contemporary romance, Layla is inspired by her coast-to-coast experiences and delights in weaving the people she’s met and places she’s been into her stories for readers everywhere to enjoy. Layla is a PRO Member of Romance Writers of America and its Kiss of Death, Silicon Valley and Golden Network chapters. She is represented by Laura Bradford of the Bradford Literary Agency and is a 2016 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist for her romantic suspense novel, Four Tragedies.


Natasha Raulerson

Natasha Raulerson grew up as a tomboy hanging with the guys, getting skinned knees, and swimming in the South Florida sun.Though she’s more inclined to wear dresses now, she still prefers a good pair of chucks and comfy pair of jeans. Tattoos, Jack Daniels, and hanging at the pool are three of her favorite things. An author of adult romantic suspense, by day she writes about the characters driving her imagination wild. By night she enjoys a good book, hanging with her hubs and getting snuggle attacks from her two spoiled pups.

She is represented by Laura Bradford of the Bradford Literary Agency




As the firstborn of a sports enthusiast, Holly soon learned the only games she'd ever learn to conquer involved consoles and controllers. Whenever she wasn't battling virtual monsters or racing on digital tracks, she was usually working a story. Eventually, her passions converged and she started writing about the future of gaming. The result is her debut novel ARENA, released April 2016. She's currently at work on its sequel. She still plays video games, except now she gets to say "it's for research."

Twitter: @HollyN_Jennings


Sarah Glenn Marsh

Sarah Glenn Marsh writes young adult novels and children's picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since. She lives in Virginia with her husband and four rescued greyhounds. When she's not writing, she's often painting, or engaged in pursuits of the nerd variety from video games to tabletop adventures and dungeon crawls. Her forthcoming works include Fear the Drowning Deep (Sky Pony, October 4th 2016), the Reign of the Fallen duology (Razorbill/Penguin, date TBD), Anna Strong: Daughter of the American Revolution (Abrams Kids, date TBD), A Campfire Tail and Selfie Sebastian (Sterling Kids, Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 respectively). Her young adult works are represented by Lucy Carson at the Friedrich Agency, and her picture books by McIntosh & Otis Literary. Visit her online at www.sarahglennmarsh.com.

Blog 

Angie Sandro

Angie Sandro was born at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Within six weeks, she began the first of eleven relocations throughout the United States, Spain, and Guam before the age of eighteen. Friends were left behind. The only constants in her life were her family and the books she shipped wherever she went. Traveling the world inspired her imagination and allowed her to create her own imaginary friends. Visits to her father's family in Louisiana inspired this story. Angie now lives in Northern California with her husband, two children, and an overweight Labrador.

Shari Schwarz

Shari Schwarz lives in Ft. Collins, Colorado near the Rocky Mountains with her husband and their four boys. TREASURE AT LURE LAKE (April 12, 2016) is her debut middle grade novel which reflects her love for a good survival adventure story. When she’s not reading or writing, Shari can be found freelance editing, weight-lifting, gardening or watching her boys play various sports. She frequently daydreams of exploring Oregon Coast beaches or plotting out her next children’s book.



Amy Trueblood
A devotee of reading and writing from a very young age, Amy Trueblood grew up surrounded by books. After stints working in entertainment and advertising, she began writing her first manuscript and has never looked back. Her published work has appeared in The Fall and Summer's Edge short story collections as well as Pen & Muses' first Dark Carnival collection. Currently she is a freelance editor with Wild Things Editing. Her work is represented by Roseanne Wells of the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. To learn more about Amy, check out her blog, Chasing The Crazies, or follow her on Twitter or Tumblr.



Max Wirestone is the author of the geek-themed Dahlia Moss mystery series, the second of which--- ASTONISHING MISTAKES-  will hit stores in February of 2017. Max is a Query Kombat alum with a penchant for zippy query letters, expansive JRPGs, and overcommitting his schedule. Check out his website at maxwirestone.com or follow him on twitter at @maxwires.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Query Kombat 2016 Meet My Slush Reader and Enter to Win a Free Pass!

Query Kombat is back! 

First things first: You are all so very talented, you make picking extremely difficult for me. And since there's no cap on entries this year, I decided to enlist the help of a very talented writer (and excellent critique partner) to sift through everything for me. Meet Kara!




Kara Reynolds is a stay-at-home mom of three who likes to spend her nearly-non-existent free time writing novels. Her weaknesses include James T. Kirk, lightsabers, and anything TARDIS-blue. She writes contemporary and light speculative YA novels. She is clearly a gigantic nerd, and if she could go back in time, she would tell her teenage self to embrace her inner geekiness. While Kara lives in Wyoming, she is not of Wyoming. But it's growing on her.

Kara writes for Operation Awesome, providing ideas and inspiration for getting over writer's block. She also critiques query letters and Twitter pitches those days, so if you need a fresh set of eyes on your week, be sure to comment on her Tuesday Museday posts! To connect with Kara, you can also visit her blog or find her on Twitter.

This year, I'm offering each of you a chance to bypass the slush and go straight into the contest where you will receive judge feedback and an opportunity to make the agent round. You'll still have to knock out your competitor in Round 1, though, so make sure your first page and query (and the entire manuscript) are as polished as you can get them before you submit. 




To create some excitement and spread the word about the contest, I'm following Michelle's lead and raffling off one of the spots on my team. 


My Free Pass contest will be open until May 5. On May 6, I'll draw one lucky winner at random, and post the results on this blog.


To enter the contest, answer the following question in the blog comments, using 50 words or less: What weapon/skill does your main character use to fight for his or her dreams? Please include your Twitter handle so I can notify you if you win.


Make sure you use the Rafflecopter and don't just leave a comment. The Rafflecopter is choosing the winner, so you must get your name in it. For bonus entries, follow me and Kara on Twitter or visit my Facebook author page.

To learn more about Query Kombat go here. The judges and agents will be posted soon. There will be a Twitter party starting just before the submission date of May 21nd. Watch my blog for more details.

Good luck with the free pass! 


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