Editor Shop with Entangled Publishing

June 9, 2016

It’s coming! Editor Shop with Entangled Publishing!

June 13, 2016!

MuseTracks

What is this “Agent/Editor Shop”? How will this awesome event benefit me?

This isn’t a contest… there aren’t any winners… just a chance to put your pitch in front of acquiring agent/editors(s). They’ll read the pitches and request more if your pitch grabs their attention. What they request is up to them. We do not make guarantees.

Agent/Editor Shop will only be “open” one day, per quarter, and we only take the first twenty pitches.

After the pitches go live on the blog, the agent/editor reads and decides, like shopping, if they want more. They will then contact us and we will forward on information to the author(s) who received requests. We will also post results after the agent/editor contacts us. Just the requests made—no names.

The rules are simple and easy to follow. They must be adhered to in order for you to be considered by our guest agent or editor.

**Very Important**

Please check each agent/editor’s website for what types/genres they accept.

 

  1. We will post a big green GO! on the HOME page the Sunday morning of the Shop. All entries must be submitted on that day. (1 Day Only) Sunday, June 12, 2016
  1. You will send your entry to musetracks.blog@gmail.com
    NO attachments. All the required information must be in the body of the email.
  1. Only one pitch per email. No exceptions.
  1. The pitch must be 200 words or less. No exceptions. Word count WILL be verified before your pitch is accepted. (Contact info is not counted toward your pitch word count.)
  1. Please put Agent/Editor Shop in the subject line.
  1. The email should follow this format:

Title

Genre/Subgenre

Word count of manuscript

Your 200 word synopsis pitch

  1. We will take the first 20 pitches. A big red STOP! will be posted when we have 20 viable pitches. (Please note that we will not contact you if these rules are not followed. They simply will not be used.) If your pitch was one of the first twenty to reach our inbox, you’ll see it posted the next day, on the main page of the MUSETRACKS blog, for the shopping agent/editor to peruse.

This is a great opportunity to get in front of an agent/editor, so most important of all—polish that pitch until it shines! Double check spelling and grammar. Strictly follow the rules. Breathe.

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MUSETRACKS wishes you the best of luck!

The requests made will be published no later than June 20, 2016!


Good morning! Here are the pitches.

December 16, 2012

UPDATE:

I’VE HEARD BACK FROM RHONDA AND I’LL BE E-MAILING THE AUTHORS THAT RHONDA MADE REQUESTS FROM THROUGHOUT THE DAY! WE’RE HAVING WEATHER UP IN MY NECK OF THE WOODS, SO IT MAY TAKE ME SOME TIME TO GET EMAILS OUT TO EVERYONE.

SHE EXPRESSED INTEREST IN ELEVEN PITCHES, AND OFFERED TO SEE MORE INFO ON A COUPLE SHE WASN’T CERTAIN WERE ROMANCE.

GOOD JOB EVERYONE!

Good morning everyone and a huge welcome to Rhonda Penders with The Wild Rose Press.

It’s interesting…

I’ll give the stats below, as I usually do, but this time I had a lot of pitches from authors/writers who haven’t been to Agent/Editor Shop before. Many of them didn’t make it in today. It’s too bad too! We didn’t even fill up all the slots because so many of the pitches didn’t follow the rules.

Here’s the thing, and I say this every week. Agent/Editor Shop is an opportunity to get your work in front of an ACQUIRING agent or editor. Preparing and learning and doing research is vital at any stage of a writer’s career. Following submission guidelines, whether it’s for a pitch or query or full submission, is almost as important as the time you invest in your writing.

A good story will always shine through… Maybe, maybe not. But why would you sabotage your chances by not following the rules?

Okay, now onto the pitch stats.

Pitches received:44

Pitches accepted:18

Pitches deleted:26!!!

  • 15 – Too long
  • 5 – Missing contact or story info
  • 6 – Not romance

I have to tell you, doing  these Agent/Editor Shops has given me a whole new perspective in what agents and editors go through on a daily basis with hundreds more submissions than I receive. The time I use for one shop is a fraction of the time they have to spend every day weeding through hundreds of queries and submissions. There’s a very good reason they have guidelines and by not following them, you’re doing yourself a disservice. For those of you who read, re-read, and followed the pitching rules – KUDOS! You’ve taken one huge hurdle and demolished it.

So, now that we have that out of the way… Welcome Rhonda. I hope you’ll find something that interests you. If you do, please email me at dancillaw@yahoo.com with the pitch number, title and of course, what you’d like to see from the author and how they should send it.

We’re grateful for having you with us today and for taking the time to look at the pitches.

Out top pitch slot winner is: PURE AS SNOW

And ELLIE HELLER is the lucky winner of the ARC of PRIMITIVE NIGHTS. (E-mail me and I’ll get you your copy.)

ON TO THE PITCHES! Good luck everyone and thanks for joining us!

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TOP PITCH SLOT WINNER

#1

PURE AS SNOW

Paranormal/Shifter

20,000 words

Lynka a tri-shifter is one of the Sisters of the Earth and a spirit of the Tundra region. Her domain is the ice and snow. She meets Igor a guardian who is sent to protect Lynka’s mother (an earth goddess) while she gives birth. Unfortunately for Lynka, her uncle (a warlock) is determined to capture Lynka’s baby sister Estelle and steal her powers for himself.

Lynka and Igor must combine their skills of strength and wisdom in order to deflect the evil and allow this child to be born in a pure and untouched place. Can Lynka combat the fear she has of being with others to protect her mother and sister? or will the need to flee and be isolated be her undoing and place the innocents in the path of evil.

This is the first of the Sisters of Earth series.

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#2

DON’T FALL FOR THE PUNK

Contemporary Romance

55,000 words

He works in the Comic bookstore and he plays music.

She is a Pastors daughter, they come from two totally different worlds and now they are fighting for their love. Can he find the strength to stand up for his love of her and do what he believes is right?

Its do or die for him.

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#3

SIXTH SENSE

Romantic Suspense with a Paranormal Twist

65,000 words

Reluctant psychic Katherine Crystal, dubbed “Crystal Ball Kate,” is thrust into the national spotlight when she accurately predicts that the young son of movie actor Vince Rivers will die in a private plane crash. Skeptical Atlanta police detective Jack Hale—who harbors a deep-seated distrust of psychics—is the by-the-book officer who ignores Katherine’s warnings when she calls to report her premonition. Jack is forced to partner with Kate, who uses her eerie sensitivity to evil to help him catch a serial killer. Their investigation into a mystery surrounding Kate’s birth leads to murder and romance among a secret society of psychics in the quaint spiritualist community of Casa Spirito, Florida.

Sixth Sense just won the Georgia Romance Writers 2012 Unpublished Maggie Award of Excellence in the Paranormal/Fantasy category.

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#4

THE THIRD WIFE
Historical romance with elements of fantasy, set in 16th-Century Tuscany
80,500 words

Aimee is a gifted witch trapped in a marriage as the third wife of Prince Henri and an unwilling participant in a plot to produce an heir. She finds friendship and love with a talking cat and Steven, the guard captain. She spends a lifetime sifting through high court infidelities and atrocities to insure her daughter finds her place assisting the rightful Queen.

King Henri marries the second wife and twins are born. The first born, Carlo, is betrothed to princess Domenica, a gorgeous but spoiled bitch who seduces the brother, Piero, but marries Carlo.

King Henri had another child, Isabella, who helps Carlo as king after Henri is killed. In a murderous fit, Domenica pushes Carlo off a cliff, expecting her son to be king, but Piero is chosen. Piero marries Aimee’s daughter but remains enthralled with Domenica. The kingdom suffers under Piero who sinks into madness. Aimee uses her last strength to summon a storm to end a long drought, and Piero dies in the resulting flood. Aimee dies after Isabella is crowed as the first Queen ever.

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#5

UNTITLED

Religious Romance
40,000 words

Harlequin Inspire is romance lite for the Christian woman, and Christians are the majority of world population, but what about the rest of us? I have in mind a line of religious based romances that cover other world religions such as Judaism, Budism, Islam, and Wicca to name a few, and how these religions shape the lives of the women who follow them. The first book I see in this set I already have in rough form and am working on polishing. It is about Seraphina Bergman, a late- twenties modern Jewish girl whose best friend is getting married. this is the catalyst for Sera to finally move from her parents’ home to her very first house and make an effort to meet a man. What she would never have guessed is her new next door neighbor is not only drop-dead sexy, but he is also an Israeli Jew. A romance blooms between them and after a single night of passion, Zev, her neighbor is re-activated on a mission for Mossad and must leave immediately. He has been gone for several months when Sera realizes she is pregnant. As well as the romantic aspect of this story, it also informs the reader of modern Jewish (liberal) views and customs. The tale comes to a climax when Zev returns to the United States under deep cover and Sera runs into Zev as her best friend is at a last minute flower consultation.

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#6

THE MARGUESS AND THE LADY

Historical Regency Romance

94,000 words

HUNTER CRANSTON, MARQUESS OF REDINGCOATE was devastatingly betrayed by his brother with the woman he loved, 7 years ago. Although he has decided to marry, he vows that he will not risk his heart again, only marrying to beget heirs.

LADY AMANDA SEACROFT has loved the Marquess for almost 2 years but as he has yet to offer for her, she has decided to marry Viscount Bensen. The viscount only wants to marry her, as his father will disinherit him should he not marry within the year.

When Amanda is compromised by the Viscount, the Marquess is the only witness. Without admitting he has feelings for her, he cannot let Amanda marry anyone else, whether he loves her or not. As the two marry, they begin to love and learn to trust one another. Hunter’s past catches up with them, however, entangling both the newly wedded pair and their coterie of friends in a murder and kidnapping plot.

Will Hunter put aside his fear and learn to love his wife? Will Amanda learn to put aside her insecurity over Hunter’s past love to trust in him fully?

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#7

DARKNESS UNDONE

Genre Paranormal Romance

108700 words

After being bound to a vengeful goddess, immortal warrior, Reynner, has little time for the fairer sex. The last thing he wants is to be aligned with another female, even if she is the key to finding an artifact and saving his realm. His stone-cold resistance is tested, his attraction undeniable for the feisty mortal. But she demands the one thing he cannot give her…his trust.

Eve Leighton keeps away from intimacy of any sort after an accident in her teens left her with a painful gift—the ability to see into another’s soul with physical contact. When an ice-cold warrior claims she is his world’s savior, she’s intrigued, until she dares a look into his soul and sees a man who’s been cruelly betrayed. She agrees to help him and loses her heart. But the man is an unassailable fortress.

With quiet determination, she chips away his barriers and a passion darker than night pulls them under.

But Reynner must overcome his own personal demons as battles are fought to claim the woman he loves or lose her to a vicious goddess. And Eve has to face her own mortality and fight for a love of a lifetime.

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#8

CAPTIVE OF HER HEART

Historical Romance-Regency Period

103,000 words

Everybody has a secret. Some are more dangerous than others.

For Georgina Wilcox, daughter to the traitor known as “The Fox”, there are too many secrets to count. Treated as more of a servant than daughter in her father’s household, she is content to secretly aid the men he imprisons. After her last attempt to free a prisoner resulted in the man’s death and for her, a severe beating she’s forced to accept she cannot free another man. That is until she meets Adam.

Adam Markham, a member of the Brethren of the Lords, an elite group of spies is captured. Adam loses everything: his close-knit family and Grace, the woman he fell in love with. As his days in captivity grow, he finds himself fascinated by Georgina. Her innocence and bravery breathe life into him.

When Adam is freed he realizes he cannot live without Georgina. They wed and Georgina has added the most unforgivable lie of all to her mountain of secrets–the truth of her identity. As the carefully crafted lies she’s built their marriage around begin to crumble Georgina realizes she’ll do anything to prove her loyalty—even it means at the expense of her life.

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#9

HER TIME TO DIE

Romantic Suspense

73,507 words

Sandra Walsh, codename Wraith, was a sniper for a mercenary-style agency. When her bullet misses the target and kills the young girl she’s supposed to save she realizes she can’t stay in this life anymore. But the only way she can quit the agency is to fake her death. Without telling her team her plan, she sabotages a covert meeting and makes it appear as if she was blown up in a bombing.

She establishes a new identity in a small town managing an entertainment center owned by sexy former Marine, Casper Grady. But she gets sucked back into the world she tried to escape when the agency finds out she’s still alive and comes after her.

When they discover Grady’s connection to her, she knows it could jeopardize his life. She’s kicking herself for not leaving town sooner but her heart wouldn’t let her leave him. Now she has to keep them safe while trying to figure out how to get them out of this mess. But Grady doesn’t make it easy when he has his own ideas on what they should do and only complicates things when he takes their attraction to the next level.

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#10

LOVE & VENGEANCE

Historical Fiction with Romantic Elements

100,000 words

Back during the reign of Trajan, c. 108 AD, at the pinnacle of Rome’s power, Marcus, a fine Roman citizen, is stripped of his position to be condemned as a slave to fight in gladiatorial games. Sentenced to die in the Colosseum, he lives and excels at the blood sport, becoming Champion of Rome, possessed by a demon to win his freedom to exact vengeance against his accusers.

Gustina is a Roman slave, never tasting the joys freedom, serves her owner, her domina, but when she finds the woman dead, poisoned by her husband, Gustina is accused as the killer and sentenced to die in the Colosseum.

Marcus saves her by using the coin he wins to buy her life. He will protect her from death by his status as champion and she will save him from the dark demon of vengeance but together, their love is tested by the very Romans who condemned him to slavery – his family – the same people he must rescue her from before they kill her.

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#11

AMOROUS

Contemporary/Sci Fi Romance
80,000 words

Sofia was having the worst day. First her car seems to have finally given up the ghost and gasped its final breath. After a grueling commute through slush and frigid temps she walks in on her boyfriend becoming intimately acquainted with Stephanie, her Supervisor. To add insult to injury, Stephanie then explained that she was being downsized. Finally home she finds a large cat-like creature half frozen and injured on her balcony. What else can go wrong?

The people of Felinus are in jeopardy. Havardr is chosen to investigate an uninitiated planet where a comrade had disappeared. Ensnared, he awaits his fate till the most delicious scent empowers him to escape the trap. Severely injured, he follows the scent to a tiny house. There he discovers the most delightful surprise of all……

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#12

BRIGHT STAR

Historical/paranormal Romance

98,000 words

Pandora Mavros is on the hunt for one of her own. A high ranking Siren has gone rogue, murdering innocent men. Her mission is to locate the rogue and the artifact she has stolen. If she fails; the destruction of her people will follow. The licentious and dashing Alexander is a complication she is definitely not looking for. Could he be working for the rogue?

Alexander Knight is searching for his business partner who mysteriously disappeared and with him the ancient map of the elusive island of Eudora. Alex doesn’t need the impediment of his desire for the mysterious and guarded Pandora, but something or someone is forcing them together. Is she his salvation? Or the destruction of everything he holds dear?

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#13

ONCE UPON A MASQUERADE
Historical Romance
115,366 words

Cordelia Clarke has waited two years, in vain, for her brother’s best friend to see her as more than a sister to him. The night of his masquerade ball, she produces a false identity, along with a colorful costume and proceeds to show him she is a desirable woman and not a dear girl. Her wildest dreams come true, she leaves him quivering and wanting more.

Andrew Daventry, Viscount Sutton is no usual aristocrat. He is a gentleman in every sense of the word. But, after the night of his family’s masquerade, he becomes very bitter and annoyed. The enchantress he meets and sets him aflame, rejects his offer to become acquainted with one another without costume. Confounded by lust, he sets out to find the beauty that turned his well-ordered life upside down.

His search leads to his one true love, the woman he never knew that he even wanted. Not until they share an unexpected, tender kiss in her parlor.

Their lives become complicated when another suitor vies for Cordelia’s affections and a tremendous secret rips them apart. Nosy relatives and misunderstandings certainly do not help. Yet, they have the most powerful weapon of all, friendship.

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#14

GUITAR GOD

YA—Contemporary Fantasy

195,000 words

Polly’s moment had finally arrived, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time. Barely a teenager, Polly had reluctantly accepted the role of human guardian of the Green. Now, about to begin college and leave her hometown and all the weirdness behind, fate calls her, except to save the Green she must defeat Isaac, the boy she loves.

Isaac was the kid nobody liked until a mysterious faerie granted him his greatest wish. Now bestowed with incredible musical prowess, Isaac is loved and admired by all. But there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Polly is the only one who can save Isaac’s soul, but her first responsibility is to the Green. Can Polly save the Green and save Isaac as well?

Guitar God is a Jewish, suburban rock and roll fantasy with a 1970s soundtrack. It’s urban fantasy in the suburbs. It’s War For The Oaks meets Portnoy’s Complaint. It’s crossover YA for teens and their parents. It’s a world where the faerie folk walk among us, but we don’t know it. It’s about the magical places where we grew up. Maybe we knew about them or maybe we walked by them every day without even noticing.

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#15

IMMORTAL BLOODLINES

Paranormal Romance

88,000 words

Kila’s mother severed their relationship in hopes of keeping her lineage a secret. When Kila meets Ethan, a charming and lethal man from the bayou, things take a passionate but bitter twist. Their illicit love affair acts as a catalyst to her birthright. Bringing her destiny to the forefront awakens the Sepulturans, riling unprecedented anger from shape-shifting clans, and reveals the truth behind the voices in her head. One act of forbidden romance shatters the carefully sculpted facade on reality, one where shape-shifters prey on humans, creatures of the grave distort minds, and an unknowing hunter walks among the immortal bloodlines.

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#16

WARDER
Contemporary Fantasy Romance
108000 words

Only after she’s chosen to train to keep everyone safe from misused magic does Mona realize her ability to see and manipulate other people’s spells, but not create her own, isn’t a failing, but a rare trait. Her studies go well until she disregards the rule stating Warders never go after a spell’s creator. Hoping to stop more shifters from getting killed, she sets out to track down the person setting death traps.

Cart Dupree is called in by a high-ranking elf to find the magic user behind the killings. Mona dogs his steps, despite the fact that she shouldn’t be involved in his investigation. Reckless and headstrong she plays fast and loose with danger, something no mate of his will ever do, there are too many orphans in his family already.

But it’s not her actions that get shifters killed, it’s the madman who is spelling them to capture Mona or die. With each successive attempt coming closer to succeeding, and the death toll for shifters rising, Mona and Cart use his skills as an investigator and hers as a Warder, to decipher the few clues they have. Before they become the next victims.

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#17

TRUTH AND HUMILITY

Romance / Suspense

112,000 words

For over a century, two families have fought, shot, kidnapped, hung, burned, stolen from and accused one another. Danny Bennett knows that most of what keeps her family feuding with the Cahill clan is baseless accusations from both parties, but that doesn’t keep her from taking sides. After all, when her fun-loving brother, Derek – the person she idolizes most – has been accused of murder, her loyalties lay solidly with him. Accustomed to living on the edge, Danny welcomes a good challenge… until she unwittingly falls prey to her brother’s accuser.

Driven by hatred, Austin Cahill knows exactly what to do with Danny: use her as a weapon against her brother. Derek must pay for killing Austin’s fiancé, but Austin must coax a confession out of him first. His plan to “own” Derek’s beloved baby sister should break the man, but he soon discovers a much bigger obstacle… his burgeoning desire for Danny. When Derek comes for her, will Austin be prepared to let her go in exchange for the truth? Will his quest for vengeance destroy the woman he’s grown to care for? Or will it be the truth that brings them all down?

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#18

SWITCH

YA

78,000 words

Becoming a soldier to protect her nation from rebels isn’t the way sixteen-year-old Allesra92 expected to spend her birthday. And doing so while posing as her twin brother borders insanity. But she’ll do anything to keep her mentally challenged brother out of Asylum – a place where those who aren’t ‘normal’ are sent and never return.

Pretending to be part of the boys’ fart-belch-fight club is a piece of cake compared to finding out her entire nation is nothing more than a higher government’s testing dome. Outside the dome isn’t much better when a rebel attack places her in the midst of a bipolar(ish) rebel leader who wants to sacrifice her and her brother to the government authorities to further his own cause.

And the government wants her and her brother – badly. Enough so that anyone she comes in contact becomes a target as well, and she’s faced with the ultimate decision between her brother’s safety and the freedom of a nation. With rebels who lie, authorities who kill, and a boy who steals her heart, any direction she chooses looks like a dead end.


Another Agent Shop!

November 14, 2011

AGENT SHOP PITCH DAY IS TOMORROW!!!!

Anyone ready for another Agent Shop?

Good. We’ve got the awesome Laura Bradford coming MONDAY. SQUEEE!

Per her website:

Laura Bradford established the Bradford Literary Agency in 2001. She considers herself an editorial-focused agent and takes a hands-on approach to developing proposals and manuscripts with her authors for the most appropriate markets. During her own misadventures as a writer, Laura came to understand the importance of having a friendly but critical eye on your side, a career strategist in your corner and a guide who can lead you through the travails of publication.

Her recent sales include books placed with Berkley, Grand Central, Harlequin, Kensington, Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins, Sourcebooks, Hyperion, Flux, Macmillan, Adams Media, Egmont USA, John Wiley and Sons and Mira Books. She continues to actively build her client list and is currently seeking work in the following genres: Romance (historical, romantic suspense, paranormal, category, contemporary, erotic), urban fantasy, women’s fiction, mystery, thrillers and young adult as well as some select non-fiction.

She is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR) and Romance Writers of America, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and she is an RWA-recognized agent.

If you plan to pitch, I suggest you get to know a little about her.

You can do this here:

http://www.bradfordlit.com/

and follow her on Twitter

http://twitter.com/#!/bradfordlit

Her Twitter feed is not only funny, (she’s a riot and you’ll love Sophie Dorring’s antics) but very informative. I love her ‘rants’ and ‘askagent’ sessions.

Pitch day will be TOMORROW Nov. 20th, 2011. As usual, wait until you see the word GO posted on the main page. It will be up by 10:00 am E.S.T.

Ms. Bradford will be here on Mon. 21st to  look at the pitches that made it through.

Good luck and spread the word!


10 Reasons Why You Should Go to the RWA Conference

June 1, 2011

Song of the Day: Here I Go Again by Whitesnake

For romance writers, conference season is upon us. Authors from all over the world, the superstars to the newly aspiring, will converge in New York City later this month for Romance Writers of America’s 31st annual conference.

Yes, MuseTrackers, I will be there to lay waste. With this year’s theme Bright Lights, Big Stories, I’m prepared to wow the Big Apple with my unique personality and overall awesomeness, aka my “brand”. Okay, that’s a loooong stretch. However, I have set aside my general fear of flying (again) and the excitement is seeping in.

This will be my third year attending. I don’t claim to be all-knowing (quiet down, those of you in the peanut gallery), but I think it’s safe to say I’ve learned enough to share a few tidbits with you. And so, with the dash of snark you have come to expect from me, I give you—

10 Reasons Why You Should Go to the RWA Conference

1. The People. Meet new like-minded crazies. Think about it, 2,000+ people who listen to the voices in their heads, just like you. You can also connect with the friends you’ve made online. New friends, old friends, the potential is there to make life-long friends, which will be handy when sharing padded cells.

2. The Energy. Whoo boy. The energy crackles. It’s contagious. There is no cure. You are so giddy from all the excitement, you want to write, write, write.

3. Pitching. If someone doesn’t ask about your book or what you write, you must still be in your hotel room. There is a very, very good chance you will pitch, even if you do not have an appointment to do so with an agent or editor. You may be standing in line, you may be at the bar, you may be in the restroom, but you will be asked. And you never know who is listening. I’ve heard many stories of how a casual conversation led to an industry pro asking for submissions.

4. Workshops Galore. There is a workshop for every facet of writing. Craft, research, business, the writer’s life, chats, publishing, and more, there is something for everyone.  If that wasn’t incentive enough, I’ll be presenting at one of those workshops. Look for me at Road to Novel Completion: Potholes, Pit Stops, and Poppy Fields, Oh My! You won’t want to miss that, right?

5. Industry Spotlights. Be in the know about publishers. Listen to the editors, get to know their personalities, find out what they are looking for and what they are not, and ask questions. These spotlights go a long way in helping determine a good fit, and the inside knowledge is valuable. Wasn’t it School House Rock that said Knowledge Is Power?

6. Girl Crushes. Stargaze at the famous, meet your favorite authors, and go ga-ga over those who inspire.

7. Networking, baby.  Go to the retreats. Get to know everyone. Let them get to know you. Be a sponge and listen closely. Share information and insights. Participate – actively. This is a biggie in my book. You never know when opportunity will strike. Assume it will strike at any moment. Last year, I played a Mad Libs – type game sponsored by Grand Central Publishing and won. My prize, a critique by two GCP editors. Now, that’s golden. You should be green with envy.

8. The Parties. All work and no play makes (insert crazy writer’s name) a dull boy/girl. So play! Publishers, chapters, organizations, and individuals hold all sorts of merrymaking revelry. Some even have themes. RWA holds a fancy awards ceremony, too. Great excuses to show off your swanky new digs. Bonus: more networking.

9. The Freebies. Publishers host book signings and all the books are freeeeeeee. Romance queens and brand new authors alike will gladly sign your copy. Last year, I picked up books as gifts for the readers in my family. I also collected some for a raffle basket at my child’s school fundraiser. Did I mention the books are freeeeeeee?

10. It’s a Tax Write-off. Yep, the entire affair is tax deductible. The registration, travel, hotel stay, food, the whole shebang is a write off.

Enhance you career, network, and have fun, this is the goal. Be looking for my next post covering the conference do’s followed by the don’ts.

Want to add to the list? Got more reasons to attend? Please share!


Pitch Day at ‘Agent Shop’ with agent Jenny Bent and author Ellyn Bache

May 29, 2011

 

UPDATE: STOP! We’ve received the pitches we need. Check back tomorrow to see if yours made it in time! (and hopefully followed the rules.) I’ll also announce the winner of the Top Pitch Slot and the copy of The Art if Saying Goodbye.

Good Luck!

Welcome to another ‘Agent Shop’. It’s pitch day! YAY!

We’re happy to welcome Jenny Bent from The Bent Agency to this session of Agent Shop.

Today we also have Jenny’s client, Ellyn Bache, with us for the author spotlight with her novel, THE ART OF SAYING GOODBYE.

Leave a comment below using the words ART and GOODBYE for a chance at the Top Pitch Slot or a signed copy of The Art of Saying Goodbye!

Welcome Ellyn!

THE ART OF SAYING GOODBYE

   

In a gesture of support and affection for a long-time neighbor who has fallen ill, four women in a close-knit suburban development tie white ribbons to trees in front of their houses, and embark on a powerful journey of transformation. Their ailing friend has always been the neighborhood star, an effervescent beauty whose charm draws all of them in.  As they grapple with her illness, each of them responds in a different way as she sees her own problems with new perspective.  A marriage put on hold because of a difficult child, a nurse’s eerie and unwanted gift of diagnosis, widow’s destructive bitterness, the price of a successful career, all come into play to shape their stories. Ultimately, each one learns to say goodbye … but not before drawing from her friend’s strength the courage to move on and change, as she recognizes that her own life, in the afterglow of someone else’s, is richer and more precious than she thought.

Praise for The Art of Saying Goodbye

“This is a moving, gratifying, and inspiring reminder to live life to its fullest and demonstrate love in every possible way to friends and family.”—Publishers Weekly

The Art of Saying Goodbye is a deeply felt and beautiful story that portrays what friends can mean to each other in ways that are difficult to articulate, and Bache has done so here in perfect pitch. Bravo!”—Dorothea Benton Frank, bestselling author of “Sullivan’s Island” and “Folly Beach”


This sounds like such a powerful read. I have to ask, where did the title come from?

From Jenny Bent.  We had been tossing titles around for weeks.  Nobody liked the preliminary ones — “The Ribbon Trees,” and before that, “Ribbons for Paisley.”  Then Jenny came up with THE ART OF SAYING GOODBYE, and from the first moment, it sounded right.  It was exactly what the book was about — five women learning the art of saying goodbye, not just to a friend, but to elements of their own lives that weren’t working, that needed to be discarded so they could move on and grow.

 

Care to share what ‘The call’ was like?

In addition to being a remarkable agent, Jenny is one of the finest editors I’ve ever worked with.  When she first saw the book, she had a number of questions she wanted me to address.  What was amazing was how right she seemed to be on every issue.  The minute she posed it, I invariably thought, yes, this is something I need to work on.  And I did.  When she finally thought the manuscript was ready to go out, we both felt confident about it — and she sold the book in three days.  What a thrill!

 

That’s awesome. Both that you have such a great working relationship with Jenny AND that she sold it in three days! What else do you have in the works?

Something almost too new to talk about.  But I can tell you it’s about a friendship between several women, one really annoying man, and the art of walking dogs.

 

Too fun. We look forward to seeing more from you. What’s your advice for aspiring authors?

I’ve been writing for a long time, and there are two things I think are most critical: Stick with it.  And don’t lose confidence. If you sit down every day and write, you are going to get better.  You are going to learn skills you never thought you’d master.  You need to believe in yourself enough to send that work out when it’s ready (knowing when it’s ready is another topic altogether).  You need to believe good things will happen.  Sooner or later, they will.  In today’s competitive market, even the most accomplished writers are often rejected, criticized, and (too often) demoralized.  Don’t give up. If you have a supportive writing group that believes in your project, that’s a huge help, too.  But you have to keep at it, no matter what.  Persistence, persistence, persistence!

That’s great advice! 


Where can we find you Ellyn?

www.ellynbache.com

Harper Collins

Fresh Fiction

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Where can we buy The Art of Saying Goodbye?

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Borders

www.indiebound.org

Thanks so much for being our spotlight today and we wish you the best!

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