Easter is almost upon us (No, I can’t believe this, either), which means more than simply newborn lambs, chirping chicks and flowering buds. Yes yes, all nice things, I agree. But there’s more to this time of year if you're an author. That’s because, it’s NestPitch time!
If you don’t know what this is, then in an eggshell (continuing the Easter theme) it’s a writing contest; a chance to work with a mentor and their story master team mates and get your book noticed by the magical beings known as, literary agents. Yes! Exciting, right?
The submission window opens on April 1st, which isn’t far off now. If you have a polished manuscript in any category and genre (but sorry, no picture books this time) then definitely visit organiser, Nik Vukoja’s blog here for the finer details.
This year, I am delighted to be involved, and making up one third of Team Sugar Rush! aka, the winning team. We are mentor, Louise Gornall, me (obviously) and my talented fellow reader Sarah Carlson. A team that is too good to be true, you might say. I would agree. But seriously, this is not an illusion; we are real.
Together we’re going to pick the BEST entries in the slush pile, we’re going to make those books sing like Celine Dion, and we’re going to make agents beg to read more and represent these authors. Piece of Easter cake. (Yes, please.)
So step aside all you other NestPitch teams, there can only be one triumphant team – and that’s us!
Find and follow #TeamSugarRush on Twitter and see just how smawesome we actually are.
(Actually, there can be more than one team that wins. Well, all the teams can. I'm just a teeny tiny bit competitive.) (And, actually, there are no guarantees agents will want to represent these authors, but Team Sugar Rush will be working their butts off to make this happen!)
I love good news. But good news from author friends is close to the best. So here are TWO huge announcements I'm delighted to share with you.
Just over a month ago, my beautiful friend Sarah Carlson signed with an agent! And, in my opinion, the perfect agent.
You must visit Sarah's website and read her story. I'm so very proud of her, she's a YA author to watch, believe me, so keep your eye on her.
And just this week, another of my beautiful author friends, this time the incredible PB, CB and MG writer, Sharon Chriscoe, signed with an agent, too!
So, please visit Sharon's website and read her story.
Yeah, it's a pretty exciting time for my talented pals; they've started 2015 with a proper bang. They deserve their successes. They are supportive, enthusiastic, hardworking people, and I'm honoured to know them. It was really only a matter of time before they hit their writing jackpots. Of course, there's still a way to go along their publication paths, but they'll make it, I have zero doubts.
And you know what...considering some of the other incredibly talented folk I have the pleasure of knowing, I think there's plenty more of this type of news lurking just around the corner!
For now, cheers ladies!