Nest Blogger’s Revealed – oh & Magic Bunyip’s explained


 Hello all. Well, it’s time for the Nest Bloggers Revealcute bunnie kitten 1

– is it just me or does anyone else hear


– OK, it’s just me I guess, never mind.

But just before we introduce the Bloggers, I also wanted to take a moment to talk about Magic BunyipsOK, you understand how this works and just to be sure, you’ve had a quick look at the previous posts;

yep you’re OK with this; except you still don’t know what a Magic Bunyip is.


Magic Bunyips:

Bunyips are Australian mythological creature that lives near or by a billabong (pond) and kind of lurk in the bushes.  They are a bit shy and a little scary but really, they are nice, most of the time.

In #nestpitch, the Magic Bunyips are Literary Agents who want to play but can’t be a Secret Agent Bunny.  So, rather than miss out all together, they are going to lurk around the nest-sites and, if they see anything they like, then they will leave their own ‘treat’ – it’ll be different to the Secret Agent Bunny Treat, but it’ll still be YUMMY!

HOWEVER; unlike Secret Agent Bunnies, Magic Bunyips will need to pay a price for their lurking, and the price is: CRITIQUE! Yep, that’s right; if a Magic Bunyip leaves a treat s/he must offer someone else a critique.

Here’s how it works: If a Magic Bunyip finds a nest they admire, they can also leave you a treat.

*1 caramel swirl Bunyip* = Full

*1 dark chocolate Bunyip* = Query + 100 pages

*1 milk chocolate Bunyip * = Query + 50 pages

*1 white chocolate Bunyip * = Query + 25 pages 

For each Request the Magic Bunyip must offer:    baby bunyip

*1 caramel swirl Bunyip* = first 1500-words of MS feedback/critique

*1 dark chocolate Bunyip* = first 750-words of MS feedback/critique

*1 milk chocolate Bunyip * = offer 1-page Synopsis critique

*1 white chocolate Bunyip = Offer a query letter critique 

So, if a Magic Bunyip puts a Milk Chocolate Bunyip in a nest, they must offer 1-page synopsis critique per below:

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Bunyip’s agree to offer the above, via their website/blog or any other media option (FB/Twitter etc.) within 60-days of #NestPitch ending (in other words by mid June-2014).  Any or all of the above can be offered in conjunction with other offers/promotions but must be open to everyone and offered within two calendar months of #NestPitch ending.

<if you’re a AGENT & want to know more about NESTPITCH, SECRECT BUNNY AGENTS or MAGIC BUNYIPS, please contact me via Twitter or email: > 

Please note: until the submission window is open, unless you are an agent, I would prefer potential participants to leave a comment or contact us via Twitter with any questions rather than use the email address. 

And now for the first of the fun.

Each Nest Bloggers Blog link is attached, do I need to say more? 

Oh… & there are nine… that really needs to be repeated N.I.N.E

here we go…

(i) Brooke Powell Brooke Powell pic

When not writing, Brooke’s a professional cake decorator. She loves her cakes so must that she shared this, “For my first novel, I thought it would be fun to write a recipe for my MC to make as her ‘signature dessert’ and put it on my own menu. It wasn’t. When I tested the recipe it took over five hours to make, and I cut it from the book and quit selling it after the first order.”

Brooke’s Blog: Book Bites —

Brooke’s Agent/Agency:

Melissa Sarver-White of Folio Literary;

Novels: Her debut is The Minor Fall. & she just completed her second title, All Good Things.

Like everyone on this list, Brooke ahs been through the Query Letter Trenches, the fears and the tears and knows what it’s like to want an agent or publisher offer.

Location: Port Reading, New Jersey

(ii) Kimberly P. Chase  kim pic 2

holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, which basically means she’s kind of a geek and loves flying airplanes. Her debut novel, THE APOLLO ACADEMY, released in August 2013 and is now an Amazon Science Fiction Romance best seller and a Writer’s Digest eBook Honorable Mention Award recipient.

Additionally, Kimberly is the creator of Trick or Treat with Agents, a Halloween themed pitch contest held every October.

Like so many author’s Kimberly is always willing to help aspiring writers.

You can find Kimberly’s Blog here:

Her Website here: And her début novel on Amazon, Barnes & Noble etc.

Book 2 in the Apollo Academy Series. 2014 release, date TBD. Cover Reveal in March 2014!

(iii) Jeffe KennedyJeffe Kennedy pic

is an award-winning author with a writing career that spans decades. Her works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.

Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns;  the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, including the newest, Five Golden Rings, which came out as part of the erotic holiday anthology, Season of Seduction, in late November; and a  contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera, which released beginning January 2, 2014. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, will hit the shelves starting in May 2014. A spin-off story from this series, Negotiation, appears in the recently-released Thunder on the Battlefield anthology.

Jeffe can be found online at her website: every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog, on Facebook, and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy.

She is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg of Foreword Literary.

You can also find Jeffe :

Or look up her books at:

Kensington Publishing

Carina Press

Recent: Five Golden Rings Current: Master of the Opera Future: The Mark of the Tala

iv) Tina MossTina Moss picbigger

is an author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, romantic suspense, and New Adult novels.  She lives in NYC with a supportive husband and alpha corgi, though both males hog the bed and refuse to share the covers. When not writing, she enjoys reading, watching cheesy horror flicks, travelling, and karate. As a 5’1″ Shotokan black belt, she firmly believes that fierce things come in small packages.

Tina is often helping with various online opportunities for aspiring writers, most recently as  one of the Mentors on Brenda Drake’s #PitchWars.

Tina’s website 

AGENCY: Literary Counsel

BOOK: A Touch of Darkness    LOCATION: NYC

(v) Amanda FoodyAmanda Foody pic

is a young adult writer represented by Molly Jaffa of Folio Literary Management, Apart from working on her YA fantasy novel SHADOWBOUND, she is a college student in Williamsburg, VA. Having gone through the query trenches before she and Molly joined forces, Amanda was very willing to raise her hand in paying-it-forward help.

She can be found on twitter or on her Blog: and enjoys tea and spinny chairs.

(vi) Dannie Morin

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is an addictions therapist with a writing problem. By day, she’s a counsellor for teens and learned her trade working with young people with cystic fibrosis. By night, she writes, edits, and critiques like a boss.

She’s a hyperactive participant in the Carolinas Region of SCBWI, a vociferous member of the Scribophile online writing community, and a freelance editor. She is a contributing blogger at YA Stands and pens young adult and new adult contemporary and urban Fantasy with a grittier-than-average bent.

Dannie is very active in the writing community and is one of the #PitchWars Mentors, so knows what it takes to get a pitch right!  She’s represented by Thao Le of Sandra Dijkstra Literary;

She can be found at:    Her Twitter handle is: @Dannie_Morin

Dannie lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, Bruce, and their daughter, Calliope, who is so full of magic and eagerly anticipates her Hogwarts owl post in ten years.  She’s also a fan of all things Boston & an official unofficial Disney princess.

(vii) Sharon M JohnstonSharon Johnston picbigger

Sharon is a writer from Mackay in Queensland, Australia who has short stories published in anthologies and was also runner-up in the Australian Literary Review’s Young Adult short story contest with KARMA. By day she is a public relations executive and by night she writes weird fiction and soulful contemporaries while her husband, two sons are fast asleep.

As a Mentor in last year’s #PitchMadness & most recently #SunvsSnow; and a regular contributor on Twitter and several blog sites, Sharon is familiar with the process of ‘pitching’ from both sides of the coin.  A strong believer in supporting writers no matter where they live or what stage of the writing process they are at, Sharon jumped at the chance to again be part of another #pitch contest.

Sharon’s début YA-Science Fiction Romance SLEEPER was released in Dec -2013.  SLEEPER is the first in the Toy Soldiers Series. You can find Sharon at:

SLEEPER can be found at:

or through her Publishers; Entranced Publishing –

(viii) Sharon Bayliss Sharon Bayliss pic

is a science fiction and fantasy author. Her début novel, The Charge, was released on 3/2/13 by Curiosity Quills Press  When she’s not writing, she enjoys living in her happily-ever-after with her husband and two young sons. She can be found eating Tex-Mex on patios, wearing flip-flops, and playing in the mud (which she calls gardening).

As a child, Sharon enjoyed playing in mud, collecting frogs, and was so certain that there was a ghost in her closet that her mother admits that she half-expected to really find one there. She began writing her first novel at the age of fifteen (handwritten in a spiral marked ‘private’).  It’s hardly surprising she’d end up in this industry!

Sharon’s also very active on Twitter and can be found posting all sorts of stuff on her Blog:

(ix) Stacey NashStacey Nash pic

is YA speculative fiction author who eats way too many sweets while she’s writing.

She is from New South Wales, Australia. When she isn’t reading, writing, or working on her stories, she’s a mother to three kids and three kitties. It’s a full house!

Her début novel, a YA sci-fi called FORGET ME NOT comes out with Entranced Publishing on February 17, with the sequel, REMEMBER ME releasing August 11.

You can find Stacey on Twitter or on her Blog:

She’s also a contributor on Aussie Owned & Read:

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How Awesome is THAT LIST

But wait there’s more…. Actually you’ll have to wait

>>> see you next time, when we reveal the SLUSH BILBIES Drafy Nest Pich Logo last stage

( and then, not long after, the AWESOME AGENT REVEALS) <<<

until nest time 🙂  cuddle bunnie kitten 1

Nestpitch update Rules & Conditions & What’s A Bilby anyway?

With the guys at #SunvsSnow in the middle of reading the entries and  #adpit still three weeks off, I thought this would be an ideal time to post and update.

First a reminder of how #nestpitch works Drafy Nest Pich Logo last stage

There’s a special Easter tradition throughout central and northern Croatia – making Easter Nests.  On the afternoon or eve of Easter Saturday children go out into the garden and collect leaves, grass, twigs, flowers and then make a “nest” for the Easter Bunny – that’s where he places his Easter-Egg-Presents. The children go to bed that eve wondering if the Easter Bunny will like or love their nest, because the best nest gets the best and biggest eggs!

How does it work?

The pitch will consist of a 35-word pitch, an answer to a question and the first 300*-words of your manuscript.

*please read all the rules below as Picture Books will only be submitting the first 100-words

On April 1st the pitch submission window will be open to all groups, PB, MG, YA, NA & Adult and all genres except Erotica.

24-yours later, our Slush Bilbies will start combing through the submissions, picking the top 100-120.

But we don’t want to miss anyone, so I and the Nest Bloggers (explained below) will also be searching the pitches to make sure no GEMS have been missed.

There will nine blogger *nest sites* and on each nest site, each Blogger (Called Nest Bloggers) will pick their top eight best pitches.  THAT’S 72 SUBMISSIONS FOLKS, so everyone has a really good chance to have their work put before an agent.

Once up, the Secret Bunny Agents will place their chocolate treats in the #NestPitch(s) they like the most. Remember, the best nest gets the biggest and best eggs! So make your #NestPitch as perfect as possible.easter_bunny_clipart[1]

Who are the Secret Bunny Agents I hear you ask.  Naturally, our Secret Bunny Agents will be in disguise until after Easter Sunday, everyone knows Easter Bunnies are seriously secretive. However, we will give you some hints – just for the fun of it.  The Secret Bunny Agents will be in disguise, each wearing a different coloured fur coats but we will let on what each Easter Bunny prefers, because lets face it, guessing is fun.

But wait, what’s a Bilby?

In Australia we have this really cute little animal with big ears that’s endangered.  Every Easter you can buy chocolate Easter Bilbies.  So, in honour of a very cute animal that is rarely seen, we named our Slush Readers BILBIES

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Before the end of the month we will be letting everyone know who the Nest Bloggers and the Slush Bilbies are, so stay tuned.  Oh, and there’s going to be one or two surprises too!

The Agents participating will also be listed, but at a later date.  We have several agents already “signed up” but as I’m sure everyone can appreciate, some agents need time to sort out if other commitments will prevent them from participating.

For now, here are the Conditions of Entry & Rules:


Conditions of Entry:

(i)                 Subject line must say: #NestPitch Contest Submission (nothing else)

(ii)               The submission will include a 35-word #Pitch plus the first 300 words of the manuscript. NOTE: #Pitch MUST NOT be more than 35-words, hyphenated words count as one-word

(iii)             Entries must answer this question in one sentence, max 15-words in the sentence: If my Main Character were an Easter Egg, what flavour would he be & why.   Be creative and keep it in the MC’s voice, remember, this is another opportunity to advance your MC

(iv)             Entries must be embedded within email (no attachments) with following:

  1. a.      Name: YOUR NAME
  2. b.      Title: TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT
  3. c.       Genre: Category/Genre of Manuscript (i.e. NA Romance)
  4. d.      Word-Count (to the nearest 1000)
  5. e.       PITCH: 35-word (max) log-line
  6. Answer to qu.:
  7. First 300-words of your manuscript. If the 300th word falls in the middle of a sentence, go to the end of the sentence.
  • For Picture-book submissions please only submit 100-words.  If the 100th word falls in the middle of a sentence, got to the end of the sentence.

(v)               Your #Pitch should be Times New Roman 12pt. 1.5 Spaced, one space between paragraphs, no paragraph indentions.

(vi)             Authors can submit up to TWO manuscripts, we are all aware many writers have more than one MS, so we’re making it easier.

  • By Manuscript we mean FINISHED WORK not WIP’s
  • Length of MS should (ideally) follow industry standards for your genre – if in doubt refer  below: Helpful Guides: Novel Word Count.

(vii)           Early and Late Entries will be deleted (follow the rules/time-line)

(viii)         Pen Names are OK as long as they are not something stupid like Ms. Sexed Up; no one wants to write, “Dear Sexed Up…” (not for this anyway, what you do in your own time…)

(ix)             Any entries with paedophilia, bestiality, necrophilia, racism (unless in context such as a story set in 1960’s with theme being racism), or similar, and will be automatically removed.

(x)               GLBT or Alternative lifestyle greatly encouraged 🙂

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(i)                 This competition is open to Picture-Book, MG, YA, NA and Adult submissions, (Its chocolate who doesn’t deserve chocolate!) and all genre’s except Erotica.  Though steam and spice in romance can be nice, we aren’t looking for straight erotica, if in doubt ask a question via Twitter or leave a comment here.

(ii)               Competition entry will be open for 24 hours allowing everyone plenty of time to enter.  The time-line will be based on NY Eastern Standard Time (Australian EST will also be published for those entering from the far side of the pond).

(iii)             Submissions must follow “Conditions of Entry” guidelines.

(iv)             All requests (QL, Synopsis, Pages) must be in Times Roman 12pt.

(v)               Requested Query Letters = 1.5 spacing & in body of the email.

(vi)             Requested Synopsis = 1.5 spacing & in body of the email.

(vii)           Requested Pages = as attachment Word.doc with contact details, numbered pages and Double Spaced.**

(viii)         Subject line for requested material must contain the following: #NestPitch Request & Name of Manuscript.

(ix)             Emails and attached pages must have Author’s contact details.

(x)               Requests to be sent within 48-hours of competition close.

(xi)             Any Agent who doesn’t receive requested material by midnight Easter Tuesday, will contact the organiser(s) who will then email the author requesting they re-send, together with attached original email.

(xii)           ** Double Spaced means total pages double-spaced.  E.G, request for 10 pages = 10 Double Spaced Pages not 10 pages that are then double-spaced.

(xiii)         NOTE: This #pitch comp is for UNPUBLISHED manuscripts only.  If your manuscript is published, or large extracts (over 1000-words) have been published, then that manuscript is void. By published we mean:

  • Traditional Publishing, either alone or part of an anthology.
  • Self-publishing, both hard copy & e-publishing
  • Vanity Press (even if only for family/friends)
  • Blog/website published, including extracts, anything over 1000-words
  • Any other format/medium considered publishing.

(xiv)         One final VERY IMPORTANT rule.   If your MS has been featured in another #Pitch in the last twelve months (you can have entered, but can’t have been a finalist), #Pitchmadness, #PitAd, #TrickorTreat or any other not listed, it is ineligible. Twelve months means 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014. Featured means on any of the host blogger sites for agents and all others to read.

So, just to recap:

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The Pitch window will be open for 24 hours, thereby allowing everyone, regardless of where you live in the world, time to prepare and submit a pitch.

The Pitch will be made up of three parts.

(i)                 a 35-word pitch

(ii)               answer to a question (in your main characters voice)

(iii)             the first 300-words of your manuscript*

(iv)             *for PB it will be the first 100-words

Pitches will be sent to the #nestpitch email address:

Once the window is closed, the Slush Bilbies will work through the slush & pick their top 100-120 nests.  The Nest Bloggers will also be looking through all the nests, to make sure nothing slips by them.

<Bonus> Because it’s nice to know, the Nests 73-75 who just missed out on getting through will be sent their scorecards.  This will not only tell them they are on the right track but should help indicate where their pitch or story was weakest.

<Next update will be on the Magic Bunyips> What’s a Bunyip?  It’s an Australian mythical creature that lurks in the shadows, usually found near water. Bunyip

Oh! and we’ll be introducing the NEST BLOGGERS too!

Check out the previous post, it has some additional info plus a list, with links, of several other #pitch competitions

Stay tuned to discover more.

Helpful Guides: Novel Word Count:

Although we are not going to eliminate anyone who does not match the below, we recommend you try to follow as closely as possible the suggested word-count.  The to – from word-count is a guide only and takes into consideration genre variations (for example fantasy genre novels tend to be on the longer side)

ADULT:                70,000 – 120,000

NEW ADULT :      60, 000 – 100,000

YOUNG ADULT:  50,000 – 80,000

MIDDLE GRADE: 25,000 – 45,000

PICTURE-BOOK:  Varies depending on age group however, 400-1000 words is a standard guide

Easter Pitch Hunt – Welcome to #NestPitch

A <Novel> (yes it’s a play on words) new  Pitch


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There’s a special Easter tradition throughout central and northern Croatia

– making Easter Nests.

On the afternoon or eve of Easter Saturday children go out into the garden and collect leaves, grass, twigs, flowers and then make a “nest” for the Easter Bunny – that’s where he places his Easter-Egg-Presents.

The children go to bed that eve wondering if the Easter Bunny will like or love their nest, because the best nest gets the best and biggest eggs!

So the Nests are your pitches, the Bloggers are where you’ll make your Nest & the Easter Bunnies are the Agents – get it?

How does it work?

This #pitch is open to picture-book (PB), MG, YA, NA & Adult.

When the time comes, the submission (international) window will be open for 24-hours.  During that time, every author will have the opportunity to submit up to two separate manuscripts and any genre and any of the above age-groups.  Although there are more specific rules (in the next post update), the #pitch will consist of a 35-word pitch + the first 300*-words of your manuscript.  *In the case of PB, it will be the first 100-words.

From there, the Slush Readers, called Slush Bilbies, will read through all submissions and select the top 100+.  To ensure no submissions are missed, as your host (I’m Nikola Vukoja), I who will also act as #pitch administrator, and the Mentors (called Nest Bloggers) will read through all the submissions also.

I’ll also be posting blog updates on my personal blog: so be sure to follow both blogs. I will also be posting (in the next few days) a list of upcoming #pitch comps for the Jan-April 2014 period.

You can also follow via Twitter: @Nestpich & @Nik_Vukoja


Once the top 100 are selected, the Nest Bloggers, together with me and with the help of the Bilbies, will each select their individual top eight, with a total of 72 submissions selected.

It’s too soon to list the Nest Bloggers & Slush Bilbies but let me tell you, we have an AMAZING TEAM – you’ll squeak with glee I promise!

Submissions 73, 74 & 75 will also receive personal and individual feedback as recognition of just missing out and to help them in future submissions.

Once each host has selected their TEAM of Nester’s and posted on their blogs, the agents, called Secret Bunny Agents (because they will be wearing a bunny mask so no one, not even other agents, know who has bid on what), will fill those nests that they like with a chocolate ‘treat’ – in other words, the better your nest the more chocolates the Easter Bunny will bring you.


Who are the Secret Bunny Agents I hear you ask.  Naturally, our Secret Bunny Agents will be in disguise until after Easter Sunday, everyone knows Easter Bunnies are seriously secretive. However, we will give you some hints – just for the fun of it.

But the Agents already *signed up* are super amazingly awesome & there’s more to come.

Don’t worry, the agents names, a brief bio & contacts will be listed, but when they fill your *Nest, they’ll be wearing a Bunny Mask — so you’ll have to guess who luvs ‘ya baby!

Secret Bunny Agents will place their eggs in the #NestPitch(s) they like the most. Remember, the best nest gets the biggest and best eggs! So make your #NestPitch as perfect as possible.  Here is a breakdown of the Easter Treats:


Choc. egg basket w/ ribbon              Full

Choc. egg basket                               Query + 150 pages + 1 page Synopsis

3 Boxes Caramel eggs                       Query + 100 pages

2 Boxes Caramel eggs                       Query + 75 pages + 1 page Synopsis

1 Box Caramel eggs                          Query + 50 pages

1 doz. nougat fill Choc. eggs             Query + 25 pages + 1 page Synopsis

½ doz. nougat fill Choc. eggs            Query + 20 pages

1x nougat fill Choc. egg                    Query + 15 pages + 1 page Synopsis

1 doz. hollow Choc eggs                    Query + 10 pages

½ doz. hollow Choc eggs                   Query + 5 pages + 1 page Synopsis

1x hollow Choc egg                           Query + 5 pages

A few things to remember.

The rules and conditions will be posted closer to the date and must be adhered to.  Just as there are guidelines for submitting to an agent or publisher, this is as much a submission as it is an opportunity to have your work put before a willing and invested group of agents.

This is an Easter #Pitch so there is plenty of time to spruce up your manuscript and pitch, however, if your manuscript is still a WIP and in first or second draft stage, it is unlikely it will be polished enough to be ready for April submission.  That also means your pitch will likely need polishing too.  Although it’s very difficult not to ‘test the waters’ its not a great idea because you may well burn your best and brightest agents by not offering the best and brightest of your work.

All requested submissions must be emailed to the agent(s) in question within 48 hours.  This will be better explained in the conditions, but for now, know that time is a factor and while I don’t want to go into detail as to why, know there is a good reason, which will become clear closer to the date.

Rudeness, of any kind, will not be tolerated.  Not to those wonderful people who have given freely of their time to be Slush Bilbies or Nest Bloggers or to the very busy but amiable agents who have agreed to play along.  If someone is rude toward anyone within the #Nestpitch Teams, or the agents involved, or indeed, toward anyone in the Writers/Authors family, their submission will be automatically deleted.  No one deserves to be abused, no one. Never.

This Blog and bunny in nestmy personal Blog will reveal/add some info about Updates, introducing the Bilbies and Nest Bloggers and revealing the conditions, the rules and the dates.

Come March we will reveal the truly awesome list of amazing agents; as well as a few secret surprises – it’ll be worth the wait. (OK couldn’t help myself, there will also be Bunyips lurking in the woods, hanging out at a Billabong near you)

In the meantime, there are several other #Pitch comps coming up and this site as well as my personal blog, will be promoting them also.  Every single one of them gives so much opportunity to learn and discover and make connections and perhaps even be selected.

How do I know? Because I was selected by the amazing Sharon Johnston via the truly inspiring Brenda Drake and her #Pitchmadness comp in August/September 2013.

Easter Basket 2Thanks for reading and I look forward to getting to know you better, Nik Vukoja

P.S. If you’re an agent and have not heard of #nestpitch please feel free to contact me via Twitter @nestpitch or @nik_vukoja

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