Stats & Trends — NestPitch 2014

tumblr_mzd9dpX6nH1shf8zxo1_500Hello All,

As we round up to the end of the month, it’s time to share some stats with you all. (everyone loves stats as much as me right?It’s OK, I’ve done all the work for you.

**Note:I will be sending out Scorecards to the 10-reserves & posting the results of those scorecards in two days. I decided to split the scorecards and stats when I realised how much space the stats would need.

So down to the Fun Facts & Figures.

We had around 220 submissions, of which almost 200 were accepted. (Several did not meet the guidelines, remember people Submission 101- follow the guidelines). The final submissions were made up of:

24 % = Picture Books / 11 % = MG  /  33% = YA  /  8 % = NA  /  24% = Adult30. Tawny-bellied hermit

Of those submitted the following % were selected by the Bloggers to feature on their blogs (as a number not a %):

PB = 4 / MG = 10 /YA = 31 / NA = 10 / Adult = 17

The first thing you might notice is that, while the % of Picture Book submissions was high, the number selected was quite low.  Without going into a great deal of detail, what I can say is we all saw so much potential in so many of the PB’s but many simply weren’t submission ready.  The other thing I find interesting is how many NA’s were selected in comparison to the number submitted.  As you can see, NA submissions made up 8% of the total but the number selected equalled that of MG.  More on NA further down – some interesting trends 🙂

Because I know everyone likes pretty pictures, here’s a chart which will better explain the above:

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The above compares the number of category manuscripts selected by the Bloggers (blue) with the number of requests from Agents (violet).  As you can clearly see, while YA was both selected and requested the most, the difference between selected and requested is smallest between the NA & Adult categories. Below we compare, submitted, selected & requested:

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As you can clearly see the pale blue, (NA= pale blue), in the first column shows it was the least submitted category, followed by MG. The third column shows the difference in the number submitted and the number selected by the bloggers.  Again, NA stands out.  While the physical number is low, the % of selected by blogger compared to submitted by pitch-ee, blows all the other’s out of the water.  Further down you may see why this is.

Now, before I go further, we have to take out the variable of solid writing.  If  the writing wasn’t solid, the pitch would not have been selected.  We must also take out the possibility of a pitch chosen based on Category alone, i.e. to make up the numbers.  When it comes to category diversity, first must always come quality of writing, followed by category diversity.  The reason I’m qualifying this is, further down as there appear to be some obvious trends that might explain the above graph.

The next graph looks at across the board category (excluding PB).  What we are looking for is, regardless of category, what are the agents genre choices.

Chart3 turnedAs you can see, the most popular choices by the agents were clearly fantasy or fantasy mix. By mix I mean, Historical-Fantasy, Fantasy-Romance, etc.  Contemporary, Romance, Adventure, Mystery/Thriller and WF also were quite popular.

However, what the above chart doesn’t take into account is the numerous requests for the same pitch.  And of course we need to keep in mind that the agents who took part in NestPitch have their own preferences, even so, with ten agents from nine agencies, the cross-section of agent WishList was well catered for.

Below I have included all 98 requests from agents, including multiple agents requesting the same pitch. As you can see, fantasy and contemporary were the most popular pitches.  And Fantasy-mix was quite healthy too as was Romance-mix.  In fact, Romance-mix was much more popular than straight Romance, this may be something to keep in mind; Romance + (something else such as say mystery or adventure) = larger interest pool.  Naturally, the below is a small selection and we can neither dismiss a genre (e.g. Romance) nor a category.  Also, NEVER write to “meet the trend” because, let’s face it, by the time you’re done fashion/taste may have changed.

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Now lets look more closely at each category (excluding PB’s) and what’s trending. MG submission break down; largest portion of MG submissions were in the Fantasy genre, though contemporary was close second:

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YA submission break down; largest portion of YA submissions were in the Fantasy genre, though, as with MG, contemporary was second:

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NA submission break down;  while  the largest portion of NA submissions were in the Romance/Romance-mix genre’s, I have to say, with a HUGE smile on my face, that more than ½ of the submissions were not Romance Genre based.

I say this with a smile because this goes to prove two things.  New Adult IS A CATEGORY – accept it folks! And non NA Romance novels are being written and requested by agents… and this is why I feel there was such a strong request % for NA in NestPitch – because they were not all romance.  Don’t get me wrong, romance is great, but diversity is always what we strive for 🙂

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Adult submission break down; largest portion of Adult submissions were in the Fantasy genre, though barely, with Contemporary, Women’s Fiction and Fantasy-Mix all following close behind – and yes I know Fantasy-Mix is still Fantasy 🙂

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And finally, I have a breakdown of the pages requested by the agents as a table showing what was the most common request size. What I find interesting here is the peaks and dips. Most agents requested at least 25-pages + Synopsis with around the same number of requests for 50- pages as there were for 15-pages.

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I hope everyone had fun playing along with Nestpitch 2014, remember come back in a few days time to see which pitches made the reserves – and you are welcome to give feedback/leave comments.

So until then, Ciao-Ciao for now 🙂

And now, please excuse my indulgence in some shameless self-promotion:

BottyShake_randomgoodstuff The Nestpitch blog up for BEST BLOG Site 2014 (Australia) & there’s also a Peoples Choice Award.   Voting is open to everyone worldwide & is anonymousso I’ll never know if you voted or not (but if you do, thank you, I know some of you have already voted, & this is greatly appreciated).  If you can spare a  minute and would like to vote, here’s the link:

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ScoreCard – The ten Pitches that were just a Twitch off…

bunny-sheep-herderHello All, 

Well, hasn’t it been an eventful few months!

Though at times it felt like I was chasing my tail or I’d never experience the luxury of 4-hours-straight sleep again, it’s been a very rewarding period. While March -2014 was mostly working out the final details for #nestpitch – 2014, securing the assistance of my AWESOME TEAM of Slushies & Bloggers and an AMAZING selection of Agents; April was all about reading and re-reading pitches and keeping everyone up to date with the progress.  And let me just say how talented you all are!  The final choice was a very difficult decision. The calibre of pitches was evident in the numbers of requests.

I feel like there should be some app for a Mexican Wave (& if there is, can someone point me to it?), in honour of all the combined talent 🙂 Oh and, by-the-way, the “Bunny Herding Sheep” clip I have stolen, requisitioned, borrowed from my good friend Rhiann who used in when we ran Post-It-Forward,  you have to admit, damn cute! http://rhiannwynnnoletblog.wordpress.com/ Funny_Pictures_Animated_Dancing_-1

The sheer quality of submissions is, in part, why I wanted to give those pitches that reached “RESERVES” some feedback.  In the end, there were ten (10) reserves as several bloggers picked the same reserve.  I can share with everyone that the list is made up of: 4x Adult 2x YA 2x MG 2x PB The scorecard is split up in two sections, the pitch and the first words, with a TOTAL (max. possible score of 50) for both sections together:

ScoreCard   (mark 1-5 for each)
Pitch Clarity
Voice
Stakes
Spelling / Grammar
Sample Words Clarity
Voice
Pace
Expert match to Pitch
Spelling / Grammar
Held interest/ want to read more
TOTAL

tumblr_lugh08w7pr1r4zr2vo1_r2_500There are seven Slushies + myself re-reading all ten submissions.

The scores will be added for each submission & then divided by 8, giving an average score per submission.This average score will be sent via email to each of the Ten.  The top three scores will also have their pitches featured on the NestPitch Blog on April 30th /May 1st (depending on your location) – so if you’re in the industry, or if you’re just curious, come back in a few days for a little peak! I will only feature the pitch as we do not want to diminish opportunities to enter other pitch-comps by having your first-words posted. Should an agent or publisher *like what they see* and wish to make contact with the author, I will happily pass on the author’s details. *NOTE, if more than three of the ten have the same TOTAL score, then of those, the three with the highest TOTAL PITCH SCORE (possible max 20) will have their pitches featured.

The remaining seven (7) of the ten reserves will also receive their scorecards as well as having a one-line mention of acknowledgement, and posted in no particular order, e.g (the below is entirely fabricated and not one of the pitches) NA Mystery-Romance “MONEY MAKES THE LOVE GO AROUND” So, come back in six day’s time to see – *which pitch was just a twitch away* – & a round-up of the #nestpitch stats & possible trends. Oh, and if anyone is wondering, #nestpitch WILL BE BACK (sorry for the Arnie channelling!) I have already looked at when Easter 2015 falls 🙂

And now, please excuse my indulgence in some shameless self-promotion:BottyShake_randomgoodstuff The Nestpitch blog up for BEST BLOG Site 2014 (Australia) & there’s also a Peoples Choice Award.   Voting is open to everyone worldwide & is anonymous, so I’ll never know if you voted or not (but if you do, thank you, I know some of you have already voted, & this is greatly appreciated).  If you can spare a  minute and would like to vote, here’s the link:

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Unmasking the Easter Pitch Magic!


Well – Hasn’t this Easter Sparkled!
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We still have a few things in the pipeline  – Bunyip Sighting’s are possible and Scorecards are being tallied –

Now – lets Unmask Those Agents!

 Pooja Menon – Cocktail Bunny   have a drink bunny - POOJA   

Gina Panettieri – Bookworm Bunnybookworm bunny - GINA

Mlaptop bunny- MELISSA Melissa Jeglinski – Laptop Bunny

 artist bunny - CATE  Cate Hart  Artist Bunny

Jordy Albert – Soccer Bunnysoccer bunny - JORDY  

Sarah Negovetich – Juggler Bunnyjuggler bunny - Sarah

ninja bunny - CAMILLACamilla Wray –  Ninja Bunny

 mad scinetist bunny - UWE Dr. Uwe Stender – Mad Scientist Bunny

Erin Niumata – Shopper Bunny shopper bunny - ERIN 

Pam van Hylckama – Giant Bunnygiant bunny - PAM

And we have one clear winner of the $25.00* Amazon Gift Voucher.  Out of respect and privacy, we’ll keep her (yep it’s a female) to ourselves and have emailed the winner, though, I have a feeling you might hear about it on twitter 🙂

We have now completed the Request List, (not including any Bunyip requests).

All those who had pages requested will receive an email from me. some have already been sent out, the rest will be sent over the next 4-8 hours.  If you had a pitch with a request but have not received an email by 10pm April 20th USA EST (mid-day April 21st Aust EST), please contact me as it’s important you understand and adhere to the request submission requirements.

And we can announce the winners of the other Amazon Vouchers up for grabs!

We had 2x Full Msnuscripts Requests.

One from #TeamEpic & the other from #TeamPeeps!3101164-4

#TEAMEPICSHARON JOHNSTON

– Dr. Uwe Stender requested a FULL for SJ-3: The Sandman’s Apprentice – MG Paranormal 

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#TEAMPEEPS DANNIE MORIN 

– Dr. Uwe Stender requested a FULL for DM-5: The Winter King NA/Urban Fantasy

Each Author will receive a $12.50* Amazon Gift Voucher

And Dannie’s team just pipped a few other’s with the pitch with the most requests

– at 5 requests for DM-6; YA/Contemporary- CHEMICALS COLLIDE

That author will receive a $10.00* Amazon Gift Voucher!

*Note – all e-voucher values are in AUD and winner will need to confirm email their details – an email will be sent to sent to all four winners within 24-hours, if you are one of the winners and do not receive an email in the next 24 hours with the SUBJECT LINE of AMAZON VOUCHER WIN, please email me.  The e-vouchers will be sent at the end of the month.

 An email will go out to all the above in the next few days, however, feel free to share your good news on twitter, on Facebook and wherever you’d like share and shout out your good news!047

To everyone who submitted, whether your pitch was featured or not, congrats on a wonderful job, on an amazing selection and diversity of genre and category mixes.  To those selected, whether you got five requests or none, know that your MS stood out to some 17 people within the industry and its only a matter of time before it stands out to the RIGHT agent or publisher 🙂

My Team are currently working on scorecards for ten pitches which made it to RESERVE status, the three top will have their pitches featured on this blog at the end of the month, while all ten will receive a scorecard feedback, also by the end of the month.

I’m looking forward to following the progress of all our featured pitches.

cd787494May The Bunny Force Be With You! —FireworksT

 

 

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The Nestpitch blog up for Best Blog Site 2014 (Australia) & there’s also a Peoples Choice Award.   Voting is open to everyone worldwide & is anonymous, so I’ll never know if you voted or not (but if you do, thank you).  If you can spare a  minute and would like to vote, here’s the link – http://www.writerscentre.com.au/community/best-australian-blogs-comp/peoples-choice/

 

Easter #NestPitch Hunt

HappyEaster4Nest Pitch Secret Bunny Agent Round is Now Closed for #Nestpitch 2014

As the Magic Bunyips come out from hiding, it’s time to thank all the Bunnies for their hard work –

– come back tomorrow to learn which agent is behind each mask!

Which nest will get the most treats from our Masked Bunny Agents?

The Slush Bilbies have sorted through the entries to help the Nest Bloggers whittle down the entries. Now the top seventy-two entries have made it through and are waiting for agents to hop on by to make requests. Please remember that until the agents have finished making their selections, comments are for agents only. If you want to cheer on your favourite prior to then, you can do it in the comments of this post or, on per instructions on each of the Bloggers posts.

You can also show your support by leaving comments here or Tweeting about your favourites!

Remember, while the Agent Window is open, please do not leave comments on the individual pitch posts until after 8am 19th April

The Agent window will remain open from now until 8am April 19th USA EST Here’s a list and links to all the blogs & the pitches.

                                           Kimberly Chase http://www.kimberlypchase.blogspot.com

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KC-1 YA Urban Fantasy – COVETED

KC-2 MG Contemporary – BEE STADIUM

KC-3 Adult Contemporary Suspense – THE SPACE BETWEEN

KC-4 YA Contemporary – THE GIRLFRIEND REQUEST

KC-5 PB – DREAMING DRAGON DREAMS

KC-6 Adult Women’s Fiction – REALITY STAR

KC-7 MG Mystery – THE SECOND LIZZY KIRKLAND

KC-8 YA Fantasy w/ Steampunk elements – THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

Amanda Foody – www.amandafoody.blogspot.com 2085389aafyxdeldh

AF-1 YA Magical Realism  – IF EVER

AF-2 Adult Crime  – BLOOD MONEY

AF-3 PB – THE VERY ANNOYING LEPRECHAUN

AF-4 YA Magical Realism – SUMMONER BATTLES

AF-5 Adult Fantasy – THE WATCHED MEN

AF-6 YA Science Fiction – WRITTEN IN THE LEAVES

AF-7 MG Fantasy  – WISH BIRD: A NEW ORLEANS TALE

AF-8 YA Science Fiction – THE ELIMINATION

eas83Brooke Powell – www.thecakenovelist.blogspot.com

BP-1 (younger) MG Fantasy – BARNABAS AND BIRD

BP-2 YA Contemporary – UNSEND

BP-3 YA Contemporary – AN EPIC JOURNEY OF LOVE

BP-4 YA Fantasy – THE HEART SONG

BP-5 YA Paranormal – DEMONS

BP-6 YA Paranormal Romance – THE CHANGELING

BP-7 NA Science Fiction – THE PACT

BP-8 ADULT Women’s Fiction – CIRCLE OF FUR

Stacey Nash91aab551 – www.staceynash.com/blog/ 

SN-1 MG Contemporary Fantasy – THE MAGICIAN’S GAMBIT

SN-2 YA Contemporary Fantasy – THE GLASS PRINCE

SN-3 YA Scifi – REVERSE

SN-4 YA Contemporary Fantasy – STRANGE CHARMS

SN-5 YA Speculative Fiction – BODY PARTS

SN-6 NA Scifi Thriller – HELICA

SN-7 Adult Multicultural Fantasy – RAINS FROM A RABBIT SKY

SN-8 Adult Contemporary Romance – ANGEL IN BLACK

19991Jeffe Kennedy – http://www.jeffekennedy.com/category/blog/

JK-1 ADULT Paranormal Romance – WØLFF: RISE OF THE VALDYR

JK-2 ADULT Fantasy – SONGS OF CHANGE

JK-3 ADULT Science Fiction – BIOHUNTER

JK-4 NA Science Fiction – VIRTUAL REBEL

JK-5 NA Historical – THE KING’S ASSASSIN

JK-6 NA Paranormal Romance – THE FERGUS SHE

JK-7 NA Romantic Ghost Story – UNDER THE YELLOW ROSE

JK-8 NA Romance – THE GIRL ON THE HALF SHELL

C1-1Sharon Bayliss – http://sharonbayliss.blogspot.com.au/

SB-1 MG Adventure – THE UNCHOSEN ONE

SB-2 YA Contemporary – REVERSE CASCADE

SB-3 YA Science Fiction – FADE AWAY

SB-4 YA Science Fiction – THE DISCARDED

SB-5 YA Literary Magical Realism – THE BIG SLEEP OF ARTIMUS FINCH

SB-6 YA Speculative Fiction – EQUILIBRIUM

SB-7 YA Superhero Fantasy – BLOOD BOYS

SB-8 Adult WF – YOU CAN STILL MAKE A BABY WITH YOUR SOCKS ON

351acb05f54bcbdc18bae8fTina Moss – http://www.tinamoss.com/  

TM-1 YA Science Fiction – RESET TO ZERO

TM-2 ADULT Urban Fantasy – QUICKSILVER

TM-3 ADULT Contemporary fantasy – HAIR OF THE DOG

TM-4 YA Contemporary – THE STAINED GLASS SUN AND MOON

TM-5 MG Adventure – THE LEDGE

TM-6 PB – WHO DO YOU LOVE THE MOST?

TM-7 YA Fantasy – WRIT OF SHADOWS

TM-8 ADULT Women’s Fiction – WHY KNOT?

thHoppingBunnySharon Johnston –  http://downunderwonderings.blogspot.com.au/ 

SJ-1 YA Thriller – THE NEW BLACK

SJ-2 YA Fantasy – BLOOD REIGN

SJ-3 MG Paranormal – THE SANDMAN’S APPRENTICE

SJ-4 Adult Speculative Romance – THROUGH THE WOOD

SJ-5 NA Adventure Romance – THE DUCHESS QUEST

SJ-6 YA Contemporary Romance – THE LOVE SPELL

SJ-7 YA Mystry/Thriller – THE SWEETEST SORROWS OF AVA HALE

SJ-8 Adult Mystery – AN ACT OF REPARATION

boopyeasterDannie Morin http://dcmorin.blogspot.com.au/

DM-1 Upper MG Fantasy- THE TROLL DIARIES

DM-2 Adult Historical Fantasy- CAPTAIN

DM-3 PB-Multicultural – LOOK AT OUR TREE

DM-4 YA Urban Fantasy- NEEDLE’S EYE

DM-5 NA Urban Fantasy – THE WINTER KING

DM-6 YA Contemporary  -CHEMICALS COLLIDE

DM-7 Adult LGBT-Commercial  – THE STARS MAY RISE & FALL

DM-8 MG Urban Fantasy- DARK SKY’S ASHES

 Phew! what a great selection.

Good luck to everyone, may your nest be filled with lots of chocolaty requests! 

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snoopyeasterLike the Nestpitch blog?  It’s up for Best Blog Site 2014 (Australia) & there’s also a Peoples Choice Award.   Voting is open to everyone worldwide & is anonymous, so I’ll never know if you voted or not (but if you do, thank you).

If you can spare a  minute or two and would like to vote, here’s the link 🙂

http://www.writerscentre.com.au/community/best-australian-blogs-comp/peoples-choice/

& HAPPY EASTER!

 

Unmask the Agent-Submission Window is Now Closed

The Submission Window is NOW CLOSED – Winner will be announced April 21st Thank you all for Playing Here’s how it works. Below are two lists. The first lists all the Agents participating in #NestPitch, number 1-10 and beneath that … Continue reading

April 12th Submission’s Open for Unmask the Agent

As our Slushies work through round’s 1&2 and our Bloggers highlight their favourites, I wanted to touch base with everyone.  First let met tell you we have some real gems among the submissions and a couple of utter diamonds – way to go #pitch-ees!tumblr_mfnljv4qMl1qiwqjeo2_400

It’s getting quite exciting here in the background and I can’t wait to share who and what we’ve discovered with all of you.

So, while you wait, I thought it was a great opportunity to quickly remind you of the Unmask the Agent competition –the submission window opens April 12th.

 

 

tumblr_mtldvbeTHl1rcaggdo1_400Your mission, should you choose to accept (and why wouldn’t you, there’s a $25 Amazon gift voucher up for grabs), is to match the agent with their mask 🙂

Be warned, we are not making it easy, but there’s honey for the right bumble-bee (sorry, couldn’t help myself).

 

 

Here’s a quick reminder of the Agents & the Bunnies;

 

  1. Pam van Hylckama – Foreword Literary
  2. Pooja Menon – Kimberley Cameron & Associates
  3. Gina Panettieri – Talcott Notch Literary
  4. Melissa Jeglinski – The Knight Agency
  5. Cate Hart  – Corvisiero Literary Agency
  6. Jordy Albert –The Booker Albert Agency
  7. Sarah Negovetich – Corvisiero Literary Agency
  8. Camilla Wray –  Darley Anderson Literary 
  9. Dr. Uwe Stender – TriadaUS Literary Agency
  10. Erin Niumata Senior Vice President

 

And here are the Bunny Masks:tumblr_lmsth09TQK1ql19d6o1_500

  1. NINJA BUNNY
  2. GIANT BUNNY
  3. BOOKWORM BUNNY
  4. MAD SCIENTIST BUNNY
  5. SOCCER MASK
  6. JUGGLER BUNNY
  7. SHOPPER BUNNY
  8. ARTIST BUNNY
  9. LAPTOP BUNNY
  10. COCKTAIL BUNNY

One submission per IP address.  Email to nestpitch @ outlook . com – no spaces. Remember, submission window opens on April 12th USA EST

Go to here for all the details:

https://nestpitch.wordpress.com/2014/03/20/secret-agent-bunny-masks-can-you-guess-the-agent-hiding-behind-the-mask/

tumblr_lugh08w7pr1r4zr2vo1_r2_500If you find yourself running around in circles, there’s clues on the Agents Websites & blogs and within their Bio’s.  And if you’re not following these agents on Twitter – why not?

 

 

And now for a bit of Shameless Promotion.

The Nestpitch blog is up for Best Blog Site 2014 (Australia) & there’s also a Peoples Choice Award.  If you like this blog, I’d really appreciate your (free) vote.  Voting is open to everyone worldwide & is anonymous, so I’ll never know if you voted or not (but if you do, thank you).  Here’s the link for voting:

http://www.writerscentre.com.au/community/best-australian-blogs-comp/peoples-choice/

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Submissions Window is Now CLOSED

Drafy Nest Pich Logo last stageThe submission window for NestPitch NOW OPEN, and will remain open for 24 hours 12-noon 1st April to 11.59am 2nd April (USA EST) There’s no cut off number. Everyone who submits during the window will make it into the contest.

All entries will receive a receipt.  If you don’t, check with Nik Vukoja on Twitter @nestpitch and/or @nik_vukoja

Send your entries to nestpitch @ outlook .com (no spaces)

For formatting instructions and rules go to this post go to:

https://nestpitch.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/nestpitch-update-rules-conditions-whats-a-bilby-anyway/

 NestPitch is a contest where participants email their 35-word pitches together with the first 300* words of their (finished) manuscript,(100-word for PBs).

The selected pitches will be featured on these blogs:

Brooke Powell  www.thecakenovelist.blogspot.com 

Kimberly P. Chase  http://kimberlypchase.blogspot.com.au/ 

Jeffe Kennedy  http://www.jeffekennedy.com/category/blog/

Tina Moss  http://www.tinamoss.com/  

Amanda Foody  www.amandafoody.blogspot.com 

Dannie Morin http://dcmorin.blogspot.com.au/ 

Sharon M Johnston  http://downunderwonderings.blogspot.com.au/ 

Sharon Bayliss  http://sharonbayliss.blogspot.com.au/ 

Stacey Nash  http://www.staceynash.com/

 

dancingSuper naturalAnd yes, you should all be throwing your hands up in the air and dancing at such a brilliant group of people giving freely of their time (P.S. show your love & great taste and follow their blogs)

 Then agents, their identities hidden, will leave a request for pages, partials and/or fulls of the featured pitches.

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

Name: YOUR NAME

Title: TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT

Genre: Category/Genre of Manuscript (i.e. NA Romance)

Word Count: (nearest 1000)

PITCH: 35-word (max) log-line

Answer to qu:

(question:in one sentence, max 15-words in the sentence: If my Main Character were an Easter Egg, what flavour would s/he be & why)

 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, go to the end of the sentence.

Please ensure

(i)                 your manuscript has not been featured in another Pitch Competition in the past 12 months – that’s ANY pitch competition (not twitter pitches), from the period April 1st 2013 to 31st March 2014 (you can have entered, but can’t have been a finalist)

(ii)               your manuscript IS NOT published.  This INCLUDES self-published. 

Bet-cha your booty shakin’ around your kitchen table with excitement 🙂

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Our Slush Bilbies & Nest Bloggers will read through the pitches and pick the top 72 pitches for the agent round; April 17th – 18th

We try to get a good mix of various genres,but the writing comes first. Basically, if the submissions aren’t ready, it’s in your best interest that we pass, the last thing anyone wants is your manuscript to be old & tired from “doing the rounds” before its ready.

So, what are you waiting for? Get your Pitch On!

 

And remember, not matter what happens, whether you get your pitch featured or not, you’re awesome for being courageous and determined enough to put your work before other people.  Writing, as with all art forms is subjective and what is loved by one person one day is out of style tomorrow.  Timing go hand-in-hand with talent — and always remember Funny_Pictures_Animated_Dancing_-1