Hello all. Well, it’s time for the Nest Bloggers Reveal
– 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 Bunyips. OK, 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.
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:
*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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org >
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
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 — www.thecakenovelist.blogspot.com
Melissa Sarver-White of Folio Literary; http://www.foliolit.com/
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
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: http://kimberlypchase.blogspot.com.au/
Her Website here: http://kimberlypchase.com/ 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 Kennedy
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: http://www.jeffekennedy.com/ every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog, http://word-whores.blogspot.com.au/ on Facebook, and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy.
She is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg of Foreword Literary. http://forewordliterary.com/
You can also find Jeffe : http://www.jeffekennedy.com/category/blog/
Or look up her books at:
Recent: Five Golden Rings Current: Master of the Opera Future: The Mark of the Tala
iv) Tina Moss
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: http://www.tinamoss.com/
AGENCY: Literary Counsel http://www.literarycounsel.com/
BOOK: A Touch of Darkness LOCATION: NYC
(v) Amanda Foody
is a young adult writer represented by Molly Jaffa of Folio Literary Management, http://www.foliolit.com/. 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: www.amandafoody.blogspot.com and enjoys tea and spinny chairs.
(vi) Dannie Morin
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; http://www.dijkstraagency.com/
She can be found at: http://dcmorin.blogspot.com.au/ 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 Johnston
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: http://downunderwonderings.blogspot.com.au/
SLEEPER can be found at: http://www.amazon.com/Sleeper-Toy-Soldiers-Series-Johnston-ebook/dp/B00H1IKYXW
or through her Publishers; Entranced Publishing – http://www.entrancedpublishing.com/
(viii) Sharon Bayliss
is a science fiction and fantasy author. Her début novel, The Charge, was released on 3/2/13 by Curiosity Quills Press http://curiosityquills.com/. 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: http://sharonbayliss.blogspot.com.au/
(ix) Stacey Nash
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 http://www.entrancedpublishing.com/ on February 17, with the sequel, REMEMBER ME releasing August 11.
You can find Stacey on Twitter or on her Blog: http://www.staceynash.com/
She’s also a contributor on Aussie Owned & Read: http://aussieownedandread.com/
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
( and then, not long after, the AWESOME AGENT REVEALS) <<<
until nest time 🙂