Congratulations to the Top 25 of the Pitch+250 Contest!! The following entries will be moving on to Round 2, where they will be judged by our Author judges.
Brimstone for Breakfast – Tasha Ellis
Carrion – Michelle LaMarca
Crossing Lau Dai La – Hong Tran
Crystal Clear – Dede Perkins
Dead Girls Can't Sing – Ammy Hall
Dream Leap – Mureall Hebert
Ember – Max Brunner
Enchanted Moon – Kimberly Wheaton
From Stacey with Love – Linda Jackson
Gideon and the Nightmare Demon – Sarah Turnbull
Gone Wild – Martha Mayberry
Mage Storm – Meredith Mansfield
Mighty Mike and the Alien Pez Dispenser – Marlene Moss
Nephilim – Hope Cook
Pygmy Hazards – Michelle Hauck
Rectify – Jo Riley
The End – Michele McCole Moss
The Interpreters – Kim Beck
The Mary Kennedys – Leslie Hauser
The Wildness in Mellie Feye – Candice Marley Conner
To Know Me – Marcy Blesy
Under the Violet Sky – Michaele Stoughton
Unlimited Wishes – Pete Catalano
Wandaful – Michael Young
Words in the Windowsill – Susan Nystoriak
Special thanks to the fabulous YA Bloggers who helped us judge Round 1. We can't thank you enough for your generosity!!
Amy Trueblood is a freelance writer with over fifteen years of experience in marketing and public relations. Her short stories, “Emanate,” and "Unearthed," are part of The Fall and Summer's Edge anthologies published by Elephant’s Bookshelf Press. Her writing has also appeared in Liquid Imagination. When not “chasing the crazy” dream of being published, she feeds her addictions to good TV (Bones, Castle & Fringe), Barnes & Noble and mango ice tea. Amy was also the winner of our May Pitch+250 Contest. She blogs at Chasing the Crazies and can also be found on Twitter at @atrueblood5.
Carrie Butler daydreamed her way through college—until they thrust a marketing degree into her hands, slapped a summa cum laude seal on the corner, and booted her out into a less-than-stellar job market. Instead of panicking at the prospect of unemployment, she used her Midwestern logic to steer into the skid and point her life in the direction she really wanted to go: writing out those daydreams.
She is the author of Strength, a New Adult paranormal romance, and a co-founder/contributor at NA Alley. She can be found on Twitter at @CarrieAButler.
Angelica Jackson, in keeping with her scattered Gemini nature, has published articles on such subjects as gardening, natural history, web design, travel, hiking, and local history. Other interests include pets, reading, green living, and cooking for food allergies (the latter not necessarily by choice, but she’s come to terms with it). Ongoing projects include short fiction, poetry, YA novels, art photography, and children’s picture books.
In 2012, she started Pens for Paws Auction, which features critiques and swag from agents and authors to raise money for a no-kill, cage-free cat sanctuary where she volunteers, Fat Kitty City. She blogs at Angelic Muse and as an operative at the group blog Operation Awesome, and also volunteers at the regional conference for her local SCBWI chapter (which she recommends as a great way to get involved in the writing community). She can be found on Twitter at @angelicarjaxon.
It should be noted (and perhaps celebrated) that Angelica successfully restrained herself from writing a satirical bio this time around.
Megan Whitmer lives in Kentucky with her husband and two daughters. She loves all things Southern, and has a soft spot for football, kissing scenes, and things that sparkle. She's a contributing blogger for www.herkentucky.com, www.allthewritenotes.com, and YA Misfits.
Her debut novel, BETWEEN, will be published in July 2014 by Spencer Hill Press. When she's not writing, she spends her time drinking absurd amounts of cherry coke zero and wishing someone would pay her to tweet. She can be found on Twitter at @MeganWhitmer.
Katy Upperman is the stay-at-home mom of an adorable five-year-old girl. The wife of a handsome US Army Major. An aspiring writer of contemporary young adult novels. A Washington State University Alum–Go Cougs! An avid reader of anything she can get her hands on. An enthusiastic runner. The owner of two needy and eccentric mutt puppy dogs. A dweller of Central California. A proud country music fan. A too-frequent shopper of Target and indi book stores. A lover of the ocean, pedicures, peanut butter, quilting, her laptop, warm summer days, Chipoltle, Pinterest, and Dirty Dancing & Wedding Crashers. A fan of Jelly Bellies, Entertainment Weekly, Breaking Bad, and Words with Friends.
Katy is represented by Victoria Marini of Gelfman Schneider Literary Agency. She is an operative at YA Confidential and can be found on Twitter at @katyupperman.