The First Five Pages April Workshop has come to an end. The participants did a great job with their revisions and it showed! A big thanks to our guest mentor, Becca Puglisi and our guest agent mentor (and my lovely agent!) Amaryah Orenstein, both of whom provided great comments and suggestions, and of course to all of our fabulous permanent mentors! And I want to welcome our newest permanent mentor, Holly Bodger, the author of the forthcoming YA novel 5 to 1 (Knopf, May 2015). I can’t wait to read it!
Our May workshop will open for entries at noon, EST, on Saturday May 2, 2015. We'll take the first five Middle Grade, Young Adult, or New Adult entries that meet all guidelines and formatting requirements. Click here to get the rules. I will post when it opens and closes on Adventures in YA Publishing and on twitter (@etcashman), with the hashtag #1st5pages.
In addition to our talented permanent mentors, we have my dear friend and critique partner, author Diana Renn. Diana is the author of three fabulous international YA mysteries, TOKYO HEIST, LATITUDE ZERO, and BLUE VOYAGE which will be available October 13, 2015. And we have Georgia McBride as our guest editor. In addition to being an author, Georgia is the founder of Georgia McBride Media Group, home of Month9Books, Swoon Romance, and Tantrum Books. So get those pages ready!
May Guest Mentor – Diana Renn
Diana writes contemporary novels for young adults featuring globetrotting teens, international intrigue, and more than a dash of mystery. TOKYO HEIST, LATITUDE ZERO, and BLUE VOYAGE are all published by Viking Children’s Books / Penguin Young Readers Group. She’s also the Fiction Editor at YARN (Young Adult Review Network), an award-winning online magazine featuring short-form writing for teens.
An intricately crafted mystery set in the contemporary Middle East.
Zan is a politician’s daughter and an adrenaline junkie. Whether she’s rock climbing or shoplifting, she loves to live on the edge. But she gets more of a rush than she bargained for on a forced mother–daughter bonding trip to Turkey, where she finds herself in the crosshairs of an antiquities smuggling ring. These criminals believe that Zan can lead them to an ancient treasure that’s both priceless and cursed. Until she does so, she and her family are in grave danger. Zan’s quest to save the treasure—and the lives of people she cares about—leads her from the sparkling Mediterranean, to the bustle of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, to the eerie and crumbling caves of Cappadocia. But it seems that nowhere is safe, and there’s only so high she can climb before everything comes tumbling down.
May Guest Editor – Georgia McBride
Georgia McBride is founder of Georgia McBride Media Group, home of Month9Books, Swoon Romance, and Tantrum Books. She develops content for film and TV, and is also a speculative fiction writer. Georgia founded the #YAlitchat hashtag and weekly chat on Twitter in 2009. Georgia is one of Publishers Marketplace’s most prolific publishers and has spent most of 2014 atop the editors lists in Young Adult, Digital New Adult and Digital deals. She’s completed over 120 publishing deals on behalf of three imprints in the past 24 months.