Friday, May 6, 2016

0 Free 1st 5 Pages Workshop Opens Tomorrow!

Our May workshop will open for entries tomorrow, on Saturday, May 7 at noon, EST. We'll take the first five Middle Grade or Young 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 wonderful permanent mentors, we have author Ann Jacobus and agent Sue Miller!

So get those pages ready - we usually fill up in under a minute!

May Guest Mentor: Ann Jacobus

Ann Jacobus writes children’s and YA fiction, blogs and tweets about it, teaches writing and volunteers weekly on a suicide crisis line. She’s published short fiction, essays and poetry in anthologies, journals, and magazines, and her debut YA thriller, came out from St. Martin’s Griffin in October, 2015. San Francisco is home to her and her family.

ROMANCING THE DARK IN THE CITY OF LIGHT

A troubled teen, living in Paris, is torn between two boys, one of whom encourages her to embrace life, while the other—dark, dangerous, and attractive—urges her to embrace her fatal flaws.

Haunting and beautifully written, with a sharp and distinctive voice that could belong only to this character, Romancing the Dark in the City of Light is an unforgettable young adult novel.

Summer Barnes just moved to Paris to repeat her senior year of high school. After being kicked out of four boarding schools, she has to get on track or she risks losing her hefty inheritance. Summer is convinced that meeting the right guy will solve everything. She meets two. Moony, a classmate, is recovering against all odds from a serious car accident, and he encourages Summer to embrace life despite how hard it can be to make it through even one day. But when Summer meets Kurt, a hot, mysterious older man who she just can't shake, he leads her through the creepy underbelly of the city-and way out of her depth.

When Summer's behavior manages to alienate everyone, even Moony, she's forced to decide if a life so difficult is worth living. With an ending that'll surprise even the most seasoned reader, Romancing the Dark in the City of Light is an unputdownable and utterly compelling novel.

available online: Indiebound Barnes & Noble Amazon Books-a-Million Powells

May Guest Agent Mentor - Sue Miller

Prior to joining Donaghy Literary, Sue interned for Bree Ogden during her time at the D4EO agency. She dabbles in writing and has edited short stories for other writers. An admitted social media junkie, Sue is always interested in the latest platforms for networking and relationship building within the industry. This led her to complete her Digital Marketing Management certificate from the University of Toronto. When it comes to her genre preferences, Sue is partial to romance, young adult, new adult and adult contemporary novels. Sue is seeking new and exciting voices as she begins to build her client list and is excited to discover diverse new author voices.

Sue's Interests:
YA – any sub genre (think Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Cynthia Hand, Stephanie Perkins, Colleen Hoover)
Urban Fantasy (think Sandy Williams, Patricia Briggs, Karen Marie Moning)
Low Fantasy/ Low level Science Fiction/ Dystopian - (think Laini Taylor, Samantha Shannon, Pierce Brown, Andy Weir)
Contemporary Romance (think Jamie McGuire, Rachel Gibson, Jay Crownover, K.A. Tucker, Colleen Hoover)


Sue's wish list:​
YA or Contemporary romance – fun, smart (not silly), heart wrenching
YA contemporary, authentic voices representing urban life (think Treasure E. Blue), multicultural (example: Canadian/Afro-Latino etc.), social change (think Heidi Durrow, R.J. Palacio) 

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