here - including the winning entry! Congratulations Samantha!
And a big thanks to our wonderful guest mentors, Shea Berkley as our author mentor, and Lauren Spieller as our agent mentor. They both provided terrific critiques. And as always, thank you to our talented and fabulous permanent mentors, who read, comment, and cheer on our participants every month!
Speaking of our mentors, we have exciting mentor news! Our lovely mentor, the talented Brenda Drake, is now a New York Times Bestselling author! Congratulations, Brenda! I adored her YA fantasy, THIEF OF LIES, and I can’t wait for the sequel,GUARDIAN OF SECRETS, which comes out on February 7th! (But is available for pre-order!!) I really can't wait for February 7th because that's also when RETURNED, the final book in the fabulous FORBIDDEN series, comes out - written by our wonderful mentor, Kimberley Griffiths Little. (RETURNED is also available for pre-order!)
Our February workshop will open for entries on Saturday, February 4th at noon, EST. We'll take the first five Middle Grade or Young Adult entries that meet all guidelines and formatting requirements. (Double check the formatting - each month we have to disqualify entries because of formatting.) 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 Kelly Barson as our author mentor, and Kristy Hunter as our agent mentor! So get those pages ready - we usually fill up in under a minute!