Saturday, April 27, 2019

1 The Free #1st5pages Writing Workshop Opens Tomorrow, May 4th w/Lit Agent Erica Bauman and Author Kim Purcell!

Our May workshop will open for submissions on Saturday, May 4th at noon, EST. In addition to our wonderful permanent mentors, we have Erica Bauman of Aevitas Creative Management as our guest agent mentor and Kim Purcell as our guest author mentor!

The workshop is designed to help writers struggling to find the right opening for their novel or for those looking to perfect the all important first five pages before submitting for publication. Why the first five pages? Because if these aren't perfect, no agent, editor, or reader will continue reading to find out how great the rest of your story really is!

Why is the First Five Pages Workshop a GREAT Opportunity?

  • You are mentored by at the guest author as well as least one and usually two traditionally-published published or agented authors from among our permanent mentors for the duration of the workshop. These authors have been through the trenches and know what it takes to get a book deal, solid reviews, and sales.
  • In addition, you receive feedback from the four other workshop participants.
  • Feedback is given not just on your initial submission, but on two subsequent opportunities to revise your manuscript based on the previous feedback so that you know you've got it right!
  • The final revision is reviewed by our mentoring literary agent, who will also give you feedback on the pitch for your story--the pitch that may eventually become your query letter or cover copy.
  • The best entry from among the workshop participants will receive a critique of the full first chapter or first ten pages from the mentoring agent, which may, in some cases, lead to requests for additional material. 

How It Works:

Please see the complete rules before entering the workshop, but in a nutshell, 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. We will post when the workshop opens and closes on Adventures in YA Publishing and on Twitter (@eliza_daws@etcashman) with the hashtag #1st5pages. In addition to the rotating team of our wonderful permanent author mentors, the final entry for each workshop participant will be critiqued by our agent mentor.

April Guest Literary Agent Mentor: Erica Bauman 

Erica is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and has worked in the publishing industry for the last seven years. She is an Associate Agent at Aevitas Creative Management, and before coming to Aevitas, she worked at Spectrum Literary Agency.

Based in New York, Erica is currently focused on representing a wide range of authors across middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction, as well as some select narrative nonfiction projects. She is most interested in novels that straddle the line between literary and commercial, imaginative tales with a speculative twist, fearless storytellers that tackle big ideas and contemporary issues, and working with and supporting marginalized authors and stories that represent the wide range of humanity. To query Erica, please see her agent page at Aevitas Creative Management.

April Guest Literary Author Mentor: Kim Purcell

Kim Purcell is the author of two YA novels: Trafficked, which was on Bankstreet College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year 2013 (among many other honors) and This Is Not A Love Letter, published in January 2018.

Kim grew up in Prince George, a small town in Northern Canada, where she did swim team, skied in the winter, water skied in the summer, and read everywhere she went. She still loves to read and walk. Even now, you can see her walking my dog through Prospect Park in Brooklyn, her leash in one hand and a book in the other!

You can find Kim online at:
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/kimberlypurcell
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kimmpurcell
Medium: https://medium.com/@kimberlypurcell
Website: http://kimpurcell.com/




THIS IS NOT A LOVE LETTER:



One week. That's all Jessie said. A one-week break to get some perspective before graduation, before she and her boyfriend, Chris, would have to make all the big, scary decisions about their future--decisions they had been fighting about for weeks.

Then, Chris vanishes. The police think he's run away, but Jessie doesn't believe it. Chris is popular and good-looking, about to head off to college on a full-ride baseball scholarship. And he disappeared while going for a run along the river--the same place where some boys from the rival high school beat him up just three weeks ago. Chris is one of the only black kids in a depressed paper mill town, and Jessie is terrified of what might have happened.

Every Friday since they started dating, Chris has written Jessie a love letter. Now Jessie is writing Chris a letter of her own to tell him everything that's happening while he's gone. As Jessie searches for answers, she must face her fears, her guilt, and a past more complicated than she would like to admit.

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