Monday, April 23, 2012

2 First Five Pages Workshop Mentor Announcement and 2nd Round Revisions

The next round of our First Five Pages Workshop is up! Please comment on the revised entries posted below. Are you hooked? Would you keep reading? Why, why not? Do you love the voice? The characters? The mood and tone of the story? Does the action intrigue you? How's the writing, generally? Is there too much dialogue, description, or action? Not enough? Comment on whatever strikes you.

Lisa Gail Green and I also have a wonderful announcement. Starting next month, we will be introducing guest mentors for these monthly workshops. Kat Zhang, whose first book WHAT'S LEFT OF ME will release this September from HarperCollins, will be working along with us to help the May participants get their manuscripts shined up. We also have a stellar lineup of published authors coming in future months, and our goal is to really be able to get new writers the kind of help and support that will make a lasting difference. (If you're an author interested in participating in future workshops, please get in touch!)

Mark your calendars, everyone! The May workshop will open for entries on May 5th at noon. And in the meantime, here's a a little bit about Kat's book. For the record? I've read it, and it is ah-maze-ing. Seriously.

Publication Date: September 18, 2012

Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else--two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren't they settling? Why isn't one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn't...

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she's still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable-hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet...for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.

Happy writing this week, everyone!



  1. Oooh. WHAT"S LEFT OF ME, sounds like my kind of freak Out! I'm sure to love it. All the Best.


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