Sunday, May 12, 2013

19 Announcing the Top 25 for the May Pitch+250 Contest

Congrats to the top 25, who will be moving on to Round 2 of Pitch+250!

Accordian Girl – Sharon Edge Martin
Caretta, Caretta – Deborah Rocheleau
Crossing the Divide – Heather Raglin
Dog Days of Summer – Sheri Levy
Dot Reaper – Mike Saunders
Dragoneer: Hard Truths – Sumbee
Earth to Earth – Amanda Leigh
Fighting Chance – Amy Trueblood
Firebird – Melissa Grey
Harvester – Rachel Russell
Hum of the Hills – Corrie Haluga
Livid Shift – DiNae’ Billingsley
Nightmute – Courtney Washburn
No Such Thing – Sarah Glenn Marsh
Of Blood and Roses – Molly Pinto Madigan
Play It Cool, Claire – Olivia Hinebaugh
Rancho Tails – C. Ramirez
Roach – Cristy Burne
Soul Seeker – Sescha Young
Soul Ties – Lisa Swallow
The Drink and the Wheel – Fonda Lee
The Good Demon – Ryan Hill
The Truth about Justice – Meg Eastman Thompson
To Save My Life – Lindsey Frydman
Whiff – Becky Swanberg

And a HUGE thank you to our fabulous Round 1 judges!

Brenda Drake

You all know Brenda, right? She's the genius behind Pitch Madness. She writes young adult and middle grade novels. Look for her debut young adult novel, LIBRARY JUMPERS, coming February, 2014 and its sequels February, 2015 and February, 2016 from Month9Books.

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Talynn Lynn

Talynn has been writing books, stories, and theatrical plays for the past 25 years. She has been working on the first book of a series based on her family history and the historical the events surrounding her family.

She is busy writing the 2nd book in her family heritage series, and she’s also written several YA books she is querying. Also under her belt is a children’s series, released on the Android App, ZigZag Stories. Her first children’s book was loosely written based on the creative imagination of her 8 year old son and his side kick and partner cousin.

Currently, she is an Editorial Intern for Entranced Publishing, a book reviewer for Pam Van Hylckama Vlieg, and a writer's assistant to Kate Brauning, who is an assistant editor for Month9Books.

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Natalie Aguirre

Natalie Aguirre is an aspiring middle grade and YA fantasy writer. She’s an attorney by day, a wife, and a mother of one child. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She joined Casey as a blog partner on March 7, 2011. She interviews authors, many who are debut and/or middle grade authors, and spotlights their books with ARC or book giveaways on Mondays.

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Dahlia Adler

Dahlia is an Assistant Editor of mathematics, a Copy Editor of romance, a founding member of YA Misfits, and a YA writer trying to become a YA author. She's also on a quest to make the perfect French macaron and enjoying all the flawed ones along the way. (Except the ones she accidentally made with garbanzo bean flour.) She live in New York with her husband, who makes seriously good challah and mostly doesn’t mind when she yells at the TV.

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Kate Hart

Kate is a young adult writer and history nerd represented by the lovely and brilliant Michelle Andelman of Regal Literary.

She and her husband build treehouses, and on Fridays she writes the round up at YA Highway. She has two little boys, an oversized garden, and a fairly strong Southern accent.

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Julie Musil

Julie is a YA author represented by Karen Grencik of Red Fox Literary Agency. She's wife to her high school honey, and the mother of three amazing sons. When she's not shuttling my boys here, there, and everywhere, she's either tapping away on her keyboard, researching for nonfiction, or keeping up with writing tips and markets.

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Jaycee DeLorenzo

Jaycee is a graduate of Northern Arizona University with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Art Education. She has lived most of two of her three decades in Tucson, Arizona, and still lives there now with her wonderful husband, a precocious three-year old Diva, and an adorable infant son whose smile melts her heart like nothing else. By day, she teaches English Language Learners between the ages of 5 and 12, and by night she's a wife, mom, writer, Romance Diva, voracious reader, blogger, web designer, and cover artist. She write New Adult romances here and there, when she has time.
She's a member of Romance Divas, Romance Writers of America and The Saguaro Chapter of Romance Writer's of America, and a NA Alley Sister.

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Kristin Lenz

Kristin Lenz is a social worker whose career has taken her from a teen runaway shelter to an urban hospital, from rural Appalachia to inner-city Detroit. Currently, she lives with her husband and daughter in Michigan. She is the newsletter editor for the Michigan chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She is a contributor at YA Fusion

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Jennifer Malone

Jennifer is a contemporary middle grade and YA writer with a love of juvenile pop culture (if it was an ABC Family Movie, she probably can quote it). She also teaches in the Film program at Boston University, drawing on her experiences as former New England Head of Publicity and Promotions for 20th Century Fox and Miramax Films. She is a contributor at YAtopia.

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Jolene Haley

Jolene is a 26 year old writer and lover of all literature. She loves it so much that she got her degree in English, much to the dismay of her father (who suggested Business), and she's currently not using her degree at all to pay rent.

She is using her degree and her love for literature by night, when she morphs into a full-fledged novelist, writing for pleasure, pain, and sheer need to get these stories out onto a piece of paper.

She contributes to several sites besides Pen & Muse, such as YA Stands, Brazen reads, and a secret project she writes anonymously.

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  1. Congrats to the top 25 and good luck with the rest of the contest! :)

  2. Aww, darn it. Didn't make it. Congratulations to everyone who did, though!! I can't wait to learn from the Top 10 entries, whenever those get posted. :)

  3. Congrats to the top 25! :D I hope to have better luck next time. ;)

  4. Hooray!

    And congrats to everyone else who made it into the top 25!

  5. Congrats to the winners! And thanks to everyone who entered.

  6. Hooray for the top 25. Go get 'em!

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    1. Thanks to all the judges for this round. I am very encouraged and excited. Good luck to all who made it forward.

    2. Sorry for all the mistakes. I'm sooo excited.

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  9. Thank you so much, and congratulations to the other 24 who made it on to round 2!

  10. Congratulations To the picks. Somehow I missed this! Next time! Go GO, and best of luck, everyone!

  11. Ecstatic! Congrats to all the finalists!

  12. Good luck to everyone moving on. Such a privilege to read the entries- they were amazing!

  13. Congratulations to all of you moving onto the next round and good luck!

  14. Thanks for hosting the contest and asking me to help judge. Congrats to all the finalists, and to everyone who entered - you are all very brave to share your work. All the best-


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