Saturday, June 27, 2015

0 Free 1st 5 Pages Writing Workshop with Author Ava Jae and Agent Patricia Nelson Opens in 1 Week!

Our July workshop will open for entries at noon, EST, on Saturday July 4, 2015. We'll take the first five Middle Grade, Young Adult, or New Adult entries that meet all guidelines and formatting requirements, and the initial submission and two rounds of revision will be read and critiqued by three published authors. The final revision will also be read and critiqued by a literary agent. This is a great opportunity for a few lucky writers, and it can be a transformative experience on the path to publication. Many of our past participants have gone on to find agents and get publishing deals.

Click here to get the rules on the First Five Pages Workshop site. 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 talented permanent mentors, we have Ava Jae, author of the forthcoming BEYOND THE RED, and Patricia Nelson of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. So get those pages ready! Read on to learn more about them, and to find out how to submit.

June Guest Mentor – Ava Jae

Ava Jae writes YA and NA paranormal, Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels because she loves writing about self-discovery and the complicated worlds of young people. Her debut novel BEYOND THE RED will be published in hardcover and e-book by Sky Pony Press in March 2016. She is also an Assistant Editor at Entangled. You can find her online here: tweet/blog/tumbl/post/vlog/instagram


A feud on a distant, crimson planet with established nanite technology creates a violent uprising that threatens the reign of a teenage queen and forces her to turn to her rebel half-blood bodyguard for help, before the planet's human population is destroyed at the hands of her power-hungry twin brother.

Add it to your shelf on Goodreads!

June Guest Agent – Patricia Nelson

Patricia Nelson joined Marsal Lyon Literary Agency in 2014. She represents adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction, and is actively looking to build her list. In general, Patricia looks for compelling, well-written stories featuring complex characters that jump off the page. On the adult side, she is seeking women’s fiction, historical fiction, and accessible literary fiction, as well as contemporary and historical romance. For YA and MG, she is open to a wide range of genres, with particular interest in contemporary/realistic, magical realism, mystery, horror, and fantasy. She is interested in seeing diverse stories and characters in all genres.

We fill up early so get those pages ready -- write, revise, repeat! As always, the rules for submission are posted on the First Five Pages Workshop site!


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