Thursday, June 9, 2016

0 TONIGHT: Twitter Live Chat With Agent Kelly Peterson

Well hello and happy Thursday, everyone!

As you may be aware, the AYAP Red Light/Green Light writing contest will be opening on June 23rd. Kelly Peterson of Corvisiero Literary Agency will be judging for us, and is offering a full request with general notes as a grand prize. This is a fantastic opportunity to get agent insight on your completed manuscript, so I hope you're all polishing your first chapters in preparation for the 23rd!

This evening at 9pm EST, we'll be hosting a live chat with Kelly on Twitter via the contest hashtag, #GreenLightWIP. If you are not planning to enter Red Light/Green Light, but have a burning question you'd love agent insight on, please feel free to join the chat and ask away--participation in RL/GL is not required to be part of the chat. I'll be moderating using my own Twitter account, @lauraeweymouth, and Kelly's handle is @YAFantasyFan. We're both looking forward to chatting with you all! Questions can be general or specific to your manuscript, and as I'm sure all your teachers told you throughout elementary school, there are no silly questions (besides, perhaps, asking what Kelly's favorite genre is).

Though we've already introduced Kelly once, here's her bio again as a reminder of some of her particular literary interests.

Kelly has spent her whole life with a book in her hands. Whether it's from reading, writing, or day dreaming, her mind has always been up in the clouds wishing her fantasy stories would come true. Down on earth, somewhere between reading during science class, writing while she should be sleeping, and spending her social hours pretending she wasn't actually a closet nerd, she finally realized that her life would be a lot happier if she just accepted her love of books.

A recent graduate of West Chester University, she earned her B.S.Ed. in English and went to pursue a career in teaching. Little did she know that despite all of her hard work, the environment she ended up in would be one she disliked. After taking a step back and reassessing her life, she realized that maybe she should have focused on the world of literary agents and publishing a long time ago.

When not working as a book nerd, Kelly can be found dancing, hiking, riding horses, perfecting her yoga technique, blogging, and writing her own manuscript. If you're lucky, you might even be able to catch her flying around the world, saving lives. She is superwoman after all!

Though she reads various genres of Middle Grade, Young Adult, and New Adult novels, her true weakness is for YA Fantasy. More recently, Steampunk has quickly crept up the charts in her heart as well.

With books, there's just something about strong female main characters holding their own against the world, in an environment that Kelly could never, in her wildest dreams, find herself living within. It tears at her heart and pulls at her soul, especially when the main character finds that she never needed another to complete her in the first place.

Favorite Genres
MG: Fantasy, Paranormal, Sci-Fi.
YA: Fantasy (all sub genres of fantasy accepted), Steampunk, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Historical (19th century and earlier with strong heroines), Dystopian (hold the cyborgs, the scorch, and diseases, please), Sword and Sorcery, a very selective few for Contemporary Romance, and any combination of the above with strong, female main characters.
NA: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance (Cowboys, anyone? Sexy and somewhat geeky entrepreneur? Celebrity? Yes?), Historical Romance, or any combination of the above.
Adult: Fantasy, Romance.

Non-Fiction, Emotional Turmoil, Mystery/Crime, Children's Picture Books.

If you're looking for details related to Red Light/Green Light and a full contest schedule, that information can be found here, along with a list of resources to help you perfect your opening pages. Can't wait to chat with you all tonight at 9!

In the meantime, happy writing!

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