Wednesday, September 26, 2012

All the Cool Kids are Doing It...




Wanna know what it's all about?

More important - want one of your own?

Hop over to the YA Misfits blog right now and chat Contemporary Romance with us! See you there, peeps!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Get Your Pitch On!

Hey guys!

Just wanted to give everyone a heads up that starting October 1st, this little old blog will be one of the host sites for Get Your Pitch On workshops!
Here are the deets:

Commissioning and Managing Editor of Hardie Grant Egmont, Marisa Pintado, will be poised and ready to take your pitches both on Down Under Wonderings and the YAtopia blog on October 15th.

Marisa is looking for YA in any genre and is accepting submissions from any where in the world. It’s your chance to skip the slush pile and put your pitch right under the nose of a fantastic editor. There’s even better news – there is no limit on how many requests Marisa will make from the contest.
Here are the rules:
  • Your manuscript must be complete, polished and ready to query – this means no first drafts or almost finished manuscripts.
  • It must be YA.
  • When the contest goes live on October 15th, post your entry details in the comments section of either YAtopia or Down Under Wonderings – each blog is accepting 100 entries only.
  • Your entry detail needs to include a 50 – 70 word pitch.
  • You can enter more than once if you have more than one complete, polished, ready to query manuscript.
Your contest details should be formatted like this:

Name: Sharon Johnston
Email: smjohnston [ @ ] live.com.au
Country of residence: Australia
Title: SLEEPER
Genre: Speculative Fiction
Word-count: 58,000

Pitch: Seventeen-year-old Mishca Richardson is a sleeper soldier with a weak heart. She has no idea that a life saving heart transplant has accidentally triggered her programming. In the search for answers, she discovers the truth and that her creator, Wirth, has classified her remaining “sisters” from her experiment group as defective, scheduling them for termination. Mishca sets out to save them before they’re eliminated.

Just as it’s important to get someone else to look over your manuscript before you query, it’s a good idea to get feedback on your pitch before you post. We have about twenty blogs who are ready to help you hone your pitch. These workshops start on October 1 and you can find the list of blogs participating here.

Also – make sure to use the #PitchOn hashtag on Twitter to follow all the news now and be part of the excitement during the contest.

Ready to Get Your Pitch On, peeps?

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Playlists and Love Songs and Taylor Swift, Oh My!

Hi All!

So today is my very first post over at the YA Misfits Blog! I'm talking about (and sharing) the playlist for my YA contemporary romance, LAST YEAR'S MISTAKE.

Hop on over and take a look, then tell me all about the songs that serve as the soundtrack to YOUR writing!

(And here's a hint to what you'll see over there)


Monday, September 10, 2012

And the Winner Is...

First, thank you to everyone who made the launch of the YA Misfits blog a success! We are truly grateful to everyone who decided to hang out at our lunch table and chat publishing with us. We're going to have so much fun together!

As promised, I'm announcing the winner of my personal YAMF giveaway today. Which, in case you forgot, is a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card.

AND THE WINNER IS......



Thank for participating Angelina, enjoy your prize! I'll be e-mailing you shortly.

Has everyone else checked out the YA Misfits blog? If not, go now! And be sure to check in over there on Thursday, when I'll be posting the soundtrack to my YA romance, LAST YEAR'S MISTAKE!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

YA Misfits Launch Giveaway!


I am so excited to announce that today is the official launch of the YA Misfits Blog!



My CP's and I have been working on bringing this fun and informative writing blog to y'all for a while, and we are so thrilled to unveil our collaborative baby. And the best part?

THERE ARE MAD PRIZES TO BE WON!

That's right - all us misfits are offering prizes ranging from critiques to gift cards to books on our individual blogs, as well as ONE MEGA AWESOME PRIZE on the YAMF blog - A KINDLE!!

And to go along with it, I'm offering .... drumroll please....




A $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Because hey, you'll need to  buy BOOKS for your Kindle, right? 

So How Do You Win?

It's very simple. You must:
- Be a follower of this blog
- Be a follower of the YA Misfits Blog

AND:

*Leave a Comment Telling Me Something That Makes You a Misfit*

For example, if you follow me on Twitter, you probably know that I have a habit of singing and dancing - loudly and badly - when I'm alone in my house making dinner. If you don't, here's an example of some of the tweets you'd see if you did:


or


or


and of course:


So, peeps. Want an Amazon Gift card? Then tell me what makes YOU a misfit! (Then hop over to the YAMF blog and follow along, if you haven't already. We have some great posts and more contests planned!)

**Be sure to leave me your e-mail address in the comment so I can contact you if you win! Winner will be announced  Monday, September 10th.