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Query Critique from Jordy Albert

  

 Jordy Albert is a Literary Agent and co-founder of The Booker Albert Literary Agency. She holds a B.A. in English from Pennsylvania State University, and a M.A. from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. She has worked with Marisa Corvisiero during her time at the L. Perkins Agency and the Corvisiero Literary Agency. 
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Item: query critique 

Minimum Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Full Self-Pub eBook/Print Format from Caitlin Greer

caitCaitlin Greer writes YA and NA stories that range from sci-fi and fantasy (because she loves making worlds and things up), to contemporary (because she kind of sort of fell into it and discovered she’s not half bad). Her best friends growing up were the combined works of Robin McKinley, Madeleine L’Engle, Anne McCaffrey, Andre Norton, and too many others to mention. In addition, Cait is a professional graphic designer by day and does freelance book formatting for self-publishers by night.

Cait drives a Jeep, loves the outdoors, takes pictures of everything she can, and writes obsessively. A martial artist and a former teacher, Cait is owned by two cats who started out incredibly small, and are now incredibly huge.

She is rep’d by Rachel Marks at Rebecca Friedman Literary.

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Item: format of ms for self publication – print & ebook

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Critique of First 30 Pages (SFF) from J.C. Nelson

jcJC Nelson, the author of the Grimm Agency novels including Wish Bound, Armageddon Rules, and Free Agent, is a software developer and ex-beekeeper residing in the Pacific Northwest with family and a few chickens. JC is represented by Pam Howell of D4EO.

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Item: critique of first 30 pages of science fiction or fantasy manuscript

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Query & First Chapter Critique from Brenda Drake

brendaBrenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at school until her family settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brenda’s fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write young adult and middle grade novels with a bend toward the fantastical. When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

Brenda is the author of TOUCHING FATE and THIEF OF LIES. She is represented by Peter Knapp of New Leaf Literary.

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Item: critique of query and first chapter

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Signed Copy of TOUCHING FATE + swag from Brenda Drake

brendaBrenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at school until her family settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brenda’s fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write young adult and middle grade novels with a bend toward the fantastical. When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

Brenda is the author of TOUCHING FATE and THIEF OF LIES. She is represented by Peter Knapp of New Leaf Literary.

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Item: signed copy of TOUCHING FATE + swagtouching fate

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Critique of Query and First 10 Pages from Brent Taylor (Triada US)

brentAssociate Literary Agent Brent Taylor’s tastes are eclectic, but all of his favorite novels are similar in that they tend to have fresh voice and fantastic writing.

He is seeking smart, fun, and exciting books in the following categories: middle grade, young adult, women’s fiction, literary fiction, and crime fiction. His favorite books include: The Time Traveler’s Wife, White Oleander, The Vast Fields of Ordinary, Please Ignore Vera Dietz, and The Westing Game.

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Item: critique of query and first 10 pages

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Picture Book Critique from Alison Goldberg

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Alison Goldberg lives in the Boston area with her husband, two children, and a parrot. Her debut picture book I LOVE YOU FOR MILES AND MILES will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2017.

Alison co-authored the nonfiction book Creating Change Through Family Philanthropy (Soft Skull Press, 2007). She is represented by Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyon Literary.

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Item: picture book critique

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Signed Book + Query Critique from Jess Keating

jessAs a middle grade author and zoologist, Jess Keating has been sprayed by skunks, bitten by crocodiles, and been a victim to the dreaded paper cut. Her debut middle grade novel HOW TO OUTRUN A CROCODILE WHEN YOUR SHOES ARE UNTIED came out in Summer 2014 from Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, with two sequels to follow. Jess is also the author of two picture books with Knopf Children’s, the first one, PINK IS FOR BLOBFISH, is due out in 2016.

She has a Masters degree in Animal Science and a growing collection of books that are threatening to take over her house. She lives in Ontario, Canada, where she loves hiking, playing ukulele, and writing books for adventurous and funny kids.

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Item: signed book and query critique

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Full YA Manuscript Critique from Jessie Devine

meHello! The Dragon Brigade is my team, and this is my auction! I’m a genderqueer writer represented by Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyon Literary. I write emotional stories with queer characters. Diversity and authentic representation are important to me.

I’m also a martial artist. I’ve been studying with Hamilton Tae Kwon-Do for 18 years, and I’m a bit of a weapons specialist. When I’m not doing martial arts or writing, I’m practicing yoga, reading, or studying. Currently, I’m working toward a bachelor’s degree in media arts with a minor in communications.

​In addition, I’m a Pitch Wars mentor and a member of the We Need Diverse Books team. I’m also a YA editorial intern at Entangled Publishing!

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Item: full YA manuscript critique

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Critique of First Chapter + Synopsis from Lois Sepahban

loisLois grew up in central California. Her family moved around a lot, but during her early years she lived in the Tehachapi mountains that form the southeastern boundary of California’s Central Valley. She spent her childhood climbing trees, reading books, and creating maps and leading her brother and sister on hunts for buried treasures. On all of her adventures she was accompanied by her dog, Strider, an Australian shepherd, who walked her to the bus stop every morning and then met her there to walk home at the end of the day.

Later, her family moved to the city. She studied literature in college and became a teacher. When she read books out loud to her students, especially books like THE MOORCHILD by Eloise McGraw or SOUNDER by William H. Armstrong, she became inspired to write books of her own. She is represented by Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyon Literary.

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Item: critique of first chapter and synopsis

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

First Chapter Critique from Melissa Roske

melissaMelissa Roske is a writer of contemporary middle-grade fiction. Before spending her days with imaginary people, Melissa interviewed real ones, as a journalist in Europe. In London, she landed a job as an advice columnist for Just Seventeen magazine, where she answered hundreds of letters from readers each week. (Her column was called “Life Sucks,” but it was Melissa’s job to insist it didn’t.) Upon returning to her native New York, Melissa contributed to several books and magazines, selected jokes for Reader’s Digest, and got certified as a life coach. She lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with her husband, Henry, daughter, Chloe, and the occasional dust bunny.

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Item: critique of first chapter

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Query Critique + eCopy of NEVER BE YOUNGER from Christina June

christinaChristina June writes young adult contemporary fiction when she’s not writing college recommendation letters during her day job as a school counselor. She loves the little moments in life that help someone discover who they’re meant to become – whether it’s her students or her characters. Christina is a voracious reader, loves to travel, eats too many cupcakes, and hopes to one day be bicoastal – the east coast of the US and the east coast of Scotland. She lives just outside Washington DC with her husband and the world’s most rambunctious five-year-old.

Christina is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary.

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Item: query critique + electronic version of NEVER BE YOUNGER

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

3 Chapter Critique from Pam Howell (D4EO Literary)

pamPam Howell started her literary career as assistant to Laurie McLean, of Foreword Literary Agency, in early 2012. By April Pam was promoted to Associate Agent.In her first two years as an agent, Pam brokered 24 deals, with such publishers as Knopf, Scholastic, NAL, ACE, Grand Central, and others.

She joined D4EO in June 2014, where she will continue to build her list. She has a passion for genre fiction as well as MG, YA, and New adult fiction.

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Item: critique of first 3 chapters

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Three Pass Query Critique from Jennifer Hawkins

jenniferJennifer is a nurse by credentials, but a writer by passion. She’s represented by the fabulous Louise Fury of The Bent Agency. Her short story, Preach What You Practice, received an honorable mention in the 2014 Writers Weekly short story competition, and is published in the Decameron Journal by Pen & Anvil Press. Her first Young Adult novel, FALSE START, was chosen by mentor Kes Trester for the 2014 edition of Pitch Wars. Jennifer is currently pursuing a degree in Creative Writing at UHV and writing her second YA novel. She is a member of SCBWI, RWA, and The Writers’ League of Texas.

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Item: 3 pass query critique

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Query Critique from Laurie Elizabeth Flynn (1 of 5)

laurieLaurie Elizabeth Flynn writes contemporary fiction for young adults. Her debut, FIRSTS, will be published by Thomas Dunne Books/St Martin’s Press on January 5, 2016.

Laurie went to school for Journalism, where the most important thing she learned was that she would rather write made-up stories than report the news. She also worked as a model, a job that took her overseas to Tokyo, Athens, and Paris.

Laurie now lives in London, Ontario with her husband Steve, who is very understanding when she would rather spend time with the people in her head. Laurie can mostly be found writing happily at her desk, with the world’s most spoiled Chihuahua on her lap. Laurie drinks way too much coffee, snorts when she laughs, and times herself when she does crossword puzzles.

Laurie is represented by the amazing Kathleen Rushall of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

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Item: query critique

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

First Chapter Critique from Jennifer Hawkins

jenniferJennifer is a nurse by credentials, but a writer by passion. She’s represented by the fabulous Louise Fury of The Bent Agency. Her short story, Preach What You Practice, received an honorable mention in the 2014 Writers Weekly short story competition, and is published in the Decameron Journal by Pen & Anvil Press. Her first Young Adult novel, FALSE START, was chosen by mentor Kes Trester for the 2014 edition of Pitch Wars. Jennifer is currently pursuing a degree in Creative Writing at UHV and writing her second YA novel. She is a member of SCBWI, RWA, and The Writers’ League of Texas.

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Item: first chapter critique

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Signed copy of LADY PANCAKE & SIR FRENCH TOAST + swag from Josh Funk

joshJosh Funk grew up in New England and studied Computer Science in school. Today, he still lives in New England and when not writing Java code or Python scripts, he drinks Java coffee and writes picture book manuscripts alongside his wife, children, and assorted pets & monsters.

Josh is a board member of The Writers’ Loft in Sherborn, MA and the co-coordinator of the 2016 and 2017 New England Regional SCBWI Conferences.

Josh is the author of LADY PANCAKE & SIR FRENCH TOAST (Sterling), as well as the forthcoming picture books DEAR DRAGON (Viking/Penguin 2016), PIRASAURS! (Scholastic 2017), JACK! [and the beanstalk] (Two Lions, 2017), and more. He is represented by Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

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Item: signed (and personalized) copy of Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, a Tote Bag, collectors cards, and Skype visit with Josh Funk

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Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Three Pass Query Critique from Kim Graff

kim graffKim Graff is a YA author and a graduate of the University of Denver’s Publishing Institute. She is represented by Carrie Prestitto of the Prospect Agency, and she’s also a literary agent intern for Bree Ogden at Red Sofa Literary! In addition, Kim is a freelance editor. Her short stories have appeared in UNDER THE JUNIPER TREE and are upcoming in the next Elephant Bookshelf horror anthology.

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Item: 3 pass query critique

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Query and 50 Page Critique from Molly Lee

mollyMolly is a YA author represented by Jamie Bodnar Drowley of Inklings Literary Agency for my YA Urban Fantasy novel entitled Judges & Contemporary NA Edge of Chaos. She is also a military spouse who married her best friend, has incredibly awesome children and a spoiled English bulldog named Whiskey. Molly is also an editor at Cornerstones US.

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Item: query + first 50 page critique

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Signed Book Set from Brighton Walsh

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Brighton Walsh spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before deciding to take her storytelling in a different direction and reconnect with her first love: writing. When she’s not pounding away at the keyboard, she’s probably either reading or shopping—maybe even both at once. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children, and, yes, she considers forty degrees to be hoodie weather. Her home is the setting for frequent dance parties, Lego battles, and more laughter than she thought possible.

She is multi-published with Berkley, St. Martin’s Press, and Carina Press, and is represented by Mandy Hubbard of D4EO Literary.

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Item: signed books: Caged in Winter & Tessa Ever After OR  Captive & Exposed

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Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

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First Fifty Page Critique from Sharon Johnston

sharonIn her day job, Sharon is a senior specialist of public relations. She is also a writer, a publishing intern, and a Pitch Wars mentor! Her short stories have appeared in THE BASICS OF LIFE and THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CHESTER LEWIS. Sharon also blogs over at Aussie Owned & Read and YAtopia.

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Item: first 50 page critique

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Signed Copy of NO PLACE TO FALL from Jaye Robin Brown

jayeJaye Robin Brown, or Jro to her friends, lives and writes in the mountains north of Asheville, North Carolina.  She is fond of horses, dogs, the absurd and the ironic. When not writing, you can find her in the art room of the high school where she teaches.

Her debut young adult novel, NO PLACE TO FALL, comes out in the fall of 2014 from Harper Teen. It’s about dreams, singing, friendship, love, betrayal, family, and mistakes. It’s also a love song to small town girls and mountain music, both of which shape the area that Jaye now calls home.

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Item: signed copy of NO PLACE TO FALLno place to fall

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Query + 1st Chapter Critique from Helene Dunbar

heleneHelene Dunbar is the author of THESE GENTLE WOUNDS (Flux, 2014) and WHAT REMAINS (Flux, 2015). Over the years, she’s worked as a theatre critic, journalist, and marketing manager, and has written on topics as diverse as Irish music, court cases, theater, and Native American Indian tribes. She lives in Nashville with her husband and daughter and exists on a steady diet of readers’ tears.

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Item: critique of query and first chapter

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Query Critique from Sharon Johnston

sharonIn her day job, Sharon is a senior specialist of public relations. She is also a writer, a publishing intern, and a Pitch Wars mentor! Her short stories have appeared in THE BASICS OF LIFE and THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CHESTER LEWIS. Sharon also blogs over at Aussie Owned & Read and YAtopia.

Twitter | Website

Item: query critique

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Query Critique from Wendy Spinale

wendyWendy Spinale is the author of EVERLAND, coming in 2016. She’s also a Pitch Wars mentor. Wendy is represented by Thao Le with Sandra Dijkstra Agency and published by Scholastic.

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Item: query critique

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Signed Copy of THESE GENTLE WOUNDS from Helene Dunbar

heleneHelene Dunbar is the author of THESE GENTLE WOUNDS (Flux, 2014) and WHAT REMAINS (Flux, 2015). Over the years, she’s worked as a theatre critic, journalist, and marketing manager, and has written on topics as diverse as Irish music, court cases, theater, and Native American Indian tribes. She lives in Nashville with her husband and daughter and exists on a steady diet of readers’ tears.

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Item: signed copy of THESE GENTLE WOUNDS

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

5 Pass Query Critique from Kim Long

kimKim Long is a litigation attorney who writes super awesome MG and YA. She is also a Pitch Wars mentor! Kim is represented by Sara Crowe at Harvey Klinger.

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Item: 5 pass query critique

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Picture Book Critique from Veronica Bartles

veronicaVeronica Bartles writes children’s books, from picture books to YA novels. Her debut novel, TWELVE STEPS (a YA contemporary romance) was released in March 2014, and her debut picture book, THE PRINCESS AND THE FROGS (a fractured fairy tale) is coming soon from Balzer & Bray.

Veronica is represented by Jessica Sinsheimer (Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, LLC), and she’s a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

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Item: picture book critique

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Critique of First 50 Pages from Scarlett Cole

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Scarlett Cole is a contemporary romance writer. Her debut, THE STRONGEST STEEL, is out now from St. Martin’s Press! In her life, Scarlett has been a car maker, a consultant, and even a senior executive at a large retailer running strategy. She’s lived in England, Japan, and now Canada. Scarlett is also a Scorpio and a Pitch Wars mentor!

She is represented by Beth Phelan at The Bent Agency.

 

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Item: critique of first 50 pages

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Two Pass First Chapter Critique from Kim Long

kimKim Long is a litigation attorney who writes super awesome MG and YA. She is also a Pitch Wars mentor! Kim is represented by Sara Crowe at Harvey Klinger.

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Item: 2 pass first chapter critique

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Query and First Chapter Critique from Jeanmarie Anaya

jeanmarieJeanmarie is a YA Contemporary writer represented by Jessica Sinsheimer of the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency. She’s a University of Michigan grad (Go Blue!) who somehow missed receiving her Hogwarts letter and has never gotten over the disappointment. You can find her on a beach in NYC, with a book in hand, wishing she could surf as well as her daughters.

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Item: query + first chapter critique

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

30 Minute Call About Writing/Publishing from Scarlett Cole

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Scarlett Cole is a contemporary romance writer. Her debut, THE STRONGEST STEEL, is out now from St. Martin’s Press! In her life, Scarlett has been a car maker, a consultant, and even a senior executive at a large retailer running strategy. She’s lived in England, Japan, and now Canada. Scarlett is also a Scorpio and a Pitch Wars mentor!

She is represented by Beth Phelan at The Bent Agency.

 

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Item: half hour call about writing and the publishing industry

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Query Critique from Rosalyn Eves

rosalynRosalyn Eves is a writer of romantic, lyrical, atmospheric young adult fantasy novels. Her first novel, THE BLOOD ROSE REBELLION, a historical fantasy set at the height of the Austro-Hungarian empire (with magic!) debuts Fall 2016 from Knopf/Random House. Rosalyn is represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.

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Item: 5 pass query critique

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Query and First Three Chapter Critique from Wade Albert White

wadeWade Albert White is a MG writer from Nova Scotia, Canada. He is the author of THE ADVENTURER’S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL ESCAPES (LBYR 2016) and THE ADVENTURER’S GUIDE TO DRAGONS (AND WHY THEY KEEP BITING ME) (2017). Wade also teaches ancient Hebrew, dabbles in animation, and spends the rest of his time as a stay-at-home dad. He has been writing speculative fiction for over thirteen years and is now represented by the Elizabeth Kaplan Literary Agency.

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Item: query + first 3 chapter critique

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Signed Copy of THE SECRETS WE KEEP from Trisha Leaver

trishaTrisha Leaver lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather irreverent black lab.  She is a chronic daydreamer who prefers the cozy confines of her own imagination to the mundane routine of everyday life.  She writes Young Adult Contemporary Fiction, Psychological Horror and Science Fiction and is published with FSG/ Macmillan, Flux/Llewellyn and Merit Press.  She is a member of the SCBWI, The Cape Cod Writers Center, ITW, and The YA Scream Queens – a group of nine female authors who are deathly serious about their horror!

 

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Item: signed copy of THE SECRETS WE KEEP

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Three Chapter Critique from Rosalyn Eves

rosalynRosalyn Eves is a writer of romantic, lyrical, atmospheric young adult fantasy novels. Her first novel, THE BLOOD ROSE REBELLION, a historical fantasy set at the height of the Austro-Hungarian empire (with magic!) debuts Fall 2016 from Knopf/Random House. Rosalyn is represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.

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Item: three chapter critique (up to forty pages)

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Signed Copy of WILL THE REAL PRINCE CHARMING PLEASE STAND UP? + swag from Ella Martin

ellaElla Martin is a young adult author and self-described “prep school survivor” from Southern California. With a keen sense for combining relatable teen characters with engrossing stories, her books blend aspects of romance, angst, and intrigue. Her novel Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up? is the first in the Westgate Prep series of books that tackle female friendships, quirky characters, and sensitive topics with equal tact. She is represented by Julia A. Weber of J.A. Weber Literaturagentur.

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Item: signed copy of WILL THE REAL PRINCE CHARMING PLEASE STAND UP + swag

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Picture Book Critique from Kell Andrews

kellyKell Andrews writes novels and picture books for children and nonfiction for adults. A little bit of magic helps with both. Growing up, she spent a lot of time reading, writing, drawing, and looking for treasure in the woods and on the beach. Her first novel, Deadwood (Spencer Hill Press), was published in 2014, and her short fiction will appear in an upcoming issue of Spider Magazine. Kell’s picture book, MIRA TELLS THE FUTURE, will debut from Sterling.

A member of SCBWI, Kell holds a humanities degree from Johns Hopkins University and a master of liberal arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. A lifelong Philadelphian, she lives with her husband and two daughters in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, near a park that looks a lot like the one in Deadwood.

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Item: picture book critique

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

First Chapter Critique from Kim Graff

kim graffKim Graff is a YA author and a graduate of the University of Denver’s Publishing Institute. She is represented by Carrie Prestitto of the Prospect Agency, and she’s also a literary agent intern for Bree Ogden at Red Sofa Literary! In addition, Kim is a freelance editor. Her short stories have appeared in UNDER THE JUNIPER TREE and are upcoming in the next Elephant Bookshelf horror anthology.

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Item: first chapter critique

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Query and First Chapter Critique from Joy McCullough-Carranza

joyJoy McCullough-Carranza writes plays and children’s fiction. She has a degree in theater from Northwestern University. Her plays have been developed and produced in Seattle, San Diego, Chicago, and New York.

In 2012 her middle grade novel FRAMED made the long list for the Times of London/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Prize. In 2013, her middle grade novel NOWHERE BIRDS made the long list for the same prize. Joy’s fiction is represented by Sara Crowe at Harvey Klinger, Inc.

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Item: query + first chapter critique

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Signed Copy of DEADWOOD from Kell Andrews

kellyKell Andrews writes novels and picture books for children and nonfiction for adults. A little bit of magic helps with both. Growing up, she spent a lot of time reading, writing, drawing, and looking for treasure in the woods and on the beach. Her first novel, Deadwood (Spencer Hill Press), was published in 2014, and her short fiction will appear in an upcoming issue of Spider Magazine. Kell’s picture book, MIRA TELLS THE FUTURE, will debut from Sterling.

A member of SCBWI, Kell holds a humanities degree from Johns Hopkins University and a master of liberal arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. A lifelong Philadelphian, she lives with her husband and two daughters in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, near a park that looks a lot like the one in Deadwood.

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Item: signed copy of DEADWOOD

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Three Pass Query Critique from Marty Mayberry

martyMarty Mayberry writes anything from young adult sci-fi to adult historical fantasy. When she’s not dreaming up ways to mess with her character’s lives, she works as an RN/Clinical Documentation Specialist. She has a BA in International Affairs in German and an Associate’s Degree in Nursing. She lives in New England with her husband and children, as well as three neurotic cats and a geriatric chocolate lab. Marty is represented by Jessica Watterson of the Sandra Dijkstra Agency.

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Item: 3 pass query critique

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Two Pass Query Critique + One Pass 1st Chapter Critique from Samantha Joyce

samanthaSamantha has wanted to be an author since she picked up her first book and realized authors get to create new worlds with just a pen and paper (or laptop, if you will). She loves to write about romance because, as someone who married her high school sweetheart, she absolutely believes in true love. Her debut, FLIRTING WITH FAME, will be published by Pocket Star/Simon & Schuster in 2016.

Samantha is represented by Kathleen Rushall from Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.

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Item: 2 pass query critique + 1 pass first chapter critique

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Critique of Query Package from the Query Godmother (1 of 2)

krisThe Query Godmother is the alternate ego of Kristine Asseline. After more than 150 query letters, Kris is now happily signed with Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyon Agency. In the fall of 2013, she signed with Bloomsbury Spark for her debut young adult novel, ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT, which came out in April 2015.

Kristine’s last round of queries received over 50% request rate, and earned her three agent offers. Let her experience with querying help you get off on the right foot.

As a “query expert,” Kristine has presented workshops for Romance Writers of America (RWA – New England Region), New England SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), The Writers Loft in Sherborn, MA, and Hollihock Writers Conference.

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Item: critique of query + synopsis + first ten pages

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Two Pass First Chapter Critique from Marty Mayberry

martyMarty Mayberry writes anything from young adult sci-fi to adult historical fantasy. When she’s not dreaming up ways to mess with her character’s lives, she works as an RN/Clinical Documentation Specialist. She has a BA in International Affairs in German and an Associate’s Degree in Nursing. She lives in New England with her husband and children, as well as three neurotic cats and a geriatric chocolate lab. Marty is represented by Jessica Watterson of the Sandra Dijkstra Agency.

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Item: 2 pass first chapter critique

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Pitch Letter Critique from Kathleen Rushall (Marsal Lyon Literary)

kathleenKathleen Rushall joined Marsal Lyon in 2011. She represents writers for all age groups of children’s literature, including picture books (fiction and non-fiction), middle grade, and young adult novels. The most important element that draws Kathleen to any project is a strong voice and unforgettable characters.

In addition to her children’s list, Kathleen also represents select adult non-fiction and is interested in mind/ body/ spirit books as well as metaphysical and spiritual topics such as yoga,  holistic medicine, crystal healing, tarot reading, feng shui, and mindfulness.

Kathleen graduated from Seattle University with her bachelor’s degree in English and minor in fine arts. She moved back to her hometown of San Diego to earn her master’s degree in English, specializing in children’s literature, from San Diego State University. When she’s not at her desk, Kathleen enjoys hanging out with her Australian Shepherd, Finn, and German Shepherd, Abe.

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Item: pitch letter critique

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Critique of Query Package from the Query Godmother (2 of 2) + eCopy of ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT

krisThe Query Godmother is the alternate ego of Kristine Asseline. After more than 150 query letters, Kris is now happily signed with Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyon Agency. In the fall of 2013, she signed with Bloomsbury Spark for her debut young adult novel, ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT, which came out in April 2015.

Kristine’s last round of queries received over 50% request rate, and earned her three agent offers. Let her experience with querying help you get off on the right foot.

As a “query expert,” Kristine has presented workshops for Romance Writers of America (RWA – New England Region), New England SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), The Writers Loft in Sherborn, MA, and Hollihock Writers Conference.

Twitter | Website any way you slice it

Item: critique of query + synopsis + first ten pages, plus an electronic version of ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

$40 Barnes & Noble Gift Card from Erica M. Chapman

ericaErica M. Chapman is a YA writer at night working in the pharma industry during the day. She is represented by Christa Heschke of McIntosh & Otis. She’s also a member of SCBWI and a lifetime Lions and Michigan football fan who loves alternative music. In addition to her blog, she contributes posts to the YA Misfits and All The Write Notes. Erica lives in Michigan where she sits quietly typing her next story on her macbook in a Detroit Lions Snuggie.

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Item: $40 B&N giftcard

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Minimum Raise: $1

Query Critique from Laurie Elizabeth Flynn (5 of 5)

laurieLaurie Elizabeth Flynn writes contemporary fiction for young adults. Her debut, FIRSTS, will be published by Thomas Dunne Books/St Martin’s Press on January 5, 2016.

Laurie went to school for Journalism, where the most important thing she learned was that she would rather write made-up stories than report the news. She also worked as a model, a job that took her overseas to Tokyo, Athens, and Paris.

Laurie now lives in London, Ontario with her husband Steve, who is very understanding when she would rather spend time with the people in her head. Laurie can mostly be found writing happily at her desk, with the world’s most spoiled Chihuahua on her lap. Laurie drinks way too much coffee, snorts when she laughs, and times herself when she does crossword puzzles.

Laurie is represented by the amazing Kathleen Rushall of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

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Item: query critique

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Query and Synopsis Critique from Dannie Morin

dannieDannie Morin is an addictions therapist with a writing problem. By day she alternates between counseling teens and wrangling a very sassy toddler. By night she writes, critiques, and edits like a boss. When she’s not doing any of those things, she’s a compulsive participant in the Carolinas Region of SCBWI and a regular Snarky Sue in online Pitch Contests. Dannie pens young adult and new adult fiction in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is represented by John Cusick of Folio Literary.

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Item: query and synopsis critique

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Query Critique from Laurie Elizabeth Flynn (4 of 5)

laurieLaurie Elizabeth Flynn writes contemporary fiction for young adults. Her debut, FIRSTS, will be published by Thomas Dunne Books/St Martin’s Press on January 5, 2016.

Laurie went to school for Journalism, where the most important thing she learned was that she would rather write made-up stories than report the news. She also worked as a model, a job that took her overseas to Tokyo, Athens, and Paris.

Laurie now lives in London, Ontario with her husband Steve, who is very understanding when she would rather spend time with the people in her head. Laurie can mostly be found writing happily at her desk, with the world’s most spoiled Chihuahua on her lap. Laurie drinks way too much coffee, snorts when she laughs, and times herself when she does crossword puzzles.

Laurie is represented by the amazing Kathleen Rushall of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

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Item: query critique

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

First Three Chapter Critique from Roselle Kaes

roselleRoselle Kaes is passionate about food and her Chinese-Filipino heritage. Inspired by her late great grandfather, she wrote HUNGER as a tribute to him. She is a graduate of Humanities and History at York University. When she is not writing, she is embroidering, illustrating, and chasing after her husband, daughter, and fluff beast of a cat on the north shore of Lake Erie. She is repped by Ann Collette of Rees Literary.

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Item: critique of first three chapters

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Query Critique from Laurie Elizabeth Flynn (3 of 5)

laurieLaurie Elizabeth Flynn writes contemporary fiction for young adults. Her debut, FIRSTS, will be published by Thomas Dunne Books/St Martin’s Press on January 5, 2016.

Laurie went to school for Journalism, where the most important thing she learned was that she would rather write made-up stories than report the news. She also worked as a model, a job that took her overseas to Tokyo, Athens, and Paris.

Laurie now lives in London, Ontario with her husband Steve, who is very understanding when she would rather spend time with the people in her head. Laurie can mostly be found writing happily at her desk, with the world’s most spoiled Chihuahua on her lap. Laurie drinks way too much coffee, snorts when she laughs, and times herself when she does crossword puzzles.

Laurie is represented by the amazing Kathleen Rushall of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

Twitter | Website

Item: query critique

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Query Critique from Tamara Mataya

tamNYT/USA Today Bestselling Author Tamara Mataya is currently a librarian; she lurked there for so long recommending books to patrons and shushing people, that she suspects they only hired her so it would be less creepy. Now she’s armed with a name tag, and a thin veneer of credibility. She’s also a musician with synaesthesia – which isn’t an issue until someone plays a wrong note, which makes her want to squirm inside out. It makes for a good live show.

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Item: query critique

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

Query Critique from Laurie Elizabeth Flynn (2 of 5)

laurieLaurie Elizabeth Flynn writes contemporary fiction for young adults. Her debut, FIRSTS, will be published by Thomas Dunne Books/St Martin’s Press on January 5, 2016.

Laurie went to school for Journalism, where the most important thing she learned was that she would rather write made-up stories than report the news. She also worked as a model, a job that took her overseas to Tokyo, Athens, and Paris.

Laurie now lives in London, Ontario with her husband Steve, who is very understanding when she would rather spend time with the people in her head. Laurie can mostly be found writing happily at her desk, with the world’s most spoiled Chihuahua on her lap. Laurie drinks way too much coffee, snorts when she laughs, and times herself when she does crossword puzzles.

Laurie is represented by the amazing Kathleen Rushall of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

Twitter | Website

Item: query critique

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

5 Pass Query Critique from Sonia Hartl

soniaSonia Hartl is a YA contemporary author and a reader of anything she can get her hands on (books, cereal boxes, bumper stickers). Like most writers, she got her start making up stories as a kid. Mostly about penguins and the North Pole. As a teenager she moved on to bad, angsty poetry before creating longer works of fiction. Her first manuscript was an impressive 180,000 words, after which she spent a few years writing short fiction to learn how to say more by saying less. Her work has appeared in the The Writers Post Journal, Boston Literary Magazine, and the anthology Bearing North. She’s also a member of SCBWI.

Sonia is represented by Rebecca Podos of Rees Literary Agency

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Item: 5 pass query critique

Opening Bid: $10

Minimum Raise: $1

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