Nest Pitch Introductions – A pitching contest with an Australian and Croatian flavour

 
 
There’s
a special Easter tradition throughout central and northern Croatia – making Easter
Nests
.  On the afternoon or eve of Easter Saturday children go out into the garden and collect
leaves, grass, twigs, with which to make a “nest” for the Easter Bunny – that’s
where he places his Easter-Egg-Presents. The children go to bed that eve wondering if the Easter Bunny
will like or love their nest, because the best nest gets the best and biggest
eggs!
#NestPitch
is based on this idea where an author’s ‘pitch’ is the nest and the Easter
Treats are the Agents (SECRET BUNNY AGENT) requests.  Why Croatian I hear you ask? Simple the Host
Nikola Vukoja was born in Croatia.
 
However,
as Nikola was raised in Australia, she couldn’t help but bring a little Aussie
into the fold… more on that later.
  
So how does it work?
The
submission window will open on April 1st
For
those who haven’t been watching/listening carefully, this is how #nestpitch
will work.  On April 1st, you will send us your 35-word pitch +
the first 300* words of your polished and ready manuscript. 
 
NOTE; for Picture Books, it’ll be the first 100 words.
Go here for all the rules and conditions, and
please follow the rules & submission guidelines.
Once
Submissions are closed, our team of Slush
Bilbies will pick the top 100-odd.  For more information on the Slush Bilibies, go to here.
 
What’s
a Bilby?  It’s a super cute Australian
Native Animal. Easter Chocolates in Australia are also made in the shape of a
Bilby.
From
there our Team of Bloggers, yep,
I’m one of them, will each pick their favourite pitches to post on their
blogs.  The selected pitches will be notified via email also.  For Blogger info go here.
 
This
year there are NINE BLOGGERS, that’s 72 opportunities!
I’ve
also added a list of the other Bloggers.
Once the pitches are posted, the Secret
Bunny Agents
 will hop from
nest to nest and leave a chocolate treat.
 
For
example:
 
Golfer
Bunny has left you 1 Box of Caramel Eggs – 
for all the *TREATS* got to here.
You’ll
need to know what Easter Treat equals what request so I suggest you save a copy
of the Easter Treats request items to your desktop; or better still, print a
copy off.
 
At the
end of the Easter Egg Treats day… you will be sent a second email with a list
of agents who made a request.  If any agents have given specific email
addresses, this will be added to your email. If not, please email to the Agency
Website but remember to follow the guidelines with regard to what to write in
the Subject Line.
For a
quick list of the agents refer below.
But wait;
there’s still more! We also have MAGIC
BUNYIPS!
Magic
Bunyips are Agents who, like their name-sake, will be lurking around the blogs.  If they see something they like, they’ll
leave you a “treat” also.  What’s a
Bunyip?  Well here’s a little bit more of
that Aussie influence.  Bunyips are
mythical creatures who live around billabongs (ponds).  They are very shy and secretive, a little
strange-looking, but not all that mean and nasty. Sorry, we can’t tell you who
the Bunyips are because, frankly, we’re not sure they’re real…
Now,
because we know EVERYONE likes a reward for all their hard work, there’s going
to be some prizes too.  The pitch that
gets the most over-all requests as well as the pitch the gets the most FULL
requests will each receive an AMAZON Gift Voucher. 
There
are three gift vouchers up for grabs:
 
(i)
Most overall
requests (for selected pitches only)
(ii)
Most FULLS requested
(for selected pitches only)
(iii)
First correct Match
the Agent to the Mask (everyone             can play!)
How
this works:
 
Each of
the agents has taken on a Secret Agent Bunny Mask and your job is to
identify who is wearing which Mask. (you’ll find the Agent List here.
 
There’s
an Amazon Voucher in it for the first correct answer.  For more info, go here
Remember
all of the above winners will receive an AMAZON Gift Card 
 
Go to here for more information.
Now
to the Bunny Masks, and in no particular order Da-Daaaah!!!
 
(1) COCKTAIL
BUNNY
 (2) BOOKWORM BUNNY
 (3) GIANT BUNNY

(4) LAPTOP
BUNNY

 (5) MAD SCIENTIST BUNNY
 (6) SOCCER BUNNY
 (7) JUGGLER BUNNY 
 (8) NINJA BUNNY
 (9) ARTIST BUNNY
Oh, and don’t panic if you don’t see your genre or
category, these are TOP agents who work for AWESOME agencies, eight agencies to
be accurate, trust me, their colleges are watching, and waiting, and intending
to leave treats under these Bunny Masks.
List of Agents:
 
Pam Van Hylckama – C0-founder
/Agent – Foreword Literary 
Melissa Jeglinski– Agent – The Knight
Agency
Pooja Menon– Agent – KimberleyCameron
& Associates 
Gina Panettieri  – President – Talcott Notch Literary
Jordy Albert – Co-founder & Senior
Agent – 
The Booker Albert Literary Agency 
Camilla Wray –  Agent – Darley Anderson
Literary (UK) 
Sarah Negovetich – Junior Agent/PR Team Leader
– Corvisiero Literary Agency  
Cate Hart – Junior Agent – Corvisiero
Literary Agency 
Dr. Uwe Stender – President  – TriadaUS
Literary Agency
For Agent bio’s go here.
Finally, here’s a schedule, so you don’t miss any of
the fun:
 
Mar 30th
Post on Twitter submission window to open April 1st
Apr 1st -2nd        Submission windows open 1st April NOON USA EST – 11.59am 2nd April USA EST
 
Apr 3rd -10th     1st Round – Slush
Bilbies 
select top 120
nests*
 
Apr 12th 
Unmask the Agent window open NOON USA EST until 8.00pm Apr 12th USA EST.
 
Apr 11th -15th  2nd Round – Nest
Bloggers 
 pick
their 72 nests*
 
Apr 16th              3rd Round – Nest Bloggers post their top choices
 
Apr 17th -19th   4th Round Secret
Bunny Agents 
 stock
*nests
 
Easter Sun.     
 
Stocked *nests*
revealed/Secret Bunny Agents identities reveal
ed
 
Apr 21st 
Unmask the Agent Winner Revealed
 
Apr 30th 
Additional surprise revealed!
Nest
Bloggers:
 
Tina Moss    
Slush
Bilbies:

 

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