Archive | January 2015

Meet #TeamDarkSide: Jeyn Roberts

I’m so happy to be part of Pitch Madness again this year. Over the next week I’ll be introducing you to my team so you can find out a bit more about us!

First is my co-host Jeyn Roberts. Jeyn has been an amazing friend to me for several years. We met on a writing site called Inkpop (that was bought out by Figment). We clicked, stayed in touch – despite living on opposite sides of the world. Her stories, Dark Inside and Rage within scared the beejeebus out of me, in a good way. And now I get to read her work before it hits the bookstore shelves (or the eBook website). 

So here’s Jeyn!

Tell the Pitch Madness hopefuls a bit about yourself.  

I’m Jeyn Roberts. I’m the author of the Dark Inside series and The Bodies We Wear. I’m signed by the Greenhouse Literary Agency. The lovely Sarah Davies is my agent. When I’m not writing, I’m usually travelling. I spend a lot of time hiking with my puppy, Livy, or chilling on the couch with my cat, Hera.
What do you write?

I write YA horror and mystery. I’m also working on my first adult horror and screenplay.


Where do you get your inspiration from?

Everywhere. I spend a lot of time just thinking about stuff. My favorite ‘thought’ places include the couch, hiking in the woods and long drives.

What are you currently reading?

Revival by Stephen King. Joss Whedon’s autobiography. Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman. And I just finished The Falconer by Elizabeth May.

Describe your perfect read?

Exciting. Scary. Characters that make me melt. If I can find a book that can make me laugh out loud or break down crying, I know I’ve found a good one.

What are you waiting for someone to write that hasn’t been written yet?

A book that scares me to the point I have to put it down.

Pitch Madness is all about connecting writers with agents by finding gems in the slush – what stories are you hoping to see?

Anything horror. Western with a female protagonist. Street kids and runaways. A good old fashioned Nancy Drew type mystery. Survival story that’s not dystopian (think
plane crash or lost in the woods). Ghost stories that are based in mythology. Subculture
stories (think Skateboarding, punks, goth, etc)

If you could have dinner with three authors, who would they be?

Stephen King. J K Rowling. Douglas Coupland.

What book do you wish you had written?

The Stand by Stephen King.

What’s your favourite movie adaption of a book?

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.

What 2015 release are you anticipating the most?

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

Rapid Fire Questions:

Yellow, Purple, Green? Green

Kombi, Porsche, Bike? Porsche

Marshmallow, Liquorice, Cupcake? Marshmallow

Unicorn, Gremlin or Cat? Aren’t all cats, gremlins? But are all gremlins, cats?

You can find Jeyn here and here and here. If you want to thank Jeyn for devoting her time to this contest then you can check out her books

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Pitch Madness SORRY! Edition

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Pitch Madness 2015
SORRY! Edition

 The Pitch Madness submission window will be open for 72 hours starting
on February 20!

Pitch Madness is a contest to win a request from one or more of the
participating agents. I will have an agent introduction post up soon.

The submission window will be open from 12:01 AM EST on February 20
until 11:59PM EST on February 23. You should have plenty of time to get
your submissions in. 

There is no limit of how many entries will be
accepted. All entries sent before or after the allotted times will be
deleted. Make sure to perfect your entry. If you make an error, you may
not resend. 

There will be 60 finalists moving onto the agent round. Pitch Madness
will accept Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult (never
before published) fiction only, novel length (no novellas) completed and
polished manuscripts only. All genres (i.e. fantasy, contemporary,
sci-fi, and so on) are welcome to enter. This time around we will not
accept non-fiction. Only one entry per writer. 

What do you need to enter? A 35-word (max) pitch and the first 250 words
of your finished manuscript. If the 250th word falls in the middle of a
sentence, go to the end of the sentence. I will post formatting
instructions and where to send when the submission window opens. 

Pitch Madness will be on four blogs and each blog host will have a
co-host helping them choose their top 15 entries. We’ll have a team of
first readers who will check for formatting, grammar, and content and
put their top picks through to the hosts. 

All the twitter fun will happen on the hashtag

Round 1 Readers in alphabetical order by last name (because we love them  all equally) …

 Sarah Blair 
Sarah L.


Website | Twitter 



Website | Twitter 



Website | Twitter 

Jami Nord


| Twitter      

To help us
choose the best pitches for the market, we have our Market Insider
finding pitches that will appeal to agents …

Lady Lioness, Assistant to
a fabulous Literary Agent
And choosing in the final rounds are
your hosts and their teams

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The Red Team 
On Brenda Drake’s
Kimberly P. Chase

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Twitter Twitter | Website


Their support readers  
Naomi HughesTwitter |

Fiona McLarenTwitter |


green team 

The Green Team 

On Summer Heacock’s blog with Dannie Morin


Summer Heacock Dannie Morin 

Twitter Twitter | Website

Their support readers …
Rae ChangTwitter | Website


Stephanie J. ScottTwitter |


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The Yellow
Team (aka Team Dark Side) …

On Sharon Johnston’s blog with Jeyn Roberts


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Twitter |


Their support
readers …


Lauren K.
Twitter | Website


Meagan RiversTwitter



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The Blue
On Rebecca Weston’s blog with Marieke Nijkamp …
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Rebecca MariekeTwitter Twitter | Website

They’ll be on their own in the slush scouring
for the best of the best.

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Here’s the schedule …

  • Agent Introduction on February 12
  • Rules of the Game on February 13
  • Submission window opens February 20 and will be open for 72
  • The top 60 picks for the agent round will go up on the blogs on
    March 2 at 12:01AM EST (NY time)
  • March 4 at 12PM EDT (Noon) the agents requests are revealed,
    and right afterward is the tying agents challenge round
  • There will be a #PitMad Twitter Pitch Party on March 11 from
    8AM to 8PM EST. Check here for rules of the Twitter Pitch

Don’t forget to come back for the instructions and to meet the


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