Your last chance for a guest query critique in Crits for Water 2012 is with a Friday the Thirteeners Fiesta: eight fabulous 2013 debut authors are offering to critique the queries of four lucky winners. Which means for one pledge, you get two sets of expert eyes on your query. This can be for any young adult or middle grade manuscript. The participating critters are Erin Bowman, Elsie Chapman, Mindy McGinnis, Shannon Messenger, Ellen Oh, Megan Shepard, April Tucholke, and Kasie West. For more information about these generous ladies, read their short bios below, or check out their websites (linked).
Because the campaign is ending shortly, this pledge is only open until June 29th at 6:00pm, Eastern Time. Winners are expected to pledge before 11:59pm, eastern time, on June 29th as the campaign will close on the 30th! Sorry about that, but thank you ahead of time!
- Comment on this blog post saying how much you pledge.
- By pledging, you promise to donate the pledged amount only if you win
- Pledges must be at least $5. (Enough to provide one person with clean, safe water–maybe saving their life.)
- If you would like to pledge more, go for it! Every additional five dollars will give you another entry. (Ex: pledging $20, enough to give one person in a developing nation clean water, gets you four entries)
- You do NOT need to pledge more than previous commenters.
- Once pledging time ends, I’ll choose a winner using random.org.
- Again: please do NOT donate unless I email you saying you’re the winner.
This is a little complicated, so if you have any questions, feel free to comment below or email me.
Erin Bowman writes YA fiction and is represented by the marvelous Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger. Her debut novel, TAKEN, will be published by HarperTeen (Winter 2013).
When she’s not writing, she usually spends time far, far away from a computer. She likes to hike. And camp. She also likes coffee, and hoodies, and the feeling one gets when the perfect song comes on the radio at exactly the right moment.
Elsie Chapman grew up in Prince George, BC, before graduating from the University of British Columbia with a BA in English Literature. She currently lives in Vancouver with her husband and two kids, where she writes to either movies on a loop or music turned up way too loud (and sometimes both at the same time).
She’s repped by The Chudney Agency, and her debut novel, DUALED, will be published by Random House in February, 2013. A sequel, DIVIDED, will be published February, 2014.
Mindy McGinnis is a YA librarian and author, represented by Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary. Her YA dystopian, currently titled NOT A DROP TO DRINK will be available from Katherine Tegen / Harper Collins, Fall 2013.
Shannon Messenger graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she learned–among other things–that she liked watching movies much better than making them. She also regularly eats cupcakes for breakfast, sleeps with a bright blue stuffed elephant named Ella, and occasionally gets caught talking to imaginary people. So it was only natural for her to write stories for children. KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES is her first middle grade novel, launching October 2, 2012. LET THE SKY FALL, a young adult novel, will follow in Spring 2013. She lives in Southern California with her husband and an embarrassing number of cats. Find her online at shannonmessenger.com.
Ellen Oh, also known as Ello, is a lawyer, a writer, and a college instructor now living near the nation’s capital. She has three smart, beautiful little girls and an ultra-supportive husband who tells me to write every day. She’s repped by the amazing Joe Monti of Barry Goldblatt Literary. Her first book, PROPHECY, Prophecy Series Bk 1, is being published by HarperTeen for release in Winter 2013!
Megan Shepard grew up in the mountains of North Carolina, raised behind the counter of her parents’ independent bookstore, Highland Books in Brevard. After college, she joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in Senegal, where she lived in a mud hut with no electricity or running water.
As a writer, though she originally focused on stories for younger children, she soon found herself writing young adult literature instead, which doesn’t require nearly as many tender moments and includes a lot more cursing. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found horseback riding, day dreaming at coffee shops, or hiking in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
April Tucholke currently lives in Bend, Oregon, at the edge of the Deschutes National Forest. She can see all the stars. The air smells like pine, and she hears coyotes howling at night. She digs classic movies, redheaded bullies, big kitchens, and discussing murder at the dinner table.
She’s married to the freelance journalist Nate Pedersen. She is represented by Joanna Volpe at Nancy Coffey Literary Agency. Her debut novel BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA will be published by Dial, an imprint of Penguin. (Summer 2013)
Kasie West’s love for writing is a sickness really. Her debut novel, PIVOT POINT, will be published by HarperTeen Feb. 12, 2013. (Followed by its sequel a year later.)
THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, her contemporary YA novel, will be published in the Fall of 2013 (HarperTeen).
Her agent is the talented, funny, and sometimes crazy Michelle Wolfson.