Friday, May 6, 2016

Query Kombat 2016: Twitter Party Dates and Meet the Agents and Editors!

The big reveal is HERE.

Want to know what agents and editors we have for Query Kombat? WE HAVE TWENTY-EIGHT, AND COUNTING!! There are so many publishing professionals participating, we can’t fit them all on one blog! View one-third of them below, then click on over to Michelle's and Michael’s blogs to see the rest. We’ve got both well-established agents/editors and some newer professionals who are actively seeking to build their lists. Query Kombat 2016 is going to be an AWESOME Kontest. 

Don't miss the submission window from May 16 - May 20, 2016! We’re giving you the whole week to get your entries in. And remember to join us on May 11 at 3:00 and 9:00 p.m. to get to know the judges and ask questions! We’ll be hanging out at #QKChat on Twitter. We're also having a Twitter party during the submission period. Dates and themes are posted below.

For more information on how to enter when the window opens, please click here


May 15th    Before the big days arrives tweet your category and genre. Ask questions about genre if you’re unsure where your manuscript fits.

May 16th  After 8:30AM tweet when you’ve submitted your entry to our QK email. Nerves and jitters can be calmed by sharing with others. All day long tweet out what your entry Nickname is and why you chose it.

May 17
th   Day 2 of submissions! Judges get fun secret names. Entrants get to create nicknames. Your poor hosts are left out. Create nicknames for Laura, Michael and Michelle!  (Keep it clean. We blush easily.) And tweet your favorite comp title.

May 18th   Submission Hump Day! Tweet your main character’s name and a special tidbit about them. See what sorts of names are popular and if anyone else shares MC’s names with you.

May 19th    Tweet what you find the hardest about writing. Is it keeping out telling? Writing action scenes? What’s hard for you? Anyone have tips for making them easier?

May 20th   Last day to submit! Say hi to an entrant you’ve never talked to. Wish them luck in the slush round. If you need to let out some nerves, see if your new friend will lend an ear.

May 21st     Tweet something about how you write. Do you use music or prefer silence? Morning or late at night? We celebrate our differences.

May 22nd     Tweet us your villain’s name and something evil about them.

May 23rd      If you’re looking for some beta readers or CP, now is the time to tweet about it.

May 24th     Tweet us your favorite line from your novel. If you read any you like, favorite it. Have any favorite lines from a novel that’s not yours? Tweet those too!

May 25th     Tweet your thanks to the agents, editors, and judges of Query Kombat 2016. They’re dedicating a lot of time to help out. The least we can do is take a day to celebrate them!


May 26th      The big reveal is tomorrow! Tweet the title of a soothing song that is helping you get through the day before the picks are revealed. Hold hands and sing Kumbaya lyrics like the band of friends you’ve become. (We’ll be running around like crazy gerbils getting everything ready.)

And now... meet the agents and editors!

Whitley Abell, Inkings Literary Agency
Whitley joined Inklings Literary Agency in 2013. Before joining Inklings, she completed successful internships with Carol Mann Agency and P.S. Literary Agency. She is based in St. Louis, MO, where she daylights writing proposals of the entirely unromantic variety. She graduated in 2011with a BA in English and Creative Writing, and again in 2012 with a MAT in Secondary English Education, which basically means she can tell you anything there is to know about feminist literary theory and the Common Core Standards.

Whitley is primarily interested in Young Adult, Middle Grade, and Women's fiction. She likes characters who are relatable yet flawed, hooks that offer new points of view and exciting adventures, and vibrant settings that become active characters in their own right. She is open to almost anything with in the areas above, be it contemporary or historical, romance or thriller, realistic or supernatural, tragic or quirky. 

Whitley has a soft spot for the goofy guys, awkward ducks, April Ludgates, and devout fan girls of the world. Manic pixie dream girls will be turned away at the door.

She is not interested in vampires, werewolves, angels, zombies, dystopian societies, steampunk, or epic fantasy.


Lisa Abellera, Kimberly Cameron and Associates
Right now Lisa is looking for middle grade fiction (all genres), YA (aside from the usual high school tropes), science fiction, fantasy (except paranormal), mysteries, suspense, thrillers, especially speculative or medical science thrillers, upmarket fiction, women's fiction, and historical fiction. 

Jennifer Johnson-Blalock, Liza Dawson Agency
In adult fiction, Jennifer is looking for women's fiction, both on the commercial and upmarket ends--She's particularly interested in commercial stories that are slightly subversive like Emily Giffin and in upmarket works that have a feminist slant like J. Courtney Sullivan, striking characters and lyrical prose like Marisa de los Santos, or focus more on friends and family relationships than romantic ones. She's also desperately hunting for thrillers/suspense novels/mysteries, particularly those with psychological bents, unreliable narrators, or that could be categorized domestic suspense.

Jennifer is also seeking contemporary realistic young adult fiction (love Nina LaCour and Stephanie Perkins) and young adult mysteries/thrillers and contemporary realistic upper middle grade (a la Counting by Sevens). 

Mallory C. Brown, Triada US
Literary Agent Assistant Mallory C. Brown is seeking young adult, new adult, women’s fiction, and non-fiction. She is especially drawn to pieces with strong character-driven plots and witty humor. She loves contemporary fiction, low fantasy (think realistic world with a fantastical twist), and romance. Mallory also appreciates a well-placed comma and hopes you do, too.

Some of Mallory’s favorites at the moment are: Fangirl, Gone GirlOutlander, and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before


Kelly Peterson, Corvisiero Agency
Kelly has spent her whole life with a book in her hands. Whether it's from reading, writing, or day dreaming, her mind has always been up in the clouds wishing her fantasy stories would come true. Down on earth, somewhere between reading during science class, writing while she should be sleeping, and spending her social hours pretending she wasn't actually a closet nerd, she finally realized that her life would be a lot happier if she just accepted her love of books.

A recent graduate of West Chester University, she earned her B.S.Ed. in English and went to pursue a career in teaching. Little did she know that despite all of her hard work, the environment she ended up in would be one she disliked. After taking a step back and reassessing her life, she realized that maybe she should have focused on the world of literary agents and publishing a long time ago.

When not working as a book nerd, Kelly can be found dancing, hiking, riding horses, perfecting her yoga technique, blogging, and writing her own manuscript. If you're lucky, you might even be able to catch her flying around the world, saving lives. She is superwoman after all!

Though she reads various genres of Middle Grade, Young Adult, and New Adult novels, her true weakness is for YA Fantasy. More recently, Steampunk has quickly crept up the charts in her heart as well. 

With books, there's just something about strong female main characters holding their own against the world, in an environment that Kelly could never, in her wildest dreams, find herself living within. It tears at her heart and pulls at her soul, especially when the main character finds that she never needed another to complete her in the first place.

Carly Silver, Harlequin Romantic Suspense

Carly Silver is an assistant editor for Harlequin Romantic Suspense. She's passionate about happily-ever-afters in all their various forms, but primarily looking for submissions for Harlequin Romantic Suspense (guidelines here). Got a sexy loner cowboy? A brilliant female CEO of color who’s looking for the man of her dreams? A veterinarian who wants love and puppies? A kick-butt heroine who’s a tech genius? Carly's the editor for you. Visit her #MSWL page for more information.

Jaida Temperly, New Leaf Literary
Jaida is actively building both her Children’s and Adult list. She has a particular love for all things Middle Grade, especially those that are a bit quirky, strange, and fantastical (a la The Mysterious Benedict Society, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, Snicker of Magic, Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, etc.). She's also open to YA submissions (all genres), and picture books by author-illustrators with completed dummies.

For all other fiction (both Adult and Children's) she has an affinity for magical realism, historical fiction, and literary fiction, as well as stories with a strong mystery and/or religious undertones (The Westing Game, A Discovery of Witches, The DaVinci Code, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Outlander, The Rule of Four, etc.). 

On the non-fiction side, she’s actively seeking topics that are offbeat and a bit strange (Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human CadaversSmoke Gets in Your Eyes, etc.), as well as photography projects that offer unique insight into the human experience (Humans of New York, The Scar Project, etc.).
Prior to joining New Leaf Literary, Jaida grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm, studied classical ballet, and briefly attended medical school. She loves art history, traveling, logic puzzles, horticulture, and numerous other topics that come in handy for Trivia Night and crossword puzzles.
You can follow Jaida on Twitter and find her Pinterest #mswl here.

Nicole Resciniti, Seymour Agency
Nicole has been listed by Publisher's Marketplace as a top dealmaker in the country, and named ACFW's 2012 Agent of the Year.

She loves discovering new talent and helping established authors to take their career to the next level. Do you have the next project to feed her book addiction? A smart, tight read she won’t be able to put down? A signature voice she’ll fight to represent?

HEA’s are a must for romance. Mainstream suspense, thrillers, mysteries, YA and inspirational novels are welcome. A consummate science geek and card-carrying Mensa member, Nicole would love to find the next great science fiction/fantasy novel or action/adventure masterpiece.  

Currently on her wish list  high concept middle grade, any kind of romance, and really fresh voices in YA.

Nicole is a member of AAR, ACFW, RWA, and Mensa. She holds degrees in biology, psychology, and behavioral neuroscience. Like Mary Sue, Nicole taught in the public school system and has worn many hats before heeding her calling to become a literary agent--for which she will forever be indebted to Mary Sue Seymour.

 "I have the best job in the world. I read for a living and make author's dreams come true."


Dr. Uwe Stender, Triada US
Literary Agent Dr. Uwe Stender is a Full Member of the AAR (Association of Authors' Representatives). He is interested in all kinds of commercial fiction, especially Young Adult, Middle Grade, Mysteries, and Women's Fiction. He is also interested in all kinds of non-fiction projects. But surprise him, his tastes are eclectic, and he may just love what you wrote!

His favorite five novels right now are: Eleanor And ParkHow It Went DownCode Name VerityHigh Fidelity, and The Big Sleep.

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