Friday, October 20, 2017

MEET LAURA'S LEGIONS!



It was a tough decision. There may have been some tears, some begging, some desperate pleas for second reads from the amazing Kara Reynolds. But at the end of the day, we whittled the original 180 or so entries down to one amazing team that I can't wait to share with you.

If you were chosen, you should get an email from your mentor today or tomorrow. Please reach out to me on Twitter if you do not hear from your mentor by Monday.

Here they are, in no particular order:


GETTING BACK

TARNISHED

THE WISHBONE CURSE

DISTRACTED

A COUNTESS BETRAYED

FLASHES

THE WITCH AND THE DEMON

DENALI SUMMER

THE HOLLOW WOODS

POPULIST

THE ROSE VENDETTA

THE CAMP

CURTAIN RISING

LOTUS ISLAND

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who was chosen! Yes, that's right, we wound up picking entries each! We didn't want to stop at 13, so added an extra for good luck.

If you made it, send me a shoutout on Twitter so I can follow you. And everyone be sure to check Michelle's and Mike's blogs to meet their teams, too.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Nightmare on Query Street Submission Time!




The submission window opens at 4:00 pm (EST) on October 13th. Don't send too soon or your entry will be deleted. You may resend when the window opens. There will be email confirmation. After the window opens, please don't resend an entry unless you check with us. Sometimes the confirmation process gets overwhelmed. The window will close when we receive 250 entries or in two hours, whichever is first.

Michelle and Mike and Laura will make thirteen picks each, and those picks will go up on our blogs on October 31. Before this, there will be a mentor round to whip that entry into shape. We've already got amazing mentors lined up, so know that your entries will be polished for the agents.

We are accepting all age categories and genres, excluding picture books and erotica. The story does not have to be scary. But be sure to check our list of agents when it goes live to see if they represent your book's genre.

If you plan on participating in the contest, you have to be following all our blogs (Michelle, Mike, Laura). If you can't get the blog follow to work, just follow on twitter. You'll want to be on twitter for the party anyway.

Send your submission to nightmareonquerystreet (at) yahoo (dot) com. Only one submission per email address AND person is allowed.

Here's how it should be formatted (yes, include the bolded and everything!). Please use Times New Roman (or equivalent), 12 pt font, and put spaces between paragraphs. No indents or tabs - they mess up our formatting. 

Subject Line: NoQS: TITLE, Age Category + Genre
(example: NoQS: GRUDGING, Adult Epic Fantasy)

INSIDE THE EMAIL:

Name: Laura Heffernan
Twitter Handle: @LH_Writes
Title:AMERICA'S NEXT REALITY STAR
Genre:Adult Romantic Comedy (Age category and genre. YA/MG is not a genre. Note #ownvoices here.)
Word Count:XX,XXX


My MC and MA (main antagonist) are dressed as:

Jen's dressed as a great pun, something like Ruth Vader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court justice with a light saber. She'll make the entire thing herself. Ariana's looking to get noticed, so she'll dress to impress: Sexy Supreme Court justice, anyone? 

Query:

Here is my fantastic query! DO NOT INCLUDE BIO OR COMPS PARAGRAPH. Try to stay in the 250-300 word range. Please put spaces between paragraphs and don't indent.

Please remember this is a query letter andNOT a pitch. Don't send pitches.
First 250 words:

Here are the first 250 words of my manuscript, and I will not end in the middle of a sentence, even if I hit 255 words. Do not abuse and send 256. Keep it fair for all. Use Open Office/Word to determine your official word count. 


Entries will be disqualified at our discretion for rule violation.

And that's it! Send in that email during the submission window and you're ready to go. There will be a confirmation email.
Topics for the twitter party are as follows:

October 13: All day, shout out the genre and age category you're sending. After 4:00 shout out if you got in.
October 14: Share a scary line from your manuscript. It can be from any chapter.
October 15: What costume would your MC character wear for Halloween?

October 16: What's the most fearsome thing about querying?

October 17: What's your favorite candy to gorge while writing and what kind would you toss back to give out to the neighborhood kids?

October 18: What's your favorite scary, or not so scary, Halloween movie?

October 19: What's your main character's greatest fear?

October 20: Picks released. Tell us how you deal with stress as a writer. What helps while you wait on query letters? 


Best of luck to everyone submitting today. Competition will be fierce.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Meet the Nightmare on Query Street Agents!

The big reveal is HERE.

Want to know which agents we have for Nightmare on Query Street? WE HAVE TWENTY-FOUR AND COUNTING!! There are so many agents 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 and some newer professionals who are actively seeking to build their lists. 



Jennifer March Soloway, Andrea Brown

Jennifer represents authors and illustrators of picture book, middle grade, and YA stories, and is actively building her list. Although she specializes in children’s literature, she also represents adult fiction, both literary and commercial, particularly crime, suspense and horror projects.

For picture books, she is drawn to a wide range of stories from silly to sweet, but she always appreciates a strong dose of humor and some kind of surprise at the end. When it comes to middle grade, she likes all kinds of genres, including adventures, mysteries, spooky-but-not-too-scary ghost stories, humor, realistic contemporary and fantasy.

YA is Jennifer’s sweet spot. She is a suspense junkie. She adores action-packed thrillers full of unexpected twists. Throw in a dash of romance, and she’s hooked! She’s a sucker for conspiracy plots where anyone might be a double agent, even the kid next door. She is a huge fan of psychological horror that blurs the lines between the real and the imagined. But as much as she loves a good thriller, she finds her favorite novels are literary stories about ordinary teens, especially those focused on family, relationships, sexuality, mental illness, or addiction. In such stories, she is particularly drawn to a close, confiding first-person narrative. Regardless of genre, she is actively seeking fresh new voices and perspectives underrepresented in literature.
 
That’s her wish list, but the truth is an author might have something she has never considered before, and it might be absolutely perfect for her. She is open to any good story that is well written with a strong, authentic voice. Surprise her!




Melissa Jeglinski, The Knight Agency

A graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in English with a writing concentration, Melissa began her career as an editor with Harlequin Enterprises. Looking to work with a variety of authors and genres, she joined The Knight Agency in 2008. 

With over two decades experience in the publishing industry, Melissa has fostered her clients to National prominence including a recent Newbery Honor. She is a member of RWA and AAR. Melissa is currently seeking projects in the following areas: Romance (contemporary, category, historical, inspirational), Women’s Fiction and Mystery.



Patrica Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Patricia Nelson joined Marsal Lyon Literary Agency in 2014. She represents adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction, and is actively building her list.
In general, Patricia looks for stories that hook her with a unique plot, fantastic writing and complex characters that jump off the page. On the adult side, she is seeking women’s fiction both upmarket and commercial, historical fiction set in the 20th century, and compelling plot-driven literary fiction. She’s also looking for sexy, smart adult contemporary and historical single title romance. On the children’s side, Patricia is open to a wide range of genres of YA and MG, with particular interest in contemporary/realistic, magical realism, mystery, science fiction and fantasy. She is interested in seeing diverse stories and characters, including LGBTQ, in all genres that she represents.
Patricia’s clients include RITA Award-winning and USA Today bestselling romance author Sarina Bowen (Rookie Move, Berkley/Penguin); women’s fiction authors Susan Bishop Crispell (The Secret Ingredient of Wishes, St. Martin’s Press) and Loretta Nyhan (All the Good Parts, Lake Union Publishing); young adult novelists Mary McCoy (Camp So-and-So, Lerner/Carolrhoda Lab), Axie Oh (Rebel Seoul, forthcoming from Tu Books) and Catherine Alene (The Sky Between You and Me, Sourcebooks); and middle grade novelists Kristi Wientge (Karma Khullar’s Mustache, forthcoming from Simon and Schuster Children’s), Hayley Chewins (The Turnaway Girls, forthcoming from Candlewick) and Margaret Dilloway (Momotaro: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters, Disney-Hyperion), among others.
Patricia is a member of SCBWI and RWA. She received her bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary in 2008, and also holds a master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in Gender Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the world of publishing, she spent four years as a university-level instructor of literature and writing.



Sarah Landis, Sterling Lord Literistic

Before joining Sterling Lord Literistic in 2017, Sarah worked as an editor for fifteen years, holding roles at G.P. Putnam Son’s, Hyperion Books, HarperCollins Children’s Books, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers. Over the course of her career, Sarah has had the pleasure of editing many talented authors including the likes of: Jodi Lynn Anderson, Kasie West, Claudia Gray, Michael Buckley, Eileen Cook, Erin Summerill, and Megan Shepherd. Sarah is looking for middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction across all genres. She is particularly drawn to middle grade fantasy and contemporary with heart, humor, and magic. In the young adult space, she has an affinity for southern voices, high-concept plots, grounded sci-fi/fantasy, historical, mysteries & thrillers, and emotionally compelling contemporary. Sarah graduated with a BA in English from the University of Virginia. 



Gabrielle Piraino, DeFiore & Company

Gabrielle Piraino is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University with a dual-B.A. in Honors Classical Languages and English. After graduation, Gabbie earned her Masters of Science in Publishing at Pace University. She has previously worked for both major commercial publishing houses and literary agencies alike, including Farrar, Straus & Giroux and most recently at AGI Vigliano. Gabbie joined the team at DeFiore and Company in the summer of 2016.

Gabbie is actively seeking projects that you can lose an entire afternoon reading: imaginative sci-fi/fantasy with strong world building, blood-curdling horror, whip-smart thrillers, and up-market chick lit that pairs well with sand and a margarita. She’d love to see any of the above for Young Adult readers (virgin daiquiri, though!), and wholeheartedly enjoys spunky, stubborn characters that never do exactly what you’d expect. For Children’s and Middle Grade, Gabbie is looking for books that introduce curious young readers to new concepts—be it historically leaning or learning your manners—with compelling characters and an engaging voice. She’s also interested in author-illustrators working within the comic/graphic novel space and can’t wait to develop the next generation’s favorite villains. An avid personal baker/cook, Gabbie would also love to receive queries for cookbook and crafty lifestyle projects.


Carlisle Webber, Fuse Literary

Carlisle Webber refused to major in English in college because she didn’t think there was anything fun to read on the required lists. No Stephen King? No R.L. Stine? No thanks!
After college, she took her love of commercial, YA, and middle grade fiction to the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences, where she earned a Master of Library and Information Sciences. She worked as a public librarian for years before deciding to move to the business side of publishing. She attended the Columbia Publishing Course, interned at Writers House, and worked at the Jane Rotrosen Agency in New York City.
She considers herself to be an editorial agent and has industry experience as a copy editor for Yen Press, a division of Hachette Book Group, and the health and parenting website Spright.com. She belongs to the American Copy Editors Society and Bay Area Editors’ Forum and holds a Professional Certificate in Editing from University of California, Berkeley. When editing, she aims to make a book the best possible version of itself, shaping it in a way so it can best use its unique voice to appeal to a wide audience.

Cate Hart, Corvisiero Literary Agency

​Cate represents young adult and middle-grade fiction, select commercial adult fiction, contemporary and historical romance, and nonfiction in the areas of history and pop culture. Cate has been with the Corvisiero Literary Agency for three years. She works with clients to build their platform, works on PR projects to help promote clients’ books, and reads manuscripts with an editorial eye. 

Cate seeks unique stories with well-crafted plots and unforgettable characters with a strong voice.  She loves characters that surprise her and plots that keep her guessing until the very last page.

In adult fiction, she is actively looking for Romantic Suspense. She loves FBI agents, Special Law Divisions, Cyber Crime. She'd love a caper or heist romance, sexy and stylized like To Catch a Thief or fun and adventurous like Ocean's 11. She would love to find Historical Romance set in the Gilded Age, give her a swoon-worthy Fifth Avenue Tycoon or Knickerbocker. She is also looking for contemporary fantasy and especially magical realism.
She is looking for adult and children's nonfiction specifically in the areas of lesser known or quirky historical facts and forgotten people of importance. She prefers pop culture nonfiction centered around music and film, and Nashville and unique Southern culture.

In Middle Grade, she accepts all genres, but is drawn to stories of strong bonds of friendship, or mischief and adventure. Cate prefers more high-concept, commercial young adult, especially fantasy, fairy tale and classics retellings, mystery and thrillers, and historical fantasy.

As always, Cate welcomes all diverse stories and authors.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Nightmare on Query Street Mentor Chat!

Writers like to socialize from the comfort of their homes. 

So we're having a twitter chat to get to know the mentors and ask questions and just visit! 




Join us on Thursday, October 12th right before the submission window opens for Nightmare on Query Street on the 13th. Bring your questions, writing problems, and curiosity at 3:00 and 8:00 pm Eastern time and mentors will be there.

All this happens under the hashtag #NoQSchat.

Time to have a little fun, maybe learn something, and talk to writers with experience in querying, editing, and submissions. 

See you there!   

Monday, October 2, 2017

Meet the (completely unscary) Nightmare on Query Street Mentors!

I know you'll want to get to know the mentors who will be helping the finalists perfect their query letter and first 250 words. 

One-third of the mentors are listed below. To see the rest, visit Michelle's and Michael's blogs. Some of the mentors have been helping our contests for ages and some are brand new. Please give all of them a big welcome!




Jessica Kapp went to her first Writers’ Group meeting with her grandmother when she was eleven but didn’t take her love of writing seriously until she graduated from college.

With a degree in Broadcast Communication, Jessica started her storytelling career through the lens of a camera. From television news, she transitioned to print journalism and eventually succumbed to her true passion: fiction.

Jessica writes YA Contemporary and Speculative Fiction, and her debut novel, BODY PARTS, came out August 2017.

She is represented by Whitley Abell of Inklings Literary Agency.

Twitter: @JessKapp
Instagram: @JessicaKappwrites
Website: www.jessicakapp.com






Farah Heron writes romantic women's fiction with humour and heart. She has a varied career history ranging from selling yarn, selling bikinis, hiring in the high-end fashion industry and finally psychotherapy and counselling high-risk youth. When she’s not locked in her office writing funny, diverse tales exploring the challenges of the modern world, Farah can be found searching for water for boating, fishing or kayaking, or baking bread in her kitchen. She lives in a small house with one husband, two children, one rabbit, two hamsters and a fish. Farah is represented by Rachel Brooks at Bookends Literacy.
Twitter: @FarahHeron
Website: FarahHeron.com




Carli Segal was born and raised in suburban Philadelphia where she currently serves children as a school counselor. She earned two Master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and her Bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg College. When she is not counseling children or writing stories for them, Carli spends her time playing acoustic guitar, assembling jigsaw puzzles, and playing with her ginger cat, Mango. Carli is represented by Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary Group. 

Twitter: @carlisegal 


MICHELE HAZEN
Michelle Hazen is a nomad with a writing problem. She can most often be found climbing rocks, riding horses, or figuring out creative ways for fictional people to maim each other. She also works as a Book Coach for Author Accelerator, and a freelance editor, and delights in helping people fall madly in lust with their own manuscripts. Her own manuscripts tend to be about love and fight scenes, as she writes NA contemporary romance, and adult romantic suspense. She is represented by Naomi Davis of Inklings Literary, and is the Amazon-bestselling author of eight paranormal suspense titles

https://www.facebook.com/MichelleHazenAuthor/





Betsy Aldredge is the co-author (with Carrie DuBois-Shaw) of Sasquatch, Love, and Imaginary Things (Simon Pulse), which has been called "the most hilarious, charming, feminist Sasquatch-hunting book ever to grace a bookshelf," by author Alison Cherry and “a delightfully quirky and hilarious debut,” by Darcy Woods. 

A retelling of Pride and Prejudice, focusing on a family of Jewish Bigfoot Hunters, SASQUATCH was the Grand Champion of Query Kombat in 2014. Kirkus says “Squatching doesn’t get any funnier than this.”


Twitter @BetsyAldredge
IG: betsyaldredge



Jaime Olin is a contemporary YA author represented by Mallory Brown of TriadaUS. Her novels feature complicated, often-unlikeable main characters who are sometimes too smart or cynical for their own good and don’t always make the best decisions. Jaime grew up in South Florida, found her home in San Diego, then somehow ended up in Dallas, where she continues borrowing from Texas geography and culture for her books’ settings and characters. Jaime’s a Scorpio, a Gryfflepuff, a mild extrovert, and a die-hard proponent of the Oxford comma. 



MELINDA O'NEILL
As the owner of a boutique chocolate factory in Atlanta, Melinda O’Neill loves to write adult and YA stories with a sweet twist, including her debut mystery, THE CORPSE WORE STILETTOS, due out in fall of 2017. When she’s not spinning a sweet yarn or creating delicious confections, she spends time with her husband, Brian, their kids who range in age from 24 to 7, a hyperactive cocker spaniel named Divo (after the band), a princess tabby cat named Twilight (before the book stole her name) and a collection of stray fish. She is represented by Priya Doraswami of Lotus Lane Literary. Check out her blog at melindajoneill.blogspot.com and follow on twitter. Or if you’re an author in need of a chocolate fix, claim your author’s discount at http://www.chamberlainschocolate.com/


Aimee Hyndman has been writing since she could hold a pencil. She is a senior in college, double majoring in Creative writing and English. She has interned remotely for Kimberley Cameron & Associates, and in Spring of 2016, interned for McIntosh and Otis and Defiore and co while in New York for a semester. 

She is repped by the wonderful Laura Zats of Red Sofa literary, and her first novel, HOUR OF MISCHIEF, is published through Curiosity Quills Press. The other three books in the series are soon to come. When not writing, she binge watches anime, plays Zelda, and blogs.


You can also find her on twitter ( @AimeeHyndman) , Pinterest (Aimee Hyndman) and youtube (Kallypso8).




Michael Mammay is a teacher, a former army officer, and a science fiction writer. His debut novel, PLANETSIDE, is due out from Harper Voyager in the summer of 2018. He is represented by Lisa Rodgers of Jabberwocky Literary. 

Website: michaelmammay.com 







Amy Trueblood grew up in California only ten minutes from Disneyland which sparked an early interest in storytelling. As the youngest of five, she spent most of her time trying to find a quiet place to curl up with her favorite books. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in journalism, she worked in entertainment in Los Angeles before returning to work in Arizona. Fueled by good coffee, and an awesome Spotify playlist, you can often find Amy working on the next post for her blog. Her first novel, NOTHING BUT SKY (Flux Books) releases March 27, 2018. 

Amazon: Nothing but Sky
Blog: Chasing The Crazies - www.chasingthecrazies.wordpress.com




Heather Van Fleet is stay-at-home-mom turned book boyfriend connoisseur. She’s the wife of her high school sweetheart and the mother of three little girls. In her spare time, she can be found with her head buried in her Kindle, guzzling down copious amounts of coffee.
Currently, Heather works as an agency intern and is a former content editor for BookFish Books. Her contemporary romance, Reckless Hearts, releases February 7th, 2017 from Sourcebooks Casablanca.

Links:




Kim Long
Kim Long is an attorney in the Chicagoland area, where she spends her days expressing her clients’ (always true) stories to judges and juries. She writes MG contemporary fantasy that contain a sprinkle of science and is represented by Sara Crowe at Pippin Properties. When not managing her fantasy baseball and football teams, she can be found biking, watching Star Wars for the zillionth time, or teaching her nieces about the importance of choosing the correct racer (Toad) and vehicle (standard bike) to win in Mario Kart.

@theSol23



Max Wirestone is the author of the geek-themed Dahlia Moss mystery series, the third of which-THE QUESTIONABLE BEHAVIOR OF DAHLIA MOSS-will hit stores in January of 2018. Max is a Query Kombat alum with a penchant for zippy query letters, expansive JRPGs, and overcommitting his schedule. Check out his website at maxwirestone.com or follow him on twitter at @maxwires.

Also check out THE UNFORTUNATE DECISIONS OF DAHLIA MOSS and THE ASTONISHING MISTAKES OF DAHLIA MOSS today.