Friday, October 13, 2017

Nightmare on Query Street Submission Day!




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 (optional)
Title:AMERICA'S NEXT REALITY STAR
Genre:Adult Romantic Comedy (Age category and genre. List 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. You may include a greeting.

Please remember this is a query letter and NOT 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

The Agents of Nightmare on Query Street 2017

Time to unveil the agents! Or should I say unmask? We have 24 agents joining us this year. Some are new. Some are established. All are looking to make requests. To everyone entering this year, best of luck! The Slush Pile is going to be SUPER competitive.

Only a third of the list is here. You can find the rest of the agents listed on Mike's and Laura's blogs. 

If you need a refresher on the submission guidelines, click here.  See you on Friday the 13th!










Jennifer Azantian



Founder Jennifer Azantian graduated with a B.S. in clinical and developmental psychology from the University of California, San Diego where she was an executive editor for the Trition Psychology Report. In 2011, she began her agenting career, first as an intern and then as an assistant and associate, at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. In 2014, while working with senior agent and entertainment lawyer Paul Levine, Jennifer opened her own agency specializing in speculative fiction.

Jennifer is particularly interested in stories that explore meaningful human interactions against fantastic backdrops, underrepresented voices, literary science fiction, historical fantasy, creepy stories for young readers, humorous space operas, well-crafted and hopeful futures, internally consistent epic fantasy, obscure retold fairy tales, modernized mythologies, and eccentric protagonists.






Lauren Galit


Being a literary agent is my dream job (but then again, I was a literary geek at Harvard): I get to work with writers all day long, helping them craft their book ideas and editing their proposals. And then, once the proposal is complete, I get to connect with editors to sell them on something I have passionately committed myself to for the past few months. And I get to chat — a lot (but hopefully not too much). With writers, with editors, with Caitlen. All good.
I started my agenting career in 2002 at John Boswell Associates, a literary agency and book packager that’s most noted for creating 365 Ways To Cook Chicken, as well as countless other best sellers. Because Boswell was a packager as well as an agent, he taught me how to do more than just craft a proposal and sell it; he showed me how to create a book from scratch, working with designers and production people along the way. It is that attention to detail that I bring to my current projects, even if we aren’t packaging them. I help my authors envision what their books could be.
Before becoming an agent, I was a magazine editor for 10 years, starting at GQ (Gentleman’s Quarterly) and ending at GH (Good Housekeeping). That’s where I learned to edit and copy edit, to read and reread until an article or caption or pull quote was just so. It is a skill I bring to every proposal I work on with a writer. It won’t go out until it is just so, because the proposal should beautifully and accurately represent the idea an author is dying to bring to the world.


Christa Heschke

CHRISTA HESCHKE graduated from Binghamton University with a major in English and a minor in Anthropology. She started in publishing as an intern at both Writers House and Sterling Lord Literistic, where she fell in love with the agency side of publishing. Christa has been at McIntosh and Otis, Inc. in the Children's Literature Department since 2009 where she is actively acquiring for all age groups in children’s.
For YA, she is especially interested in contemporary, thriller/mystery, fantasy and horror. She looks for a compelling voice and a strong hook that will set a YA novel apart in the flooded market. She is open to all types of middle grade and especially enjoys adventure, mystery, and magical realism. For both YA and MG, she is interested in unique settings and cultural influences, interesting structure, complicated romances, diverse characters, sister or friendship-centric stories, and stories that feature artists of any kind. In picture books she is drawn to cute, funny stories (as opposed to sweet and quiet) that will grab kids as well as the occasional nonfiction biography on a subject whose story has yet to be told.

Christa is not looking for any Adult fiction or non-fiction, paranormal or dystopian at this time.




Andrea Somberg
A literary agent for over fifteen years, Andrea represents a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, including projects for adult, young adult and middle grade audiences. Her clients’ books have been NYTimes and USABestsellers, as well as nominated for The Governor General’s Award, the Lambda Award, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and have been chosen for ABA’s Indies Introduce Program. 
Andrea also teaches courses for MediaBistro and Writers Digest on topics such as nonfiction, memoir, mystery and thrillers, fantasy and sf. Her client list is quite full, however she is always actively looking to take on new authors who write in the following categories: Fiction: literary, commercial, book club fiction, romance, thrillers, mystery, paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, young adult, new adult, middle grade. Nonfiction: memoir, narrative, popular science, pop-culture, humor, how-to, parenting, self-help, lifestyle, travel, interior design, crafts, cookbooks, business, sports, diet, health & fitness.



Jess Dallow

Having grown up with the same name as her favorite Sweet Valley High twin, Jess has always had a love for books, especially those that feature well developed, strong female characters. She is fascinated with complex characters and a world that she can fall in love with, stories that make her want to sob and laugh within minutes of each other, and a book that she can’t put down no matter what time it is or what rerun of SVU is on. She has a BFA in Writing for Film and Television from the University of the Arts and worked in entertainment for eight years before returning to her home state of NY where she worked at a literary agency for two years before joining Brower Literary & Management.

 Jess Dallow is looking for YA and adult commercial fiction. She loves family stories (in the vein of This is Where I Leave You), thrillers (give her all the serial killers you have), mysteries, and women’s fiction, especially one that features ladies supporting ladies. She’s looking for strong, complex female characters and a book she can’t put down no matter what time it is. And as much as she loves romance, she’d be interested in seeing it more as a B plot, then a straight forward romance.









Steven Salpeter


Steven Salpeter is a literary agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd. A graduate of the University of Florida, Steven edited Tea and founded the Palmetto Prize for Fiction. He began his publishing career at Writers House and Brandt & Hochman before moving to Curtis Brown to assist Mitchell Waters and help Timothy Knowlton manage many of the agency’s venerable estate clients, including W. H. Auden, Stanley Ellin, John Knowles, Alfred Lansing, and Ayn Rand, among other bestsellers and literary award winners. He is now actively building his list, seeking literary fiction, fantasy, graphic novels, historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers, young adult, and authors who can blend elements of these genres. Steven is also interested in narrative nonfiction, gift books, history, humor, and popular science. He lives in New York City.


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Natascha Morris

Natascha spent most of her childhood in a leather chair with her nose in a book. Formerly an editorial assistant at Simon & Schuster, her passion for books across genres and her desire to finding amazing talent drove her to make the transition from editorial to literary agent.

Her editorial philosophy stems from the idea that all books should be well written and entertaining.  Some of her favorite authors include Molly Idle, Sherwood Smith, Ann Rinaldi, Sabaa Tahir, and Meg Cabot. Check out her Pinterest for a quick look at her favorite books. https://www.pinterest.com/nataschamorris/

A Texas native, Natascha can often be found hunting for the best Tex-Mex in New York. Outside of reading, she is interested in urban farming and cooking.

Natascha is primarily looking for picture book, middle grade and young adult manuscripts across most genres, including contemporary, mysteries, thrillers, fantasy, historical fiction, and narrative non-fiction. She is also looking for artists that speak to her creatively.

She is not a good fit for adult literary fiction, horror, true crime, or serious nonfiction.






Jocquelle Caiby


Jocquelle S. Caiby is a Junior Agent and Literary Assistant at Serendipity Literary Agency, the largest African American owned literary agency in the U.S. With degrees in both English literature and sociology, her specialties are project management and editorial development. 

Jocquelle is primarily interested in young adult fiction, gravitating mostly towards the subgenres of fantasy, sci-fi, magical realism, and horror, as well as young adult works of any genre that explore diverse experiences. 

She is also looking for select adult fiction and nonfiction. Her favorite stories are those that take her on an adventure with vividly imagined and well-developed characters, and she is particularly struck by stories that surprise her with shocking plot twists and gasp-inducing revelations.





Wednesday, October 4, 2017

NoQS Chat 2017

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

Mentors for Nightmare on Query Street 2017

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. But first a few dates for Nightmare on Query Street:

Submission Window Opens: October 13th 4:00 pm EST
Final Picks are Announced: October 20th
Mentors Go to Work: October 21th - 26th
Revised Entries Due Back: October 26th at 11:59 pm EST
Agent round: October 30th - 31th

A third of the list of amazing mentors is here. To see the other parts of the list, visit Mike's blog and Laura's blog. Some of the mentors have been helping our contests for ages and some are brand new. Please give all of them a big welcome!











Elizabeth Roderick


ELIZABETH RODERICK is the author of the LGBT romantic suspense novel, Love or Money, and The Other Place Series, which includes The Hustle, The Other Place, Love and War, and Synchronicity. She has written ten other novels in a wide range of genres, which are in various stages of revision and pitching.

She grew up as a barefoot ruffian on a fruit orchard near Yakima, Washington, and she has recently returned to the family farm, where she lives in an off-grid tiny house she renovated and built herself, and grows most of her own food.

She earned a bachelor's degree in Spanish from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and worked for many years as a paralegal and translator. She is a musician and songwriter, and has played in many bands, rocking some instruments she doesn't even know the real names for, but mostly guitar, bass and keyboards.

Elizabeth’s stories are about love, death, gang warfare, and madness. Her characters tend to be of the type that society generally shuns: addicts, convicts, and the neurodiverse. She herself is a neurodivergent person.

Elizabeth believes if people get to know those who live on the fringes of society, both in stories and in real life, they'll find them more likeable than they originally thought.



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Kate Foster


Kate is an award-winning children's author, freelance editor, editorial director at Lakewater Press, and an MG Pitch Wars mentor. Other than books and writing, she mainly talks about her kids and dogs, and occasionally Tom Hardy.

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Michelle Hazen


Michelle Hazen is a nomad with a writing problem. Years ago, she and her husband ducked out of the 9 to 5 world and moved into their truck. As a result, she wrote most of her books with solar power in odd places, including a bus in Thailand, a golf cart in a sandstorm, and a beach in Honduras. Currently, she’s addicted to The Walking Dead, hiking, and Tillamook cheese.

Michelle is the Amazon bestselling author of eight titles through the Kindle Worlds-Vampire Diaries fandom, as well as an upcoming rock and roll romance series. The first book, A CRUEL KIND OF BEAUTIFUL, releases 12.4.17. Her work is represented by Naomi Davis, Inklings Literary.







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Richard Pearson



Richard Taylor Pearson is a triple threat: author, actor, and attorney. He grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he appeared in many plays and musicals. After graduating from Rhodes College, Richard went on to obtain a law degree from Rutgers School of Law. While he works as an attorney by day, his nights and weekends are spent writing novels and performing in theatrical events all over New York City. Richard lives in Jersey City with his husband, Brian, and their daughter, Natalie. His debut novel, The Role, was published by Lethe Press in May of 2016.









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Wren Michaels

Wren doesn't write damsels in distress. She writes damsels that cause distress. She hails from the frozen tundra of Wisconsin, where beer and cheese are their own food groups. But a cowboy swept her off her feet and carried her to Texas, where she promptly lost all tolerance for cold and snow. Fueled by coffee, dreams, and men in kilts, Wren promises to bring you laughter, sexy fun time, and action that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The easiest way to her heart is anything to do with the Green Bay Packers, Doctor Who, or Firefly. 

Represented by Margaret Bail of Fuse Literary Agency.







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Gail Villanueva


Gail is a Filipina author based in the Philippines. She runs a design studio with her husband in the outskirts of Metro Manila, but also does freelance copywriting on the side. When not in front of her computer coding a website or writing a story, you’ll find her in the backyard, playing with four dogs, five ducks, a chicken, three turtles, and a cat. Gail writes historical fantasy and contemporary novels with a dash of magic for middle grade readers. Her fiction is represented by Alyssa Eisner Henkin of Trident Media Group.









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Aden Polydoros




Aden Polydoros grew up in Long Grove, Illinois, and now lives in Arizona. He is a writer of young adult fiction. When he isn’t writing, he enjoys reading and going on hikes in the mountains. His debut novel, Project Pandora, will be released on August 1, 2017, from Entangled Publishing. 

Book: Project Pandora
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Shari Schwarz


Shari Schwarz is the author TREASURE AT LURE LAKE, a Middle Grade survival adventure novel about two brothers on a backpacking trip in the mountain wilderness. Shari is also a literary intern and a freelance editor. When she's not reading, writing or editing, she's a busy mom of four boys, trying to keep up with all their adventures in life!


Website: www.sharischwarz.wordpress.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27257388-treasure-at-lure-lake





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Annie Sullivan


Annie Sullivan’s young adult novel A TOUCH OF GOLD, about the daughter of King Midas who must race to bring back his stolen cursed gold, publishes in Summer 2018 (Blink, HaperCollins.) She received her MFA in creative writing from Butler University. Her work has been featured in Curly Red Stories and Punchnel’s, and Annie has worked at John Wiley and Sons, Inc. publishing company since 2007, in Acquisitions, Editorial, Content Marketing, and Publicity roles. She loves fairytales, everything Jane Austen, and traveling. She lives in Indianapolis, but her wanderlust will have taken her to every continent by the end of the year. Follow her adventures on Twitter: @annsulliva.






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Marty Mayberry



Marty Mayberry writes adult and young adult fiction. When she’s not dreaming up ways to mess with her character’s lives, she works as an RN/Clinical Documentation Specialist. She has a BA in International Affairs in German and an Associate’s Degree in Nursing. She lives in New England with her retired Seabee Chief husband, children, a spunky Yorkie puppy, and three neurotic cats. She’s a member of SCBWI, YARWA, and a PRO member of RWA.

Her young adult sci-fi thriller, PHOENIX RISING, won the YARWA’s Rosemary Award for speculative fiction  in ’15 & her UF won second place in the ’17 New Adult Rosemary Award.

She’s represented by Jessica Watterson of the Dijkstra Agency.

Twitter: @marty_mayberry



Friday, September 29, 2017

Nightmare on Query Street Free Pass 2017




Contests are subjective. I like to take some of that out of the equation with an equalizer like a free pass! It lets someone who might not make the finals go before agents and get help from mentors. This is one of my favorite parts about any contest I help host. 


So let's talk about this opportunity.

All you need to do is leave a comment on this post and use the rafflecopter to be entered. Everyone gets a free entry. There will be other extra entry options that you can skip or use for bonus chances.

Your comment should be to tell us your scariest writing weakness that comes up in editing. For example, I have trouble with transition thoughts between paragraphs and inside paragraphs. I guess my own thoughts tend to jump around and that gets translated to my writing. Sometimes the writing isn't quite smooth enough. Maybe for you it's dialogue or plot holes, or filtering. Maybe you don't like cutting wordage or have trouble with kissing scenes. 

It's always good to know your own weaknesses. This will help with your actual editing. So take a moment to think about the subject and get it off your chest by commenting. I look forward to seeing a wide variety of trouble spots. 

This free pass will run from today until October 9th when the rafflecopter will pick one winner. The Free Pass winner will bypass the slush and become one of Michelle's Minions for Nightmare on Query Street. They will work with a mentor to polish and then be entered in the agent round, where 20+ agents will read their work.

Don't forget to use the rafflecopter after you comment or your entry will not be processed.

And that's it!




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