Monday, July 7, 2014

Meet the Pyrotechnics of IN WITH THE NEW

I'm excited to have five great Pyrotechnics for IN WITH THE NEW. (For full contest details check this post.) Most of these ladies and gentlemen have hosted contests in the past. And there is such a diverse set of tastes here that I know we'll be selecting entries from a wide variety of genres.

Each Pyrotechnic will select four picks to go to the agent round. I'll add my own four to make a total of two dozen entries to set before the agents.

You really want to be following these explosive experts because they will be talking about their slush reading under the hashtag #NewAgent. Who knows what bits of wisdom they'll share!

SC is the host of the 'The Writer's Tank' and 'Becoming an Agent' on his blog, and his is the co-host of 'Query Kombat' and 'Nightmare on Query Street.' He's a YA and Adult writer and loves YA, Adult, MG...basically any good writing. He's a HUGE Harry Potter and Les Miserables (maiinly the book but the musical too) fan. Dumbledore is his favorite characterin the whole world. Jean Valjean is a close second.
Twitter: @SC_Author Blog:

L. L. McKinney is a freelance writer, a published poet, and board member of the Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. Her first love is fantasy, particularly urban fantasy. While she enjoys imagining the impossible happening right here at home, strong writing and a distinct voice will always win her over, no matter the genre. She's participated in dozens of contests over the years as an entrant, slush reader, and host. She lives the single life in Kansas, surrounded by more nieces and nephews than she knows what to do with.

Amy Trueblood is a freelance writer who spends most of her time penning press releases for her favorite non-profit. When not “chasing the crazy” dream of being published, you can find her rereading her favorite YA books, running, or gulping down her favorite mango iced tea. Her work has been featured in Liquid Imagination, as well as "The Fall" and "Summer's Edge" short story collections. Check out her blog or follow her on Twitter.

Michael Anthony grew up in the suburbs of Virginia. As the middle child, everything requiring electricity or batteries was either hogged by the oldest or begged for by the youngest. All too familiar with boredom spawned from idle thumbs, he found adventure in the plethora of novels, encyclopedias, and maps found on the bookshelf. It was during his journey through those shelves that he discovered The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer and The Giver by Lois Lowry.

From that day to this, Michael has had a love for great stories, fascinating characters, and travel. He hopes to see every corner of the world someday, and when he's finished down here, he has his eyes set on the moon.

Twitter: @RavenousRushing

Raised in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Vicki L. Weavil turned her early obsession with reading into a career as a librarian. She is represented by Jennifer Mishler at Literary Counsel, NYC.  Her debut novel, CROWN OF ICE—a dark YA retelling of H. C. Andersen’s “The Snow Queen”—will be published by Month9Books on Sept. 9, 2014.

An avid reader who appreciates good writing in all genres, Vicki has been known to read seven books in as many days. When not writing or reading, she likes to spend time watching films, listening to music, gardening, or traveling. Vicki lives in North Carolina with her husband and three very spoiled cats.

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