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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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
Author Website 


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!



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.


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

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