Pitch Madness Recap
First off, I want to thank all the agents who made this such a success. There were a few glitches but everyone was so kind and they were fixed quickly.
John Cusick - Scott Treimel NY
Sarah LaPolla - Curtis Brown
Sara Sciuto - Full Circle Literary
Molly Ker Hawn - The Bent Agency
Lauren Hammond - ADA Management
Judith Engracia - Liza Dawson Assoc.
Carlie Webber - Jane Rotrosen Agency
Louise Fury - L. Perkins Agency
Gordon Warnock - Andrea Hurst literary
Kevan Lyon - Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
The Wild Card Agent: Victoria Marini - Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents
Next, I want to thank Brenda Drake and Cassandra Marshall for co-hosting this awesome contest with me. You both rock!
Then, Erica Chapman for reading through the first round of slush with Brenda, and sometimes again when we just couldn't decide on our reads.
Finally, to all the 198 participants who put themselves out there. It was so hard to choose the best entries for the contest. There were some entries I said yes to that didn't make it. A lot made it to the contenders round. If you didn't get to the match round or didn't get a request, please remember that reading is subjective. You just have to find that person who falls in love with your manuscript. There was an entry that I was stoked about and absolutely loved that didn't get a request. And then there was one that I pulled out of the trash because I really liked it, and it got tons of requests. So you see, it's just a luck game sometimes. Keep writing. Keep querying. And keep playing the game.
And the winning hands ...
S-1 Middle-Grade Fantasy: EMBER Winner: @johnmcusick with 2 pair! (query+25 pgs)
S-2 Middle-Grade Magical Realism: THE MISFORTUNE OF THE EMERALD THIEF Winner: @johnmcusick with 2 pair! (Query+25 pgs)
S-3 YA Contemporary: A GIRL NAMED JACK Winner:@NovelistLauren with a Flush! (Query+100 pgs)
S-4 YA Contemporary: OLIVIA TWISTED Winner: @johnmcusickwith a straight flush (trumps all partial requests)
S-5 YA Urban Fantasy: AN UNCOMMON BLUE Winner:@sarasciuto with a Straight Flush (trumps all partial requests).
S-6 YA Science Fiction : AWAKENING Winner: @LitAgentMariniwith a 4 of a kind (query+ 150 pgs)
S-7 YA Contemporary: RECLAIMED Winner: @johnmcusick beats@gordonwarnock's flush with 4 of a kind (query+150pgs)
S-8 YA Fantasy : THE HOURGLASS BRIDGE Winner: @louisefurywith 2 pair (query+25 pgs)
S-9 YA Science Fiction: ONE Winner: @LouiseFury with a Flush (query+100 pgs)
S-10 YA Suspense: INFLUENCE OF THE AIR Winner: @sarasciuto with a Full House (Full request).
S-11: MG: Figment is @mollykh with 4 of a Kind (query+150) (After a challenge with John Cusick!)
#S-12 YA Sci-Fi: THE WILD - Winner of the hand: @LitagentMarini with a Full House (Full request) (Due to error in scoring, Victoria Marini, Sara Sicuto and Louise Fury will all receive their requests for the Wild.)
S-13 Upper Middle-Grade Contemporary : SUMMER SPELL Winner:@louisefury with 4 of a Kind (query+150 pgs)
S-14 YA Urban Fantasy: MORNING STAR Winner: @johnmcusickwith a high card (query + 5pgs)
S-15 YA Contemporary Fantasy : HELLFIRE Winner:@sarahlapolla with a straight! (Query+75 pgs)
#S-16 YA Fantasy : MONSTROUS Winner: @SaraSicuto with a Royal Flush (Full request)
#S-17 YA Fantasy : THE SKY THRONE Winner: @sarasciuto with a Full House (Full request)
#S-18 YA Urban Fantasy with Romantic Elements : THE ALTERAE Winner: @sarasciuto with a straight (query+75)
#S-19 YA Contemporary : FROSTY @gordonwarnock beat out @johnmcusick for the challenge round!
#S-20 YA Fantasy : DAEMERKIN Winner of the hand:@johnmcusick with 2 pair (query+25pgs)
Until next time ... that's it!