Aug 2, 2010

Contest Alert!

Attention Slushpile followers:

Julie Cross, a long-time Slushpile follower (who I think holds the record for the most submissions ;-) is co-sponsoring a contest, and among the prizes are query and page critiques from an actual agent, an editor, and others in the publishing industry.

NOTE: "others in the publishing industry" is my way of saying "interns and assistants" but is NOT meant to belittle their professional opinions!  They know what their agents like.

Julie's novel TEMPEST (once titled ENEMIES OF TIME) has been sold, resulting in a 3-book deal!  She is represented by agent Suzie Townsend of FinePrint Lit

Check Julie's blog for details, and good luck.

QUERY - "Ever" YA Paranormal

Dear ______,

Waking up in a coffin hungry for blood is only the beginning for sixteen-year-old Everly Blue. Things are about to get a lot worse.

First, she finds out from the hot guy who dug her up that she’s a vampire. Well, half vampire, not that there’s much difference.

Then she meets her maker…Devon, the thousand-year-old vampire who turned her into a monster. He gives her a shred of hope – kill 100 vampires to save her humanity.

So with the help of Chance (the hottie who saved her, and who she’s falling for fast), Ever sets out to get her life back.

But it won’t be easy. She has to deal with her feelings for Chance, her hatred for Devon, some new-found vampire hunting friends and that pesky taste for blood that just won’t leave her alone.

In the end, Ever faces a battle – and a decision – that will change her life forever.

My young adult novel, EVER, is complete at 70,000 words. I think fans of supernatural hits like TWILIGHT and VAMPIRE ACADEMY will enjoy this story of a girl thrown into a life of danger and romance. The full manuscript is available, should you be interested.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you.