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Pitch Live! E-9: THE DESIREE

Pitch Live! E-9: THE DESIREE
Genre: YA Romance with a twist
Word Count: 61,000 words


Genre: YA Gothic Horror
Word Count: 60,000 words

Pitch Live Starts TODAY!

The sign up part of Pitch Live is now closed. Today starts the blogfest part of the contest. Hop around and view each others videos, comment, and meet new friends. You never know what agents will be lurking around the blogs. On October 17 at 8AM EDT the top 30 videos will be on the host blogs for the agents. Check out our agent line up here.
The judges/hosts will cruise the blogs and pick their favorite videos. In the comments of the entry posts the judges will let you know if they’ve chosen your pitch for their blog. 
And here’s your hosts…
Leigh Ann Kopans         erica m.         chapman   
 Leigh Ann Kopans                         Erica M. Chapman             Brenda Drake
Go check out the live pitches and come back and vote for your favorite in the comment of this post. We’ll give away some prizes (to be announced) for the top ones. 

Make sure to put this heading above your videos… 
Genre: The Genre of your manuscript 
Word Count: The word count of your manuscript (round up or down to the nearest thousandth)
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PITCH LIVE – The Agents

Hi Everyone!! Guess what? Pitch Live is coming!!

Pitch Live starts Monday, October 15. Make sure your entries are posted by 8AM EDT (NY time). We’ll go around and grab the codes for the ones we want in the agent round and post them to our blogs by October 17 at 8AM EDT. Make sure to check our next post for some exciting stuff. Until then, here are the agents viewing your pitches. 
Laurie         McLean
Laurie McLean 
Larsen Pomada Literary Agents
Laurie McLean is the Senior Agent at Larsen Pomada Literary Agents in San Francisco. She represents adult genre fiction (romance, fantasy, science fiction, horror, mystery, suspense, thrillers, etc.) as well as children’s middle grade and young adult books.Check out her publishing morsels here:
Pam van         Hylckama Vlieg
Pam van Hylckama Vlieg 
Larsen Pomada Literary Agents
Pam van Hylckama Vlieg represents young adult and middle grade children’s book authors, and adult romance authors. Over the past four years Pam has become one of the top YA book bloggers in the country at She also partners her blog with Hicklebee’s, a children’s bookstore in San Jose, CA. Check it out here:
 Natalie Lakosil
Bradford Literary Agency 
Natalie Lakosil’s interests include talented, hard-working new authors with a fresh, unique voice and hook. Her specialty is commercial fiction, with an emphasis in children’s literature (from picture book-teen), romance (contemporary, paranormal and historical), upmarket women’s fiction and select nonfiction. Specific likes include historical, multi-cultural, paranormal, sci-fi/fantasy, gritty, thrilling and darker contemporary novels, middle grade with heart, and short, quirky picture books. She is always drawn to an open and positive attitude in an author, good grammar, and fantastical, engaging and sexy plots.
Roseanne Wells
Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency   
Roseanne Wells is looking for strong literary fiction that emphasizes craft and style equally, and doesn’t sacrifice plot and character for beautiful sentences; young adult of all genres; very selective middle grade that connects her to a strong main character; science-fiction and fantasy; and smart detective novels (more Sherlock Holmes than cozy mysteries). 
 Jordy Albert
Corvisiero Literary Agency 
Jordy Albert is interested in the following genres: Romance (contemporary, historical/Regency, paranormal. Erotica is okay, but it must have a strong plot and well-developed characters), MG/YA, dystopian, and horror. She enjoys quirky characters with a self-deprecating sense of humor. 
Sandy Lu   
Sandy Lu
L. Perkins Agency
Sandy Lu is looking for dark literary and commercial fiction, mystery, thriller, psychological horror, paranormal/urban fantasy, historical fiction, and YA.  In particular, she is looking for historical thrillers or mysteries set in Victorian times. She is also actively searching for espionage fiction.
 Julia A.         Weber
 Julia A. Weber
J.A. Weber Literary Agent 
Julia Weber represents only commercial fiction, namely thrillers as well as Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult and Women’s Fiction of all sub-genres.
Jessica Sinsheimer
Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency 
Jessica Sinsheimer is seeking Literary, Women’s, Middle Grade, and Young Adult Fiction.
 Brooks Sherman
Fine Print Literary Management 
Brooks Sherman is on the lookout for adult fiction that runs the gamut from contemporary (with an eye toward multicultural or satirical) to speculative (particularly urban/contemporary fantasy, horror/dark fantasy, and slipstream). He also has a weakness for historical fiction and a burgeoning interest in crime fiction. On the children’s side, he is looking to build a list of boy-focused Middle Grade novels (all subgenres, but particularly fantasy adventure and contemporary), and is open to YA fiction of all types except paranormal romance.

Check out all the details on this post: Pitch Live! And see our hosts, Brenda Drake, Erica M. Chapman and Leigh Ann Kopans zany videos. 

PITCH LIVE! Elevator Pitch Contest/Blogfest

We’re so excited to announce PITCH LIVE! What is it, you ask? It’s a video of your best elevator pitch to an agent. I wanted to give you guys enough time to produce a video of an elevator pitch for your finished novels, so I’m posting this now. We already have a couple agents signed up to view the top 30 videos (if we get that many), but there will be more agents. I’ll announce the agents in a post soon. The contest is for AdultNew Adult, Young Adult, and Middle Grade fiction. The elevator pitch should be creative, as if you ran into an agent at a conference.
The blogfest…
Sign up on the linky below by October 15 at 8AM EDT. From October 15 to 17 judges will be hopping to each blog to pick the most creative and exciting pitches (content is important, too) that will make it into the agent round. Hop around the blogs and view your fellow competitors’ videos, comment, and make friends. Participating in the blogfest is important, because if you don’t make the top 30, you could have an agent or editor not participating (or participating) in the contest hop around the blogs offering to read more. It has happened in contests past. 
The contest… 
The top 30 videos will go live on the hosts’ blogs on October 18. Agents will view and request to read more of their favorites from October 18 to 19
All videos must be accessible on YouTube and the recommended size of no larger than 854 x 480 (51.79 MB). Please make sure your videos are set to public viewing (not private). The video shall be no more than two minutes in length. No obscene content (I will remove the blog from the linky). Make sure to title it “Pitch Live!“. Your posts should have the following heading above the embedded video:
Genre: The Genre of your manuscript 
Word Count: The word count of your manuscript (round up or down to the nearest thousandth)
Remember to include these things in your pitches: Character, Inciting Event, Goals, Obstacles, Conflict, and Stakes
Here’s some videos from your hosts for hints on what to put into your pitch (warning: mine is awful, but hopefully it will make you feel better about your own)…
Brenda’s video full of cool destinations… 

My somewhat rambly informative video…

Our third host is Leigh Ann Kopans and here’s her awesome vlog…

So what are you waiting for? Sign up now!

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