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Sun Versus Snow: The Mentors December 28, 2013

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Michelle and I are very excited that so many mentors have agreed to help us out with Sun versus Snow! These twenty-three talented authors will be split between the two teams. Once Michelle and I have selected our fifteen picks, the mentors will be looking at the queries and first 250 words and providing feedback. Our hope is that the mentor’s comments will allow our contest participants to polish up their submissions before we share them with the 15 participating agents (that announcement will post JANUARY 1 on Michelle’s blog!)


To refresh your memory about contest details you can go here:


And don’t forget to read all the way to the bottom for my FREE PASS announcement!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


So without further ado, here are our amazing mentors…

Ami A-V bio picAmi Allen-Vath


Ami Allen-Vath is a YA Contemporary Author represented by Victoria Lowes of The Bent Agency. She currently resides in New Jersey, but would be happy living somewhere where it’s Spring all year long. Aside from reading and writing, Ami likes acting, painting, vacations, and ice cream.






You can find her online via blog: Ami with an “I”: or on Twitter:



rachelbatemanRachel Bateman

Rachel Bateman is an author and editor who spends way too much time thinking she can out-bake the Cake Boss. (Spoiler: she can’t.) She is from Great Falls, Montana, but dreams of living on the Carolina Coast. When she isn’t writing, reading, or editing books, she can be found playing with her crazy toddler, geeky husband, and small zoo of pets. 99 Days of Laney MacGuire, her first novel, is available now, and Incubus, a YA paranormal serial, is releasing throughout 2014.






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NatalieBlittNatalie Blitt

Natalie is the author of one young adult book — The Truth About Leaving — and other works in progress. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband Josh and their three boys. Three boys who have no interest in books that feature lots of kissing. She is represented by Carly Watters at P.S. Literary.






You can find her on twitter at: @Natalie_Blitt


Or very rarely on the web at:



JennieBJennie Bozic

Jennie Bates Bozic creates visual effects for film and television by day, and by night she dons her author cape and pens stories for the YA crowd. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two cats. She is represented by Steven Axelrod and her debut novel DAMSELFLY is available through all major online retailers.








KateB headshotKate Brauning

Kate is a YA suspense writer represented by Carlie Webber at CK Webber Associates. Kate is a developmental editor with Month9Books, and a compulsive traveler, cake-baker, and music lover. She loves high stakes, character-driven books regardless of genre, and thinks there’s just about nothing better than helping a writer get his or her story on the page.






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MarcyKateConnolly_headshotMarcy Kate Connolly

MarcyKate Connolly is an author and arts administrator who lives in New England with her husband and pugs and writes weird little books. She’s also a coffee addict, voracious reader, and recurring commuter. She blogs about all those things and more at, and can often be found on Twitter (@marcykate). Her work is represented by Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary & Media, and her debut upper middle grade fantasy novel, MONSTROUS, will be published by HarperCollins Children’s Books in Winter 2015.





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KatEllisKate Ellis

Kat Ellis is a young adult writer from North Wales. Her debut novel, BLACKFIN SKY, will be unleashed May 2014 in the UK/Fall 2014 in the US. When she’s not writing, you’ll usually find Kat up to no good on Twitter or taking photos in cemeteries and other creepy places.

















MeganEMegan Erickson

Megan Erickson covered real-life dramas as a journalist until she decided she liked writing her own endings better and switched to fiction. She writes adult/new adult romance novels with humor and heart and is represented by Marisa Corvisiero. Her favorite books teach her something, make her swoon, and give her a happily ever after.








Twitter: @MeganErickson_


Liz is an author living in the American Southwest by way of Chicago. Her YA debut HOOKED released in January 2013 from HarlequinTEEN. Its companion, PLAYED, releases in May, 2014.









Twitter @LizFichera.



JfleckJessica Fleck

Always a lover of art and books, it wasn’t until she put the two together that Jessika discovered the magic of storytelling. Growing up with an overactive imagination lent to many a day exploring new worlds and characters – she still has the overactive imagination, but now puts her stories to paper. Jessika lives in the foothills of Colorado with her sweet family, growing collection of vintage typewriters, and bevy of characters who often keep her up at night. She is represented by Jamie Bodnar Drowely of Inkings Literary Agency.










Katie2Katie French

Katie French is a former English teacher and current High School Counselor. Her young adult dystopian series, The Breeders, is available now on Amazon. She is represented by Amanda Luedeke of MacGregor Literary.





Learn more about Katie at


Twitter: @katielfrench



Melissa-GreyMelissa Grey

Melissa Grey penned her first short story at the age of twelve and hasn’t stopped writing since. She is represented by Catherine Drayton of InkWell Manangement, and her debut novel, THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT, will be published by Delacorte Press/Random House in spring 2015.




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OliviaHOlivia Hinebaugh

Olivia is a mother to a 3 year old and 6 month old, which means she does a lot of writing to the soundtrack of baby snores. She writes parenting articles for, though writing YA books is by far her favorite hobby. She likes stories that are quirky, funny, and romantic. Add in a dash of the absurd and some dark humor, and she’s in heaven.











website coming soon:



SJohnstonSharon Johnston

Sharon is a public relations senior specialist and author from sunny Queensland, Australia. Her debut novel SLEEPER is out now with Entranced Publishing. When she is not spending time with her family or cramming in some writing, she’s being stalked by women for her impeccable taste in shoes.






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LanetteKLanette Kauten

Lanette is an upmarket/women’s fiction writer. Her debut novel, HOUSE OF THISTLES, was published by WeBook in November. When she’s not writing, she’s either home schooling her two kids or at the archery range with her bff.









Twitter: @LanetteKauten



Sarah Glenn Marsh Bio PicSG Marsh

Sarah Glenn Marsh writes young adult novels and picture books, usually with a fantastical element. Her work is represented by Christa Heschke of McIntosh & Otis Literary. She lives in sunny Virginia with her husband and rescue dogs.










Twitter: @SG_Marsh



Amy PineA.J. Pine

Amy (AJ) Pine writes stories to break readers’ hearts, but don’t worry—she’ll mend those hearts with a happily ever after…maybe. The first book she wrote was YA, but now she’s two-timing her first love with NA. Her debut new adult contemporary romance, IF ONLY, releases with Entangled Embrace in 2014. She’s repped by Courtney Miller-Callihan with SJGA.







Twitter: @AJ_Pine







RachelPRachel Pudelek

Rachel is a dog-hugger and tree-lover. She writes children’s literature about powerful girls, from picture books to young adult novels. She is represented by Christa Heschke of McIntosh and Otis Literary Agency.












AmyRAmy Reichert

Amy Reichert is a life-long Wisconsin resident, mother of two (three if you count the dog – and you should), beloved wife, writer, spectacular procrastinator, die-hard Harry Potter fan, and amateur baker. She writes charming and fun contemporary romance and women’s fiction. When she’s not writing, she’s driving the kidlings somewhere, stacking clean laundry into impossibly high towers, or obsessing over the many shows on the DVR. She loves to read, collect more cookbooks than she could possibly use, and waste time on the Internet. Amy is represented by Rachel Ekstrom at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.







Twitter: @aereichert



MattSMatt Sinclair

Matt Sinclair is the President and Chief Elephant Officer of Elephant’s Bookshelf Press, LLC. Established in 2011, EBP is about to publish the final anthology in its Seasons Series (which will include a story by Michelle Hauck), and published its first novel, Whispering Minds by YA author A.T. O’Connor in November – with three additional novels scheduled for 2014. EBP  has announced its next short story collection at, which calls for Middle Grade stories in an anti-bullying anthology. A writer of both short- and long-form fiction, Matt supports his writing addiction as a journalist covering the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.









Twitter: @elephantguy68 @EBPressLLC



LisaSillsLisa Sills

Lisa wrote her first novel when she was eleven, and sent her first query letter not long after that. In the years since, she’s sent many queries and somehow managed to snag an agent. When she’s not writing, Lisa is a trainee film-maker, copy-writer, and occasional editor.





LINKS:  Blog and Twitter.





Leslie Stella

Leslie Stella is the author of the contemporary YA novel, Permanent Record (Skyscape, 2013) as well as three novels of contemporary adult fiction, Unimaginable Zero Summer (Crown, 2005); The Easy Hour (Crrown, 2003); and Fat Bald Jeff (Grove/Atlantic, 2001). She was a founding editor of the Chicago-based politics and satire magazine Lumpen, and her work has been published in The Mississippi Review, The Adirondack Review, Bust, and anthologized in The Book of Zines: Readings from the Fringe (Henry Holt, 1997; compiled by Playboy editor Chip Rowe). Leslie was nominated for a 2004 Pushcart Prize in short fiction.





You can find Leslie at:




Twitter: @leslie_stella




Tom Torre

Tom is an IT whiz by day (just think of one of those guys from Office Space), and a comic book artist, video game buff, and middle-grade writer by night. After a few stints as colorist in the comic book industry, he completed his first major middle grade novel, COPERNICUS NERDICUS, which combines his love for video games and robotic warfare.

When he isn’t locked away in his man-cave watching The GOONIES for the 347th time, or catching up on some geek-news on Kotaku, he’s probably busy cooking up some chaotic food dishes for his wife and his 100 lb doberman named Braveheart’s Dantes Inferno. Yes…that’s his dog’s real name. Tom is represented by Dawn Frederick of RED SOFA LITERARY.




Tom’s blog


Twitter: @CopernicusNerd




Vickie Weavil

Vicki Lemp Weavil is an author of YA and adult Fantasy and Science Fiction. She is represented by Jennifer Mishler of The Literary Counsel. Her debut novel, CROWN OF ICE — a YA Fantasy retelling of H.C. Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” — will be published by Month9Books in Fall 2014.


















Now that you’ve seen our fabulous list of authors, I’m sure you want to enter 🙂 Well, how about a chance at a FREE PASS to become a member of #TEAMSUN?





Starting today and running through January 5, Tweet, blog and or post on Tumblr something about the contest. It can be about your submission, or just the link to the contest post on my blog ( To get credit for your promotion, you either need to use the hashtag #sunvssnow or send me a link to the post at Every mention will be included in a drawing for the pass. Good luck!


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  5. livibuglady Says:

    I am so excited it is ridiculous. This will be the first query contest I have done and I am psyched! Thanks for doing this ladies!

  6. Emily Moore Says:

    What a great line up of fun and talented mentors! January 18th can’t come fast enough!

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