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It’s Sun versus Snow Day!! January 26, 2015

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Yes, it’s finally here!! Today at 4 pm EST the submission window for Sun versus Snow opens. Michelle and I are very excited to be bringing you this contest again, and are looking forward to hearing all the success stories that come from the contest – *fingers crossed*.


While we are waiting to open the window I wanted to share a few reminders:


1) Once the window opens please get your entry in ASAP. We are only taking the first 200 entries!


2) Before sending, please double-check to make sure your entry is formatted correctly. Formatting link is here:


3) If your entry is not selected this year, please DO NOT be discouraged. As with everything in publishing this is a very subjective process. Not only do Michelle and I have our preferences, but we also have to keep in mind what the participating agents are looking to represent.


4) Use this time to connect to other writers via #sunvssnow. When I first started entering contests I met a lot of new friends (and critique partners) during the process. Don’t be afraid to reach out and say “Hi” to someone who writes in your same category and/or genre. You may make a lifetime friend!


5) Keep writing. Work on something new. If this manuscript isn’t THE ONE, the next one may be. Continue to perfect your craft and NEVER GIVE UP!


Some other important links regarding the contest:

Submission Information (important!!!)

The Agent Post

Team Sun Mentors


Again, Michelle and I are excited to see your entries. Let the battle begin…







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I have been waiting for over a month to share the mentors on Team Sun with everyone! This group consists of some of the most talented, kind, and well pretty much totally-made-of-awesomeness writers on the planet (Okay, so I may be a little biased :-P)


The assembled team is going to read the selected entries (both the queries and first 250) and then provide feedback. I know with their help the selected entries for TEAM SUN will have absolutely stunning materials to share with our 15 agents!


So here are the brilliant writers on Team Sun. Please give them a shout-out on Twitter (using #sunvssnow) and thank them for donating their time!




Brooks BenjaminBrooks Benjamin



In sixth grade, Brooks Benjamin formed a New Kids on the Block tribute dance crew called the New Kidz. He wasn’t that good at dancing back then. But now he’s got a new crew—his wife and their dog. They live in Tennessee, where he teaches reading and writing and occasionally busts out a few dance moves. He’s still not much better at it.


In his debut MG contemporary novel, MY SEVENTH GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS (Spring 2016 from Random House/Delacorte), dance studios are for sell-outs. At least that’s what Dillon’s dance crew keeps saying. But when a chance to compete at the biggest dance academy in the state falls in his lap, he has to decide what’s more important: sticking to his crew’s rules or freestyling his way into solo greatness. For more on Brooks, check out his website or find him on Twitter – @brooksbenjamin.






 Jen Blackwood author photoJennifer Blackwood


Jennifer Blackwood is an English teacher and New Adult author. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and poorly behaved black lab puppy. When she isn’t writing or teaching, she’s binging on Veronica Mars episodes and white cheddar popcorn. She is the author of Unethical and Foolproof (coming out January 26th!). She is represented by the fabulous Courtney Miller-Callihan from Greenburger Associates. For more on Jennifer, check out her website or find her on Twitter – @Jen_Blackwood.







avajaeAva Jae


Ava Jae is a YA and NA writer, an Assistant Editor at Entangled Publishing, and is represented by Louise Fury of The Bent Agency. Her YA Sci-Fi debut, BEYOND THE RED, is releasing March 2016 from Sky Pony Press. When she’s not writing about kissing, superpowers, explosions, and aliens, you can find her with her nose buried in a book, nerding out over the latest X-Men news, or hanging out on her blogTwitterFacebooktumblrGoodreads, Instagram, or YouTube channel.







RachelRachel Simon



Rachel Simon is a YA contemporary writer represented by Carrie Howland of Donadio & Olsen, Inc. Originally from northern New Jersey (way better than popular culture leads you to believe, seriously), she now lives in Boston (where she does not root for the Red Sox). When not writing or reading (her goal is 300 books for 2015), she enjoys tea, traveling and nice boys in YA books. She wants to grow up to be Katherine Applegate. For more on Rachel, check out her blog or find her on Twitter – @rachelwrites007.




Submission window for the contest opens this Monday, January 26 at 4 pm EST. We are only taking the first 200 entries!


More details here:


Team Sun is looking forward to seeing your entries this year!



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Social media has made the publishing business a much more open place. Now we find out about writers signing with agents in seconds via Twitter or Facebook. When someone signs a book deal, and their listing in Publishers Marketplace goes live, it shoots through the Twittersphere like a meteor.


While all of this is well and good, there are still certain aspects of publishing kept in the shadows. With this new series, BEHIND THE CURTAIN, I want to try to shed some light on these topics. Things like what an Acquisitions Editor really does. What happens during a Revise and Resubmit (R&R), and why an agent or editor might ask for an R&R.


When I announced I was doing this series I asked for suggested topics. An overwhelming majority said they wanted to know more about the submission process. With that in mind, I went back to my writing friend, Michelle Krys and asked her permission to share her guest post again.


While Michelle’s experience is of course not the same as everyone else’s, she openly shares how crazy being on submission can be. I hope her words will make the subject seem less secretive and create a better understanding of how the process works.


Here is Michelle’s post:


The wonderful Amy Trueblood has asked me here today to speak a bit about my experience going on submission. For those of you who aren’t deeply entrenched in the publishing business, I’m not referring to some kinky 50 Shades of Grey stuff, but to the process whereby an agent sends an author’s book out to editors in the hopes of landing a book deal.


Before going out on sub myself, I didn’t really know much of anything about the process. All of my focus had been on landing an agent. And then once that happened (I mean after I Carlton-danced around the house, called everyone I knew, and bragged excessively on the interwebs), I blinked at the computer screen, wondering what comes next.


See the thing is, no one really talks about going on submission. I guess you’re not supposed to or something. Well, here I am, talking about it. Today, I will share with Amy’s lovely readers my experience, beginning from the moment after I accepted my agent’s offer of representation.


*hides from agent and editor*


It was within the first week after the call with my fancy new agent, Adriann Ranta, that I received her edit letter. It was short (a few small paragraphs), and it outlined her suggested changes to the manuscript. We’d already touched on these changes during our phone call, so nothing came as a surprise. It took me just a couple of days to complete. A few weeks later, we were on submission.


Initially, I was pretty calm about sending my book baby out into the world. But it wasn’t long before I was cyber-stalking editors like a madwoman. Oh, the stalking! And then I stumbled across Mindy McGinnis’ SHIT series (Submission Hell—It’s True), and really tortured myself. I was cautioned against comparing myself to other writer’s experiences, but that didn’t stop me from becoming completely obsessed with the series. One moment, I was a failure because I hadn’t gone to auction in the first week and Fox hadn’t bought my film rights, like one author, and the next I was still doing ok because another author had been on sub eight months before they got their deal. Sounds horrible, but if I could go back, I wouldn’t do it any differently (I challenge you not to read Mindy’s SHIT series while on submission. It’s impossible).


My agent forwarded along my rejections as they came in, which was something I really appreciated because I have the patience of a housefly. And actually, for some inexplicable reason, I was exhilarated any time I heard back, even when it was a rejection. I lived for those emails. (Have I mentioned I checked my email about 32,000 times a day? Because I did).


I was often advised by fellow writers to dive into a new writing project to distract myself, but that just wasn’t possible. I couldn’t concentrate, knowing that any moment I could hear back from Adriann and my life would change forever. Going out didn’t help either—I just thought about when I could check my email next. Chocolate didn’t help. Neither did wine (Okay the wine helped a little bit). This was the part that sucked. That feeling of being in total limbo. There’s not a whole lot you can do about it that wouldn’t qualify you for AA. It just sucks.


And then I got a book deal.


Allow me to set the scene. I was at work. It was a busy day in the neonatal intensive care unit. We were a month into submission, and it was the last day for offers on HEXED, which we were accepting until 12 noon. I’d already struck out with 6 out of 10 of the houses I was out to.


All morning, like any self-respecting writer, I compulsively checked my email any chance I got. My agent emailed me at about twenty to 12 to say we’d received rejections from another three of the houses, and no word from the last house. Adriann remained incredibly optimistic and let me know we’d go out for another round soon, but I was pretty shattered. However I was at work, so I sucked it up and put on a brave face.


But in a turn of events straight out of the movies, not twenty minutes later I got another email from Adriann, saying that she’d heard from the last editor and could I call her? I went into a quiet hallway to make the call. Wendy Loggia of Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, had made an offer for a two-book deal. I was euphoric! Except I couldn’t really jump for joy since, you know, I was at work and it’s a hospital and what not.


After the call, I went into the bathroom to compose myself and do some deep breathing exercises before going back into the NICU. When I walked back inside, another nurse casually asked what the call was about, and I broke down and ugly cried in front of all my coworkers and the babies’ parents, who had no clue what was going on and looked quite startled.


Wendy and I spoke on the phone later that week. She was incredibly warm and easy to talk to, and so enthusiastic about my project that I just couldn’t help loving her immediately (and not just because she bought my book!).


It’s been a while since then (almost a year), but as I recall we chatted about what aspects of the book she liked and then got into the revisions she had in mind. I was lucky because I completely, wholeheartedly agreed with her ideas (that woman is a genius), and it seemed we shared the same vision for the book. We also chatted about timeframes for when I would likely receive my editorial letter, and what the road to publication might look like for me.


I got my revision letter about 4 months after that initial phone call—pretty average in the business. The letter was 4.5 single-spaced pages. It expanded on what Wendy and I had already discussed, plus a few more things we hadn’t discussed but that I totally agreed with. My deadline was six weeks, and I finished just under that without too much stress. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed when I got another revision letter not long after, but this one was just a page or so in length, and the fixes were so easy it took me just a few weeks, maybe less, to complete.  Copyedits came a few months later, which took a day or two.


So there you have it, folks. I hope my lengthy diatribe has been helpful to some poor author out there on submission. Or at least, that it hasn’t made anyone question their self-worth too much.









If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won’t stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn’t want to be her?

Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But it’s when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie’s world that she learns her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. If she doesn’t get the Bible back, every witch on the planet will die. And that’s seriously bad news for Indie, because according to Bishop, she’s a witch too.

Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie’s about to uncover the many dark truths about her life—and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.


Available now via Amazon, iBooks and Barnes and Noble.




michelle krys final 4x6Michelle Krys is the author of HEXED and the upcoming sequel CHARMED. She works part-time as a NICU nurse and spends her free time writing books for teens. Michelle is probably not a witch, though she did belong to a witchcraft club in the fifth grade and “levitated” people in her bedroom, so that may be up for debate. Visit her at or follow @MichelleKrys on Twitter.




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I love writing contests. They provide so many unique opportunities. Not only do they force you to think outside the box (like trying to sum up your 70k manuscript in a single logline), but they encourage you to do the one thing I know many writers are hesitant to do: share their work.


When I first began querying I knew nothing about contests. I simply sent my emails to agents and patiently waited. Is there anything wrong with this process? Absolutely not. Many great writers have been discovered via the slush pile. Yet when I started participating in social media, I discovered a whole new world beyond traditional querying. A world where amazing writers like Brenda Drake, Authoress, Jessa Russo, Tamara Mataya, and the ladies behind Adventures in YA Publishing, as well as those behind Operation Awesome, provide a unique opportunity to pitch directly to agents. Who knew there were so many amazing ways to reach agents beyond regular querying?


Once I discovered these contests, I jumped in with one of my older manuscripts, a YA Thriller. I worked tirelessly on my pitch, my logline, my query, my first pages. I shared with my critique partners, and used their feedback to polish my words until they were beyond shiny. Then with one deep breath, I entered each and every contest.


What did I discover? Well, those polished words needed a little more work as I didn’t get selected for the first or second contest. Even though I was very discouraged, I went back to revising and set-out to enter another contest. This one I was lucky enough to get into, but didn’t make it past the first cut.


My state of mind? Crushed. Sad. Bewildered. I thought for sure what I was sharing was exactly what the contest hosts wanted. As I sent frantic emails off to my CPs, one was kind enough to add some much needed perspective. She told me that just like querying, contests are all about subjectivity. While one host may think my work is the best thing they’ve ever read, another is going to reject it. Why? Some will say “no” due to personal taste. Others might say none of the agents involved are looking for that type of MS. The truth of the matter is that just like the slush pile some people are going to like your writing and others are not.


Should you let this discourage you? Absolutely not. Here’s why: that next contest may be the right choice for you. That next contest may have a judge that will fall in love with your writing. Champion you all the way to the end until you get a full manuscript request from an agent you love.  The point here is DO NOT GIVE UP. If you believe in your manuscript, keep working. Keep digging. Keep fighting. Continue to get feedback. Polish your work. Improve your craft. The ones who make it in publishing are the ones who keep trying. Continue to claw their way toward their dream.


So polish up those words and gird your loins. Dig in, do the work, and then look for the next contest opportunity. That next chance may be the key to connecting you to the right agent or publisher. All you need to do is believe.





TEAM SUN FREE PASS WINNER – 2015 SUN VS. SNOW January 18, 2015

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The entries for the free pass onto Team Sun were unbelievable this year. I know the question I posed was a difficult one and all of you rose to the challenge by presenting some amazing, thoughtful, and sometimes hilarious answers.


I really wish I had more than one pick because this selection process was VERY difficult for me. The ones I did love, but didn’t select, I’ll be keeping an eye out for during the submission process because they definitely piqued my interest.


So without further ado, here is the winning entry…


This wouldn’t be the first time Force has had to hump it out of the desert, and it won’t likely be her last. This one is nothing compared to the Sahara where she waited for three sweat-soaked days for the diplomatic envoy to pass by. One shot, one kill, that’s the way her creator liked it. That’s the way Force had been trained. As soon as the shot landed, she heard her creator’s voice in her head, “F4C, initiate recall 0.” Next thing she knew, she was back at the lab. She’d take the hot, miserable desert over the sterile white of that place any day. But if she stayed in the desert, she’d never get the chance to kill her creator, and then what would be the point?


Congratulations, Heidi Schlottman. Your entry not only dropped me dead center into the setting, but just a few sentences piqued my interest and had me wanting to know more about your MC, Force. Well done!


I’ll be sending you details on how to submit your materials.


Many thanks again to all the entrants and I look forward to seeing your materials on submission day (January 26)!


2015 Sun vs. Snow – Announcing The Agents! January 16, 2015

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We started with 12. Then moved to 14. Now we are officially at 15 AMAZING agents for Sun vs. Snow! HUGE thanks to all the agents who found time in their busy schedules to make this contest happen. You are all AWESOME!


Please tweet your thanks to this great group by using the hashtag #sunvssnow.


Now, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for…the agent list. Can you figure out which winter weather they will favor?







Rachel_BrooksRachel Brooks


Before joining the L. Perkins Agency, Rachel worked as an agent apprentice to mentor Louise Fury. In addition to her industry training, Rachel has a business degree and also graduated summa cum laude with a BA in English from Texas A&M University-CC.


Rachel is actively building her client list. She is excited about representing young adult fiction, as well as adult romance. In YA, she’s looking for authentic voices and memorable characters. In romance, whether contemporary or historical, sweet or spicy, she loves swoon-worthy heroes and determined heroines.


She’s a fan of dual POVs, loves both print and ebooks, and has a soft spot for marketing savvy writers. Find her on Twitter @RachMBrooks.






Kirsten Carleton

Kirsten Carleton


Before joining Waxman Leavell in 2014, Kirsten Carleton worked at Sobel Weber Associates. She holds a B.A. in English with a Creative Writing concentration from Amherst College, and a Graduate Certificate in Publishing from the Columbia Publishing Course. Kirsten is currently seeking upmarket young adult, speculative, and literary fiction with strong characters and storytelling. She’s drawn to books that capture her attention early on with a dynamic plot, and innovative storytelling that blends or crosses genres. Find her on Twitter @kirstencarleton.







cateCate Hart


Cate Hart is all about guilty pleasures. She loves salted caramel mochas, Justin Timberlake, Fox’s Sleepy Hollow, and Steampunk. As a native Nashvillian, Cate’s biggest guilty pleasure is watching Nashville.


When she’s reading, Cate looks for character-driven stories, a distinguished voice, and intriguing plots.She loves characters that surprise her, like the pirate with a heart of gold, and plots that keep her guessing until the very last page.


When she’s not reading queries, Cate works with clients to build their platform, works on PR projects to help promote clients’ books, and reads manuscripts with an editorial eye. Find Cate on Twitter @CateHart.






 ChristaChrista Heschke


CHRISTA HESCHKE graduated from Binghamton University with a major in English and a minor in Anthropology. She started in publishing as an intern at both Writers House and Sterling Lord Literistic, where she fell in love with the agency side of publishing. Christa has been at McIntosh and Otis, Inc. in the Children’s Literature Department since 2009 where she is actively looking for picture books, middle grade, and young adult projects. She is a fan of young adult novels with a romantic angle, and strong, quirky protagonists. Within YA, Christa is especially interested in contemporary fiction, horror and thrillers/mysteries. As for middle grade, Christa enjoys contemporary, humor, adventure, mystery and magical realism for boys and girls. For picture books, she’s drawn to cute, funny, character driven stories within fiction and is open to non-fiction with a unique hook. Find Christa on Twitter @ChristaHeschke.






 MJeglinskiMelissa Jeglinski


A graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in English with a writing concentration, Melissa began her career as an editor with Harlequin Enterprises. Looking to work with a variety of authors and genres, she joined The Knight Agency in 2008.  With over two decades experience in the publishing industry, Melissa has fostered her clients to National prominence including a recent Newbery Honor. She is a member of RWA and AAR. Melissa is currently seeking projects in the following areas:  Romance (contemporary, category, historical, inspirational) Young Adult, Middle Grade, Women’s Fiction and Mystery. Find Melissa on Twitter @MJeglinski.







PetePeter Knapp


Peter joined the Park Literary Group in July 2011 and represents middle grade and young adult fiction. Prior to joining Park Literary, he was the story editor at Floren Shieh Productions, where he consulted on book-to-film adaptations for Los Angeles-based film and TV entities. He graduated from New York University with a B.A. in art history. Find Peter on Twitter @petejknapp.







 JackieJackie Lindert


Jackie earned her degree in English in her home state of Wisconsin. After college, she trekked to Colorado to attend the Denver Publishing Institute, eventually landing an internship in NYC with New Leaf Literary & Media. Following the internship, she found a job with Penguin Group as a Subsidiary Rights assistant. One year later she finds herself back at New Leaf handling client care, mailings, and best of all, reading manuscripts. Find Jackie on Twitter @JackieLindert.







SaraMegibowSara Megibow


Sara Megibow is a literary agent with nine years of experience in publishing. She started at Nelson Literary Agency, LLC in 2006 and is happy to announce her move to KT Literary effective immediately. Sara specializes in working with debut authors in middle grade, young adult, new adult, romance, erotica, science fiction and fantasy. She represents New York Times bestselling authors Roni Loren and Jason Hough and international bestselling authors Stefan Bachman and Tiffany Reisz. Sara is LGBTQ-friendly and presents regularly at SCBWI and RWA events around the country. Find Sara on Twitter @SaraMegibow.







Patricia-NelsonPatricia Nelson


Patricia Nelson started at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency as assistant to Kevan Lyon, and became an agent in September 2014. Previously, she interned at The Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency and in the children’s division at Running Press.


Patricia represents adult and young adult fiction, and is actively looking to build her list. On the adult side, she is interested in literary fiction and commercial fiction in the New Adult, women’s fiction, and romance genres. For YA, she is looking for contemporary/realistic fiction as well YA mystery/thriller, horror, magical realism, science fiction and fantasy. She is also interested in finding exciting multicultural and LGBTQ fiction, both YA and adult. In general, Patricia loves stories with complex characters that jump off the page and thoughtfully drawn, believable relationships – along with writing that makes her feel completely pulled into these characters’ lives and worlds.


Patricia received her bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary in 2008, and also holds a master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in Gender Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the world of publishing, she spent four years as a university-level instructor of literature and writing. Find Patricia on Twitter @patricianels.






AmandaAmanda Panitch


Amanda Panitch is an associate literary agent at  Lippincott Massie McQuilkin. Before joining LMQ in 2012, she interned at Writers House and attended The George Washington University and New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute. A writer herself, her first novel, Damage Done, will be released in July from Random House Books for Young Readers. Follow her on Twitter: @AmandaPanitch






michelle_richter_2014Michelle Richter


Michelle Richter has a degree in Economics with a minor in Russian from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and left a career in finance and banking for publishing. She joined St. Martin’s Press’ editorial department in 2006 after obtaining a Masters in Publishing from Pace University. While at St. Martin’s, Michelle edited MELISSA EXPLAINS IT ALL by Melissa Joan Hart, among others, and worked on a variety of fiction and nonfiction.


Michelle is primarily seeking fiction, specifically book club reads, literary fiction, and well-crafted women’s commercial fiction, thrillers and mysteries (amateur sleuth, police procedurals and smart cozies). Her favorite authors include Laura Lippman, Harlan Coben, Richard Russo, Tom Perrotta, Chelsea Cain, and Gillian Flynn. For nonfiction, she’s interested in fashion, film, television, science, medicine, sociology/social trends, and economics for trade audiences. She has a soft spot for fiction and nonfiction in and about Boston/Massachusetts, Ireland, and Russia. Find Michelle on Twitter @Michrichter1.






tamarTamar Rydzinski


Tamar Rydzinski worked at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates prior to joining the Laura Dail Literary Agency. She graduated from Yeshiva University in 2003 with a major in literature and a minor in business. Tamar is interested in anything that is well-written and has great characters, including graphic novels. A fantastic query letter is essential – “you need to make me want to read your book, and be excited to read it,” she says, “with those first couple of paragraphs.” Find Tamar on Twitter @trydzinski







andreaAndrea Somberg


A literary agent for close to fifteen years, Andrea Somberg represents a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, including projects for adult, young adult and middle grade audiences. Previously an agent at the Donald Maass Agency and Vigliano Associates, she joined Harvey Klinger Inc. in the spring of 2005. Her client list is quite full, however she is always actively looking to take on new authors who write in the following categories: Fiction; literary, commercial, womens fiction, romance, thrillers, mystery, paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, young adult, new adult, middle grade. Nonfiction: memoir, narrative, popular science,  pop-culture, humor, how-to, parenting, self-help, lifestyle, travel, interior design, crafts, cookbooks, business, sports, health & fitness. Andrea has also been a MediaBistro instructor, teaching courses on writing nonfiction and memoir book proposals, and a Writers Digest seminar instructor, teaching courses on mysteries and thrillers and fantasy and science fiction. Find Andrea on Twitter @andreasomberg


Harvey Klinger Inc. began as a one-man, one office literary agency in October, 1977. Over the years, it has grown and expanded, and is widely recognized among the top boutique literary agencies in the publishing industry today. It actively markets film/tv international, and other subsidiary rights, working with a vast network of co-agents in L.A. and around the globe.







Uwe Stender


Dr. Uwe Stender, is a Full Member of the AAR (Association of Authors’ Representatives).


Our best known clients are actress Melody Thomas Scott, CNN HLN and TruTV’s In Session News Anchor Christi Paul, Eric Deggans,former CNN anchor Daryn Kagan, 4 time Grammy Award winning composer Lalo Schifrin (“Mission Impossible”), Elizabeth LaBan, Stacy Tornio, and legendary NBA referee Bob Delaney.


Uwe was a guest speaker at several major conferences including the SCWC in San Diego, the Crimebake (Mystery Writers of America New England Chapter), CAPA-U in Hartford, Connecticut, the Writers’ League of Texas in Austin, Penn Writers, and he spoke on a panel at the Book Expo America in New York City.


We are always open to any strong fiction (our current focus in fiction is YA, middle grade, Women’s Fiction, Literary Fiction and Mysteries) and all non-fiction projects. TriadaUS Literary Agency was incorporated in April 2004. Find Uwe on Twitter @UweStender





 Roseanne WellsRoseanne Wells


Roseanne Wells joined The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency as an associate agent in 2012. Previously with the Marianne Strong Literary Agency, she has also worked as a proofreader and a special sales and editorial assistant. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with degrees in Literature and Dance. An avid reader, Roseanne discovered her passion for book publishing during her internship at W. W. Norton, and she approaches agenting as a writer’s advocate, editor, and partner. She is a member of SCBWI and a volunteer for Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in Soho, NYC. You can find her on Twitter @RivetingRosie.




So there you have it, 15 FABULOUS AGENTS who’ll be looking at the final entries February 9-11!


If you want to participate in the contest, the submission window opens Monday, January 26. Find out more here:


And…my free pass window will be open until 10pm EST tonight. Michelle’s is open on her blog until January 23.






Good luck! Michelle and I are looking forward to seeing some great entries!


2015 Sun vs. Snow – FREE PASS Details! January 14, 2015

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As Team Sun gears up for another epic battle with Team Snow I thought I’d throw a little fun into the mix!


From today through Friday, January 16, I’m going to offer the opportunity for one lucky person to win a free pass to be on Team Sun! What this means is that the winner will NOT have to go through the submission process. Once selected, the winner’s materials (remember: query + first 250 words) will be sent to a Team Sun mentor and then go on to the agent round!


To enter all you need to do is send me an answer, via the comments, to this question:


“If your main character was dropped into the desert with the sun beating down on them and the closest town miles away, how far would they go to survive?”


As always I’m looking for the most intriguing and creative response. Hit me with strong voice, heart, and perhaps a little humor thrown in for good measure! After leaving your answer, please be sure to include your contact info: email or Twitter handle.


The comment window is open now and will remain open until 10 pm EST on Friday, January 16. Winner will be announced via Twitter and here on my blog on Sunday, January 18!


Thank you and I look forward to reading some fun answers!


Good luck!




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