And We Have A Winner

Thanks so much for all the fun comments about everyone’s Lucky Charms! I love seeing the things people use! And now for the WINNER of the 2 Chapter Critique from Nicole:   Peggy Sahmaunt!!!!!   Congrats Peggy!!! Email me at greyjamie1 (at) gmail (dot) com and I’ll get you hooked up with Nicole! Blog this! Recommend on Facebook Share on Google+ share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Share on technorati Tumblr it Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Print for later Bookmark in Browser Tell a...

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween Everyone! In celebration of the awesomeness that is today, I’m being interviewed over at Amanda Gardner’s fabulous blog. The Misfits are also doing a blog hop – we’re all being interviewed/posting about villains – stop by YA Misfits to read everyone’s fantastic interviews! Hope you all have a fun, safe, candy-filled day!! Blog this! Recommend on Facebook Share on Google+ share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Share on technorati Tumblr it Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Print for later Bookmark in Browser Tell a...

#PitchOn Workshop – The Labyrinth Wall

I’m so excited to be participating in the #PitchOn Workshops this week! Today we have the first pitch critique on my blog and I’m so excited to be helping my fellow authors make their pitches shine! So let’s get started!   Name: Emilyann Girdner Title: The Labyrinth Wall Genre: Young Adult Epic Fantasy Word-count: 68,000 Pitch:  Araina’s life consists of fighting to survive under the cruel suppression of her Creators in a dark labyrinth filled with poisonous gas eruptions and flowers that turn people to stone until the day she witnesses a stranger miraculously walk through a wall. Attempting to solve the mystery of the stranger’s origins will take Araina on a dangerous journey that will reveal troubling realities about everything she thought she understood.  UPDATED 10/5/12: Living in a dark labyrinth, teenage Araina’s life of isolation is prompted by hate for her fellow savage Mahk and their manipulative creators. Exposure of the Creator’s secret that there is a world outside of the labyrinth brings about their attempted massacre of the Mahk. Now Araina must decide if she will trust potentially deceitful allies who could help her reach safety on the other side of the magical labyrinth wall.     Jamie’s Comments on Original: Wow, I’m so glad I got to work on this pitch! I’m a totally sucker for this sort of story! And immediately I see a really interesting idea here with this pitch – I love labyrinths and I love the idea of someone trapped in one. I love the world building with the poisonous gas and deadly flowers, and there are glimpses of something really...

Pitch On Workshops now open! #PitchOn

(This post graciously donated word for word by Marieke, also hosting Pitch On! Love you, Marieke.) Hey Guys! In case you haven’t heard yet, there’s an awesome new contest in the blogosphere: Get Your Pitch On! Hosted by Down Under Wonderings and YAtopia on October 15th, during Get Your Pitch On! Commissioning and Managing Editor of Hardie Grant Egmont, Marisa Pintado, will be poised and ready to take your YA pitches. Marisa is looking for YA in any genre and is accepting submissions from any where in the world. It’s your chance to skip the slush pile and put your pitch right under the nose of a fantastic editor. There’s even better news – there is no limit on how many requests Marisa will make from the contest. Here are the rules: Your manuscript must be complete, polished and ready to query – this means no first drafts or almost finished manuscripts. It must be YA. When the contest goes live on October 15th, post your entry details in the comments section of either YAtopia or Down Under Wonderings – each blog is accepting 100 entries only. Your entry detail needs to include a 50 – 70 word pitch. You can enter more than once if you have more than one complete, polished, ready to query manuscript. Your contest details should be formatted like this: Name: Sharon Johnston Email: smjohnston [ @ ] live.com.au Country of residence: Australia Title: SLEEPER Genre: Speculative Fiction Word-count: 58,000 Pitch: Seventeen-year-old Mishca Richardson is a sleeper soldier with a weak heart. She has no idea that a life saving heart transplant has accidentally triggered her programming. In the search for answers, she discovers...

Wanna Get Your Pitch On? #PitchOn

It seems like there are so many amazing contests out there this fall – hopefully all you querying writers are taking advantage of the awesomeness! However, I want to tell you about one more that I think you’ll be really excited about. The fabulous S.M. Johnston is holding a contest called Get Your Pitch On and it’s coming up SOON!!! I’m so excited to be a part of this contest –  I’m going to be hosting some  of the pitches on my blog starting October 1st so they can get feedback and be nicely polished up before the contest starts! (We’ll provide more details on how that’s going to work in a few days) Here are the deets about Get Your Pitch On: Commissioning and Managing Editor of Hardie Grant Egmont, Marisa Pintado, will be poised and ready to take your pitches both here on Down Under Wonderings and on my group blog YAtopia on October 15th. Marisa is looking for YA in any genre and is accepting submissions from any where in the world. It’s your chance to skip the slush pile and put your pitch right under the nose of a fantastic editor. There’s even better news – there is no limit on how many requests Marisa will make from the contest. Here are the rules: Your manuscript must be complete, polished and ready to query – this means no first drafts or almost finished manuscripts. It must be YA. When the contest goes live on October 15th, post your entry details in the comments section of either YAtopia or Down Under Wonderings – each blog is...

Release Day is Finally Here!

It’s here! It’s finally here! Princess for Hire has been released into the wild and all I can do now is watch her make her own way. Let’s hope other people like her as much as I do 🙂  The link actually went live last night, so technically release day was yesterday, but we’ll just pretend we didn’t notice. Hot dogs and cheese curls aren’t exactly a celebratory dinner *grin* I can’t tell you what an amazing journey this has been! I’ve met so many wonderful people that I feel so blessed to have in my life now. And it’s always nice to have a success to celebrate in this crazy business! Especially when anything can happen! So what about that other thing…that little giveaway I’ve been advertising for the last couple of weeks? I bet you’re all curious to know who won, right? Right? So now…. Without further ado… Based on a completely random number drawn from Random.org… The winner of the $25 Amazon Gift Certificate and copy of Princess for Hire is……   LOLA SHARP!!!   Congrats, Lola! Send me an email at greyjamie1 (at) gmail (dot) com and I will get your prizes out to you right away! And thank you all again for making my release day so fantastic! I love you guys!!!   Blog this! Recommend on Facebook Share on Google+ share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Share on technorati Tumblr it Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Print for later Bookmark in Browser Tell a...