Thursday, July 7, 2011

Elevator Pitch competition with agent Bree Ogden from Martin Literary Management

It's competition time!!! For those of you ready to query you have the opportunity to pitch the fantastic Bree Ogden from Martin Literary Management. To get an insight into Bree as an agent check out her blog This Literary Life and to find out more about Elevator Pitches check out her guest post from last week.

One lucky winner will be asked to submit their full MS to Bree and two lucky runners-up will get to submit their first 50 pages.

(If you want to query her personally, here's Bree’s wish list:
A strong Sci-fi MG/YA
A Dexter-ish type YA black comedy
A manuscript written in the era of Mad Men with panache and style
YA nonfiction
Speculative fiction grounded in reality
*She's no longer looking to represent YA paranormal or fantasy. Unless it blows her out of the water!)

For this contest Bree accept pitches for ANY children's/middle grade/YA/graphic novel genres.

So here are the rules:

1) Be a follower of the blog.

2) Blog about this contest and include a link with your entry. If you don't have a blog, you may tweet or make a facebook status. But we prefer blog.

3) Post an ELEVATOR PITCH  as per Bree's interview

4) Manuscripts that you submit must be completed and ready for querying.

5) Manuscripts should be children's, MG, or YA (any genre therein).

6) This contest will end midnight on the 13th July.

7) Winners to be announced (along with prizes) on 20th July.

Entrants must submit the following details:

Name:
Email:
MS Name:
MS Word Count:
Genre:
Promotion link (blog, FB post or tweet link)
Elevator pitch:

Good luck everyone. Hope you make it to the top floor!

60 comments:

  1. Just thought I would post and say that my wish list is pretty specific. You can elevator pitch me in any of the genres that I represent: middle grade, YA and graphic novels. Look forward to reading the pitches!!

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  2. I hope this isn't a dumb question, but how do we submit? Do we leave our entry as a comment? Email? Thanks for the contest!!

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  3. Yes, Sharon, you post your pitch right here as a comment. :)

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  4. Cool contest! Too bad I write MG Fantasy.

    Good luck to all who enters. ^_^

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  5. Name: Marquita Hockaday
    Email:marquita_hockaday@yahoo.com
    MS Name:The Blues
    MS Word Count: @ 57,000
    Genre: YA Contemporary (with some mystery elements)
    Promotion link (blog, FB post or tweet link): Post will be up Sunday at 8AM on: http://seepamwrite.blogspot.com/
    Elevator pitch: Blake uncovers a secret high school drug scene when his pill pushing best friend turns up dead.

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  7. I have a really good Sci-fi YA novel for this contest but its not finished. D: And all my rest are Fantasy and Historical Fiction for YA. Oh well! Good luck to everyone else!

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  8. Peony, I could be wrong, but I think her comment from above means anyone who writes YA and MG can submit? That the list on the blog is more specific, but she will take anything in the YA or MG genre? I will try and confirm.

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  9. I will look at any elevator pitches in the children's/middle grade/YA/graphic novel genres!

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  10. I'll enter! Always on the lookout for contest opportunities. Thanks for doing this!

    Name: Angelica R. Jackson

    Email: strikingnotes at yahoo dot com

    MS Name: Spirits from the Vasty Deep

    MS Word Count: 99,000

    Genre: Historical Fiction (1850s) with a ghostly twist

    Promotion link: Don't know how to link to an ind. Tweet or Facebook post, but I shared to both (my twitter is @angelicarjaxon and Facebook is http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001046475887 )

    Elevator pitch:
    After a terrifying childhood encounter with a ghost, Olivia rejects her powers to communicate with the dead, but when she inadvertently causes the death of an entire ship's crew she will have to embrace her haunted past or risk unleashing their vengeful spirits on the world of the living.

    Good luck everyone!

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  11. I so want to enter this. I have queried Bree with my mg already but I think she'd be a great Agent for my YA which I am just finishing up. It is complete as far as written but the editing has not begun. I'm so disappointed. This is a great contest. I'm going to see how much editing I can get done by the 13th.

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  12. Name: Pam Vickers
    Email: pjv2001 at att dot net
    MS Name: No Longer My World
    MS Word Count: 60,000
    Genre: YA speculative thriller
    Promotion link (blog, FB post or tweet link):
    http://twitter.com/Pam_Vickers/status/89089075377750017
    Elevator pitch:

    When an Earth girl raised by alien invaders falls in love with the leader’s son, her loyalties are tested as human girls start dying due to an alien government experiment.

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  14. Name:Terry Deighton

    Email: tadeighton@gmail.com

    MS Name:Tweaks, The Beginning

    MS Word Count: 37,000 words

    Genre: MG Adventure (with a sci-fi element)

    Promotion link (blog, FB post or tweet link)I don't know if you can get there from here, but I posted the contest on my author FB page. http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Terry-Deighton/200536749987483

    Elevator pitch: When sixth-grader Henry Johnson and his friends discover they are part of a small group of kids with enhanced mental abilities, they mount a search for the doctor who "tweaked" their genes. Along the way, they clash with the school bully and their suspicious substitute teacher. They reluctantly join forces to rescue Henry’s parents when they are kidnapped by a greedy geneticist. Still new to their abilities, the group must use time regulation, telekinesis, and thought manipulation to rescue Henry’s parents and avoid further experimentation.

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  16. Thanks for allowing us to enter into this contest.

    Name: Lindsey Sablowski

    Email: lindseyrsablowski@gmail.com

    MS Name: Cursed with Power

    MS Word Count: 68,342

    Genre: YA fantasy

    Promotion link: http://lrenees-fictionalwriter.blogspot.com/2011/07/pitch-to-bree-ogden-for-incredible.html

    Elevator Pitch: The rivalry between good and Dark magicians has carried on for centuries. However, one day everything changes and Celestria Hale finds out that she and four others are the last Dark magicians alive. She is thrown into a world of chaos, where violence breaks out in broad daylight and no one can be trusted. When she and another fellow magician discover they are sharing similar visions, there is no doubt in their minds that a battle will be unavoidable. A powerful and merciless man seeks them out, but he will stop at nothing to destroy the remaining of their kind. With the coming of a war, the fate of every magician will be determined.

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  17. My manuscript, though finished, isn't quite ready for querying. Do you know how long it's going to be before your next similar contest?

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  18. Name: Andrea Paz.

    E-Mail: dream.writer18@gmail.com.

    MS Name: Naive.

    MS Word Count: 67,470

    Genre: YA Paranormal/Adventure

    Promotion Link: http://nellarosmarino.tumblr.com/post/7368668145

    Elevator Pitch:

    My paranormal, young-adult manuscript tells the story of two teens, Peter Hartman and Gwen Pine: A girl with the ability to see ghosts, and a boy with ghost-like powers. When the ghosts in her life start to get violent, Gwen seeks out Peter, a former friend from her childhood, to help her. Putting aside the past and his pride, Peter tries to reconcile their friendship so he can be there for Gwen when she needs him the most and together they must overcome their haunted past to battle the ghosts of the present. Told in a dual point of view, Gwen and Peter must team up with an Argentine genius to find a missing necklace, recover forgotten memories, and defend their school from Dennis and Wes, two ghosts who are looking for the powerful necklace as well as revenge.

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  19. NAME: Carolyn Chambers Clark
    EMAIL:fictionwriterccc@gmail.com
    MS: Virgo Rising
    Genre:Speculative YA
    Link: http://carolyn-fictionwriter.blogspot.com

    Pitch:My speculative fiction, young adult manuscript hurls the main character, 16-year-old Tyler, into a post-tsunami U.S. where food, water and air are poisoned and citizens are given mind-numbing drugs or have their memories wiped clean if they rebel. After her friend is murdered, Tyler joins a boy of the same age and they head for the Western Section, which may not exist, to find answers. As they leave the safety of their homes, Tyler meets several men who promise aid, but at least one of them is lying. She must decide whom to trust and whether she should choose survival for herself or her town.

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  20. What the hey, I’ll enter this Elevator Pitch Contest :)

    Name: Chen Yan Chang
    Email: jadedlittlegirlx [at] gmail [dot] com
    MS Name: Summer of Firsts
    MS Word Count: 65,000
    Genre: YA Contemporary (Romance and Humor)
    Promotion Link: http://chenyanchang.blogspot.com/2011/07/elevator-pitch-contest-over-at-yatopia.html
    Elevator Pitch:

    In my YA manuscript, Grace Washington is buddy-buddies with Mr. Darcy, Dracula, Hester Prynne, Mr. Hyde, and Ishmael, but too bad they’re made of words, paper, and a girl’s imagination. Reading books is as satisfying as experiencing life or love until her only non-fictional friend, Jenny, puts a stop to that by taking her along for a beach trip. At the beach, Grace gets to experience everything outside of books from a first date that consists of fallen ice cream cones and Chinese teenage stalkers to a first Nancy Drew moment in the backseat of a car, but then she falls for the wrong guy and gets her first heartbreak. With a book, she can always flip to the back to see the happy ending, but real life isn’t as simple as her paper world.

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  21. Yet another cool competition. I am a follower of the blog - but for some reason it will only let me post anonymous.

    Name: NS Dorrington
    Email:nicola_dorrington@hotmail.com
    MS Name:Edge of Reality
    MS Word Count: 71,000
    Genre: YA Fantasy
    Promotion link (blog, FB post or tweet link)http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=544340452
    Pitch:In Edge of Reality, seventeen-year-old Cara Page discovers not only are the barriers between this world and the supposedly mythical world of Avalon crumbling, but also she is the Last Pendragon, and the only person able to stop it. But whilst Cara is trying to rebuild the barriers there are dark forces in Avalon trying to stop her. With the help of the reincarnation of the world greatest knight, Lancelot, Cara crosses the line between fantasy and reality to find a way to save one world, without destroying the other.

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  22. Thanks for the contest!

    Name: Sharon Bayliss
    Email: sharonebayliss@yahoo.com
    MS Name: Stormland
    MS Word Count: 70,000
    Genre: YA Science Fiction
    Promotion link : http://sharonbayliss.blogspot.com/2011/07/july-contest-alerts.html
    Elevator pitch:

    In my young adult science fiction novel, Stormland, 17-year-old Lena Lowell enjoys life as girlfriend of the heir to the most powerful political dynasty in the Republic. But her perfect life is compromised when she falls for a young member of the Wilde family, the genetically engineered aristocrats of Stormland and the Republic’s most feared enemies. Stuck in a dangerous love triangle, Lena refuses to be just a trophy. She chooses to use her unique position and the power of being underestimated to disrupt the centuries-long cycle of violence.

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  24. Thanks for the great contest! This is a fun idea.

    Name: Riley Redgate

    Email: RileyRedgate[at]gmail[dot]com (original, that's me)

    Title: DUTY

    Word Count: 89,000

    Blog Promotion: http://themightyjungle.blogspot.com/2011/07/blaward-and-meme-combo-plus-contest-fun.html

    The Pitch:

    In my young adult dystopian novel, seventeen-year-old Maya lives in the lowest tier of a hierarchical society. This pariah class lives in a slum called the Sprawl, and their only purpose for living is to be drafted into war. The Sprawl-livers and the upper-class citizens despise each other - but when an upper-class boy follows Maya into the war, she starts to fall in love. With him by her side, she finds hope that she can somehow dodge the draft, escape the Sprawl, and find a place where she's worth something.

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  25. Name: Stephanie Rous
    Email: mrs-rous@nc.rr.com
    MS Name: The Wild, Wild West
    MS Word Count: 26,000
    Genre: Middle Grade
    Promotion link: http://readingorwriting.blogspot.com/
    Elevator pitch: What if you found a book that would let you travel through time, but you had to apprentice yourself to the school’s librarian and meanest teacher to do so? When ordinary fourth-grader J.T. Middleton receives an undeserved detention, he accidentally finds a mysterious book, transports himself into the middle of a shootout in the Old West, and becomes the Apprentice of the Protectors of Time. His job? To return to Tombstone, Arizona, fight the evil destroyer of history, and ensure the future of all humanity. And he only has three days to get it all done.

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  27. Name: Ellen Faith
    Email: efpinnocenzi78@hotmail.com
    MS Name: Bittersweet Masquerade
    MS Word Count: 64,000
    Genre: Young Adult, Speculative Fiction
    Promotion link (blog, FB post or tweet link): http://writingsmydrug.blogspot.com/2011/07/elevator-pitch-contest-at-yatopai.html
    Elevator pitch:

    My young adult, speculative fiction is about fifteen-year old Morgan Vincent set in a futuristic Australia that holds the world’s most advance medicine and technology. When Morgan’s father asks her to deliver a top secret message to mutant gone rogue Riordan Summers, she ends up making a deal with Rio that leads to secrets about her deceased mother’s past and scientific experiments in the deep sub-levels of Vincent International. Having to decide between morals and the boundaries of science experiments in the ‘name of good’ may be the hardest decisions that Morgan has yet to make.

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  28. Name: Tracy N. Jorgensen
    Email: tjorg86 (at) gmail (dot) com
    MS Name: THE GIRL WITH BROWN EYES
    MS Word Count: 84,500
    Genre: YA SPECULATIVE FICTION/URBAN FANTASY
    Promotion link: http://tracynjorgensen.blogspot.com/2011/07/friday-freebies.html
    Elevator pitch: A time-traveler ruins a classic love story when she saves the hero and he falls for her rather than his destined sweetheart. To really throw the fish in the fire, she lands him in a debtor’s work camp and attracts the attention of a witch who wants her time traveling secrets. Now the hero must save himself, both girls, and decide between destiny and accidental love.

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  29. (first post forgot to mention genre as YA, sorry! :D)
    Name: Michelle Painchaud
    Email: mgpainchaud@gmail.com
    MS Name: The World That Does Not Bow
    MS Word Count: 89k
    Genre: YA/Sci-fi/post-apoc
    Promotion link: http://andtheworldsaidthatstoobad.blogspot.com/2011/07/ya-pitch-contest.html

    Elevator pitch:

    Earth, 3405 a.d. The world is mostly water. Technology is scarce. A monster known as the Wave rampages across the globe, killing anything and everything. It destroyed 16-year-old Rho’s village, leaving her as an orphan in a mercenary academy. When one of her classmates defects and joins the Wave to spur on the end of the world, Rho is charged with stopping him, and uncovering the dark secret that has held the remnants of the world together.

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  30. Name: Kimberly Miller
    Email: kimberlymillerpa@aol.com
    MS Name: TRUSTING TRINITY
    MS Word Count: 31,000 words
    Genre: middle grade adventure
    Promotion link: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1353348262
    Elevator pitch: Thirteen-year-old Trinity Bishop lied about getting abducted by aliens last summer, so when she runs into real ones on vacation, she’s unable to convince her parents she’s telling the truth. Together with her best friends Maya and Nick, Trinity sets out to stop the aliens from attacking her cruise ship. But when the aliens kidnap Nick, Trinity must figure out how to save him and prove she's not a liar before her next alien abduction story comes true.

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  31. Name: Christy Hintz
    Email: nc_hintz@yahoo.com
    MS Name: Solstice
    MS Word Count: 65,000
    Genre: YA Speculative Fiction
    Promotion link: RT @ www.twitter.com/ericaandchristy

    Pitch:

    In my Speculative Fiction novel for young adults, fifteen-year-old Dawn jumps off a cliff and into an alternate dimension she didn't know existed. Soon after, she learns the reason she can see auras around those with the ability to transport there, and shadows around those who can't, is because not only is she a also Transporter, but the one prophesized to end the Earth dimension as she knows it.

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  32. Elevator Pitch
    Name: Betsy Love
    Email: love2write58 at yahoo dot com
    MS Name: Mystic's Tale
    MS Word Count: 78,000
    Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
    Promotion link: http://betsyloveldsauthor.blogspot.com/2011/07/elevator-pitch-contest-with-yatopia.html
    And on FB and Twitter

    Pitch:
    Loretta, an elven changeling living on Earth must hide a young dragon and combat evil forces from her home realm who slip through a portal, all the while she must maintain a normal high school persona as her body undergoes bizarre changes. Who would have thought pointed ears, lavender eyes and purple hair would be so hard to explain away. Add to that her mystic trainer who has mysteriously disappeared and the kidnapping of her baby brother.

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  33. Name: S. Kyle Davis
    Email: kyle(at)skyledavis(dot)com
    MS Name: BLACKBIRD
    MS Word Count: 90,000
    Genre: YA Fantasy Thriller

    Elevator pitch:

    In this "Mission:Impossible with magic" tale, 16-year-old witch Taylor Keaton decides to take on the final mission of the elfin spy-school recruiters that died saving her life. With only the project name to go on and a few short months to find the truth, Taylor must first discover what a team of dark sorcerers are trying to steal and then retrieve it before they use it to gain even more power, further unbalancing the rift between themselves and the rest of the magical world. Oh, and if she could do it before they kill her, that would help, too.



    Promotion link: http://skyledavis.blogspot.com/2011/07/yatopia-elevator-pitch-competition-with.html

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  34. Name: MarcyKate Connolly
    Email: marcykate@gmail.com
    MS Name: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE CYBORG
    MS Word Count: 71K
    Genre: YA science fiction
    Blog: http://marcykate.com/?p=2518
    Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/MarcyKate/status/88829361179996160

    In my YA Sci-fi manuscript, CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE CYBORG, getting into a car accident is the second to last thing Maggie Lyons expected on prom night. The last thing she expected? Finding out she's part machine. Even worse, her parents had everything to do with it. She runs away from home, sure the worst that could happen to her is ending up as some doctor's lab rat. But when she meets the others like her, she finds out there's a lot more to be afraid of than winding up under a microscope.

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  35. Name: Jessica LeSaicherre
    Email: j.lesaicherre@hotmail.com
    MS Name: IN IRON'S
    MS Word Count: 60,000
    Genre: YA Fantasy
    Promotion link (blog, FB post or tweet link)https://twitter.com/lesaicherrej/status/90531557818900480
    RT: https://twitter.com/publishingspy/status/89129563786977281
    Elevator pitch:

    Liz is hoping to get a boyfriend, have her first kiss and make a few more friends. What she doesn’t count on is finding out she comes from a family of faery warriors. Liz struggles to balance her life while trying to embrace the new secret world she has been shown. When her two worlds almost collide and the people she care about are put in danger, Liz fears that she may have to walk away from the things she wants most.

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  36. Thank you for the contest!

    Name: Kellie
    Email: 1KellieM@gmail.com
    MS Name: THE FRIEND FACTORY
    MS Word Count: 9,000
    Genre: Children's Chapter Book
    Promo Link: www.tightywritie.blogspot.com

    Pitch: No friends? No problem for Brian. In my children's chapter book, Brian has just moved to a new house, a new town, and doesn't know anyone. He builds a friend making machine and through mistakes and explosions learns the right ingredients needed to make his recipe work.

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  37. Name: Nicole Zoltack
    Email: Nicole.Zoltack@gmail.com
    MS Name: Elena's Pen
    MS Word Count: 80,000
    Genre: YA Fantasy
    Promotion link (blog, FB post or tweet link):
    http://twitter.com/#!/breeogden/status/89084431867977729

    Elevator pitch:

    Fifteen-year-old aspiring novelist Elena loves that whatever she writes with her magical pen comes true. But she questions the pen and its power when it writes of its own accord about a fantasy world and she learns that each time she writes with it, someone becomes a demon. After a demon kidnaps her family, Elena will do anything, even if it means giving up her power, to save her family.

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  38. What a GREAT contest!

    Name: Jenni Merritt
    Email: jennimerritt.writing (at) gmail (dot) com
    MS Name: Prison Nation
    MS Word Count: 84,000
    Genre: YA Dystopian
    Promotion link: http://jennimerritt.blogspot.com/2011/07/yatopia-pitch-contest.html

    Elevator pitch:
    Millie 942B was born behind bars. Raised inside one of the Nation’s city-sized prisons, Millie always believed in its strict laws and harsh punishments. Now Millie has turned 18, and has been released, only to find that the life and freedom she had always believed in aren’t what she thought they would be.

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  39. Name: Sarah Fiete
    Email: sarahfiete@gmail.com
    MS Name: BRINK OF LIFE
    MS Word Count: 79,000
    Genre: YA Science Fiction
    Promotion link (blog, FB post or tweet link):
    http://theworldislookingstrange.blogspot.com/2011/07/agent-competition.html and https://twitter.com/#!/SareeseFeet

    Elevator pitch: In my science fiction, young adult manuscript, two half-plant, half-human girls called Opals struggle to stay one step ahead of their creator, the sadistic Dr. Pinecone. Desperate to rescue the doctor’s remaining creations, they recruit Della and Wynne, two suburban teenagers who agree to journey with the Opals and help them unravel the mysteries of Project Zirconia. A hospital that hurts more than it helps, an architect who stumbled upon a murder investigation, and farmers hiding more than a secret are just some of the obstacles that they must overcome along the way. The underground world of Project Zirconia proves more gruesome, bizarre, and complex than they ever could have imagined.

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  40. Name: Jeanmarie Anaya
    Email: janaya75@hotmail.com
    MS Name: MAGNETIC
    MS Word Count: 81,000 words
    Genre: paranormal YA with a dash of sci-fi
    Promotion link: http://jeanmarieanaya.blogspot.com/2011/07/in-mood-for-pitch-contest.html

    Elevator pitch:

    In my paranormal YA manuscript, seventeen-year-old Carly Reynold's life takes a dangerous turn when random strangers stalk her every move. Deciding the word “victim” is not in her vocabulary, Carly goes on the hunt for answers. Finding physics genius Javier along the way seems like a lucky distraction, until he claims he’s a paranormal medium, thanks to a vulnerable electromagnetic field. And get this--he insists she’s a medium, too. A genetic trait inherited from her dead grandmother. And her stalkers? Soul stealers intent on consuming the spiritual energy of every medium on earth. They’ve sucked the soul from her grandmother and Carly is their next target. With Javier’s support, she vows to keep herself alive and be the hero who frees her grandmother’s soul. Even if she stands to lose everything she never even knew she wanted—her life, her afterlife and Javier.

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  41. Name: Heidi Sinnett
    Email: heidi.sinnett@gmail.com
    MS Name: ECHO CITY
    MS Word Count: 98,000 words
    Genre: YA speculative fiction
    Promotion Link: http://twitter.com/#!/heidi253/status/90775399956615169

    Elevator pitch:

    In my young adult, speculative fiction manuscript, fourteen-year-old Scarlett Wood has a serious germ phobia. So when she's drafted by the United American government into their pandemic flu research study at Echo City, she's positive it's a mistake. But when she's forced to participate, she and the rest of the recruits soon realize this is no mere research project. After several draftees die under brutal circumstances, Scarlett forms a desperate plan to escape Echo City, before she becomes another statistic.

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  42. Name: Miriam Caldwell
    Email: miriam.caldwell (at)gmail.com
    Title: Dreaming Isis
    Word Count: 57,000
    Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy
    Promotion Link: http://mimsicalmusings.blogspot.com/2011/07/2-agent-contests.html

    Elevator Pitch:

    Seventeen-year-old Isis discoverers she’s the dreamer--someone with the power to control people through their dreams--but as she learns to harness her power she must choose between two warring magical societies, and between saving her cousin or following the boy who understands it all.

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  43. What a fab opportunity - thanks for hosting! BTW, I'm a long time follower and I tweeted about this contest!

    Name: Erin L. Schneider
    Email: elschneider@hotmail.com
    MS Name: THE LUCKY FEW
    MS Word Count: 89,000
    Genre: YA Contemporary Thriller
    Promotion link (blog, FB post or tweet link): Twitter handle @elschneid
    (http://twitter.com/#!/elschneid)
    Elevator pitch:

    In my Young Adult contemporary thriller, luck contributes to only part of the equation. For over six hundred years, 99.9% of the world’s most powerful and influential leaders, scientists, CEOs - and yes, even most of Hollywood’s elite – successfully achieved greatness because of one thing…they were chosen. When a mysterious invitation shows up at sixteen-year-old Blakely Sullivan’s door, she can’t help but wonder what she’s gotten herself into now. Little does she know, she’s the next in line.

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  45. Just wanted to post a link to another great post on Pitch University for those still working on their submission: http://networkedblogs.com/kjB6I

    Good luck, everyone!

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  47. Name: Kurt Chambers
    Email: authortruthteller@googlemail.com
    MS Name: Unknown Reality
    MS Word Count: 46,000 words
    Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy/Sci-Fi
    Promotion link (blog, FB post or tweet link) http://geniusborderinginsanity.blogspot.com/2011/07/writing-competitions-kurt-chambers.html


    Elevator pitch: Eleven-year-old Chloe gasps in awe at the magical splendour of the theatre performance, but her excitement soon vanishes during an autograph hunt and an encounter with the baddie from the show. His unbelievable claim of a flawed universe freaks her out. That is the start of the unexplainable events that threaten to destroy the only reality she has ever known. Then, one night, they come for her.

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  48. Name: John Blankershmithenhosen
    Email: blankersmithenhosen@gmail.com
    MS Name: Why Fairies and Elves are a Stupid Idea for a Book
    MS Word Count- >9000
    Genre: Those wrapped books in your local Borders
    Promotion: http://nobrain.dk

    Elevator Pitch: Who throws baseballs in an elevator? My book is about why fairies are a terrible idea for a book (See Betsy Love and S Kyle Davis). It involves one-on-one therapy sessions for the mentally unstable and for druggies who just can't help writing books on a high.Read a real man's book, not one with wings and magical gay powers :)

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  49. Name: Kara Wolf (Followed under pen name: K. Kazul Wolf)
    Email: sakuraxsyaoran9@gmail.com
    MS Name: Rain
    MS Word Count: 99k
    Genre: YA Fantasy
    Promotion link: http://k-kazul-wolf.tumblr.com/post/7537456571/sooooo
    Elevator pitch:
    300 years ago, the world ended. Cities have crumbled. The creatures that once kept nature in balance are vicious, mutinous beasts, and the human race is an endangered species. This is the world Kawelu was born into.
    Kawelu has always been a fighter – it’s how she was able to earn herself a spot in a migrating tribe, a tribe that became her life. After years of struggling alone in the unforgiving wilderness, it’s an easy devotion.
    But then comes Frey.
    The moment she laid eyes on the tall young man with the blazing blue eyes she knew something was wrong, his humanity lacking. But the same rules that allowed her to join apply to any stranger needing the tribe’s shelter.
    Frey was permitted into the tribe and put into Kawelu’s care, making it near impossible for her to eliminate the threat. How can she rescue her tribe without falling prey to him herself?

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  50. Thanks so much Yatopia and Bree for this awesome opportunity!

    Name: Louisa Clarkson
    Email: lc7ultraviolet@gmail.com
    MS Name: The Silver Strand
    MS Word Count: 55,000
    Genre: MG Fantasy with Sci-fi elements.
    Promotion link: http://louisaclarkson.blogspot.com/2011/07/elevator-pitch-contest-with-bree-ogden.html and post on YA Novel Workshop on writing.com
    Elevator pitch: Twelve year old Isabelle Tresdon doesn’t have a magical bone in her body – but she does have a freaky, silver strand of hair connected to magical powers, enabling her to transform energy into matter. When the strand drains her of magic and life, she trusts two silver-stranded tricksters to help revive it. If she'd of known she’d be surviving as a toad for two days and dodging her toad loathing father’s garden spade, challenging a grumpy dragon threatening to roast her on a spit, or shooting a feather into a dartboard, then she wouldn’t have agreed. The trouble is these tricksters aren’t helping Isabelle out of the kindness of their hearts, and what they need from her exposes family secrets and threatens more than her survival.

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  51. Name: Tonja Drecker
    Email: thedreckerclan@live.de
    MS Name: Just Justice
    MS Word Count: 32,000
    Genre: MG Horror (light)
    Promotion link: http://tonjadrecker.blogspot.com/2011/07/yatopia-offers-elevator-pitch-contest.html

    My middle-grade ghost story hooks a 10-year-old troublemaker, Tad, up with the answer to all problems: a 'genie-in-the-bottle' website. His wishes are coming true, but something isn’t quite right. His luck seems to come out of other people's misfortunes, while a mysterious girl claims to be the one behind it all. She’ll give him anything he wants in return for one thing, his friendship. As disasters pile up around him, Tad becomes sure that this is the last thing he wants to give her - but then, she’s not really giving him a choice.

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  52. Name: Michelle Jones
    Email: smjtwilson@chariot.net.au
    MS Name: Duck for cover, my dad's going to explode
    MS Word Count: 13,400
    Genre: MG humorous chapter book
    Promotion link:http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/profile.php?id=1481130327

    Trapped in an elevator with no way out, Jake fights to survive the terror of breathing in the haunting aroma of an elevator fart. A suspicion has formed in his mind that an alien army has taken over his fathers body, and were using everything at their disposal to wage a war of escape. It started as a few simple sneezes, then before Jake knew it, he was ducking for cover from his fathers pulsating puss filled pimples.
    Doomed to have no control over his bodily functions, his father must experience the humiliation of exploding in the grossest ways possible, from shooting potentially deadly snot of mass destruction to stomach churning projectile vomiting. The aliens even tried climbing to freedom through the dense jungle of his nasal passages, with a soggy piece of spaghetti.

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  53. Name: Jess Lawson
    Email: lawson.jessica.s[at]gmail[dot]com
    MS Name: Tripp Parker Vs. The World
    MS Word Count: 60,000
    Genre: Upper MG Adventure
    Promotion link (blog, FB post or tweet link): http://fallingleaflets.blogspot.com/2011/07/extended-entry-list-for-agent-contest.html

    Elevator Pitch:
    My upper middle grade adventure dumps adventure-phobic Tripplehorn Parker into the African bush with his hippo-researching parents. Once there, he faces a creepy eight-fingered woman, beasties, suspicious guides, and dried meat galore. When mysterious warnings turn up in Tripp’s backpack, he traces the popularity of hippo territory to one thing—a powerful golden idol of ancient legend that a rising number of shady characters will kill to exploit. With parents too busy to pay attention to anything without 12-inch tusks, it’s up to Tripp and a clever Ugandan girl to outwit a herd of really, really bad guys— the fate of the world may depend on it.

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  54. Name: Elizabeth Reinhardt
    Email: elireinhardt@gmail.com
    MS Name: Blue Rebellion
    MS Word Count: 85,000
    Genre: YA Dystopia/Sci Fi
    Promotion link (blog, FB post or tweet link): http://twitter.com/#!/lizreinhardt/status/91118960690475008

    Pitch: In a world where one drop of blood taken at birth determines your fate, two young rebels, Rilka and Regulus, will fight against all they’ve ever been told to discover the truth about who they really are. Regulus, a high caste soldier, and Rilka, a peasant girl with a life-altering injury, cross paths when his comrade makes an attempt on her life and he intervenes to save her. The blue eyes they both share are the first of the mysteries that force them together on a trek across Romulus to find out who they are and what their government is hiding from them.

    Thank you for the opportunity to enter!

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  55. NAME: PK Hrezo
    EMAIL: pakazo77@gmail.com
    MS NAME: X Dare & The Keys to Nin
    MS WORD COUNT: 65k
    GENRE: MG sci-fi / f
    PROMOTION LINK: http://twitter.com/#!/PKHrezo

    PITCH: Thirteen year old Xavier Dare thinks he's played all the video games, until a mysterious tattooed man offers him a never before completed game called the Keys to Nin. Unable to resist the challenge, X finds himself transported through a wormhole to another planet in turmoil and without leaders--a place with a deep secret that only X has a direct link to.

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  56. NAME: Valerie Ipson
    EMAIL: vipson@cox.net
    TITLE: IDEAL HIGH
    WORD COUNT: 75,000
    GENRE: YA Contemporary
    LINK: http://valerieipson.blogspot.com/2011/07/pitch-contest-but-it-ends-today-at.html
    PITCH: Ideal High is anything but. It's a place where cliques and bullies flourish, but also a place with a student body president determined to make things right. After the tragic deaths of many of her A-lister friends, Taryn Young sets aside her own pain to lift an entire school out of theirs.

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  57. NAME: Mark Boliek
    EMail: mboliek@nc.rr.com
    Title: The Mahogany Door - book 1 The Bruinduer Narrative
    Genre: YA Fantasy
    LINK: http://twitter.com/#!/JMarkBoliek
    PITCH: I have a cane. It is a key. It opens a door to another world. My friend Michael NEEDS to go back. My friend Kali WANTS to forget what happened there, and I can't remember any of it. Billy won't let us rest until we make it right. I don't know what to do. Original music Soundtrack, "...very much recommended reading" - Midwest Book Review

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  58. Name: Esther Sparhawk
    Email: esthersparhawk [at] gmail [dot] com
    MS Name: SUNKIST SODAS AND SEXY UNDERWEAR
    MS Word Count: 85,000
    Genre: Multicultural YA
    Promotion link: http://englishemporium.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/nifty-contest-for-writerly-type-people/

    Elevator pitch:

    Seventeen-year-old Brisa’s baby isn’t due to arrive for seven months when her old-school Latino father hooks her up with a stranger. Brisa imagines her jabroni fiancĂ© with a pornstache and a Chilean vaquero hat, but her actual groom, Hank Milanovich, turns out to be—¡AhĂ­ Dios!—a young, super-hot gabacho who makes the monarchs in her stomach migrate south of the border when they kiss at the altar. Hank promises to keep his “junk” in his jeans, as long as Brisa doesn’t ask why he, too, had to get married, but what is he hiding? Brisa’s bumbling detective work inadvertently uncovers Hank’s real motives for marrying her, connecting the dots to a trailer court full of weirdos, all of whom are counting on Hank and Brisa’s tenuous teen marriage in order to keep their homes.


    BOOYAH! That’s four sentences! :D

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  59. When are the announcements for the winners? It is already the 21st. :P

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