Sunday, March 30, 2014

#NestPitch Info and New Agent Update!

With less than forty-eight hours until #NestPitch is open for submissions, we are thrilled to welcome Erin Niumata, Senior VP of Folio Literary Management, to our team of agents! Not only is Folio one of the top agencies out there (not that I'm biased...;) but Erin is currently closed to submissions, so this is a fantastic chance to catch her eye. Here is a link to Erin's bio so you can see if your MS fits the bill.

The window is opening shortly, so hurry up and get those pitches polished! Here, for your edification, are the Terms and Conditions of entry, along with a full outline of how, where, and when to send your materials. Make sure you read the rules FULLY before submitting, because without rules there is chaos, and who needs that?

If you have any questions, check out the NestPitch blog, and be sure to follow @NestPitch and @Nik_Vukoja for regular updates!

I can't wait to check out your nests--good luck!

Conditions of Entry:
(i)                 Subject line must say: #NestPitch Contest Submission (nothing else)
(ii)               The submission will include a 35-word #Pitch plus the first 300 words of the manuscript. NOTE: #Pitch MUST NOT be more than 35-words, hyphenated words count as one-word
(iii)             Entries must answer this question in one sentence, max 15-words in the sentence: If my Main Character were an Easter Egg, what flavor would (s)he be & why?   Be creative and keep it in the MC’s voice, remember, this is another opportunity to advance your MC
(iv)             Entries must be embedded within email (no attachments) with following:
  1. a.      Name: YOUR NAME
  2. b.      Title: TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT
  3. c.       Genre: Category/Genre of Manuscript (i.e. NA Romance)
  4. d.      Word-Count (to the nearest 1000)
  5. e.       PITCH: 35-word (max) log-line
  6. Answer to question: If my Main Character were an Easter Egg, what flavor would (s)he be & why?  
  7. First 300-words of your manuscript. If the 300th word falls in the middle of a sentence, go to the end of the sentence.
  • For Picture-book submissions please only submit 100-words.  If the 100th word falls in the middle of a sentence, got to the end of the sentence.
(v)               Your #Pitch should be Times New Roman 12pt. 1.5 Spaced, one space between paragraphs, no paragraph indentions.
(vi)             Authors can submit up to TWO manuscripts, we are all aware many writers have more than one MS, so we’re making it easier.
  • By Manuscript we mean FINISHED WORK not WIP’s
  • Length of MS should (ideally) follow industry standards for your genre – if in doubt refer  below: Helpful Guides: Novel Word Count.
(vii)           Early and Late Entries will be deleted (follow the rules/time-line)
(viii)         Pen Names are OK as long as they are not something stupid like Ms. Sexed Up; no one wants to write, “Dear Sexed Up…” (not for this anyway, what you do in your own time…)
(ix)             Any entries with paedophilia, bestiality, necrophilia, racism (unless in context such as a story set in 1960′s with theme being racism), or similar, and will be automatically removed.
(x)               GLBT or Alternative lifestyle greatly encouraged :)

Rules:Easter Basket 2
(i)                 This competition is open to Picture-Book, MG, YA, NA and Adult submissions, (Its chocolate who doesn’t deserve chocolate!) and all genre’s except Erotica.  Though steam and spice in romance can be nice, we aren’t looking for straight erotica, if in doubt ask a question via Twitter or leave a comment here.
(ii)               Competition entry will be open for 24 hours allowing everyone plenty of time to enter.  The time-line will be based on NY Eastern Standard Time (Australian EST will also be published for those entering from the far side of the pond).
(iii)             Submissions must follow “Conditions of Entry” guidelines.
(iv)             All requests (QL, Synopsis, Pages) must be in Times Roman 12pt.
(v)               Requested Query Letters = 1.5 spacing & in body of the email.
(vi)             Requested Synopsis = 1.5 spacing & in body of the email.
(vii)           Requested Pages = as attachment Word.doc with contact details, numbered pages and Double Spaced.**
(viii)         Subject line for requested material must contain the following: #NestPitch Request & Name of Manuscript.
(ix)             Emails and attached pages must have Author’s contact details.
(x)               Requests to be sent within 48-hours of competition close.
(xi)             Any Agent who doesn’t receive requested material by midnight Easter Tuesday, will contact the organiser(s) who will then email the author requesting they re-send, together with attached original email.
(xii)           ** Double Spaced means total pages double-spaced.  E.G, request for 10 pages = 10 Double Spaced Pages not 10 pages that are then double-spaced.
(xiii)         NOTE: This #pitch comp is for UNPUBLISHED manuscripts only.  If your manuscript is published, or large extracts (over 1000-words) have been published, then that manuscript is void. By published we mean:
  • Traditional Publishing, either alone or part of an anthology.
  • Self-publishing, both hard copy & e-publishing
  • Vanity Press (even if only for family/friends)
  • Blog/website published, including extracts, anything over 1000-words
  • Any other format/medium considered publishing.
(xiv)         One final VERY IMPORTANT rule.   If your MS has been featured in another #Pitch in the last twelve months, #Pitmad, #Pitchmadness, #PitAd, #TrickorTreat or any other not listed, it is ineligible. Twelve months means 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014. Featured means on any of the host blogger sites for agents and all others to read.
So, just to recap:

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The Pitch window will be open for 24 hours, thereby allowing everyone, regardless of where you live in the world, time to prepare and submit a pitch.
The Pitch will be made up of three parts.
(i)                 a 35-word pitch
(ii)               answer to the question (in your main characters voice)
(iii)             the first 300-words of your manuscript*
(iv)             *for PB it will be the first 100-words
Pitches will be sent to the #nestpitch email address:
Once the window is closed, the Slush Bilbies will work through the slush & pick their top 100-120 nests.  The Nest Bloggers will also be looking through all the nests, to make sure nothing slips by them.

Happy Pitching!

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