Friday, March 28, 2014


 Easter is looming, and since I'm sitting here devouring a huge bag of animal-shaped SweeTarts, I thought the time was nigh to give you some dirt on NestPitch, which will be kicking off next week! This post is rich with links and info, so here we go:

First off, what is NestPitch? Here's a handy graphic to get us started:

NestPitch is the brainchild of the lovely and talented Nik Vukoja (who you should definitely be following on Twitter). How does it work?

Each pitch will consist of a 35-word pitch, an answer to a question, and the first 300*-words of your manuscript.

On April 1st the pitch submission window will be open to all groups, PB, MG, YA, NA & Adult and all genres except Erotica.

24-yours later, our Slush Bilbies will start combing through the submissions, picking the top 100-120.
Since we don’t want to miss anyone, Nik and the Nest Bloggers will also be searching the pitches to make sure no gems have been overlooked!

There will nine blogger *nest sites* and on each nest site, each Blogger (Called Nest Bloggers) will pick their top eight best pitches.   

THAT’S 72 SUBMISSIONS, so everyone has a really good chance to have their work put before an agent!!!

Once up, the Secret Bunny Agents will place their chocolate treats in the #NestPitch(s) they like the most. Remember, the best nest gets the biggest and best eggs! So make your #NestPitch as perfect as possible.

There is a ***bonus*** contest as well! If you can successfully "Unmask the agent" and match up the correct agent to their secret Bunny Masks there's a prize in it for ya! More on that below.

The timetable for submissions/reveals, etc. will go as such:

March 30        Twitter Q&A window will open for 2 hours – time to be advised
Apr 1-2               Submission windows open 1st April NOON USA EST until 11.59am 2nd April USA EST (equiv. times in UK, Australia posted)
Apr 3rd -10th        1st Round – Slush Bilbies select top 120 nests*
Apr 12th                Match Agent to Bunny Mask window open NOON USA EST for 8 hours, until 8.00pm April 12th USA E ST – Emails must be received during this time to be eligible.
Apr 11th -15th       2nd Round – Nest Bloggers  pick their 72 nests*
Apr 16th                     3rd Round – Nest Bloggers post their top choices
Apr 17th -19th       4th Round Secret Bunny Agents  stock *nests
Easter Sun.        Stocked *nests* revealed/Secret Bunny Agents identities revealed
Apr 21st                Unmask the Agent Winner Revealed
Apr 22nd              Bunyips can now offer belated presents*
Apr 23rd               All #NestPitch requests should be received by Secret Bunny Agents.
Apr 28th               All Bunyip requests should be made& sent
Apr 30th               Special additional surprise revealed!
May 1st                  Update on #nestpitch Blog thanking everyone + a special

Ah, I forgot the Magic Bunyips, didn't I? 

Bunyips are Australian mythological creature that lives near or by a billabong (pond) and kind of lurk in the bushes.  They are a bit shy and a little scary but really, they are nice, most of the time.

In #nestpitch, the Magic Bunyips are Literary Agents who want to play but can’t be a Secret Agent Bunny.  So, rather than miss out all together, they are going to lurk around the nest-sites and, if they see anything they like, then they will leave their own ‘treat’ – it’ll be different to the Secret Agent Bunny Treat, but it’ll still be YUMMY!

HOWEVER unlike Secret Agent Bunnies, Magic Bunyips will need to pay a price for their lurking, and the price is: CRITIQUE! Yep, that’s right; if a Magic Bunyip leaves a treat s/he must offer someone else a critique.

Here’s how it works: If a Magic Bunyip finds a nest they admire, they can also leave you a treat.

*1 caramel swirl Bunyip* = Full
*1 dark chocolate Bunyip* = Query + 100 pages
*1 milk chocolate Bunyip * = Query + 50 pages
*1 white chocolate Bunyip * = Query + 25 pages 
For each Request the Magic Bunyip must offer:    baby bunyip
*1 caramel swirl Bunyip* = first 1500-words of MS feedback/critique
*1 dark chocolate Bunyip* = first 750-words of MS feedback/critique
*1 milk chocolate Bunyip * = offer 1-page Synopsis critique
*1 white chocolate Bunyip = Offer a query letter critique 

So, if a Magic Bunyip puts a Milk Chocolate Bunyip in a nest, they must offer 1-page synopsis critique per below:
Easter Basket 2
Bunyips agree to offer the above, via their website/blog or any other media option (FB/Twitter etc.) within 60-days of #NestPitch ending (in other words by mid June-2014).  Any or all of the above can be offered in conjunction with other offers/promotions but must be open to everyone and offered within two calendar months of #NestPitch ending.

Now, about those Agents: here's the full list of everyone who will be participating!

Pam Van Hylckama – C0-founder /Agent - Foreword Literary Pam VDV 2
Pam started her literary career as assistant to Laurie McLean in early 2012. In January 2013, after selling 21 books in her first year, Pam was promoted to agent.  when Laurie mentioned creating Foreword, Pam jumped at the chance to follow her and created a new agency together.

Melissa Jeglinski- Agent - The Knight Agency
Established in 1996, The Knight Agency has gained worldwide recognition for the success of our authors in the fiercely competitive publishing marketplace. Our philosophy is simple: what you give is what you get.  We are dedicated to cultivating prosperous, long-term writing careers by giving clients unparalleled service.

Pooja Menon- Agent - Kimberley Cameron & Associates 
Pooja joined Kimberley Cameron & Associates as an intern in the fall of 2011, with the aim of immersing herself in the elusive world of books and publishing. She soon realized that being an agent was what she was most drawn to.

Gina Panettieri  – President - Talcott Notch Literary 
Founded in 2003, Talcott Notch Literary is a rapidly-growing boutique agency representing the freshest new voices in both fiction and non-fiction. With more than twenty years in the publishing industry, President and Executive Editor, Gina has expertise in every aspect of writing and publishing and has helped thousands of writers achieve their goals.

Jordy Albert – Co-founder & Senior Agent - The Booker Albert Literary Agency 
Founded by Jordy Albert and Brittany Booker Carter, former agents of the Corvisiero Literary Agency. We are a hands-on agency that strongly believes in taking on clients for their whole career.

Camilla Wray –  Agent - Darley Anderson Literary (UK) 
The Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency handles a broad range of best-selling commercial fiction including thrillers, mysteries, crime, horror, fantasy, women’s, chick-lit, accessible literary, comedy and a growing list of children’s fiction.   The Agency was founded by Darley Anderson in 1988 and is based in London with a regional office in the book town of Hay-on-Wye.

Sarah Negovetich – Junior Agent/PR Team Leader - Corvisiero Literary Agency  
Sarah Negovetich
Corvisiero Literary Agency is a boutique literary agency founded by Marisa A Corvisiero, Esq. a former agent with the L. Perkins Agency.  This agency is a place where authors can find professional and experienced representation.

Cate Hart – Junior Agent - Corvisiero Literary Agency 
Corvisiero Literary Agency offers  international agenting services to fiction and non-fiction authors in a wide spectrum of genres. Please see our agents’ profiles to determine which agent is the best fit for you, and be sure to read our Submission Guidelines before submitting your work.
Cate has kindly agreed to do a Five Minutes With… interview her on NestPitch (watch out for it) where you’ll get to learn more about her and perhaps get an insight into her Bunny Mask.

Dr. Uwe Stender – President  - TriadaUS Literary Agency

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

TriadaUS Literary Agency is always open to any strong fiction and all non-fiction projects.

Now...the challenge.

Each agent will be donning a Secret Bunny Mask to protect their identity. Your mission is to match the mask to the correct agent--simple, right? The entry window will be open on Apr 12th  from  NOON USA EST until 8.00pm. The first person to correctly match up the agent to their mask will be the winner! Keep an eye on @Nik_Vukoja and @NestPitch on Twitter for updates and reminders! 

Bunny Masks!

(1) COCKTAIL BUNNYhave a drink bunny
As well as Adult fiction, this Cocktail Bunny wants YA that’s creative and fresh (open to all genres) and has strong characters that are flawed yet unique. Cocktail Bunnies like their Literary/Commercial fiction with a multi-cultural bend, and will curl up with their big curly-furred dog to read smart, intelligent Mysteries and Thrillers and historical fiction. Cocktail Bunnies have a low threshold for overdone.
(2) BOOKWORM BUNNYbookworm bunny
Bookworm Bunny is looking for Psychological Suspense with a twist (think THE OTHERS), dark, creepy, hair-raising YA & NA, clever mysteries with a keen sense of place, humorous MG series, and contemporary Romances and Women’s Fiction of all descriptions.
giant bunny
This Cocktail Bunny really likes animals, Supernatural (the TV show), and Loki from the Avengers.  Giant Bunny is extremely chatty on-line and very open about their style of agenting.  Giant Bunny also recently got a serious hair cut; that’s a big clue!  When not adopting new fury friends, Giant Bunny likes to read the gamut – Picture Books, MG, YA, Adult, Romance even PB’s for adults – hehehe

(4) LAPTOP BUNNYlaptop bunny

This Laptop Bunny wants innovative MG and YA projects with a pull towards more historical settings although a modern, emotional story would be welcome.  Also loves contemporary Romance and Women’s Fiction and anything that really manages to surprise me.
(5) MAD SCIENTIST BUNNYmad scinetist bunny
Mad Scientist Bunnies would naturally want non-fiction, but can you believe it, this Mad Scientist is also looking for YA, MG, Adult Mysteries/Thrillers and literary fiction too – Even a Mad Scientist’s enjoy a good bit of fiction – now, can you guess who this Mad Scientist is?
(6) SOCCER BUNNYsoccer bunny
Soccer Bunnies Like romance?  Who Knew? Well, this Soccer Bunny does like Romance, especially contemporary and historical (has a soft spot for Regency), YA sci-fi/fantasy, contemporary, historical–particularly partial to YA with, you guessed it, romance!
(7) JUGGLER BUNNY juggler bunny
As the name suggests, this Juggler Bunny has a lot going on, balls in the air anyone?  But they still have time for great writing and new Clients, as long as they are MG and YA; open to any genre within those age groups, but prefers speculative fiction.
No idea who Juggler Bunny is?  Here’s a clue, could you spell this Agent’s name without looking?
(8) NINJA BUNNYninja bunny
Haaa-Yah! Ninja Bunny wish list: My main big wishes are brilliant storytelling and inspiring or heart-breaking characters; I want to feel like I’m living, not reading, the story. Also anything that brings me to tears either through love, fear or sadness would be wonderful – Sounds like tis Ninja likes a good cry after beating up the bad-guys!
(9) ARTIST BUNNYartist bunny
This Artist Bunny is super hungry for MG/ YA/ Adult Romance, Fantasy and wants to curl up on the sofa with a great Mystery.  And this Agent Bunny knows the business from both sides of the process;…and that’s a big clue :) 
Oh, and don’t panic if you don’t see your genre or category, these are TOP agents who work for AWESOME agencies, eight agencies to be accurate, trust me, their colleges are watching, and waiting, and intending to leave treats under these Bunny Masks.

There are FOUR confirmed Magic Bunyips lurking…baby bunyip
  • Purple Bunyip
  • Yellow Bunyip
  • Green Bunyip
  • Blue Bunyip 
This means, if a Bunyip sees a *NEST* they simply MUST HAVE, they’ll whisper a special code word to me and I’ll let them leave their own unique treat.
bunny in nest


1.) Get your 35-word pitch sharpened!
2.) Polish your Manuscript until it sparkles with fairy dust.
3.) Submit on the 1st of April
4.) Play along with Unmasking the Agents!

 The full list of Rules and Conditions can be found here--please take a few moments to read through the guidelines to get a full breakdown of eligibility!

FINALLY, here is a list of the wonderful people who are helping to make sure this is a great event! Check out their blogs and follow them on Twitter for updates or general adoration :)

Slush Bilbies:

Cassandra Page  
Louise (Lou) Gornall 
Katy Upperman 

Nest Bloggers: 

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