Sunday, May 10, 2015

Let the Secret Agent Round Commence!

Welcome, everyone, to the NestPitch 2015 Secret Agent Round! Our teams have worked tirelessly over the last several weeks to polish our pitches, whittle our words, and create the most pleasing array of selections we possibly could.

Speaking of pleasing arrays, my team and I would like to extend a special welcome to all of the Secret Agents who are taking the time to visit us today. We were up early to prepare a small spread that we hope will help energize you during your blog hop. Please help yourselves.

It's only breakfast...not a bribe in any way

Just like the comments section for the duration of the Agent Round, the buffet will be closed to the public and under strict moderation for twenty-four hours, beginning May 11th at 8:30 a.m. EST. (1.30pm London UK Time, 10.30pm Melbourne Australia EST) After that the comments section will re-open to all, but the food will probably need to be thrown away.

We are #TeamBasketCase

This event would not have been possible without the guidance and support of NestPitch creator Nikola Vukoja, who worked, at times quite literally, around the clock to make it a success. The NestPitch parent blog is full of details on exactly what went into #NestPitch2015. We dug MUCH deeper this year, our Mentor and Slushie teams read far beyond the first 300 words to ensure that quality was the theme of each and every manuscript we selected. We fought, yes. Cried, and threw things, but in the end every NestPitch team ended up with a list that we could present with pride, confident in its potential.

I, personally, could not have done any of this without the dedicated support of my Slushies, the incredible Heather M. Bryant and the exquisite Kristy Shen (who recently had her own shiny new MG novel published, available to buy here.)  These ladies have been THE BEST team members I could have asked for, they really went above and beyond. Follow them on Twitter, read their words, and be secure in the knowledge that they are just generally kickass chicks in every possible way.
Okay! Now, without further adieu, allow me to present the moment you've all been waiting for...

The Basket Cases:


BP2-YA/Contemporary THE KOSHERS

BP3-YA/Psychological Thriller SUN AND BONE


BP5-Adult/Thriller POOR BOY ROAD

While you may well find everything your heart desires right here, there are SCADS of other entries that you really should check out by visiting the other teams:









The agent round will begin 8.30 am EST (USA) and go on for 24 hours. Again, during that time, comments will be CLOSED to the public, and set on moderation to be published in a timely manner.

But spectators can still visit the comments to see how much chocolate is being doled out. Here's a handy treat cheat sheet so you know what kind of goodies are in our baskets:

Choc. egg basket w/ ribbon-Full Request
Choc. egg basket-Query + 150 pages + 1 page Synopsis
3 Boxes Caramel eggs-Query + 100 pages
2 Boxes Caramel eggs-Query + 75 pages + 1 page Synopsis
1 Box Caramel eggs-Query + 50 pages
1 doz. nougat filled Choc. eggs-Query + 25 pages + 1 page Synopsis
½ doz. nougat filled Choc. eggs-Query + 20 pages
1x nougat filled Choc. egg-Query + 15 pages + 1 page Synopsis
1 doz. hollow Choc eggs-Query + 10 pages
½ doz. hollow Choc eggs-Query + 5 pages + 1 page Synopsis
1x hollow Choc egg-Query + 5 pages

As a parting note, I'd just like to say that it has been an absolute honor to read the words of so many talented writers, engage with the other teams, and be a part of such a supportive and loving community. We all had each others' backs, Mentors, Slushies, and authors alike, throughout this entire process, and my thanks to everyone involved. I loved being a part of it.

With that, Secret Agents...the floor is yours.

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