Fall Fiction Fest: How about a Twitter Party?

Announcing the Fall Fiction Fest Twitter Party!


Waiting may be the toughest part of publishing, and we hate that you’ll have to wait to find out who got into Fall Fiction Fest.

To help the time skip by, let’s keep the #FallFest lively.

Here are the party topics (Don’t forget to use the hashtag #FallFest!):

October 31: Shout out the genre and age category you’re sending. Shout out if you got in.

November 1: Tell us the first line of your MS

November 2: What’s your main character’s favorite movie, and why?

November 3: Any animals in your MS? If so, what kind and what is/are their names?

November 4: Is this your first MS or…?

November 5: How many povs are there in your MS, and why did you choose that number?

November 6: Is your book in first person, second or third? Past or present? ALSO: Today is the day to VOTE (unless you’ve done so already). Don’t forget to tweet out your I VOTED sticker or encourage others to vote. If we see enough tweets, we’ll give extra entries to the contest!

November 7: When did you know you HAD to be a writer?

November 8: Tell us a little about your villain (if you have one)

November 9: What’s your main character’s favorite color and why?

November 10: What’s your favorite line from your MS?

November 11: Sun or snow (in memory of the older contest). Which would your MC prefer and why?

November 12: Tell us why you decided to write the story you entered.

November 13: What’s your most troublesome crutch word?

November 14: If your MC was going on a dream vacation, where would they go?

November 15: What’s your MC’s zodiac sign?

November 16: If you MC could have one wish fulfilled, what would it be?

November 17: Coffee or tea or neither?

November 18: Is your MC into sports? If so, which ones? Any favorite team?

November 19: Picks are announced! Final tweet party topic: What pumpkin spice is in your MS?


FALL FICTION FEST Rules (get ready!)

The submission window for Fall Fiction Fest opens tomorrow, October 31st, at 4:00 pm EST! 

The instructions and rules for entry are below.

No need to rush. We will be open for 24 hours. That’s right, submissions can be sent on Halloween or All Saints Day, depending on whether you’re feeling saintly or slightly more evil.
Please don’t enter early or your entry will be deleted. You can resend at the proper time if this happens accidentally. Confirmation emails will be sent. If you don’t receive one, don’t resend. We don’t want duplicate entries. Please check with us on Twitter first to confirm your entry did or did not arrive, then you may resend. 
There is only ONE, yes that’s right, ONE entry per person allowed. Any attempt to cheat will result in entries being thrown out. This contest is only for finished and polished stories. 
Important note: The story can’t have been in the agent round of any other contest in the last three months. This doesn’t mean twitter pitch events with hashtags, but multiple agent blog contests. If you entered Pitchwars and didn’t get a mentor, we welcome you. 

Though we love picture books, Michelle holds special contests just for them. We do accept all MG, YA, NA and Adult genres, excluding erotica. We’d like you to be followers of our blogs. Click the “follow” button on my blog. You can find Amy’s blog here and Marty’s blog here. If following our blogs doesn’t work, follow us on twitter or sign up for our newsletters instead. Don’t sweat this. Do your best.  

The Format:
Send submission to Sunversussnow (at) yahoo (dot) com. (Yep, we’re recycling the address.) Only one submission per person is allowed. It doesn’t matter if you write under different names or are submitting different manuscripts. You are still one person and get one entry.
Here’s how it should be formatted (yes, include the bolded!) Please use Times New Roman (or equivalent), 12 pt font, single-spaced, and put spaces between paragraphs. No indents or tabs are needed. No worries if your gmail doesn’t have Times New Roman. No worries if the email messes up your format. Yes, we will still read it! 🙂  
(Here’s a trick to keep your paragraph spacing: copy and paste your entry into your email and then put in the line spaces. They seem to get lost when you copy and paste. It may look right but sending scrambles the spacing.)
Subject Line: Fall Fest: TITLE, Age Category + Genre
(example: Fall Fest: GRUDGING, Adult Epic Fantasy)
In The Email:
Title: MY FANTASTIC BOOK (yes, caps!)
Genre: YA dystopian Ownvoices (Age category and genre. Add “Ownvoices” here if it applies)
Word Count: XX,XXX (round to the nearest thousand)
Twitter Handle: (Optional so we can contact you. Will not be public.)

How Did You Fall for Writing: (Share your origin story in 100 words or less.) My husband dared me that I couldn’t write a book. And–ta-da–I could!
Query goes here! Include greeting and main paragraphs. You may include bio, closing, but not the word count + genre. We already have that. You may include comps if you’d like. There is no word count limit on the query but please aim for 250 – 300 words.
You may include if your story is OwnVoices or otherwise has diversity up in the genre line and in the query. 
Remember a query has several paragraphs with spaces. Don’t send us a pitch.  
First 250 words:
Here are the first 250 words of my manuscript, and I will not end in the middle of a sentence. But I will not go over 257 words. Be reasonable and don’t make us count. Don’t forget to space between paragraphs! No indents!
So that’s it. See you at 4:00 pm Eastern time on Halloween. Good luck!
Now for the fun stuff!
Watch on Wednesday for our Twitter Party!  We’ll have a list of daily topics to talk about on twitter under #FallFest.
Also join us for a very special party on November 6th! That’s when we’ll try to get 100 voters to give us shout outs and blow this contest wide open! 
And you can scroll down on this blog to see the posts about mentors, agents, and all the dates of Fall Fiction Fest, as well as our special November 6th bonus opportunity. 

Fall Fiction Fest: Time to meet the mentors!

FALL FICTION FEST is right around the corner, and we’ve rounded up some

AWESOME mentors

who will help authors selected in the contest. (For more details about the contest,

please see a few posts below this one).


More mentors can be found on Amy & Michelle’s blogs.

Without further ado, let me introduce to some of the Fall Fiction Fest mentors!

Victoria Gilbert

Raised in a historic small town in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Victoria turned her early obsession with books into a dual career as an author and librarian.

Victoria’s first cozy mystery series, the Blue Ridge Library Mystery series, garnered her a three-book deal with Crooked Lane Books. The first two books in the series have been optioned by Sony Pictures Television, and were produced in audiobook by Tantor Media. A MURDER FOR THE BOOKS, the first book in the series, was a Southern Independent Booksellers “Okra Pick” and was longlisted for a Southern Book Prize.

Victoria is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and Sisters in Crime. She also has written and published SFF under another penname – Vicki L. Weavil.


Website/blog: http://victoriagilbertmysteries.com/

Facebook author page:  https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaGilbertMysteryAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VGilbertauthor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriagilbertauthor


Anne Raven

Anne Raven was born and raised along the windy coast of South Africa, and can assure everyone there are no lions roaming the streets—unless you count the feral cat next door. When not reading or writing, you’ll find her being bossed around by her adorable niece, taking freshly baked goods from the oven, or drinking too much coffee. Her romantic suspense IN THE NAME OF THE MOTHER was showcased in Pitch Wars 2017. Anne is represented by Amanda Jain at BookEnds Literary Agency.

Renée A. Price


Renée A. Price is a Brazilian lawyer and author passionate about South America, its people and cultures. When she isn’t writing awesome Latinx characters, she’s reading, walking her dog, or trying to convince her husband to spend the rest of the weekend eating popcorn and watching movies with too much special effects. She is a gif and emoji addict, a romance fanatic, and a strong believer that shipping is an art form. If you can’t travel to Curitiba/Brazil, the best place to find her is on Twitter.

Renée is represented by Tricia Skinner at Fuse Literary.



Michelle Mason

Michelle worked for 10 years as a PR manager promoting everything from forklift rodeos to Hotel Olympics, before deciding to stay home and write full-time. She has completed five young adult and two middle grade novels and is represented by Elizabeth Bewley at Sterling Lord Literistic. She’s a member of SCBWI.

She has a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University, where she majored in English literature and minored in public relations. She also holds the Accredited in Public Relations designation from the Public Relations Society of America.

She lives in St. Louis with her husband, two kids, one dog, two cats, and a guinea pig. In her free time, she reads, watches too much TV, cross-stitches, volunteers at her kids’ school, bake amazing brownies, and plays the violin both in a community orchestra and at church.


Kelly Proctor

KD Proctor loved college so much that when it came time to graduate, she didn’t want to leave. Finding her niche in graduate school, she traded her textbooks for student handbooks and began a career in College Student Personnel, fulfilling her wish to stay on a college campus forever.  When she took a stab at writing her first novel, her mother rejoiced–she finally had a reason to use that undergraduate degree in English! 

KD is a multi-award winning author who lives in west-central Minnesota with her husband and fur-kids. She likes to write fun twists on the usual tropes that we all love. Her characters are smart, funny, and always swoony. And yes. They always get their happily ever after. 

Richard Pearson

Richard Taylor Pearson is a triple threat: author, actor, and attorney. He grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he appeared in many plays and musicals. After graduating from Rhodes College, Richard went on to obtain a law degree from Rutgers School of Law. While he works as an attorney by day, his nights and weekends are spent writing novels and performing in theatrical events all over New York City. Richard lives in Jersey City with his brilliant husband, Brian, and their amazing daughter, Natalie.

He’s the author of ‘The Role’ a LGBT novel published by 



Kathleen S. Allen

Kathleen has a Master’s in Children’s Literature with an emphasis in creative writing for young adults. She was a theater major as an undergraduate and participated in many productions as an actor both in college and in community theater and a summer repertory company.
She has published poetry, lyric essays, flash fiction, and short stories in various publications.
She has also published with small presses and as an independent author. She has taught English, literature and nursing in public school, community colleges, universities and online. 
And although she no longer practices as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, she does have a nursing doctorate and has published several professional articles on depression including  a chapter on how to write mental illness in fiction (Chapter 16) in the anthology, PUTTING THE SCIENCE IN FICTION published by Writer’s Digest and edited by Dan Koboldt. 
She is represented by Lindsay Leggett of The Rights Factory. 

Emily Moore

E.G. Moore is an award-winning poet and children book author, as well as a freelance writer and editor. She leads her local chapter of the Idaho Writers League. Her essay WEARING TERESA’S BOOTS was featured in Hope Paige’s Anthology on loss BREAKING SAD in 2017. When she’s not telling “Mommy Made stories” to her two daughters or awaiting feedback for her latest manuscript, she can be found off-roading in her suped-up ATV, baking something scrumptious, or in a long, plot-refreshing bubble bath. She’s represented by Jessica Schmeidler of Golden Wheat Literary.
E.G. Moore tweets, posts on Facebook, and blogs on her website.


I’m looking forward to seeing your entry soon in the Fall Fiction inbox! ~Marty

A Little Surprise For Fall Fiction Fest

So Amy, Michelle and I are strong believers in voting. Now more than ever, we think everyone should educate themselves on the issues important to you. And it’s all our duties to let our voices be heard by voting!
No matter whether you stand on the left or right. Voting is crucial to our democracy.
We want to encourage that to happen. And here we have a contest going and the means to provide some incentive.
To that end, Amy, Michelle and I are willing to add an extra pick to our finalists. That’s right! Instead of ten each, we’ll each pick 11 entries to get a mentor and go before the agents! All we need is proof that you care about voting too.
So on November 6, tweet at us with pictures of your voting journey. It can be you and your I voted sticker. You in the car on your way to the polls or driving others. You with yard signs. You putting your absentee ballot in the mail. An image of the line you had to wait in. You pushing your adult kids and husband/wife into the voting booth–just kidding–I don’t think pictures are allowed inside polling places. We don’t want you breaking the laws.
Please don’t share who you voted for. That’s private. Yes we have opinions, but we are not trying to influence you. And we don’t want that as part of the contest. We just want you to vote. The rest of that decision is up to you.
Some kind of photo proof that you filled out a ballot or pulled a lever. Don’t forget to include #FallFest in your tweet and send it out on November 6th.
If we get over 100 of these, then we will add the extra three picks. And to add extra incentive, I want my eleventh pick to come from among the writers who participated. I’ll be looking exclusively among the people who tweeted that they voted to find my last pick.
So get registered if there’s still time in your state.
If you’re from another country or too young, or not allowed to vote, we haven’t forgotten you. Encourage others to vote on the #FallFest hashtag and that will count! Say why you think voting is important.
Hopefully our efforts will go viral and move more than just writers. And who knows, if we get an incredible number, Michelle and Amy may be convinced to go for 12!
Mark your calendars! Let’s vote!

Who are the agents for Fall Fiction Fest?

FALL FICTION FEST is coming up fast!

It’s time to announce the agents! We have 15 agents joining us for this improvised contest. Some are new. Some are established. All are looking to make requests (FROM YOUR query & first page!).

To everyone entering this year, best of luck! The Slush Pile is going to be SUPER competitive

Only a third of the agent list is here. You’ll find the rest on Michelle & Amy’s blogs:

Mentors will be revealed next week, followed by Instructions to Enter. This is not a Twitter pitch event but an online contest where you email your entry. For the announcement post, go here. Remember that submission starts on October 31st

Now, to introduce some of the agents!

Lynette Novak

Prior to joining The Seymour Agency, Lynnette spent seventeen years freelance editing. She worked with new writers, advanced writers, as well as New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Lynnette earned a bachelor of education degree from the University of Manitoba, where she specialized in English and French. She excelled in Advanced Creative Writing in university and studied writing for children and teens through the Institute of Children’s Literature. She was a Pitch Wars mentor in 2015 and 2016. Both her mentees acquired an agent.

Although Lynnette was born and raised in Manitoba, Canada, she now lives in Minnesota with her husband, twin girls, and many pets. Her personal interests include reading, writing, exercising at the gym (okay, that’s a love/hate relationship), working on an assortment of crafts, all things having to do with animals (if she could own a farm, zoo, and animal shelter, she would), and enjoying time with family and friends.

In adult fiction, Lynnette is interested in acquiring: thrillers, psychological suspense, fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and mysteries (traditional, amateur sleuth, and cozy). In young adult fiction, she is looking for: thrillers, psychological suspense, horror, mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, historical, and contemporary.  In middle grade fiction: fantasy, sci-fi, action/adventure, mystery, contemporary, horror, and humor.

Query: querylynnette@theseymouragency.com

Follow Lynnette on Twitter: @Lynnette_Novak 


Alec Shane

Alec Shane majored in English at Brown University, a degree he put to immediate use by moving to Los Angeles after graduation to become a professional stunt man. Realizing that he prefers books to breakaway glass, he moved to New York City in 2008 to pursue a career in publishing. Alec quickly found a home at Writers House Literary Agency and is now aggressively building his own list.

On the nonfiction side, Alec would love to see humor, biography, history (particularly military history), true crime, “guy” reads, and all things sports. In fiction, Alec is looking for mystery, thrillers (though he’s experiencing terrorist fatigue at the moment), suspense, horror, historical fiction, literary fiction, and middle grade and young adult fiction.

He doesn’t want Romance, straight sci-fi, high fantasy, picture books, self-help, women’s fiction, food, or travel memoir.

For more information: https://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/gylligann/


Laurel Symonds

Laurel began her publishing career in the editorial department of HarperCollins Children’s Books/Katherine Tegen Books in New York City. In the past decade, she has also held positions in the marketing department at a small publishing house, in a library, and as a bookseller at one of the nation’s best independent bookstores. What she loves about agenting is being the author’s number one cheerleader through all these parts of the publication process!


She’s seeking young adult and middle-grade fiction with earnest, engaging voices set in immersive worlds. Fantasy, contemporary, historical settings, retellings, and manuscripts with unique elements are of specific interest. In particular, she’s seeking voices that have previously been underrepresented and stories that have been overlooked. She’s also interested in middle-grade that might lend itself to illustration.


For chapter and picture books, she’s seeking authors and illustrators (or author-illustrators) who bring a unique vision to their stories. In chapter books, she’s seeking sweet realistic or mystery series. Her picture book tastes are diverse, ranging from sophisticated to quirky to gently humorous. She’s interested in art in all mediums, but especially appreciate a smart use of color and perspective.


Website: http://www.thebentagency.com/laurel-symonds



Chris Kepner

Chris Kepner has been working in the publishing industry since 2008, both as a literary agent and more recently as a director of international rights. He has negotiated hundreds of book licenses all over the world, and he couldn’t be more excited about launching this agency. Discovering authors is his passion, and building a new list is an absolute thrill.

If you’re an author seeking representation, please review his query guidelines.



Lauren Galit

Being a literary agent is my dream job (but then again, I was a literary geek at Harvard): I get to work with writers all day long, helping them craft their book ideas and editing their proposals. And then, once the proposal is complete, I get to connect with editors to sell them on something I have passionately committed myself to for the past few months. And I get to chat — a lot (but hopefully not too much). With writers, with editors, with Caitlen. All good.

I started my agenting career in 2002 at John Boswell Associates, a literary agency and book packager that’s most noted for creating 365 Ways To Cook Chicken, as well as countless other best sellers. Because Boswell was a packager as well as an agent, he taught me how to do more than just craft a proposal and sell it; he showed me how to create a book from scratch, working with designers and production people along the way. It is that attention to detail that I bring to my current projects, even if we aren’t packaging them. I help my authors envision what their books could be.

Before becoming an agent, I was a magazine editor for 10 years, starting at GQ (Gentleman’s Quarterly) and ending at GH (Good Housekeeping). That’s where I learned to edit and copy edit, to read and reread until an article or caption or pull quote was just so. It is a skill I bring to every proposal I work on with a writer. It won’t go out until it is just so, because the proposal should beautifully and accurately represent the idea an author is dying to bring to the world.

Website: http://lkgagency.com/



Who’s ready for something new this fall?

This year, because of the many changes in the contest world, we have had to rethink Nightmare On Query Street and Sun versus Snow. As we didn’t want to let these amazing contests (who have many years of success) go, Michelle Hauck, Amy Trueblood, and myself have come with a brand new fall contest called, FALL FICTION FEST!

Like past contests, this will be a query plus first 250 words event.

We’ll open a contest window for twenty-four hours and accept entries that meet the contest requirements and guidelines. Once all entries have been received, Michelle, Amy, and I will review the entries and make ten selections each.

After these thirty selections are announced, the writers will be paired with seasoned mentors who’ll help them polish their materials for the agent round. Currently there are ten agents on board with hopefully more committing soon!

The agent round will be open for a full three days and will allow the participating agents to travel between our three blogs and make requests based on what they represent. To keep a bit of fun (and tradition) in the contest, we’ll continue having the agents request in a fall-flavored way. Like “add an extra marshmallow to my hot cocoa and send me the full!”

As always once the agent request period is over, we’ll direct the participants on how to send in their requested materials.

Now for the guidelines and rules…

  • Entries can be Adult, New Adult, Young Adult, or Middle Grade. All genres (excluding erotica)

  • Entries must be for a completed and polished manuscript (please check word count guidelines to make sure your entry qualifies!)

Some great online posts to check out:

Agent Jennifer Laughran’s Word Count Dracula

Writer’s Digest Guide to Word Count

  • The entry cannot have been part of an agent round in a contest for the last three months

Important dates:

October 31: Submission window opens (will be open for 24 hours)

November 19: Selected 30 entries announced

November 20-25: Mentors work with entries

November 26-28: Agent round

As we get closer to the submission window on October 31, we’ll post full details on submission guidelines and entry rules.

If you have a beautiful, stunning, exciting entry polished up and ready to query, we hope you’ll think about joining us for FALL FICTION FEST!

It is certain to be a “CHILLING and THRILLING” time!




I’m excited to feature a friend’s new release today. CAT SHIFTERS OF AAIDAR: ESCAPE, an action-packed romance set in a distant world, featuring a band-of-brothers, mercenary great cat shifters on a dangerous mission in a foreign world, who meet their matches in kick-ass women.

Five star reads!

Details about book 1, ESCAPE, are below, but first, check out this cover!

Can an alien shifter and a human find a way to be together on a planet torn apart by war?

Guns, fangs and claws for hire, Herc’s the alpha of a big cat shifter mercenary team, fighting for the Regime. When nurse Maya tends his wounds, her touch on his near-naked body triggers the first phase of an impossible bondmate.

There’s no way in all seven hells Herc will bond with a puny human–despite her alluring curves and feisty attitude. He’s not going to kiss her, so bond two, the meshing of their hearts, will never happen. And sex is totally off the table – or the bed, or any other damned place. So bond three, the irrevocable joining of their souls, isn’t a concern…as long as he never sees her again.

A Resistance fighter, Maya infiltrated the Regime to save her captured sister. Her slash-and-burn plan doesn’t include bonding with a sexy mercenary shifter who’s hunting her people into extinction. But when her secret identity’s revealed, she flees into the desert with Regime soldiers–and a determined Herc–hot on her heels.

If he catches Maya, Herc faces a lifetime on the run from the Regime. But giving in to her heart’s desire will bond Maya to her enemy.

CAT SHIFTERS OF AAIDAR: ESCAPE is book one in a four-book series. Look for book 2, ENGAGE, coming October 12, 2019, ENSNARE in December, and ENDINGS, in January 2020.





Laney Kaye & Christina Wilder co-write steamy shifter romance featuring alpha men and kick-ass women who find their happily-ever-after on distant, alien worlds.

Look for upcoming titles released individually, including:

MY BIG FAT GREEK ROMANCE, Legally Blonde meets Gladiator in a humorous time travel romance set in ancient Pompeii, November, 2018, by Christina Wilder

THE LURE OF THE MER, by Laney Kaye, coming Spring ’19 from The Wild Rose Press


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