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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.


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:


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.





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.




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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