Monday, January 7, 2013

January First Five Pages Workshop Entries Posted

Once again, I am deeply sorry for the confusion involving the emails! Because we weren't receiving the emails properly we missed a lot of the original emails and ended up announcing that there was still room long after there was no room.

To make everything as fair as I could make it, I have gone over all the original submissions we did receive and the headers of the submissions that were resent. I've coordinated them by the time they were originally sent. The following are the entries that have accepted into the workshop:

King, Generation One
Goldstein, Becoming Jinn
Badania, Till the End of the World
Green, Order of the Griffin
Nash, The Infinite Betrayal of June Grey

The remaining entries will receive priority admission into next month's workshop. (You will be notified of that by email if you are in that situation.)

The entries are posted below. Please help us out by reading and commenting, or just lurking to see what  our guest mentor will suggest. There's lots of information about how to read, what to look for, and how the workshop works on the pages linked in the tabs above. There's also a great guest post by Kay Honeyman today on Adventures in YA Publishing about the promise and conflict in a great opening.

The next workshop will begin taking entries on February 2, 2013. (And I promise to get the email and submissions right!)

Happy critiquing,



Kimberly Sabatini is a former Special Education Teacher who is now a stay-at-home mom and a part-time dance instructor for 3, 4 and 5 year olds. After her dad passed away in 2005, she used writing as a way to make sense of the experience and discovered that she’s full of questions that need to be answered. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband and three boys. Kimberly writes Young Adult fiction and is represented by Michelle Wolfson of Wolfson Literary Agency. She is thrilled to be part of the "Wolf Pack." TOUCHING THE SURFACE is her debut novel. (Simon Pulse - Simon & Schuster, October 30, 2012)

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Touching the Surface

by Kimberly Sabatini

Experience the afterlife in this lyrical, paranormal debut novel that will send your heart soaring.
When Elliot finds herself dead for the third time, she knows she must have messed up, big-time. She doesn’t remember how she landed in the afterlife again, but she knows this is her last chance to get things right. 

Elliot just wants to move on, but first she will be forced to face her past and delve into the painful memories she’d rather keep buried. Memories of people she’s hurt, people she’s betrayed…and people she’s killed.

As she pieces together the secrets and mistakes of her past, Elliot must find a way to earn the forgiveness of the person she’s hurt most, and reveal the truth about herself to the two boys she loves…even if it means losing them both forever.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Touching the Surface?

My favorite thing about my book is that my MC, Elliot, is not an instantaneously likable character. I think she wears some of her faults on her sleeve and camouflages quite a few of soft spots--for protection. I adore characters that sweep me off of my feet from the very first sentence. I want to be best friends with them, but a character like Elliot, is more like me--not always perfect. She gives me a lot of hope that I'll some day be able to get my own act together. And of course there is that thing where MY BOOK IS A BOOK! That is also pretty awesome. :o)

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