Monday, February 25, 2013

Announcing the March 1st 5 Pages Workshop with Mentor Tracy Deebs

Note: The workshop is full! We'll post the entries on Monday at noon. Even if you didn't make it into the workshop, please do come by and critique, lurk, and learn from Tracy! It's a great opportunity to apply lessons learned from other manuscripts.

Our April workshop will be mentored by Lauren Bjorkman and will open for entries on April 6th.


Sadly, our February workshop is over. The participants all did amazing work. Seriously, the transformations on some of these pages left me speechless. Thanks so much to the fabulous Nikki Loftin for being such a wonderful mentor! And as always, thanks to Lisa Gail Green, who always knows exactly what to say and how to get to the heart of the problem to help coax out the best in a WIP.

And hey, did you hear the news? Tiffany Johnson from our December Workshop signed with an agent and is already out on sub with her manuscript after tuning up her pages, and Lori Goldstein from the January Workshop has just followed suit. Lori's manuscript also just made it to the top ten in our Pitch +250 contest, along with Dana Edwards, another workshop veteran. Woot!!!!! Congrats to them all!


Tracy collects books, English degrees and lipsticks and has been known to forget where—and sometimes who—she is when immersed in a great novel. At six she wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—and at seven she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. From the first page of that first book, she knew she’d found her life-long love. Now a writing instructor at her local community college, Tracy writes YA novels that run the gamut from dark mermaids and witches to kissing clubs and techno-Armageddon stories… and she still has a soft spot for Judy Blume.

Ready to learn more? Visit Tracy on her website and follow her on Twitter.

Tempest Unleashed

by Tracy Deebs

Tempest Maguire is happy with her decision to embrace her mermaid nature and live among her mother’s clan within the ocean’s depths. Even though training to one day ascend the throne for the aging mermaid queen is rigorous, she finds refuge in the arms of Kona, the selkie who first opened her up to her mermaid side. But when word comes that one of her brothers has been gravely injured on land, Tempest immediately rushes to his side—which also brings her back to her old flame, Mark. And in her absence, a deadly battle begins raging at the hands of Tempest’s old nemesis, the sea witch Tiamat. As the dangerous war erupts, Tempest’s two loves—Kona and Mark, sea and land—will collide for the first time, both to protect her and to force her to choose.
by Tracy Deebs
Beat the game. Save the world.

Pandora’s just your average teen, glued to her cell phone and laptop, surfing Facebook and e-mailing with her friends, until the day her long-lost father sends her a link to a mysterious site featuring twelve photos of her as a child. Unable to contain her curiosity, Pandora enters the site, where she is prompted to play her favorite virtual-reality game, Zero Day. This unleashes a global computer virus that plunges the whole world into panic: suddenly, there is no Internet. No cell phones. No utilities, traffic lights, hospitals, law enforcement. Pandora teams up with handsome stepbrothers Eli and Theo to enter the virtual world of Zero Day. Simultaneously, she continues to follow the photographs from her childhood in an attempt to beat the game and track down her father, her one key to saving the world as we know it. Part The Matrix, part retelling of the Pandora myth, Doomed has something for gaming fans, dystopian fans, and romance fans alike.

1 comment:

  1. As a February participant, I have to say that it was a fantastic experience! Kind of grueling, but very rewarding. I encourage lots more people to enter for March!