Wednesday, March 2, 2016

1st 5 Pages March Workshop Opens Saturday!

Our March workshop will open for entries on Saturday, March 5 at noon, EST. We'll take the first five Middle Grade or Young Adult entries that meet all guidelines and formatting requirements. (We are no longer taking New Adult entries.) Click here to get the rules. I will post when it opens and closes on Adventures in YA Publishing and on twitter (@etcashman), with the hashtag #1st5pages. In addition to our wonderful permanent mentors, we have author Sarah Fine and agent Nicole Tourtelot

March Guest Mentor - SARAH FINE

Sarah is the of several books for teens, including Of Metal and Wishes (McElderry/Simon & Schuster) and its sequel, Of Dreams and Rust, the Guards of the Shadowlands YA urban fantasy series (Skyscape/Amazon Children’s Publishing), and The Impostor Queen (McElderry, January 2016).

She’s also the co-author (with Walter Jury) of two YA sci-fi thrillers published by Putnam/Penguin: Scan and its sequel Burn.When Sarah’s not writing, she’s psychologizing. Sometimes she does both at the same time. The results are unpredictable.


Sixteen-year-old Elli was only a child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic in service of her people. The only life Elli has known has been in the temple, surrounded by luxury, tutored by magic-wielding priests, preparing for the day when the queen perishes—and the ice and fire find a new home in Elli, who is prophesied to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.

But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.

Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between her love for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must choose the right side before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.

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March Guest Agent - NICOLE TOURTELOT

A graduate of Columbia University, Nicole began her agenting career at ICM in 2009, working under literary agent Heather Schroder, and with writers such as Candace Bushnell, Ben Fountain, Amanda Hesser, Kim Severson, Tamar Adler, and Tom Bissell. At Kuhn Projects, Nicole worked with authors such as Marina Abramovic, Isaac Mizrahi, Tavi Gevinson/Rookie Magazine, Charles Blow, Luke Barr, Rosie Perez, Luke’s Lobster, and Kings County Distillery. Nicole joined DeFiore and Company in 2015. She represents a variety of narrative and prescriptive nonfiction, including food, lifestyle, wellness, pop culture, history, humor, and memoir, as well as select young adult and adult fiction.

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