Saturday, January 27, 2018

1st 5 Pages Writing Workshop Opens 2/2, and Mentor News!

The 1st 5 Pages Writing Workshop will open on Saturday, February 2. Please note, we now require that all participants have a completed manuscript. We have had an overwhelming response by agents, and many ask for full manuscripts. Remember, we usually fill up in a minute, so get those pages ready!

In the meantime, we have some wonderful mentor news to share! We have four wonderfully talented authors joining our team of mentors!!!

New Mentors:

Candace Ganger is a mother, blogger, contributing writer for sites like Teen Vogue, TWLOHA, Bustle, Romper, XO Jane & Hello Giggles. Her debut YA novel, THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH, is out now via St. Martin’s Griffin, and she’s part of a YA mental health anthology, LIFE INSIDE MY MIND, out April 10th, 2018 via S&S. Her forthcoming YA novel (from St. Martin’s Wednesday Books), FALLEN LOVED ONES AWAITING TRANSFER (#float) doesn’t have a pub date yet, but will soon!

Christina June's debut novel, IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE, was released in May 2017, and a companion, EVERYWHERE YOU WANT TO BE, will be available in 2018. She was also part of the anthology NEVER BE YOUNGER, collection of short stories based on the works of Shakespeare.

Shannon M. Parker, author of YA novels THE RATTLED BONES and THE GIRL WHO FELL and contributor to WELCOME HOME, an anthology of short stories focused on adoption, has also collected 37 stamps in two passports, hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and to the top of the Andes, and has degrees from Saint Michael’s College, University of Massachusetts at Boston and University of Southern Maine. When she’s not writing, she helps at-risk families gain literacy and citizenship skills. She likes you and chocolate chip cookies.

A year ago Beth Turley was a participant in the workshop. Soon after, she signed with an agent, and soon after that, she signed a two book deal with Simon & Schuster! She was mentored by Ron Smith and Melanie Conklin, and her middle grade novel, IF THIS WERE A STORY, comes out this year! Please add it to your shelf on Goodreads for more updates, and look for her interview with our wonderful manager, Charlotte Levine-Gruber, on January 29th!

We also have exciting new mentor releases for you to check out!


Happy book birthday to REIGN OF THE FALLEN by Sarah Glenn Marsh which released January 23rd. Featuring a bad-ass bisexual main character, this novel has it all: unique world building, tight pacing with plenty of plot twists, characters you love and hate, and somehow it is dark and yet hopeful at the same time. I was lucky enough to read this epic YA fantasy early, and believe me you don't want to miss it!

LOCK AND MORI, FINAL FALL, by Heather Petty, is the epic conclusion to this fabulous series, a modern-day adaption of Sherlock Holmes, and it was an absolute nail-biter from start to finish! I couldn't turn the pages fast enough!

BLACK PANTHER, THE YOUNG PRINCE by award-winning author Ron Smith released January 2nd. With plenty of intrigue and mystery, a great school setting and realistic friendships, I ripped through this action packed middle grade adventure!

MAGIC OF WINTER , the latest in the CELTIC LEGENDS series by Martina Boone, was a delight to read from start to finish! I loved every page of this heartwarming story of love, redemption, and second chances. The entire series is charming and beautifully written!

And don't forget to put the ASSASSIN OF TRUTHS by Brenda Drake on your TBR list! I adore this NYT bestselling fantasy series, and can't wait for the conclusion which I know will be EPIC!

Happy Reading, Writing, and Revising!


About the Author:
Erin Cashman is AYAP's 1st 5 Pages Workshop coordinator, and a permanent mentor. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, three kids, and an energetic rescue dog. She writes YA fantasy. UNCHARTED is coming fall of 2018, and THE EXCEPTIONALS, a Bank Street College of Education best book of the year, is available now. For up to date information about the workshop, you can follow Erin on twitter here

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