Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Free #1st5pages Writing Workshop Opens Saturday, September 1st w/ Editor Kate Brauning and Author Lynn Carthage!

Our September workshop will open for submissions on Saturday, September 1st at noon, EST. In addition to our wonderful permanent mentors, we have Lynn Carthage  as our author mentor!

The workshop is designed to help writers struggling to find the right opening for their novel or for those looking to perfect the all important first five pages before submitting for publication. Why the first five pages? Because if these aren't perfect, no agent, editor, or reader will continue reading to find out how great the rest of your story really is!

We will also be hosting a twitter chat on Wednesday, August 29th, from 8-9 pm EST - please join us with your questions using the hashtag #1st5pages!

Why is the First Five Pages Workshop a GREAT Opportunity?

  • You are mentored by at the guest author as well as least one and usually two traditionally-published published or agented authors from among our permanent mentors for the duration of the workshop. These authors have been through the trenches and know what it takes to get a book deal, solid reviews, and sales.
  • In addition, you receive feedback from the four other workshop participants.
  • Feedback is given not just on your initial submission, but on two subsequent opportunities to revise your manuscript based on the previous feedback so that you know you've got it right!
  • The final revision will also be reviewed by a literary agent, who will also give you feedback on the pitch for your story--the one that may eventually become your query letter or cover copy.
  • The best entry from among the workshop participants will receive a critique of the full first chapter or first ten pages from the mentoring agent, which may, in some cases, lead to requests for additional material.

How It Works:
Please see the complete rules before entering the workshop, but in a nutshell, we'll take the first five Middle Grade or Young Adult entries that meet all guidelines and formatting requirements. (Double check the formatting - each month we have to disqualify entries because of formatting.) Click here to get the rules. We will post when the workshop opens and closes on Adventures in YA Publishing and on twitter (@etcashman@MelissWritesNow@charlotteclg ), with the hashtag #1st5pages. In addition to the rotating team of our wonderful permanent author mentors, the final entry for each workshop participant will be critiqued by our agent mentor.

September Guest Publishing Mentor: Kate Brauning

Kate Brauning is an author of YA romance and thrillers, including How We Fall (Simon Pulse). She's an industry editor (previously for Entangled Publishing), and copy editor for Carolrhoda Lab. She's also the creator of the Breakthrough Writers' Boot Camp, a professional development program for established writers. Kate loves baking, dark chocolate, everything about autumn, bright colors, red maple trees, superstitions, ghost stories, anything Harry Potter, night skies, pie, and talking about books. More about her books and her freelance services can be found at https://www.katebrauning.com/ or on Twitter at @KateBrauning.

September Guest Literary Author Mentor: Lynn Carthage 

Lynn Carthage is a novelist living in Sacramento, California, near where the Gold Rush launched. Under her real name, she was a Bram Stoker Award finalist. Born in Vermont, Lynn has lived in Maine, Ireland, and Arizona. She reads voraciously, loves anything French, gets “itchy feet” to travel on a regular basis, and finds peace in the woods, in meadows, in nature.

She has always been fascinated by how history allows us to imagine how people of the past lived and breathed and felt. HAUNTED is the first book in the Arnaud Legacy trilogy. The second is BETRAYED, and the third is AVENGED .


Long ago I was a servant girl at the great manor house in the quiet English village of Grenshire. My mistress, Madame Arnaud, proved cruel, and many died at her hands. To stop her, I tried to kill her.

I failed. And I lost everything.

But that was then. Now, Phoebe Irving’s family has moved into the Arnaud Manor. Phoebe, her friend Miles, and I crossed paths and discovered a powerful connection. Together we might be strong enough to untangle an ancient prophecy hanging over this troubled place where old, deep magic mingles with greed and revenge. We might save Phoebe’s baby sister and other innocents.

We might even save ourselves.
Where to Buy:
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Add it on GOODREADS! 

Saturday, August 4, 2018

#1st5pages Workshop and Mentor News!!!

We are on hiatus for August, so our next workshop will open on Saturday, September 1, at 12:00 pm EST. We'll be hosting a workshop twitter chat on August 29, from 8-9 p.m. EST, and we hope you can join us! Just use the hashtag #1st5pages.

In the meantime, we have some exciting Mentor News!!!

We are so thrilled that NYT, USA Today, and WSJ bestselling author of both YA and adult fiction, Rachel Caine, has joined the workshop as a permanent mentor!! I love Rachel's books, and I absolutely devoured THE GREAT LIBRARY SERIES! The fourth book in the series, SMOKE AND IRON, came out in July, and I can't wait to get my hands on the final book! And HONOR BOUND, the second book in the wonderful series Rachel wrote with Ann Aguirre, comes out in February, 2019. You can add it to your Goodreads shelf here. DEAD AIR, the adult novel/audio/podcast, which Rachel co-wrote with Gwenda Bond and Carrie Ryan, releases on August 15th. And WOLFHUNTER RIVER, the third book in the Stillhouse Lake series, comes out March 26, 2019 (I loved Stillhouse Lake - but don't read it before bed unless you want nightmares!)

We are all SO excited for IF THIS WERE A STORY, a middle grade contemporary by Beth Turley, releasing August 28! Beth isn't just a wonderful mentor, she was a workshop participant!

Brenda Drake has two books to add to your TBR pile! I love the Fated Series, so I can't wait for SEEKING FATE coming in September! And her new series looks fabulous - starting with ANALIESE RISING in January, 2019!

And Pintip Dunn also has two books coming out! I'm so excited for STAR CROSSED coming in October, and MALICE in January!

Then there's THE DEVIL'S THIEF - the sequel to THE LAST MAGICIAN by Lisa Maxwell - which comes out October 9th. I adored THE LAST MAGICIAN so I can't wait for this one!

I was lucky enough to read SVEN CARTER AND THE ANDROID ARMY by Rob Vlock - the second book in this series - and I adored this hilarious, middle grade, sci-fi adventure! It releases October 16th.

I loved REIGN OF THE FALLEN, so I can't wait until January to get my hands on SONG OF THE DEAD by Sarah Glenn Marsh!

As a big Ron Smith fan, I'm so excited for his new MG sci-fi, THE OWLS HAVE COME TO TAKE US AWAY, releasing February, 2019. I absolutely love the cover - and the title!!

And I'd love it if you added my contemporary YA fantasy, UNCHARTED, coming September 4th, to your shelf on Goodreads! I also have a big preorder campaign going on - with a giveaway that includes signed books from several of our mentors, if you want to check it out here!

Lastly, FAT GIRL ON A PLANE, by Kelly deVos, was named one of Readers Digest's Best Summer Books OF ALL TIME!!!! And well-deserved! You can read the list here!

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 will be published on September 4, 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