Friday, October 8, 2010

Agent Pitch Contest Winners And A Can't Miss Article!

It's Friday...my favorite day of the week and the fabulous Joanna Volpe has chosen her winners for the agent pitch contest!!!

But before I make the big announcement, I would like to thank Joanna one last time for her awesome interview and for donating her precious time. Agents are super busy...so it means a lot to me when they give up their time to help us out. So thanks Joanna I appreciate all of your help with this contest!

Okay I won't torment you any further...here are the winners:

THIRD PLACE: Jennifer Williams
Title: Wistful
Genre: YA Historical Romance

WISTFUL, after her extravagant Ton wedding, 15 year old Julie Haynesworth runs away from her ancient husband to live with a poor commoner family only to fall in love with the eldest son; too bad he thinks she’s a boy.

SECOND PLACE: Slushpile Slut
Title: Where The Stones Speak
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy

Banished by those too fearful to harbor one so marked with magick, sixteen-year old Iona, clan ruler on The Isle of Virgins, wields a javelin and sword to protect her refuge and ensure the existence of her kind. But when she discovers she is more than a fledgling prophetess, she is a sibyl of ancient lineage, Iona must embark on a journey to find her sacred circle of stones, where they say no dark magick can breech, and proclaim her oracles to the multitudes— But there are many who seek to silence the ancient world’s last free sibyl.

FIRST PLACE: Stina Lindenblatt
Title: Lost in a Heartbeat
Genre: YA romantic suspense.

After a stalker assaulted seventeen-year-old Calleigh, she’s forced to keep silent about what happened or else the psycho will kill her BFF. The only person she dares to tell is her new friend, Aaron, who kind of figures things out. But as she falls for him, she discovers they’re linked in a way she could never have imagined—a connection that could be deadly for Calleigh.

Congratulations to the winners and a huge thank-you to all who entered! Winners send me an e-mail and I will give you the directions to submit your work to Joanna!

Now for this ultra-fabulous article. Debut novels are something I seek out with a vengeance...I love seeing for myself where it all begins for my favorite authors. So when The 50 Most Famous & Impressive Debut Novels of All Time was brought to my attention, I was all over it. It was inspiring to see where legends such as Stephen King, Jane Austen and even the Bronte sisters started out. But don't take my word for it...check it out for yourself. You won't be sorry!

I hope everyone has an awesome Friday and an even more fabulous weekend!

21 comments:

The Golden Eagle said...

Congratulations to the winners! :D

That's an interesting article; I've heard of many of those debut novels, but I don't actually think I've read more than just a couple.

Creepy Query Girl said...

wow- congrats you guys! Great entries! And thanks for the link!

Lydia Kang said...

Congrats to the winners! They all sound like fabulous reads!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

OMG!!!! I won! Yay!

Wow, what a way to start Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend. :D

Thanks Renae and Joanna for the awesome contest!

salarsenッ said...

So happy for you all!! I didn't enter, still not ready, but I'm living vicariously through you all!! And Stina & Slushpile...way to go!

aspiring_x said...

congrats to the winners!
and super cool list of debuts!

Matthew Rush said...

Holy crap! Two out of three of these people are good friends of mine. That rocks! Congrats to everybody!

Hi Renae.

Christina Lee said...

YAY!!!!

Oh and Stina, two thumbs way up--I had the priviledge of reading this book and it RAWKS! I hope Jo loves it!

Adventures in Children's Publishing said...

YAY Stina. WOOT!!!

Congrats to all the winners,

Martina & Marissa

Melissa said...

Congratulations to all the winners.

RaShelle said...

Congrats to the winners. Yay!!! =D

Talei said...

Wow - congrats to all winners!!

Hi Renae, I have an award for you on my blog, please do pop by when you have a few minutes. ;))

Clara said...

Congrats to the winners! And thanks for sharing the list, I loved it! =D Hopefully, in 10 years our novels will be there!! Weeeeeeeeeee!!!

Slushpile Slut said...

Just stopped by after a long, hard day at work to take a quick peek and I'm so excited I got 2nd!! SQUEE!!!!

Congrats to the other winners!!

And a BIG HUG & THANK YOU to Renae for hosting this contest...Mwuah!

Hannah Kincade said...

oooh, CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE!! Awesome news!

Lisa Gail Green said...

OMG that's so exciting!! Congrats to all of you. It's nice to see a couple of familiar names in the "winners circle." What a great contest!

A.L. Sonnichsen said...

Yay, Stina! And congrats to all the winners. :)

It was fun to read all these.

Amy

Jemi Fraser said...

These are terrific! Congrats to the winners :)

Jenn said...

Thanks for having this contest! I thought everyone did a great job :)

I had some trouble pulling up your email address to email you. Could you let me know your email so I can send you an email? Or you could just send the instructions to me. Thanks again!

SWK said...

Cool link! And Joana Volpe rocks! Congrats to the winners. Look forward to following your blog!

Janet Johnson said...

Congratulations to the winners! Very cool contest, Renae. :)