Last Tuesday, an amazing thing happened. My cell rang. (No really. It gets more amazing.) When I answered the out-of-area number, it was the RWA® informing me that I was a RITA finalist. A RITA finalist! Despite my husband’s best efforts to video document my screams, weeps, & weird ass dance moves during The Call, he forgot to hit that little red button that actually records. But! I did manage to capture the state of my insides, as seen here:
For those unfamiliar with the RITA award, it’s considered the Oscar of the romance writing industry. It is the most prestigious nomination you can receive as a published author of this genre, and with 2000 entries, competition is FIERCE. So I’m still a bit beside myself to share that SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS has received two RITA nominations–Best First Book & Best Young Adult Romance! There really isn’t a gif or emoji in existence that can properly convey the depths of my feels over this news.
Put it this way, ever had a dream so big you almost didn’t dare dream it? Well, becoming a RITA nominee was mine. And this was especially meaningful since SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS had the honor of winning the RWA’s Golden Heart® Award for unpublished manuscripts back in 2013. Now here we are in 2017, with that same story finally published. And up for two RITAs! Who’s life am I living?! My heart is so very full.
The winners will be announced during the RWA conference at a black tie awards ceremony in Orlando on Thursday, July 27th. Stay tuned! ♥
My forever gratitude goes out to the many talented people who touched this story and helped it truly shine. And, of course, to the judges who read my book and felt it worthy. I’m truly humbled!
The Pitch Madness 2017 submission window is now open!
To submit your manuscript pitch into the contest, use this form on Brenda Drake’s post here.
What is Pitch Madness?
It’s a contest to win a request from one or more of the participating agents. (See who they are here.)
The submission window is open from NOW and until 11:59PM EST on February 24th. You should have plenty of time to get your submissions in. Make sure to perfect your entry. If you make an error, you may not resend. What do you need to enter? A 35-word (max) pitch and the first 250 words of your finished manuscript. If the 250th word falls in the middle of a sentence, go to the end of the sentence. If you’ve entered this manuscript into contests before, you CAN still enter Pitch Madness.
There will be 60 finalists moving onto the agent round. Pitch Madness will accept Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult (never before published) fiction only, novel length (no novellas) completed and polished manuscripts only. All genres (i.e. fantasy, contemporary, sci-fi, and so on) are welcome to enter. Only one entry per writer.
Each blog host will have a co-host helping them choose their top 10 entries. We have a team of first readers who will check for formatting, grammar, and content and put their top picks through to the hosts and cohosts.
This year’s first round readers and teams can be found here.
The agent round will be on March 16 and 17. To see our amazing line up agents go to this post here.
All the twitter fun will happen on the hashtag #PitchMadness! Hope you’ll enter and good luck!
Super thrilled to share that this year I will be co-hosting Team Peanut Brittle House with my dear friend & NYT best-selling author, Pintip Dunn!!! ♥
Unfamiliar with #PitchMadness? No worries! I’ve posted a brief overview below and you can hop on over to Pintip’s host blog for the FULL deets, dates, & important info…
The Pitch Madness submission window will be open for 24 hours on February 24!
What is Pitch Madness? It’s a contest held every March, where writers enter for a chance to win requests from the participating agents. Writers submit a 35-word (max) pitch and the first 250 words of their completed manuscript on submission day. Then a team of readers choose the top sixty (60) entries to go onto the agent round. Though Pitch Madness has a game theme, the next contest will transition to more of a critique based contest with agents simply requesting in the comments of the entries’ posts instead of having the agents play for requests. Also, hosts will coach our team members, helping them polish their entries and first pages.
FOR FULL DETAILS GO HERE: Pintip Dunn’s Website
TEAM PEANUT BRITTLE HOUSE!!!
Fun news! SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS has made it to the semi-finals of the Book Shimmy Awards, hosted by Epic Reads! It’s been nominated in the Hot Under the Cover category, and it’s got some mighty fine company indeed.
How excited was I when I found out? Well, it looked something like this…
(BTW, rainbow doesn’t come out of carpet. Not even with Resolve.)
So my deepest, heartfeltiest thanks to the reading community who nominated my book! It is more appreciated than my full-color-spectrum vomit can convey. ♥ Also, if you’d like to help SOS advance to the finals, check out the link below! Voting ends Thursday, Dec 22nd…
Happy holidays to you and yours!
Like I said, GERMAN ARCS ARE IN THE INSTAGRAM WILDS! And aren’t they beautiful?! The countdown is on for the Deutschland release of Zwischen Dir Und Mir Die Sterne (translation: Between You and Me the Stars), which hits the shelves August 25th! But in the meantime, these advanced copies + creative Bookstagrammer genius, have left my heart ALL aflutter!!! ♥~♥~♥