Tuesday, 5 March 2013

The 900 Giveaway

NOW CLOSED TO SUBMISSIONS - THANK YOU!

I promised a giveaway when I reached 900 twitter followers, and you guys helped me to reach that number - so THANK YOU! <3

I asked whether you would prefer books / critiques / other for the giveaway, and critiques was a far-and-away winner. So here's what I - and some freakin' AMAZING authors - are offering...


Brianna Shrum: Query & first 10 pages critique.

Bridget Shepherd: First 50 pages critique.

Irene Rose: Query & first 10 pages critique.

Kat Ellis (me): Query & first 50 pages critique.

Lori Goldstein: First 10 pages critique/copy edit.

Marieke Nijkamp: First 10 pages critique.

Tamara Mataya (Feaky Snucker): First chapter (10 pages) critique.

*New critiquer added!!*

Jani Grey: First 50 pages critique.

*UPDATED 13th March - And because the entries are SO brilliant, another amazing critiquer has joined the giveaway!*

Kip Wilson Rechea: Query & first 10 pages critique.


AWESOMENESS, right?

Now I'm sure you're wondering what do I have to do to win this awesomeness? Well, it's simple.

1. Leave a short pitch (about 50 words) for your MS in the comments to this post, along with the genre and title of your MS.

...I really didn't need to number that, did I? We're not critiquing the 50-word pitches, these are just to give us a flavour of what your MS is about so we can choose ones that grab us. It's open to all genres/categories of fiction.

I'll leave this open to entries until 10pm GMT on Tuesday, 12th March. Once it's closed, the awesome author critiquers listed above will come and choose their favourite pitches, and reply to your pitch-comment with "I choose you!" or similar. If you get picked, please email the query/number of pages specified above to: katelliswrites (at) gmail (dot) com. I'll pass them on for critique.

Tweeting about this giveaway is entirely optional, but I'd love it if you did!

63 comments:

  1. Sounds like an awesome contest!

    Title: PIECES OF ELYSIUM
    Genre: Adult UF
    Pitch: The gods stripped ex-valkyrie Ingrid of her powers and banished her to our planet. Now all she wants is a stiff drink, but the most wanted woman on Earth needs a bodyguard. To survive, Ingrid will have to fight legions of supernatural assassins and her growing feelings toward her client.

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  2. Title: "The Role"
    Genre: LGBT Fiction
    Pitch: Mason Burroughs has finally landed a role that could make him the next big Broadway star, but his director and hunky co-star pressure him to make compromises that threaten to shatter his real life for the sake of the play. Mason must decide whether he is really willing to give up everything for the sake of his Broadway dream.

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  3. Excellent contest!

    Title: DARKER MERCIES
    Genre: dark fantasy

    Pitch: Laurel is a paladin who has been captured and enslaved by the Majestrix of Mercy, the evil sorceress who rules half the world. Laurel's zeal to be a torch in the darkness is undermined by her growing infatuation with her captor. Soon she must weigh her faith against her love with the lives of millions in the balance.

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  4. Such a great contest! Thanks, Kat!

    Title: Immaculate
    Genre: Adult literary fiction/magical realism

    Pitch: Brigid Callahan flees her established life in favor of a no-rules existence in Santa Fe after seeing her husband with another woman. When she finds out she is pregnant and the timeline fits neither her new boyfriend, Epifanio, nor her husband, Epifanio’s deceased mother steps in to guide Brigid home.

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  5. Title: Deceptive Cadence
    Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
    Pitch: Cadence’s husband and daughter are killed, so her guardian angel offers her the chance to save them - to relive her life from age fourteen. Cadence sees it as an opportunity to make amends as well as save her family. But she doesn’t expect a stranger to disrupt her plans.

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  6. Title: Equilibrium
    Genre: dark urban fantasy
    Stricken by vertigo mid-ascent, Julie discovers the disease was inflicted by legendary spirits Grandmother Moon and Reafan so that Julie will become a pawn in their ongoing battle. The only way Julie and her friends can survive is by mastering anima, the terrifying psychic power Julie has suppressed for decades.

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  7. (Thanks for the opportunity!)

    Title: HOPE IN BLOOM
    Genre: YA Contemporary

    Desperate to change her fortunes, eighteen-year-old Mallory decides playing the lottery is the ticket to erasing the misery surrounding her at home and at school. And though her addiction to the hope each ticket brings drives Mallory to keep playing, a jackpot win isn’t how the lottery changes her life.

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  8. Title: HMS Invisible
    Genre: Alternate History/Fantasy

    Nicholas Mitchell is a midshipman in a 72-gun ship of battle, training to command the thundering broadsides and powerful enchantments of the Royal Navy. Mitchell has only ever wished to serve King and country—but when his own unprecedented powers emerge, his duties may lie instead in secretive, dangerous waters.

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    1. Yay, exciting! I'm looking forward to it.
      Thanks to Kat for organizing this, and Marieke for her generous help!

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  9. Title: Nightfallen
    Genre: YA

    Lexy’s not the type of girl to stand by and watch a fight—after all she’s been training all of her life to fight the infected. In her world there are two simple rules 1. Zombies are bad. 2. Werewolves are worse. But Lexy has to choose between following what her family has taught her or following Kaden, a werewolf, for a chance to save Jason the boy—I mean zombie of her dreams.

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  10. Title: CROW’S BLOOD
    Genre: YA Fantasy

    Flynn is a talented young thief. When someone kills a powerful noblewoman, the first in a series of ritualistic murders, Flynn quickly becomes the prime suspect. He's also their best chance to find the real killer.

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  11. Title: STEALING HAPPY
    Genre: YA Contemporary

    Fifteen-year-old science geek Maura convinces herself the forces of the universe are pitted against her. When she tries to shoplift her way back to fairness, Paul, the straight-arrow boy she likes, catches her red-handed.

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  12. Title: Dot Reaper

    Lord of the Flies meets X-Men in this contemporary YA fantasy about fifteen-year-old Maxine Protega’s descent into madness as magical Armageddon rips her family and her world apart.

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  13. Title: Reaper's Rhythm
    Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

    Devastated and unable to accept her sister’s sudden death, Kim sets out to prove it was murder. Hampered by an unnatural hole in her memory, she is met at every turn by the unexplainable. The only person who seems to know anything is a dark-eyed stranger who would rather vanish than talk.

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    1. I'd love to read the first ten of yours too! Provided you don't need it ASAP!
      @_lagold

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    2. Thanks :) I'll get it emailed to Kat ASAP. Sorry I was slow to read this, I'm away at the moment! Thanks again for picking me :D

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  14. Title: SIGHTLESS
    Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

    When her little sister is threatened by the same man who killed their mother, Sixteen-year-old Carly vows to use her Telesthesia and her connections to a secret Potent council to hunt him down.

    -lauren.spieller@gmail.com

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  15. Title: Lily In The Shadows
    Genre: YA Historical Fantasy

    When all the flowers die in Victorian London, a streetwise flower girl with a love for books and a gift for getting into trouble investigates before the city descends into chaos and she loses everything.

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    1. I would absolutely love to read/critique Lily in the Shadows. It sounds great!

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  16. Title: TARGET (unfinished MS)
    Genre: YA Fantasy

    Prince Lex spends too much time with books and not enough with girls. When his parents accept a proposal on his behalf, he runs away to avoid it. What he didn't expect was to fall for an outlaw, gather an army, or worry about saving his parents' lives.

    Maybe running away was a bad idea.

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  17. Title: LINKED TO LEGACIE
    Genre: YA Contemporary

    A creepy stranger asks for directions, sending a skaterboy to the gated home of a reclusive teenage heiress for help. Hailing from different worlds, the teens are forbidden to meet up again. Instead they bond online, unaware that a predator is monitoring their budding friendship and waiting to strike.

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  18. Title: Oliver's Ghost Machine
    Genre: MG Paranormal Steampunk

    Ghosts don’t come to Oliver’s house, or they didn’t until that unfortunate accident with the ghost of Elijah Banks in the outhouse. Elijah tells Oliver about a problem so insane it can’t be true, except it is. Houseghosts are tethering to their decaying bodies – like forever. To save them, Oliver must risk the ghostgirl he secretly worships, the eccentric grandfather he comes to adore – or himself.

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  19. Title: COLDNESS OF MAREK
    Genre: Adult Epic Fantasy

    Passionate about revolutionizing her native country of Serengard, Trzl will sacrifice anything for her cause– even the life of the man she loves. But when she becomes a single mother at nineteen, she seeks solitude near the chilling Cliffs of Marek… and runs into some old enemies instead.

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  20. Title: OLIVER AND THE UNDERLINGS
    Genre: MG Fantasy

    Oliver Bradshaw wants a normal life. A safe place he can call home. Some friends. But when monsters kidnap Oliver's classmates, all of that is threatened. If Oliver fails in rescuing his classmates, a monster war will spill over into the human world, and nowhere will ever be safe again.

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    1. I'd love to read the first ten of yours too! Provided you don't need it ASAP!
      @_lagold

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  21. TITLE: The Only One
    Genre: YA Contemporary

    When 15 year-old Shae Mackenna loses her mother to cancer, she also loses her school, her friends and her ice hockey team in just one summer. Forced to move away and live with her father in a small town, she must either fight for a spot on an all-boys' team or give up on the game she loves. Can Shae convince the doubters that she really belongs on the ice?

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  22. Title: PIPER GIRL
    Genre: YA Fairy Tale Retelling

    When crazed rats from a nearby research lab infest her rundown neighborhood, 17-year-old Marisa offers to help capture them. Her secret weapon? A magical ability to charm animals with her flute, like a modern-day Pied Piper. But after a powerful scientist learns Marisa's powers also affect humans, she stands in danger of becoming his next lab rat.

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    1. Carla, I've wanted to read this forever! So this is me choosing you as well. If you don't mind :P

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    2. Awesome! That would be great! Thanks!

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  23. Title: BOOK OF LILY
    Genre: YA Dystopian

    After The Great Decline in female births, the countdown to extinction begins. Seventeen-year-old Lily was the last female ever born. The only one aware of her existence is the old man who’s held her captive her entire life. Once she escapes, Lily sets out discover what remains of civilization and happens upon the key to saving all of humankind.

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  24. Title: Banished
    Genre: YA Historical
    Pitch: In ancient Greece, when 16 year-old Caenus is forced by his father to compete in the Isthmian games that already claimed his brothers' lives, he tangles with a brash competitor who'll stop at nothing to win. The prince's biggest test, however, comes when he falls for a girl at the games who spirals him toward a fight-to-the-death for her hand.

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    1. Kat gave me permission to be an extra reader, and I choose you! I'll also do a query and first 10 pages critique.

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    2. Hi Christopher.

      Please can you email me to arrange your critique with Kip? katelliswrites (at) gmail (dot) com

      Thanks!

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  25. Title: Outcast
    Genre: YA
    Pitch: High school is horrible for most teens but for Milo it is even worse. That is, until Milo finds a little blue rock that gives him unusual abilities helping him become popular, a basketball star, and dates the girl of his dreams.



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  26. Title: THE ONLY INFINITE
    Genre: MG Sci-Fi

    Pitch: Everyone in Lena’s new school is an alien refugee. Everyone except Lena. When she discovers her new headmaster is dabbling in the (illegal) art of mind control, she realizes he’s trying to save – or enslave – humanity. And she holds the key to making his plan work.

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  27. Title: No Such Thing
    Genre: YA Southern Gothic

    On a sweaty summer night in small-town North Carolina, Dare unknowingly awakens a malevolent spirit that’s been dormant in the crumbling Waters residence for years. She doesn’t believe in ghosts, but this one refuses to be ignored. She’ll have to find a way to escape her shadowy stalker before she becomes its next victim.

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    1. Sorry, others are using present tense. But to be clear, I choose, I select, I'm excited to read yours! ;)

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    2. Awesome, thank you! :)

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  28. Title: SUMMER LAKE
    GENRE: YA Historical Romance
    Email: hagergirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

    After being raped by her high-as-a-kite mom's loser boyfriend, Cass leaves her crappy life behind to spend the summer of '73 at Summer Lake. Once there, she loses herself in psychedelic rock, hoping to feel whole again. When she meets clean cut Brent, she has to decide if he's the one who'll help her forget.

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  29. Title: TWELVE STEPS
    Genre: YA Contemporary

    Pitch: Tired of living in her perfect older sister’s shadow, sixteen-year-old Andi decides it’s time to take action. With her new 12-step program, she’ll win the guy, the grades, and the confidence to do it all.

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  30. Title: What I Saw
    Genre: YA Contemporary

    Seventeen-year-old Rhett has anger issues and a record. He also has a sister and mother he’d do anything to protect, including pressuring the school ice princess to tell the truth about the assault she witnessed. But if she saves his life she’ll ruin her own. As he gets to know her, that matters. A lot.

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  31. Title: The Thirteenth Subject
    Genre: YA Science Fiction

    Seventeen-year-old Evy isn’t convinced she’s the missing subject of the Chimera Corporation’s experimental trials. She’s just biding her time until she can escape. But when she discovers the lead scientist’s plot to establish a "new world order," she must decide if her freedom is worth everyone else’s.

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  32. Title: Dreamless On Cloud 9
    Genre: YA Science Fiction

    After an alien abduction, pessimist Isaac Galilei acquires a new superpower that accidentally destroys his home town. Now he’s on a quest to discover who abducted him, uncover the origin of his bodyguard Sin’s existence, and maybe even save the world, too. But he must overcome his hopelessness first.

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  33. Title: Crossing Lau Dai La
    Genre: MG Fantasy

    In a story that blends Vietnamese folklore and Western mythical creatures, eleven-year-old Linh discovers that a power-hungry group of sorcerers named the Kerai have captured her to fetch a crossbow in order to bridge their world to Earth. She must locate it for them or they will kill her mother.

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    1. I choose you! Query and first 10 pages.

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    2. Thanks so much for choosing me!

      Many thanks to Kat for organising this lovely giveaway :)

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  34. Title: Snowflakes On Her Heart
    Genre: Historical Romance

    In 1878 Colorado, Lila James moves to Oak Ridge with a secret and a dream of opening her own bookshop. Cole Parker joins the Pinkerton Detective Agency with one goal. To catch elusive Henry James. The man responsible for the murder of his fiancé.

    Cole is convinced Lila was apart of the plot. Will Lila prove she is innocent? Will Cole catch Henry James?

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  35. Title: THE CITY AND THE CHAOS
    Genre: YA Fantasy

    Pitch: Pearl’s parents defected to the City when she was six, and she’s spent the last decade rebuilding. When her best friend disappears before graduation, and it looks like she’s defected too, Pearl must decide whether or not to continue her search. She may become an enemy in both realms if she does.

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