Originally posted 7/8/16: You may remember me announcing the finalists and alternate for Team Israel... And then a lot of radio silence. But now it's finally here! Today starts the Agent around where agents will read the query & first 3 pages of all the finalists' manuscripts. It's super exciting!
Since I'm the leader of Team Israel, though, I'm only going to be linking to my team's 3 finalists' posts:
Happy reading! If you're an agent participating in the contest, I hope you find something you like and leave a comment below.
And, because I'm not a totally selfish person... here's a master list of all submissions (I changed my mind in the course of writing this post).
Update 7/10/16: Team Israel's alternate finally joins the fray!
As you may recall me mentioning, I am a leader of 1 of 3 NA Teams in the writing competition #FicFest. At the end of March, I shared what I and my 2 Israel team members were looking for. Starting April 24th and ending April 25th, you all submitted manuscripts for us to choose from and now I am happy to announce our 3 finalists (and 1 alternate).
I, Zara Hoffman, have chosen Seeds of Odium by Jamie McLachlan, a NA Fantasy novel, to mentor in revisions leading up to the agent round.
What is #FicFest?
#FicFest is an online writer’s contest which helps put manuscripts in front of literary agents. This contest, unlike most, is open to manuscripts in ALL genres (including those usually excluded such as Paranormal Romance or Erotica) in the categories of Picture Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult.
#FicFest mentors are structured into fifteen (15) teams. Each category that I listed has three teams. Each team is comprised of a team leader, and two (2) team members. Once the submissions open, each team will choose three (3) finalist manuscripts and one (1) alternate manuscript to advance to the Agent Round. This means that an equal number of manuscripts for each category will move to the agent round, guaranteeing that one category does NOT overpower another when it comes time for the agents.
You may or may not know that I am part of a fun writing competition where participants submit completed manuscripts in the categories of Picture Book, Middle Grade, YA, NA, and Adult in all genres. The theme this year is World Tour, but this DOES NOT effect what genres can be submitted or the agent round.
I am personally the leader of one of 3 NA teams ("Team Israel," but your stories don't have to include Israel to be considered). I'm very excited for this opportunity and this post is about introducing me in my role, my 2 Team Members Vanessa Rodriguez and Edith Lalonde, and what all 3 of us would like to see in the submissions that come our way.
We will be choosing "three (3) finalist manuscripts and one (1) alternate manuscript to advance to the Agent Round." (details of the contest)
Zara Hoffman is a college student and has been writing since she was eight years old. She spends most of her time doing homework and writing new stories because if she didn't, her head would likely explode. She writes YA multi-genre fiction to share the crazy products of her imagination with the world and hopes that you find them as entertaining as she does. Her books are for young adults or the young at heart. After all, growing up is overrated. When she isn't wrapped up in projects, Zara listens to music or hangs out with friends.
She loves musical theater, is a Sherlockian, a Tribute, a Divergent, a bookworm, and fangirl through and through! As an avid reader, Zara loves writing book reviews for her favorite books (click on Book Reviews category in the sidebar).
New Adult Wishlist:
When it comes to New Adult (romance) fiction, the market is FILLED with Contemporary Romances, but I want something more unique. Send me some fantasy and sci-fi! I will say I prefer those genres in this category to have romance, but I'm okay with it not being the main plot. I'll also consider mysteries, thrillers and suspense. If it's a good story that keeps me guessing, you're golden! I believe that NA isn't always "the college plot" but the feel of NA-aged characters struggling with transitioning into adulthood, no matter what culture (or world) they're inhabiting. Give me relatable, well-rounded characters (note that I didn't say "likeable") and engaging plots. I love characters who are snarky, but not so much that every word they say is sarcastic. I'm diverse characters as long as it lends itself to the story. Love Cora Carmack and Elle Kennedy (in addition to the 2 authors I list below).
Favorite New Adult read(s):
I'm a self-published author— because being a college student wasn't hard enough! I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love This Is Us, NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,
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