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807, 2020

Literary agent will represent my work to New York publishers

July 8th, 2020|

 

After more than three years of writing, editing and pitching my new novel, literary agent Paula Munier has agreed to represent my work to traditional publishers based in New York City.

Paula is a senior agent at Talcott Notch Literary, an agency that has an impressive list of bestsellers with the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Amazon. She has worked at Talcott since 2012 and is also a USA Today-bestselling author of the Mercy Carr Mystery series.

I met Paula virtually last year through one of the Writer’s Digest University Literary Agent Boot Camps. Paula provided some excellent edits of REAL GIRL, along with this overall assessment of my science fiction thriller about a lifelike robot who tries to escape from an augmented reality competition where people can hunt and kill her for sport:

“I have every confidence you will find representation,” Paula wrote. “This was a fun and easy read. There’s a lot to recommend this: a likable heroine in Evaline, intriguing world-building, an interesting cast of characters, a well-drawn setting, cool technology, good action, and the promise of more to come. You have a good grasp of the elements of fiction. You know what you are doing, and it shows.”

Working with an agent like Paula is a dream come true for me. She is well-connected to editors in the industry, so I have every confidence she will find the right publishing house for REAL GIRL.

1806, 2020

New novel now a Top 25 finalist in competition

June 18th, 2020|

My new novel just advanced to a Top 25 finalist in the 2020 Launch Pad Manuscript Competition.

Now in its third year, this manuscript competition searches for the most impressive, cinematic and captivating prose from emerging writers. It has resulted in over 40 projects set up and 12 books published in collaboration with Inkshares. The winners will be announced July 16.

Set in a near future Midwest city, REAL GIRL is about a lifelike robot who tries to escape from an augmented reality competition where people can hunt and kill her for sport. I conducted more than a year of original research for this story as a former reporter with a master’s degree in journalism. That includes interviews with cybersecurity experts, virtual reality coders, and even manufacturers of artificially intelligent robots.

This is now the second competition REAL GIRL has placed in. My manuscript also beat out more than 1,000 other books to become a quarterfinalist in the ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition. While it did not advance to the next round, I was encouraged that my still unpublished science fiction thriller even made it into their top 10 percent of submissions. It also reiterates this feedback I received last year from a professional developmental editor through Writer’s Digest:

“This is one of the best unpublished manuscripts I have ever read,” the editor wrote. “It also has strong movie/tv potential and should be pitched to movie agents as well as book agents. The strong vision of a coherent future world that is interesting and unique, coupled with enormous heart and emotional impact, could make this an attractive media project.”

1305, 2020

REAL GIRL becomes finalist in Launch Pad Manuscript Competition

May 13th, 2020|

My new novel, REAL GIRL, just became a finalist in the 2020 Launch Pad Manuscript Competition.

The Launch Pad Competitions have led to more than 450 signings, 164 projects set up, 68 writers staffed, seven bidding wars, and 156 appearances on annual “best of” lists. That includes the Black List, Blood List, Hit List, and the Young & Hungry List.

Now in its third year, this specific manuscript competition searches for the most impressive, cinematic and captivating prose from emerging writers. It has resulted in over 40 projects set up and 12 books published in collaboration with Inkshares.

With dozens of titles in bookstores since their launch just a few years ago, Inkshares has become a powerful force in the publishing world and a major hub for Hollywood to discover new talent as well. Past successes include the sale of Tal M. Klein’s THE PUNCH ESCROW to Lionsgate and also J.F. Dubeau’s A GOD IN THE SHED, which is being developed for television with Skydance and Akiva Goldsman.

This is now the second competition REAL GIRL has placed in. My new novel also beat out more than 1,000 other books to become a quarterfinalist in the ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition. That literary contest seeks book manuscripts with cinematic adaptation potential. Literary agents from The Gersh Agency, United Talent Agency and 3 Arts Entertainment selected 100 quarterfinalists from over 1,200 submissions.

While REAL GIRL did not advance to the next round, I was encouraged that my still unpublished science fiction thriller even made it into their top 10 percent of books. It also reiterates this feedback I received last year from a professional developmental editor through Writer’s Digest:

“This is one of the best unpublished manuscripts I have ever read,” the editor wrote. “It also has strong movie/tv potential and should be pitched to movie agents as well as book agents. The strong vision of a coherent future world that is interesting and unique, coupled with enormous heart and emotional impact, could make this an attractive media project.”

204, 2020

Second article published in Writer’s Digest magazine

April 2nd, 2020|

 

Writer’s Digest just published my second article in their magazine, which reaches about 70,000 subscribers across the country.

The article appears in their regular IndieLab column that follows trends in the self-publishing business. It focuses on my experience creating successful media kits for The Black Lens novel:

“Indie authors often spend more time publishing their book than they do promoting it. But if you want to sell copies to more than just family and friends, you must rely on others to spread the word. One of the easiest—and cheapest—ways to do that is by creating a media kit.”

Writer’s Digest published my first article last year about how to craft the perfect media pitch. Since Boyle & Dalton released my debut novel in 2016, I have successfully pitched The Black Lens to more than a dozen news media outlets like these:

“The grim reality of modern-day slavery in America.”
— Kirkus Reviews Magazine

“The Black Lens is clearly the work of a journalist. It exists to inform and disrupt, and it succeeds.”
— Columbus Underground

“A work of fiction. A world of truths.”
— WBNS-10TV

“Will go a long way in giving a voice to victims and helping raise awareness of sex trafficking in rural America.”
— The Columbus Dispatch

“The Black Lens reminds us that human trafficking, sex slavery and exploitation are real. For many young people in Central Oregon, the world of sex trafficking is non-fiction.”
— The Source Weekly“

Read the full article in Writer’s Digest. You can also see more reviews of The Black Lens or order a copy on Amazon.

903, 2020

First interview with NPR

March 9th, 2020|

I just participated in my first interview with NPR on our local All Sides with Ann Fisher radio show.

All Sides is a two-hour, daily public-affairs talk show designed to touch upon all sides of the issues and events that shape life in Central Ohio. This interview focused on my work as a board member of She Has A Name educating men arrested for soliciting sex through an innovative “John School” program.

Ann Fisher interviewed myself and two other abolitionists from the local anti-trafficking community: Jennifer Knight, acting deputy chief of the Columbus Division of Police, and Hannah Estabrook, coordinator of the Franklin County Municipal Court CATCH program for survivors. We discussed ways the Central Ohio community is fighting human trafficking by reducing the demand for paid sex.

Listen to the full show here.

1302, 2020

New novel places in ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition

February 13th, 2020|

My new novel just beat out more than 1,000 other books to become a quarterfinalist in the ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition.

This unique literary contest seeks book manuscripts with cinematic adaptation potential. Literary agents from The Gersh Agency, United Talent Agency and 3 Arts Entertainment selected 100 quarterfinalists from over 1,200 submissions.

While Real Girl did not advance to the next round, I am really encouraged that my still unpublished science fiction thriller even made it into their top 10 percent of books. It also reiterates this feedback I received from a professional developmental editor through Writer’s Digest:

“This is one of the best unpublished manuscripts I have ever read,” the editor wrote. “It also has strong movie/tv potential and should be pitched to movie agents as well as book agents. The strong vision of a coherent future world that is interesting and unique, coupled with enormous heart and emotional impact, could make this an attractive media project.”

Now that I’m done incorporating feedback from that editor, I’m going to start pitching my new book to literary agents in hopes that one wants to represent me to a traditional publisher.