Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 20, 2022

WRITING AND ILLUSTRATING 2022 SPRING FULL MANUSCRIPT VIRTUAL RETREAT – OPEN!

ANNOUNCING: WRITING AND ILLUSTRATING 2022 SPRING FULL MANUSCRIPT VIRTUAL RETREAT APRIL 9TH AND 10TH IS OPEN!

Everyone who attends receives two agent critiques: A full manuscript critique and a 25 page critique, plus a group first page session with two agents. Plus optional participation in an assigned writer’s group.

Novel Writers Receive: A One hour full manuscript novel critique up to 72,000 words – Plus, one 30 minute 25 page critique with a second agent. Also includes a first page session, plus an optional critique group (must read the other writer’s manuscripts to participate.)

For PB Writers &/or Illustrators: A One hour, four picture books critiques not over 25 pages total – Plus, one 30 minute picture book critique with a second agent. Also includes a first page session, plus an optional critique group (must read the other writer’s manuscripts to participate.)

Critique Groups are forming now for any attendee who would like to work with a group before submitting to the two agents assigned from the below list. Please note: This is optional. No one is required to participate in a group, but not participating does not lower the cost of the retreat. 

BELOW ARE THE AGENTS ATTENDING IN APRIL:

CARLISLE WEBBER – FUZE LITERARY

Carlisle took her love of commercial, YA, and middle grade fiction to the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences, where she earned a Master of Library and Information Sciences. She worked as a public librarian for years before deciding to move to the business side of publishing. She attended the Columbia Publishing Course and holds a Professional Certificate in Editing from UC-Berkeley.

Carlisle is looking for high-concept commercial fiction in middle grade, young adult, and adult. If your book is fresh and exciting, tackles difficult topics, reads like a Shonda Rhimes show, or makes readers stay up late turning pages, she’s the agent for you.

She wants:

  • Middle grade
  • Young adult
  • Thriller
  • Mystery
  • Suspense
  • Horror
  • Contemporary romance
  • Women’s fiction
  • Pop/mainstream fiction

Children’s, Commercial, Crime, Family Saga, Horror, Humor, LGBTQ, Middle Grade, Mystery, New Adult, Thriller, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult.

Favorite sub-genres: Contemporary YA, Contemporary Young Adult, Diversity, Domestic Suspense, Feminism, Gothic Horror, Literary Middle Grade, Psychological Thrillers, Upmarket Women’s Fiction

Carlisle does NOT want:

  • Picture books
  • Early chapter books
  • Graphic novels
  • Science fiction for adults
  • Fantasy for adults
  • Literary fiction (unless it has a strong commercial hook)
  • Historical fiction, including historical romance
  • Memoir
  • Nonfiction
  • Any work that has been previously published, including self-published

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CLAIRE ANDERSON-WHEELER – REGAL HOFFMANN & ASSOCIATES

Claire started her career at the Christine Green Authors’ Agency in London in 2008, before crossing the pond to New York. She has been at RHA since 2013. Claire has a Law degree from Trinity College, Dublin, and a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. She’s currently seeking children’s and YA fiction for the 8+ range, be it fantasy, historical, contemporary, or a mash-up – so long as it is challenging, emotionally sophisticated, and sincere. #OwnVoices manuscripts by BIPOC writers are particularly welcome.

She is seeking:

FICTION GENRES

Middle Grade
Young Adult

YA or MG with a strong voice (realistic or high-concept).

SPECIAL INTERESTS

  • Enjoys historical and crime elements in YA
  • Likes alt-historical fantasy and smart mash-ups

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REBECCA ESKILDSEN – WRITER’S HOUSE

Rebecca is actively growing her list, with a particular interest in middle grade, YA, and adult fiction. Across the board, She is looking to elevate LGBTQ+ and BIPOC voices, among other underrepresented narratives.

In Middle Grade, She’s looking for a range of fiction, from fun adventure stories to contemporary books that make kids feel seen. Mostly she wants to see fresh, engaging voices, particularly narratives with a sense of humor and a strong emotional core.

For YA, She’s looking for some darker themes and twisty, gripping stories, but also some lighthearted fun! Give me your ambitious “unlikable” girls (ugh – I’ll like them) and your funny, slow-burn romances. Very interested in a YA or MG in verse.

Adult books: She’s looking for a more limited variety. She’d love to have her inbox full of contemporary rom coms. She’s also looking for sagas about families and/or friends, of any age or topic, and She’s looking for 20-something coming-of-age stories.

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MARLO BERLINER – JENNIFER DE CHIARA LITERARY

Marlo is actively building her MG, YA, PB, list. She joined JDLA as an editorial intern after having completed a previous internship at The Bent Agency. 

Marlo is seeking:

Middle-Grade and Young Adult 

  • Adventure
  • Fantasy,
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
  • Suspense
  • Paranormal
  • Urban fantasy
  • Horror
  • Speculative
  • Sci-fi
  • Contemporary
  • Romance
  • Ghosts
  • Witches
  • Magic
  • Magical realism
  • Unusual settings
  • Dark elements
  • Gothic stories
  • Secrets or secretive characters
  • Treasure hunts
  • Puzzle-solving
  • Unreliable narrators
  • Coming of age stories set in college and straddle the line between YA and New Adult

Non-Fiction: Selective projects in MG and YA, particularly if they involve pop-culture, current events, or social awareness/commentary.

Picture book: Seeking primarily from author-illustrators, though will consider select text-only submissions. Drawn toward character-driven stories that are cute, funny, or heartwarming. Love twists on familiar characters or story lines, and unlikely friendship stories.

Adult:

  • Horror
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
  • Suspense, especially psychological suspense, supernatural suspense, and domestic thriller.
  • Women’s fiction
  • Romance, except inspirational and erotic.
  • Historical romance: Preference the Gilded Age and forward.

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Spots are limited. Please email: Kathy.temean (at) hotmail.com Put 2022 Spring Virtual Writer’s Retreat in Subject Box. Please include a little blurb about your manuscript – what you write and what you plan to submit – and I will get back to you. 

Cost: $800

Deposit: $400

Manuscripts due: March 1st

Writers can choose to be assigned to a critique group prior to submitting their manuscripts. Writer’s in groups will read each other’s manuscripts. Each writer will get an hour to discuss their manuscript with the other writers in your assigned group. I will try to limit a group to four writers. Can’t tell until people start signing up how the groups will lay out. Group participation is optional. Please note: If you want to be assigned a critique group, you will need to sign up in time to work with a group. It take time to read each others manuscript and then take that feedback and revise before the manuscript deadline. So sign up early.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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