Monday, December 11, 2017

This Is My Year

As my brain slowly shuts down, signaling the end of the year, I have to share what an exciting one it has been!  Each year is stronger than the last, and I am THRILLED to say that this year was the best year yet, with deals for:

Suzy Quinn
MOTHER WARNED YOU (first stage)
Hooked App
Lauren Smith
FALLING FOR HADES (first stage)
Hooked App
Kalyn Josephson
A CROWN OF CROWS 1&2
Sourcebooks Fire
Jillian Quinn
Face-Off series 1-4
Tantor (Audio)
Suzy Quinn
BAD MOTHER’S DIARY 1
Konyvmolykepzo (Foreign)
Nicole Trilivas
CATFISHING IN PARIS (first stage)
Hooked App
Suzy Quinn
THE LOVE QUESTIONS (first stage)
Hooked App
Katherine Fleet
THE NIGHT WE MET
Page Street
Lauren Smith
THE ROGUE'S SEDUCTION
Tantor (Audio)
Lauren Smith
THE SHADOWS OF STORMCLYFFE HALL
Tantor (Audio)
Lauren Smith
HIS WICKED EMBRACE
Tantor (Audio)
Jenna Pocius
Robyn Hood series
ABDO
Suzy Quinn
BAD MOTHER'S DIARY 1
Balto Trader UAB (Foreign)
Anne O'Brien Carelli
SKYLARK AND WALLCREEPER
Little Bee
Rie Neal
MAJOR EIGHTS, Books 5&6
Little Bee
Lauren Smith
THE HAUNTING OF ROSEWOOD HOUSE (first stage)
Hooked App
Heather Stone
HARD BALL
Audible (Audio)
Suzy Quinn
BAD MOTHER'S DIARY 1&2
J'ai Lu (Foreign)
Suzy Quinn
BAD MOTHER'S DIARY 1
Alpress (Foreign)
Tara Deliberto
BITE
New Harbinger
Suzy Quinn
BAD MOTHER'S DIARY 1&2
Goldmann (Foreign)
Suzy Quinn
The Ivy Lessons series
Audible (Audio)
Taylor Zajonc
THE IRON ISLANDS
ABDO
Susan Blumberg Kason
HONG KONG NOIR
Akashic Books
Lynn Flores
Erotic Mythology Short Stories
Cleis Press
Shauna Holyoak
MY PAPER ROUTE AND OTHER DEADLY THINGS
Disney
Taylor Zajonc
THE MAW
Skyhorse
Janice Broyles
THE SECRET HEIR
Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Dean Haycock
TYRANTS
Pegasus
Erin Peabody
THE MAKING OF AN EMPIRE
Stephen David Entertainment
Lauren Smith
LEGALLY CHARMING
Tantor

High five, everyone!!! 🙋

Team Carrie also had lots of releases in 2017, with some pretty awesome reviews and achievements (I'm looking at you Lauren Smith, USA Today bestseller!): 

Shana Figueroa
RETRIBUTION
Forever Yours
2/7/2017
Lauren Smith
Wicked Rivals series, Books 1&2 audio
Tantor
2/13/2017
Suzanne Kamata
THE MERMAIDS OF LAKE MICHIGAN
Wyatt-MacKenzie
2/14/2017
Taylor Zajonc
RED SUN ROGUE
Blank Slate Press
2/28/2017
Beth Ellyn Summer
AT FIRST BLUSH
Bloomsbury Spark
4/4/2017
Charles Maynard
I AM A SECRET SERVICE AGENT
St Martins Griffin
6/6/2017
Erin Peabody
Behind the Legend series, Books 1-4
Little Bee
6/13/2017 and 9/26/2017
Dan Newman
THE JOURNALIST
Diversion Books
6/20/2017
Brianna DuMont
WEIRD BUT TRUE KNOW-IT-ALL: US PRESIDENTS
National Geographic
7/4/2017
Shana Figueroa
RECKONING
Forever Yours
7/11/2017
Lauren Smith
AN EARLY BY ANY OTHER NAME
Forever Yours
8/1/2017
Alana Delacroix
MASKED POSSESSION
Kensington Lyrical
8/8/2017
Meghan Masterson
THE WARDROBE MISTRESS
St Martins Press
8/15/2017
Lauren Smith
A GENTLEMAN NEVER SURRENDERS
Forever Yours
9/12/2017
Lauren Smith
GRIGORI
SMP Swerve
10/3/2017
Dorcas Cheng-Tozun
START, LOVE, REPEAT
Hachette Center St
11/7/2017
Lauren Smith
A SCOTTISH LORD FOR CHRISTMAS
Forever Yours
12/5/2017


2017 has been a big year of deals, books publishing, and much more.  I can’t wait for 2018, which I’m hoping with be my supernova year!!!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Query Critique

Query critique time!  For everyone who enters (and those who don't) spread the word so that even if you don't submit a query, you encourage others to read and comment.  Thanks :)



If you're not familiar with how to enter, take a look at my previous post to read the rules.  Good luck!  

Monday, November 27, 2017

Boss Baby Week

So I am pretty much always busy, but the last couple weeks have been INSANE.  

I was speed-reading all the Pitch Wars entries that got immediate offers and making some of my own, wheeling and dealing with a publisher on an awesome YA fantasy deal (Whooo!!  More to come soon...), and having Thanksgiving and going Black Friday shopping with my parents (which really means eat with my parents, shop with my mom while my dad plays with my cats).

I was thinking about which of these things I wanted to write about today, but realized I can sum up my week with the world's most appropriate GIF...



Happy Monday everyone!  Enjoy the rest of the week!

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Ones Who Got Away, Vol. 2

A long time ago I wrote a post about how agents lust from afar (or from very close if you're Twitter friends) over certain projects that they've offered on and didn't get.  I think I wrote the previous post in a November, too, so there must be something about Novembers that make me think about things I didn't get.




I do have to say, first off, that one of my previous authors who got away did a U-turn and came back to me!  I originally fell in love with Azlyn Richards and her historical fiction about a poisoner in Nero's court called THE EMPEROR'S ASSASSIN, but she went with another agent.  A year or so later, she reached out to me asking if she could change her mind and I happily said yes!

I've been thinking of some of the ones that eluded my grasp...and interestingly most of them are from 2016 Pitch Madness...

THE HATE U GIVE - I knowwwwww.  I offered on this (I think it was called STARRY NIGHT) and another MG project of Angie's and missed out.  She is an AMAZING author and person, though and I'm so happy to see the crazy amount of success she has had....even it is hasn't been with me   If you haven't read this book, which seems impossible, be sure to buy a copy!

AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS - I knowwwww...again!!!  This book was SO beautifully written I fell in love from the first chapter.  The author is also such a great person.  We're friends on Twitter so I get to see how well she and the book are doing.  I think it was a NYT bestseller before it even officially published, so you should definitely read it!!!!

DIAMONDS ARE A GIRL'S BEST FRIEND - This was a really fun YA project about a girl who wants to be on her school's baseball team that I read via PitchWars.  It had the most dynamic, fun character and the best voice!

DAVY JONES, PIRATE HATER - This is another Pitch Madness project--an AWESOME MG fantasy concept that was really fresh with great world-building!!  It made me laugh out loud so many times.

A DRAGONBIRD IN THE FERN - This was a beautiful, beautiful YA Asian fantasy that made me think of a YA version of THE GHOST BRIDE mixed with Moana...and it doesn't get better than that!

These are all fantastic projects and fantastic authors and I'm sorry they're not on Team Carrie, BUT one agent isn't right for everyone and these lovely authors have found their deserved match.  Also, for every author I've missed out on, I've signed like 10 that I love with all my heart!  Every aspect of publishing is a subjective one; no matter what side of the fence you're on, there are rejections and signings and great moments and sad ones.  I've found that it all evens out in the end, though, and you end up where you're supposed to be!

And with that, Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  My mom is foregoing cooking for the first time ever this year and we are doing Thanksgiving at The Roosevelt Hotel--I can't wait!!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Query Critique Winner

Hi all!  Here is this month's luck query critique winner!

Dear Ms. Pestritto,

Amelia Matthew has done the all-but-impossible, especially for an orphan in Gilded Age New York City. Along with her foster brother Jonas, she has parleyed her modest psychic talent into a safe and comfortable life. 
Then a head injury leaves Amelia with a dramatically expanded gift--including terrifying prophetic dreams. After a very public encounter with a spirit, she finds herself imprisoned in the notorious insane asylum on Blackwell’s Island. Where the dreams suddenly stop. As Jonas searches for a way to free her, Amelia struggles understand her new abilities and survive a place where cruelty and despair threaten her sanity.
 Andrew Cavanaugh is familiar with despair. In the wake of his sister’s suicide, he abandons a promising career--and his place in Philadelphia society--to devote himself to the study and treatment of mental disease. Miss Matthew is just another patient--until she channels Susannah’s spirit. 
Together, Amelia, Jonas, and Andrew engineer Amelia’s escape. But her old life is gone. And the dreams are back--and pushing her toward the island again. When a distraught mother comes to Andrew searching for her missing daughter--a daughter she believes is being hidden at the asylum, he turns to Amelia. Compelled by forces that refuse to leave her alone, Amelia agrees to do the unthinkable: return to the place that nearly destroyed her. They’re searching for a woman. What they find is a deadly conspiracy that threatens them all. 
Because you (represent specific author/express interest in genre/other), I believe my debut novel, THE FOLLOWING STORM, would be a good fit for your list. A standalone novel with series potential, THE FOLLOWING STORM will appeal to readers of historical mysteries who enjoy the work of Victoria Thompson, Deanna Raybourn, or Rosemary Simpson. The novel is complete at 85,000 words and available upon request.
 Thank you for your time and consideration.

And here is my critique:

Dear Ms. Pestritto,

Amelia Matthew has done the all-but-impossible, especially for an orphan in Gilded Age New York City, although her methods are a bit unusual. Along with her foster brother Jonas, she has parleyed her modest psychic talent into a safe and comfortable life. She has created a safe and comfortable life for herself and her foster brother Jonas--by using her psychic talents to read Tarot cards for the upper echelon of city society. [I don't know if the Tarot reading part is accurate, but you see what I'm trying to set up here.] 
Then But when a head injury leaves Amelia with a dramatically expanded gift--including terrifying prophetic dreams. After and a very public encounter with a spirit,--she finds herself imprisoned in the notorious insane asylum on Blackwell’s Island. Where the dreams suddenly stop. [I cut the previous sentence as-is, but I think what you should do is expand up ont, because just a sentence later, you mention her using her new abilities to survive in prison, which is confusing.] As Jonas searches for a way to free her, Amelia struggles understand her new abilities and survive a place where cruelty and despair threaten her sanity.
 He finds it with the help of psychiatrist Andrew Cavanaugh, who is familiar with despair. In the wake of his sister’s suicide, he abandons a promising career--and his place in Philadelphia society--to devote himself to the study and treatment of mental disease. Miss Matthew is just another patient--until she channels Susannah’s spirit. 
Together, Amelia, Jonas, and Andrew engineer Amelia’s escape. But her old life is gone. And the dreams are back--and pushing her toward the island again. When a distraught mother comes to Andrew searching for her missing daughter--a daughter she believes is being hidden at the asylum, he turns to Amelia. Compelled by forces that refuse to leave her alone, Amelia agrees to do the unthinkable: return to the place that nearly destroyed her. They’re searching for a woman. What they find is a deadly conspiracy that threatens them all. 
Because you (represent specific author/express interest in genre/other), I believe my debut novel, THE FOLLOWING STORM, would be a good fit for your list. A standalone novel with series potential, THE FOLLOWING STORM will appeal to readers of historical mysteries who enjoy the work of Victoria Thompson, Deanna Raybourn, or Rosemary Simpson. The novel is complete at 85,000 words and available upon request.
 Thank you for your time and consideration.

I love, love, love the premise of this story.  In fact, Stacie, when it's ready to go out, I hope you send it to me!  The query does a terrific job of imparting the hair-raising atmosphere of the story and leave the reader wanting more at the same time.  I made a few tweaks so that it reads a bit smoother, but other than that, I think it's in awesome shape.  Excellent job, Stacie! Chime in with thoughts and questions below!