Monday, February 16, 2009

Pitch Perfect!

Hi everyone and happy President’s Day! First, congratulations to the author of IN THE RED, Kelsey Browning, for winning the critique by Deb, and to the authors of DECODING DECEPTION (Julie J.) and HELLION’S HIGHLANDER (Renee) for their full requests from Deb. Please send your synopsis and full manuscript to deb.werksman@sourcebooks.com.

Because the contest rules said Deb would pick three, three names were announced, BUT, Deb couldn’t stop there. She was THRILLED with the pitches—so much that she wants to do this again—and she’d like to see MORE from the pitches we got. Yes, more!! We are thrilled for all our visitors who worked so hard to get their pitches down to 50 words and have won the chance to have their stories looked at.

Deb would like a synopsis and full manuscript from the following people as well (send to deb.werksman@sourcebooks.com):
A POCKET FULL OF ASHES, by Pat Shaw
THE LIST: CAN PERFECT BE PUT ON PAPER?, by Carmen Shirkey

She would also like the following people to send a synopsis and full manuscript to Lisa at lisa.acosta@sourcebooks.com:

PERSONAL ASSETS, Kelsey Browning
ALEX, Judythe Morgan
EXTREME LOVE, Esmerelda Bishop
LISTEN FOR THE MUSIC, Lana Douglas
MORE THAN HE DESERVES, Karen C
A COUNTESS OF CONVENIENCE, Sarah W
THE ART OF FANG SHUI, Sandra Sookoo
FAIRY CURSES: KISSED 1 & 2, Renee Field
ANGELS AT ALMACK'S, Catherine Scott
BLOOD BOUND, Steph M.
FORGOTTEN GODDESSES, Steph M.
BAD KARMA, Kristi Ahlers
PLEASANT LAKE, Kelly F.
THE LAIRD'S RETURN, Amy Ruttan
JOURNEY TO THE PEAK OF DESIRE, Amy Ruttan
BUTTERFLY SWORDS, Jeannie
TEMPTED, Melinda Leigh

Congratulations again for a fabulous job and we wish all of you the very best of luck!

Check back on the blog for announcements of future contests!

From Deb (who’s on vacation):
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH for the fantastic pitches. This was a lot of fun for me and also really tough! Almost impossible to choose just one! So, I didn't! I did choose one for the contest winner, but there are so many that I want to see more of.

If your pitch didn't get chosen, it was most often because the premise was something I've seen before (sometimes a whole lot of times before). So take a look--is your premise unique? Do you really have something fresh to offer in this overcrowded category? If you do, and I just didn't see it, feel free to pitch me again.

26 comments:

  1. Looks like we have winners galore! Pass the cyber-champagne. Here's to those who get bragging rights because they took the top spots and to all whose pitches blasted them out of the slush pile.

    "Pitch," "slush,"and "blast?"--talk about a seriously mixed metaphor! But you know what I mean. :-)

    Congratulations everyone!

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  2. Whoo HOOO!!! Thank you Deb! This is incredibly exciting! And Judi, thank you for sharing the happy news! To Kelsey and all the other winners, many, many congratulations! This is wonderful news! And thank you again, Deb!

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  4. Let's try this again,
    Thanks so much, I'm very excited.

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  5. Woohoo Pat! Congrats my friend. Yours is a worthy one!

    Congratulations to all that made the list. :-)

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  6. Congratulations, everyone! Obviously your pitches are like potato chips, Deb couldn't stop at one. She grabbed a whole bag.

    Fabulous, I'm thrilled for every last one of you.

    Best,

    Robin :)

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  7. Oh my GOSH! Congratulations, everyone! Deb, you are AWESOME! Thank you.

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  8. Congratulations to the winners--all of you! I know Deb will find more than a handful of great stories in the mix. Kelsey, I loved the briefs pitch. Here's hoping it gets you far.

    And, Pat? May Ashes find a good and welcoming home with Deb. Yes, it's that good.

    This was so much fun to follow. I hope to have an entry ready for the next pitch opportunity.

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  9. Champagne most certainly in order. Congratulations to all of you. In particular to the Shiniest wid of all.. Way to go Pat!

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  10. This was such an exciting contest. Thank you Deb and all the Casablancas for the venue. I'm thrilled for those who received a nod to submit and wish you happy selling. I'm pretty pleased to have won a critique by Marie. We've been in contact, and she's fabulous, and offered just the help my manuscript needed to move to the next step. LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!! Sophia

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  12. Holy Cow! I've got to go write a synopsis to knock your socks off! Thanks!

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  13. Yes, congrats to everyone and best of luck!

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  14. Thank you so much!
    I am thrilled to have a chance to send my story to Lisa. But even more thrilled to be in such delightful company. It was such fun to read everyone's pitches!

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  15. What a pleasant surprise! Thank you, Ms. Werksman. As requested, I e-mailed my ms and synopsis to Ms. Acosta. I enjoyed reading the pitches too and found myself humbled by the process of boiling a synopsis down to a 50-word pitch. Good luck, everyone.

    Cathy Leming (w/a Catherine Scott)

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  16. Congratulations for selecting Pat Shaw's "Pocketful of Ashes" entry. I have long enjoyed her short stories which have often left me laughing hysterically with tears running down my cheeks, even those with more grim undertones. I like her tight writing style, that refrains from becoming verbose, yet doesn't resort to shorthand; and I can't wait to read her first full length published novel!

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  17. Awesome! Congrats to everyone.

    Thanks for the amazing opportunity.

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  18. Congratulations to all those with perfect pitches! Especially, Pat, who I know will go far. (wtg, Pat!)

    I didn't enter this time, but might have something ready to go for your next contest. This is a fabulous idea and a great opportunity for authors. Thanks for hosting it.

    And congrats again to the lucky winners!

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  19. Congrats again, everyone! We're so glad we had so many amazing entries, the extra requests weren't at all a surprise:-)

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  20. Congratulations to all of the winners! It was exciting to see of the pitches that I liked get picked.

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  21. Congrats everyone! Watching this contest unfold has been very exciting :)

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  22. Congratulations to everyone! Those pitches were amazing, I don't know how anyone could choose among so many delicious pitch morsels. I'm glad someone else had to make the tough decision!

    And of course, I'm especially pleased to see Pat Shaw listed, because I've read her stuff firsthand, and it's amazing.

    Way to go, everyone!

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  23. Congratulations to all of you - there were some really great pitches. An extra congrats to Renee - you so deserve it - HELLION'S HIGHLANDER is wonderful!!

    Hope we see a lot of sales!

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  24. I can't tell you how surprised and delighted I was to see my name when I checked the blog on Sunday. It was a much needed boost after a rough week. Congratulations to all those who got a request for more material. Thanks to Deb and the Casablanca authors for hosting this contest!

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  25. Congratulations to all the deserving winners. What a great contest!

    Special holler out to Pat S.!! We knew you could do it!! We're so proud to know ya.

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