Friday, March 28, 2014

Nest Pitch Introductions - A pitching contest with an Australian and Croatian flavour

There’s a special Easter tradition throughout central and northern Croatia – making Easter Nests.  On the afternoon or eve of Easter Saturday children go out into the garden and collect leaves, grass, twigs, with which to make a “nest” for the Easter Bunny – that’s where he places his Easter-Egg-Presents. The children go to bed that eve wondering if the Easter Bunny will like or love their nest, because the best nest gets the best and biggest eggs!

#NestPitch is based on this idea where an author’s ‘pitch’ is the nest and the Easter Treats are the Agents (SECRET BUNNY AGENT) requests.  Why Croatian I hear you ask? Simple the Host Nikola Vukoja was born in Croatia.

However, as Nikola was raised in Australia, she couldn’t help but bring a little Aussie into the fold… more on that later.
So how does it work?
The submission window will open on April 1st
For those who haven’t been watching/listening carefully, this is how #nestpitch will work.  On April 1st, you will send us your 35-word pitch + the first 300* words of your polished and ready manuscript. 

NOTE; for Picture Books, it’ll be the first 100 words. 
Go here for all the rules and conditions, and please follow the rules & submission guidelines.

Once Submissions are closed, our team of Slush Bilbies will pick the top 100-odd.  For more information on the Slush Bilibies, go to here.

What’s a Bilby?  It’s a super cute Australian Native Animal. Easter Chocolates in Australia are also made in the shape of a Bilby.

From there our Team of Bloggers, yep, I’m one of them, will each pick their favourite pitches to post on their blogs.  The selected pitches will be notified via email also.  For Blogger info go here.

This year there are NINE BLOGGERS, that’s 72 opportunities!
I’ve also added a list of the other Bloggers.  Once the pitches are posted, the Secret Bunny Agents will hop from nest to nest and leave a chocolate treat.

For example:

Golfer Bunny has left you 1 Box of Caramel Eggs – for all the *TREATS* got to here.

You’ll need to know what Easter Treat equals what request so I suggest you save a copy of the Easter Treats request items to your desktop; or better still, print a copy off.

At the end of the Easter Egg Treats day… you will be sent a second email with a list of agents who made a request.  If any agents have given specific email addresses, this will be added to your email. If not, please email to the Agency Website but remember to follow the guidelines with regard to what to write in the Subject Line.
For a quick list of the agents refer below.

But wait; there’s still more! We also have MAGIC BUNYIPS!
Magic Bunyips are Agents who, like their name-sake, will be lurking around the blogs.  If they see something they like, they’ll leave you a “treat” also.  What’s a Bunyip?  Well here’s a little bit more of that Aussie influence.  Bunyips are mythical creatures who live around billabongs (ponds).  They are very shy and secretive, a little strange-looking, but not all that mean and nasty. Sorry, we can’t tell you who the Bunyips are because, frankly, we’re not sure they’re real...

Now, because we know EVERYONE likes a reward for all their hard work, there’s going to be some prizes too.  The pitch that gets the most over-all requests as well as the pitch the gets the most FULL requests will each receive an AMAZON Gift Voucher. 
There are three gift vouchers up for grabs:

(i)             Most overall requests (for selected pitches only)
(ii)           Most FULLS requested (for selected pitches only)
(iii)          First correct Match the Agent to the Mask (everyone             can play!)

How this works:

Each of the agents has taken on a Secret Agent Bunny Mask and your job is to identify who is wearing which Mask. (you’ll find the Agent List here.

There’s an Amazon Voucher in it for the first correct answer.  For more info, go here

Remember all of the above winners will receive an AMAZON Gift Card 

Go to here for more information.

Now to the Bunny Masks, and in no particular order Da-Daaaah!!!




Oh, and don’t panic if you don’t see your genre or category, these are TOP agents who work for AWESOME agencies, eight agencies to be accurate, trust me, their colleges are watching, and waiting, and intending to leave treats under these Bunny Masks.

List of Agents:

Pam Van Hylckama – C0-founder /Agent - Foreword Literary 
Melissa Jeglinski- Agent - The Knight Agency
Pooja Menon- Agent - KimberleyCameron & Associates 
Gina Panettieri  – President - Talcott Notch Literary
Jordy Albert – Co-founder & Senior Agent - The Booker Albert Literary Agency 
Camilla Wray –  Agent - Darley Anderson Literary (UK) 
Sarah Negovetich – Junior Agent/PR Team Leader - Corvisiero Literary Agency  
Cate Hart – Junior Agent - Corvisiero Literary Agency 
Dr. Uwe Stender – President  - TriadaUS Literary Agency

For Agent bio’s go here.

Finally, here’s a schedule, so you don’t miss any of the fun:

Mar 30th           Post on Twitter submission window to open April 1st
Apr 1st -2nd        Submission windows open 1st April NOON USA EST - 11.59am 2nd April USA EST

Apr 3rd -10th     1st Round – Slush Bilbies select top 120 nests*

Apr 12th           Unmask the Agent window open NOON USA EST until 8.00pm Apr 12th USA EST.

Apr 11th -15th  2nd Round – Nest Bloggers  pick their 72 nests*

Apr 16th              3rd Round – Nest Bloggers post their top choices

Apr 17th -19th   4th Round Secret Bunny Agents  stock *nests

Easter Sun.     

Stocked *nests* revealed/Secret Bunny Agents identities revealed

Apr 21st           Unmask the Agent Winner Revealed

Apr 30th           Additional surprise revealed!

Nest Bloggers: 
Tina Moss    

Slush Bilbies:

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