Query Critique Raffles
Need extra eyes on your query letter before #PitchDis? Our fabulous volunteers have generously offered their time and skills to offer query critiques for ten (10) lucky #PitchDis participants! Read about our volunteers below, and then scroll to the bottom of the page to enter beginning April 12!
Important: Winners will be notified via email by April 20 and must provide their materials no later than 1pm EDT on April 27. If this poses an issue, or if you'd like an alternate method of entry, please email email@example.com as soon as possible.
Sarah M. Anderson
With over 1.2 million copies published in over twenty-one countries, Sarah M. Anderson has published over 45 books. Sarah's book A Man of Privilege won a RT Book Reviews 2012 Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Award. The Nanny Plan was a 2016 RITA® winner for Best Contemporary: Short and Seduction on His Terms won the 2020 Bookseller's Best Award for Short Contemporary. Additionally, Sarah has given workshops at national and regional conferences, taught craft classes online, spoken at libraries and book clubs, and published articles in the Romance Writers Report. Recently, she's branched out into writing YA under the name Sally Sultzman.
Find out more about Sarah’s books on her website www.sarahmanderson.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @SarahMAnderson1.
Bestselling author Mariah Ankenman lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her two rambunctious children and loving spouse who is her own personal spell checker when her dyslexia gets the best of her.
Mariah loves to lose herself in a world of words. Her favorite thing about writing is when she can make someone’s day a little brighter with one of her books. To learn more about Mariah and her books, visit her website www.mariahankenman.com, follow her on social media, or sign up for her newsletter.
Miranda Darrow is an editor and story sleuth who digs deep into manuscripts to uncover the best version of the story. Miranda is a board member and contributing editor with the #RevPit online editing contest. She's also a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, the Professional Editors Network, and a frequent presenter to writing groups. She specializes in fiction and creative non-fiction (including memoir). Her logic skills honed as an attorney are an asset in detecting and remedying timeline issues, plot inconsistencies, as well as pacing and story arc concerns.
For more information, see her website www.mirandadarrow.com
Natasha Hanova loves imaginative problem solving and discussing the craft of writing with others. She writes sweet and evocative fiction with a dark twist and is represented by Amy Giuffrida of JDLit. Natasha’s experiences as a biracial woman fuel not only her storytelling, but her endeavors to lift and support other marginalized writers.
Natasha is a thorough and understanding freelance developmental editor. Her editorial style has been called a mini-workshop. She believes it’s important for writers to come through the editing process with goals they can accomplish. She works on fiction manuscripts from young adult to adult across a variety of genres. When she’s not editing, she’s sipping tea with a good book, watching scary movies while crocheting, or playing cards with her friends.
Follow Natasha on Twitter @NatashaHanova and Instagram @NatashaHanova. Make sure to visit her website www.natashahanova.com. You can also follow The Creative's Apprentice, where Natasha is a Group Coach, on Twitter @thecreativesapp and Instagram @thecreativesapp.
Carly Hayward (she/her) is a disabled developmental editor who helps authors find their voice and bring their book to light. With 10+ years in publishing, she’s worked all over the industry, including at a big 5 publishing house, a small press, and a literary agency. She is a co-founding #RevPit editor and a host on Story Chat Radio, a writing advice podcast. When not reading or working she lounges with her husband being vastly amused by their cats or binge-watching TV.
Carly can be found on Twitter @FromCarly and Instagram @BookLightEditorial. Also, make sure to check out her site www.booklighteditorial.com and her podcast www.storychatradio.com.
Cait is an author who lives in Virginia with her husband and a very anxious German Shepherd. Neither of them gives her too much grief when her writing alarm goes off at 5:30am. If Cait isn’t writing, trying a new muffin recipe, or running on a trail somewhere, she is probably shouting at the Philadelphia Flyers.
Check out Cait's books by Carina Press - SEASON'S CHANGE (available now!) and CONTRACT SEASON (available 9/6). Also, make sure to follow Cait on Twitter @caitnary_writes and visit her website www.caitnary.com.
Michelle Rascon (she/her) is a freelance fiction editor with over six years of experience working with successful self-publishing and querying authors. Her goal is to strengthen your writing while respecting your unique voice. Her specialties are adult books in dark fantasy, LGBTQIA+, paranormal, romance, urban fantasy, and women’s fiction. An introvert at heart, Michelle enjoys naps, reading, gaming, listening to music, and cuddling with her cat.
Visit Michelle's website www.editorrascon.com and check out the details of her query letter critiques here. You can follow Michelle on Twitter @EditorRascon and on Instagram @editorrascon.
Please note: We ask that you provide trigger warnings should your materials include distressing events including, but not limited to, abuse and graphic violence. #PitchDis and its volunteers reserve the right to refuse materials that may be harmful or offensive.