GUTGAA Small Press- YA Contemporary & Historical Fiction

Guys, I’m beyond excited to be a part of the small press contest for GUTGAA (Gearing Up To Get An Agent blog-hop hosted by the awe-inspiring Deana Barnhart)! I can’t say enough about the courage it takes to put your work out there, but what you’ll learn over the next week will be well worth the effort, even if you don’t move on to the next round. I posted the other week (after the ups and downs of my own GUTGAA experience and #PitMad) the ride is worth it.

Good luck everyone!

I’m hoping to make my way through all of the pitches this round, but if anyone is needing/wanting extra help with their pitches, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Keep an eye out for the following judge names as they make their rounds on the pitches!
Jammy Dodgers

A Few Details
As luck would have it, the submissions did not break evenly into YA/MG/NA groups. To make the ratios fair for each category, the pitches chosen off each blog will have different amounts. The breakup will be:

-YA Other-9  chosen (Hosted on Deana’s blog)
-Adult-8 chosen (Hosted on Tara Tyler’s blog)
-YA Contemporary & Historical Fiction-5 chosen (Hosted here!)
-NA/MG-3 chosen (Hosted on Ink in the Book’s blog)
**If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments section below.

-If there are tie breakers, other judges in the competition will come in and break the ties
-Winners will be announced no later than Friday
-The top 25 will be posted on Deana’s blog for the final round next Monday

If you are on Twitter, use the hashtag #GUTGAA to join in on the conversation. Hopefully, I will be able to tweet out progress on my blog throughout the week, follow me at @julianalbrandt


Check back Thursday for a special giveaway because Thursday is MY BIRTHDAY! My quarter-century birthday to be exact and it’s deserving of an extra special giveaway. The giveaway will be easy (I’m a fan of easy contests). The winner will get a copy of my very favorite book: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. So COME BACK THURSDAY and help celebrate my birthday with me 🙂

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4 thoughts about "GUTGAA Small Press- YA Contemporary & Historical Fiction"

  • Carrie-Anne says:

    I’m kind of curious as to why the historical entries are grouped with the contemporaries. I was expecting to find mine and the others in the YA Other group, though I guess it makes sense thematically, since both deal with real people in real situations, not fantasy or paranormal settings.

  • Indigo says:

    I commented on every single entry, whether I voted it through or not. I did this because, as a participant in last year’s GUTGAA, I received a great deal of feedback, both good and bad, that helped whip my query into shape. And that query got me a contract. So I think I owe it to each entrant to let them know what I thought and how it could be improved. My day job is a book editor has helped sharpen my eye regrading content and writing.

    • karen says:

      Happy Birthday Julianna!! I was unsure if I could comment, not being a judge. But that has been cleared up, and I’m getting busy. Thanks for the wonderful of all wonder, for helping writers like this.

  • Valerie Ipson says:

    Question…if we get voted into the next round are we able to change our queries by Monday when Small Presses start looking? I’ve received some great suggestions for imroving my query.

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