Sunday, March 27, 2016

Announcing #FicFest TEAM INDIA!

Welcome to the #FicFest
Meet the Teams
Blog Announcement!


I'd super excited to announce (Picture Book) 







































When my team mates and I had the opportunity to choose a destination for the World Tour, we wanted a place rich with culture, joy, and color. India seemed like a perfect fit! Here are some fun facts about India... consider it your tour itinerary.




  • India is about 1/3 the size of the United States, yet it is the second most populous country in the world, with a population of 1,166,079,217. India is the seventh largest country in the world, at 1.27 million square miles.

  • The Kumbh Mela (or Grand Pitcher Festival) is a huge Hindu religious festival that takes place in India every 12 years. In 2001, 60 million people attended, breaking the record for the world’s biggest gathering. The mass of people was photographed from space by a satellite. See picture below for 2010's pilgrimage.






  • India is the largest democracy in the world.

  • The Indian flag has three horizontal bands of color: saffron for courage and sacrifice, white for truth and peace, and green for faith, fertility, and chivalry. An emblem of a wheel spinning used to be in the center of the white band, but when India gained independence, a Buddhist dharma chakra, or wheel of life, replaced the spinning wheel.






  • Cows can be found freely wandering the streets of India’s cities. They are considered sacred and will often wear a tilak, a Hindu symbol of good fortune. Cows are considered one of humankind’s seven mothers because they offer milk as does one’s natural mother.

  • Dancing is one of India’s most highly developed arts and was an integral part of worship in the inner shrines of every temple. It is notable for its expressive hand movements.

  • India is the birthplace of chess. The original word for “chess” is the Sanskritchaturanga, meaning “four members of an army”—which were mostly likely elephants, horses, chariots, and foot soldiers.







  • The earliest cotton in the world was spun and woven in India. Roman emperors would wear delicate cotton from India that they would call “woven winds.” Mogul emperors called the fabrics “morning dew” and “cloth of running water.”

  • The Himalayas—from the Sanskrit hima, meaning “snow,” and alaya, meaning “abode”—are found in the north of India. They extend 1,500 miles and are slowly growing taller, by almost an inch (2.5 cm) a year. Several ancient Indian monasteries are found nestled in the grandeur of these mountains.

  • The Bengal tiger is India’s national animal. It was once ubiquitous throughout the country, but now there are fewer than 4,000 wild tigers left.





  • The banyan, or Indian fig tree, is considered a symbol of immortality and is mentioned in many Indian myths and legends. This self-renewing plant is India’s national tree.

  • Marigold flowers are used as decoration for Hindu marriages and are a symbol of good fortune and happiness.





Emily Moore

Team India Leader



E. G. Moore is an author, freelance writer, and storyteller (the first of which her mom still has recorded on a cassette tape.)  She is a long distance member of For Pete’s Sake Writers Group in Washington, active in an email writer’s response group, and Vice President of the Idaho Writers League Coeur d’Alene Chapter. She’s also a blog assistant for YAtopia

She's awaiting news from one of the big six publishers on acceptence of her Middle Grade Tom Sawyer retelling ROWDY DAYS OF DOM SANDERS. Her essay WEARING TERESA’S BOOTS is scheduled to be featured in Hope Paige’s Anthology on loss in 2016. When she’s not telling “Mommy Made stories” to her two daughters or nagging her husband to edit her latest children’s manuscript, Emily can be found off-roading in her suped-up ATV, baking something scrumptious, or in a long, plot-refreshing bubble bath. She’s represented by Jessica Schmeidler of Golden Wheat Literary. E.G. Moore tweets, posts on Facebook, and blogs at: www.emilygmoorewriter.blogspot.com.












Shari Schwarz

Team  India Member




Shari Schwarz lives in Colorado near the Rocky Mountains with her husband and their four boys. TREASURE AT LURE LAKE (April 12, 2016) is her debut novel which highlights her love for a good survival adventure story. When she’s not writing, Shari can be found freelance editing, weight-lifting, gardening or watching her boys play football, basketball, speed stacking, or wrestling. She frequently dreams of exploring Oregon Coast beaches or plotting out her next children’s book.

(Note from Emily: You MUST buy Shari's debut book. I critiqued/edited it for her a couple times and it is AMAZING!)






Jae C. Lowell

Team  India Member



Born and raised in Santa Cruz California, Jae was thrown into the world in a broken home. At the age of 12 Jae, his Mom and Brother moved across the country to Michigan to better their lives. There, Jae found himself and his not wife. At the age of 21, Jae and his wife moved back to California and have been moving back and forth ever since. Jae is a passionate writer, traveler, photographer and all around artist. Jae and his wife are currently living in California raising their 2 children and blogging/vlogging about their experiences.










Team  India Wishlist
and Favorite Picture Book List




We’re looking for something that both kids love to hear and parents love to read over and over and over again. Layered stories are great too. Anything that makes us laugh or cry will get some attention. Dry humor that has an element to it that a 4-year-old could understand will be on our list. Surprise us with your endings. Give us something that makes us see a situation from a whole new perspective, especially a little person’s. Rhythm is as important as rhyme, and rhyming needs to be done right. We also love assonance and alliteration mixed with rhythm for a fun read that twists the tongue up and makes a child giggle.


Our Favorites list includes:
  • Ben Rides On and others with kindness as an element
  • The Talking Eggs or books based on legends from different cultures
  • Ladybug Girl Series
  • Non-Fiction like A Penguin Named Patience and Finding Winnie
  • Never Tickle a Tiger
  • Say Please Louise
  • The Napping House or anything progressive like this!
  • Jim, Jimmy, James
  • Don’t Push the Button 
  • Anything Dr. Seuss
  • Anything by Nancy Tillman (the funny and the tear jerkers both)
  • The Day the Crayons Came Home
  • It's a Tiger
  • Mango, Abuela, & Me
  • Sam and Dave Dig a Hole
  • Anything by Salina Yoon
  • Brimsby's Hats
  • Lost For Words
  • The Most Magnificent Thing
  • One Busy Day
  • The Midnight Library
  • The Gift of Nothing
  • Peepsqueak
  • Sheep in a Jeep and other sheep books by Nancy E. Shaw

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

#FicFest is Coming! A New Contest for Finished Manuscripts in all Categories and Genres!



You may have noticed all my tweets and Facebook posts about the contest I'm playing mentor for as a picture book team leader. And maybe you're wondering what the contest is all about. Well, the count down has begun, and I'm happily taking part in the promotional blog tour to get the information out there and tell all my readers, supporters, and writerly friends that if they have a shiny, ready-to-go manuscript by early April, they need to consider this contest!





What is #FicFest?
#FicFest is an online writer’s contest which helps put manuscripts in front of literary agents. This contest, unlike most, is open to manuscripts in ALL genres (including those usually excluded such as Paranormal Romance or Erotica) in the categories of Picture Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult.

#FicFest mentors are structured into fifteen (15) teams. Each category that I listed has three teams. Each team is comprised of a team leader, and two (2) team members. Once the submissions open, each team will choose three (3) finalist manuscripts and one (1) alternate manuscript to advance to the agent round. This means that an equal number of manuscripts for each category will move to the agent round, guaranteeing that one category does NOT overpower another when it comes time for the agents.

Forty-five (45) manuscripts total move to the agent round, with 15 manuscripts being held as alternates in case one of the main finalists drops out of the contest for any reason. This is one of the things we stress in promoting #FicFest because most contests are overrun with Young Adult. In many contests, they may advance 40 manuscripts to the agent round, but the problem lies in the fact that 30 of that 40 are all Young Adult. That won’t happen with #FicFest.

Nine manuscripts from each category will make their appearance in the agent round. No more, no less. NINE each. Let me stress this one more time. In the agent round, you will have 9 Picture Books, 9 Middle Grade, 9 Young Adult, 9 New Adult, and 9 Adult. Everyone gets a fair chance.

We are adding more agents every day and while I can’t give you a solid number, I can tell you that we have close to two dozen confirmed to participate in our agent round and we can’t wait!

For more details, check out the Ficfest admin and creator extraordinaire Tiffany Hoffman's blog  The Writer's Nook. She's witty and real-life all balled up into a firecracker. I love her. You will too.

As mentioned in the schedule below, I'll also have a fun theme reveal and "Meet my team" post in late March, so check that out. Also twitter events as a team leader, and also those awesome teasing tweets as I dive into slush.

But even more importantly, please spread the word about this fantastic contest. Most of the fiction writers of the online writer community will hear about it, but those in often-excluded genres and age categories may not. You can be instrumental in helping someone reach their dreams through this event!


Ficfest 2016 Time Line


March 20, 2016 @ 12:00 PM EST
Guidelines & Theme Reveal
(Host Blog)

March 27, 2016 @ 7:00 PM EST
Meet the Team Leads & Their Members!
(Team Lead Blogs & Host Blog)

April 3, 2016 @ 6:00 PM EST
Agent List Announced
(Host Blog)

April 17, 2016 @ 7:00 PM EST - 10:00 PM EST
Q & A with Team Leads & Host
(Twitter - Using #FicFest)

April 24, 2016 @ 12:00 AM EST - April 25, 2016 @ 11:59 PM EST
SUBMISSION

April 26, 2016 - May 3, 2016
Teams will chose their finalists/alternate

May 4, 2016 @ 10:00 AM EST
Finalists/Alternate Reveal
(Team Leads Blogs)

May 5, 2016 - June 30, 2016
Revisions

July 8, 2016 @ 12:00 AM EST - July 14, 2014 @ 11:59 PM EST
Agent Round

Thursday, March 3, 2016

February Giveaway Winners + Review of Otto Von Trapezoid and the Empress of Thieves

Firstly, I'd like to thank everyone that entered my February giveaway and checked out all the fun resources and blogs I use weekly in my fiction journey. If you haven't had a chance yet to follow all these fabulous links, check out the post here. Now for the winners.....

Jamie Zakian

$14 Amazon Gift Card


Alex Samuely

Query Helper Critique


Natalie Page

Contest Entry Critique

I'll be emailing the winners shortly, so keep an eye out for those in your inboxes!
Please Note: EG Moore Freelancing will be closed to editing through March and April 2016.

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One thing I absolutely love (and don't do often enough!) is reviewing books I've ready recently so my blog buddies can find new favorites or comp titles for what they're writing. This one is long overdue, as I finished reading Otto Von Trapezoid and the Empress of Thieves way back in January. (Is it really March already?!?!) I received a free e-copy of this book from Curiosity Quills for an honest review.



The comic style cover should have tipped me off as to what type of book it was, and I did little research on it prior to requesting it. Here's the blurb that sold me:

OTTO VON TRAPEZOID AND THE EMPRESS OF THIEVES is the story of two criminal masterminds who can conquer anything except their own feelings. Otto Von Trapezoid is a mad scientist who rules an army of robots from his orbital space station. Angry and grumpy, he sees no value in humanity except becoming their ruler. Esmerelda Santa Monica is the stylish self-proclaimed “Empress of Thieves,” who values her own legend and the thrill of the theft over actual wealth. Both live lonely lives, the desire to become the greatest villains of all time primarily on their minds

When the two meet in simultaneous attempts to blackmail the UN, their instincts are to attempt to kill one another, but soon they discover a mutual attraction that neither thought possible. Once they begin to pool their resources, the pair seems on track to become the most successful evil-doers of all time and set out to conquer the world itself. But what happens when their villainous natures emerge, and both realize there can only be one absolute ruler of Earth? Can either be satisfied with being second to another?

To make matters worse, they must deal with the protestations of Otto’s sidekick robot SCRAP, the meddling of their fellow villains, their families, and worst of all, heroic superspy Jake Indestructible is determined to bring them both down, once and for all.

Filled with robot dinosaurs, exploding dinner parties, and villainous poker games, OTTO VON TRAPEZOID AND THE EMPRESS OF THIEVES is a hilarious sci-fi comedy that will leave you falling in love with the bad guys!

That last line is true to the nature of this book. I've never been more of a fan of the bad guys before reading this book. The characters are each so very well developed and unique, and I'm a sucker for these type of figures in literature. The use of over-exaggerated tropes and word play made them even more hilarious. My other favorite part of reading books, unique and wonderful writing, is bursting from this book.  is a mastermind wordsmith. The scientific acronyms and other ways he creates this novel into a work of art is pure genius.

The only problem I had with this book lies in the pacing. There were a few places were it lagged a little bit. Perhaps this was the author trying to draw out the tension, but it just left me wanting to skip to the outcomes of some of the problems he had set up for the characters. 

Overall, I gave this book four stars on Amazon and Goodreads. I can honestly say that I will read this book again, probably as an upper after I come out of a particularly dark or emotional book hangover.

What are you all reading lately? Let's start a book recommendation list in the comments below!