Query Workshop and Developmental Editing!

I’ve been thinking about offering the query workshop for quite a while. The cost to you will be $50. The class will go from March 24th –  28th.


24th: Information on query best practices, how to, and examples.

25th: You turn in your first draft.

26th: Edits on your query letter and information on submission packets for agents.

27th: You turn in your final draft.

28th: I give you any more outstanding edits and a list of agents to pitch!

If you’re interested in the class please email pam@forewordliterary.com. Spaces will likely fill up fast. Paypal payments only, I’ll give you the paypal address after you’re accepted into the class.


Developmental editing:

I have spaces in March , April, and May for developmental edits. Picture book – adult works in the genres I represent will be considered for a spot. Edits would be $600 for up to 100,000 words. Paypal payments only. Email pam.vhv@gmail.com for this.

November and December editing openings and pricing schedule

Foreword is closing to queries in November and December so I will have time to schedule in some editing appointments.

Remember, this is a full developmental edit of your book (with some line edits if I see glaring things as reading) with an editorial letter. You will not be offered representation and you cannot query me with the final project.

Email pam.vhv@gmail.com to reserve your space. These spots generally go very fast.

Picture book edit: $300
Chapter book (up to 15,000 words) $400
Middle Grade (up to 50,000 words) $500
YA, Adult, MG over 50k up to 100,000 words $600
Over 100,000 words $750
Half of your novel (50,000 words) $500


The Iron Bells is out today!

When Jeanette and I decided to self publish her book to Kindle and Create Space I was excited. Jeanette has sold well before with her Leopard Moon trilogy and we both believe New Adult is capable of moving outside of the contemporary genre.

Today, The Iron Bells is out in the world and I hope you all love it as much as I did. You can buy the book on your Kindle now and a print version is in the works.

The Iron Bells The year is 64 A.D. — though now A.D. stands for Anno Daemonii.
Demons have crossed a gate into our world, taking the reins of power
from humanity. A new Inquisition has begun, determined to root out any
who stand against the new world order. The holy sites on earth have
been destroyed — Jerasulem first, then the Vatican, then Mecca — and
what resistance remains is ruthlessly crushed. Amaranth is a fighter
in the resistance cell based in London. Dham is a Ringer, one of the
few people left able to ring the remaining sets of blessed hand bells
that have power over demons. When Amaranth discovers that her best
friend has been possessed by a demon and is going to be used in the
Resistance’s final, desperate mission, she asks Dham for his help in
saving her friend. With the Inquisition closing in and betrayal
threatening from inside the Resistance itself, Amaranth, Dham, and the
demon — along with Catriona, a new, highly-skilled, highly-blonde
bell-ringer — decide to head to Rome and the ruins of Vatican City,
hoping to find a way to stem the tide of demonic possessions and close
the gate.

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Realizing the problem is you…

I’ve had a hard time getting my daughter to read. I’ve tried everything. Forcing her to read 20 minutes a day (school rules). Not getting her way or pushing her at all. Taking her to the bookstore once a week and spending $30 on books she would never read (because I chose them).

As a lifelong reader and someone who works in the book industry I was feeling pretty depressed about having a child that had no desire whatsoever to read. I’ve spent a year trying to figure out what was wrong. Her teacher says she can read at grade level. Her comprehension was fine. We don’t allow her to have a ton of TV or video games. Why wouldn’t she read?

The answer was me. I was buying her books I read as a child. Or books that are out now that I would have read if I were still a child. I rushed her in the bookstore after a half hour of looking because I was bored.

The reason my daughter wasn’t a reader was me.

I took her to Hicklebee’s this Saturday and I got the eff out of her way. I let the staff there work with her on finding a book. They are the real experts on children and reading. If you have a reluctant reader a trip to your indie bookstore may be the cure!

Addie bought Ivy and Bean book one and two. She’s halfway through book two. Since Saturday! It never occurred to me at all that my daughter may want shorter books with realistic fiction.

If your child isn’t reading, evaluate what you are buying them. And get thee to an indie!

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Prophecy Girl Release Day + contest!

Around a year ago today I became a literary agent. Laurie McLean gave me access to her query inbox and with CJ Redwine’s help I found Cecily White. I read her book over a weekend day and forced Laurie to read it. She agreed that it would be a great first book to shop as a new agent.

I later sold that book to Liz at Entangled.

Today, that book is out in the world. And I love it dearly.

14741366 Amelie Bennett. . . . Ending the world, one prophecy at a time.

I was born to slay Crossworld demons.
Big black flappy ones, little green squirmy ones. Unfortunately, the only thing getting slain these days is my social life. With my high school under attack, combat classes intensifying, and Academy instructors dropping right and left, I can barely get my homework done, let alone score a bondmate before prom.
Then he shows up.
Jackson Smith-Hailey. Unspeakably hot, hopelessly unattainable, and dangerous in all the right ways. Sure, he’s my trainer. And okay, maybe he hates me. Doesn’t mean I’ll ignore the wicked Guardian chemistry between us. It’s crazy! Every time I’m with him, my powers explode. Awesome, right?
Now my teachers think I’m the murderous Graymason destined to bring down our whole race of angelbloods. Everyone in New Orleans is hunting me. The people I trusted want me dead. Jack and I have five days to solve the murders, prevent a vampire uprising, and thwart the pesky prophecy foretelling his death by my hand. Shouldn’t be too difficult.

Getting it done without falling in love. . . that might take a miracle.

To win one of my agent paperbacks please comment below! I’ll pick a winner next week when I’m home from vacation.

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