Nano Nation: You are all WINNERS! We had such a blast with this year’s National Novel Writing Month Pitchapalooza. So many pitches with AWESOME imagination and an ASTOUNDING display of talent. Thank you so much to all the writers who participated in this year’s NaNoWriMo Pitchapalooza!
AND THE WINNER IS …
This year’s Fan Favorite is CLARE VATERLAUS BIRD for her book The Cost of Silence! Her pitch is timely, full of stakes, and has a terrific title. She gets a free one-hour consultation with us (worth $250). Congratulations, Clare!
Kudos again to MARY JO TALBOT, NaNoWriMo Pitchapalooza winner for Watching Wilhemina, a middle grade novel about a rock-guitar loving girl, her diagnosis with type 1 diabetes, and her discipline-challenged service dog. Mary Jo will receive an introduction to an agent or publisher appropriate for her manuscript.
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Congratulations again to Clare, Mary Jo, and all the Wrimos who bravely shared their awesome pitches.
The Cost of Silence by Clare Vaterlaus Bird
“Moments like this define who you become. The full weight of Allen’s unwanted body on top of me. My vocal chords paralyzed with fear. Every move of his body pushed me closer to a vow of silence. No one would believe me. A star football player raping a nobody sounds so far from the truth. How could I convince the police, my mom, or friends? As I lie mute and numb on the ground, I decide the only solution would be to take things into my own hands. This would never happen to anyone else. Tonight, would be the beginning of the end – not for me, but for Allen.”
Recovering from the scariest night of her life, Charlotte spends the next few months of her junior year playing golf, binging Gilmore Girls, and plotting a fool-proof plan to murder her rapist. Everything seems to be falling into place until her younger sister starts dating Allen. Charlotte knows Allen is a ticking time bomb and she is racing against the clock before he hurts the person closest to her, will she choose to protect her or follow through with her plan?
The “Cost of Silence” is a cautionary tale of remaining silent, where boundaries of right and wrong are tested, and bonds of sisterly love are formed and broken. Shame and fear are now the catalyst in Charlotte’s life, how long can Allen keep her silent?
This YA Contemporary Fiction Novel discusses society’s biggest secret, rape and its repercussions.
Vote for your favorite pitch. The pitch that receives the most votes will be named Fan Favorite, and the author will receive a free one-hour consult with us (worth $250).