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We are honored to announce recent PNWA member success stories.
These authors achieved their dreams, either through their connections as members of PNWA or by attending our summer conference. We want to thank the agents and editors who worked hard to help our members succeed.


ERIKA MITCHELL - member since 2011
Publisher: Champagn Books
Blood Money (released 2013) and Bai Tide (released 2015)  

Erika signed with Champagne Books after pitching at the 2011 PNWA Conference. She writes espionage novels for the modern age, chock full of explosions, plot twists, and the Oxford comma.
www.erika-mitchell.com 

 

MARK MACIEJEWSKI - member since 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Aladdin
Chub and the Cadre of Evil - release date Summer 2017 

Mark's novel Chub and the Cadre of Evil is about a bald middle-school outcast who becomes an unlikely hero when he decides to bring down his arch-nemesis and destroys an evil empire in the process. Mark's story won second place in the Middle Grade category of the PNWA lit contest in 2014. Shortly thereafter he signed with Sarah Davies of Greenhouse Literary Agency. In April, after several months of intensive rewrites and editing, Chub and the sequel Chub II: Electric Boogerloo sold to Amy Cloud (Simon & Schuster/Aladdin) in a two book deal. Mark is an avid conference goer and believes the connections made through PNWA are key to his success.

 

RAEGYN PERRY - member since 2013
Publisher: Solstice Publishing 
Lavender Fields - release date coming soon

"I am beyond the words to convey how excited I am to have my book finally contracted to be published. In January, I attended the PNWA meeting on the topic of how to make a good first impression. The invited guest was author and COO of Solstice Publishing, Kate Marie Collins. I enjoyed the content and tips she shared, and connected with her after. It took me a couple of months to 'get back on the horse' as it were. Then I remembered a Confucius quote I had heard. It goes, "We all have two lives. The second begins when you realize you only get the one."  In a conversation via Twitter, Kate simply said to me, "Close your eyes, take a breath, and hit the button." On St. Patrick's Day, I did just that. Over the years I've sent Lavender Fields out to various agents and publishers, and knew that amongst all the 'no thank you' rejections, I'd get a yes eventually! I got a yes. It pays to persevere!"

 

LEE ANN WARD - member since 2014
Agency: Andrea Hurst Literary Management - Agent: Katie Reed

"I just wanted to write and thank you for the amazing conference in July! I can honestly say, I attend at least two conferences a year, and never have I been afforded the opportunity to pitch to so many agents. And, as a result, I recently signed with agent Katie Reed of Andrea Hurst Literary Management for my young adult manuscripts titled See and Glimpses of Wilderness.

Thank you so much for having this amazing event. I am so proud to be a new member of PNWA. You helped make my dream come true!"

 

ETHAN REID - member since 2006
Publisher: Simon451 (Simon & Schuster) - Editor: Sarah Knight
The Undying - release date October 2014

Ethan signed with Barbara Poelle of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency after meeting at the PNWA conference. His debut title, a Paris-set dystopian novel The Undying, is part of the inaugural list of Simon and Schuster’s new SF imprint Simon451. More information will be released at the NY Comic-Con in October.
ethanreid.com


RICHARD HACKER - member since 2010
Publisher: Champagne Book Group - Editor: J. Ellen Smith
Dirty Water - release date June 2013

Richard signed with editor J. Ellen Smith at the PNWA conference. His novel Toxic Relationship was first released August 2012 and has been followed by the June 2013 release of Dirty Water. Look for the third Nick Sibelius humorous crime thriller, Chain Reaction, coming in March 2014.  richardhacker.com


KEN SCHULTZ - member since 2006
Publisher: Champagne Book Group - Editor: J. Ellen Smith
Truth Teller Rebellion - release date November 2013

Ken signed with editor J. Ellen Smith at the PNWA conference. His novel Truth Teller Rebellion will be released in November 2013.


STEPHANIE COLE - member since 2011
Publisher: Champagne Book Group - Editor: J. Ellen Smith
Compass North - release date December 2013

Stephanie signed with editor J. Ellen Smith at the PNWA conference. Her novel Compass North will be released in December 2013.


TRACY WEBER - member since 2011
Agent: Margaret Bail/Inklings Literary Agency
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Murder Strikes A Pose  - release date January 2014

Tracy attended the 2012 PNWA conference, where she learned how to write query letters and pitch her novel. Tracy signed with Margaret Bail that fall. Margaret sold the first three books in the Downward Dog Mystery Series to Midnight Ink just three months later. Tracy's first novel, Murder Strikes A Pose, will be released January 2014. tracyweberauthor.com


JOE BEERNINK - member since 2009
Agent: Sally Harding/The Cooke Agency
Publisher: HarperCollins, Canada
Nowhere Wild - will be released in 2014

Joe attended his first PNWA conference in 2009, while working on a 139,000-word novel that was nowhere near ready to publish. The first agent he pitched at the conference that year was Sally Harding. A few rounds of edits later, Sally agreed to represent Joe. After some agent-author back and forth, Joe worked exhaustively on his manuscript and in the summer of 2012 Joe and Sally sold the work, Nowhere Wild, to HarperCollins Canada. joebeernink.com


JANET FISHER - member since 2002
Agent: Rita Rosenkranz/Rita Rosenkranz Literary Agency
Publisher: Globe Pequot
A Place of Her Own - release date June 2014

Janet's A Place of Her Own: The Pioneer Journey of Martha Poindexter Maupin is the story of the author's great-great-grandmother who makes a daring decision to buy a farm on the Oregon frontier after her husband dies, leaving her with many children and few options. The farm is still in the family after 145 years, now owned by the author.

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