Tuesday, September 27, 2022

October 2022 Pass Or Pages Agent Panel Reveal!


Meet the agents who will critique your Adult Fantasy entries!

Michelle Hauck

Storm Literary Agency

Michelle Hauck lives in northern Indiana with her hubby and dogs. She was a co-host of the yearly contests Query Kombat, Nightmare on Query Street, Picture Book Party, and Sun versus Snow and a six time Pitchwars adult mentor.

She is an associate literary agent for Storm Literary Agency. Michelle is currently accepting all genres of young adult and middle grade, and some select adult genres. In adult, she has a particular love of science fiction and fantasy as well as cozy mystery, and does not accept adult romance, though she does love a romance sub-plot. Please check out her full wishlist and submission directions at Storm Literary Agency.

She likes positive, upbeat characters, quirky humor (or really any humor) and is always excited to see stories with diverse underrepresented voices (including and not limited to LGBTQA+, neurodiversity, BIPOC, Latinx, Indigenous People, and disability). Also she likes: Characters with lots of backstory that is revealed slowly, villains with complex motivations and layers, and stories set on secondary worlds or settings that are other than American or European.

Ernie Chiara

Fuse Literary Agency

Ernie loves nothing more than being able to work with his amazing clients on the books of their dreams. Having first joined Fuse Literary as a writer and client himself, he knows what it's like to be in the query trenches, and his goal is to be the type of agent every writer hopes to find.

Prior to becoming an agent, Ernie was an Assistant to Fuse Senior Agent Tricia Skinner, was a mentor and Communications Director for the Pitch Wars writer mentorship program, was a copywriter for a Fortune 500 client, and is the founder of TBRstack, a platform for authors and publishing professionals to share lists of their favorite books.

Outspoken about the issues of equality, both in society as a whole and as they relate to the publishing industry, Ernie values accuracy in representation and the raising of marginalized voices. He strives to be a fierce advocate for his clients and their interests, and is passionate about bringing their stories to a broader audience.

With over twenty years' experience in business management and graphic design, things like time management, critical thinking, and organization were ingrained in him early on and have carried over into how he approaches agenting, as well as having an eye for all things creative and visual.

In his free time, Ernie enjoys sketching and painting, wailing away on his drum kit, binge-watching the latest fantasy series, and playing with his three amazing kids.

Details for October 2022 Pass or Pages: 

Entry starts: Monday, October 3 at 6 a.m. Eastern

Entry ends: Friday, October 7 at 6 p.m. Eastern
Category/Genre: Adult Fantasy
How To Enter: Fill out the entry form on the contest post when it goes live on October 3.
What Is Required: Your query (NO BIO or personalization for agents), your first 250 words, a complete and polished MS

You can also read more about the rules 

The winning entries with agent commentary will be posted on Operation Awesome the week of October 24th, one entry each day. If you aren't comfortable with having your entry (which will be anonymous) shared on the blog, please don't enter Pass or Pages!

If you have any questions, please ask in the comments or tweet 
@OpAwesome6. Also, feel free to chat about the contest with fellow participants with the hashtag #PassOrPages.

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