September 9: YA, MG & Novel FB Chat with Sophie Littlefield, Lauren DeStefano & Barbara Poelle

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I'm excited to announce that tomorrow, September 9, 2015 we will be hosting an exclusive Facebook chat with a trifecta of amazing people in the publishing industry: Bestselling authors Sophie Littlefield and Lauren DeStefano, and popular literary agent Barbara Poelle. All three will answer questions on FB from 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Plus, as a bonus, you could win a first-page critique of your manuscript just for participating! Read on to get more details.

Here's how it will work:

On Friday around 12 p.m. (Eastern), I'll post a status that says LET THE CHAT BEGIN! You leave your question for Sophie, Lauren and Barbara as a comment to that status. They'll answer as many questions as they can in the time allotted. NOTE: In order to participate you must be a part of our community by liking our Facebook page.

How to win a First-Page Critique:

Ten lucky participants of our chat will get an exclusive critique from Barbara of the first page of their manuscript. The 10 participants will be chosen at random from the chat. In order to qualify for a chance to win, all you have to do is participate in the chat.

About our Guests:


About Sophie

Sophie Littlefield grew up in rural Missouri, the middle child of a professor and an artist. She has been writing stories since childhood. After taking a hiatus to raise her children, she sold her first book in 2008, and has since authored over a dozen novels in several genres. Sophie’s novels have won Anthony and RT Book Awards and been shortlisted for Edgar, Barry, Crimespree, Macavity, and Goodreads Choice Awards. In addition to women’s fiction, she writes the post-apocalyptic Aftertime series, the Stella Hardesty and Joe Bashir crime series, and thrillers for young adults. She is a past president of the San Francisco Romance Writers of America chapter. Sophie makes her home in northern California. Connect with Sophie @swlittlefield.


About Lauren

Lauren DeStefano is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Internment Chronicles and The Chemical Garden trilogy, which includes Wither, Fever, and Sever. She earned her BA in English with a concentration in creative writing from Albertus Magnus College in Connecticut. Visit her at or connect @LaurenDeStefano.

About Barbara

Barbara Poelle is a literary agent at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency, a contributing editor for Writer's Digest Magazine with her column FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK, and the agent of both Sophie and Laura.Connect with Barbara @Bpoelle.

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