Pitch Contest With Agent Scott Eagan

The Contemporary Romance Writers Chapter is thrilled to have agent Scott Eagan of The Greyhaus Agency here today to consider YOUR pitches as part of our series of pitch contests! Instructions on the pitch contest are down below. Before you pitch, please take a moment to read Scott’s post on submissions and what you look like “from the other side of the table.”  

ABOUT SCOTT EAGAN

Scott draws on his extensive background in education, writing and literature to assist the writers at Greyhaus. He has a BA in English/Literature, a MA in Creative Writing and a MA in Literacy. Scott is also a writer (done mostly as a hobby) and is an active member of the Romance Writers of America. Outside of his work at the agency, he continues teaching writing on a part-time basis, works as a stay at home dad and continues to be active in community work including assisting the University of Puget Sound Alumni Program. Scott is also a USA Swimming Official so you can frequently find him on the deck of a pool. If not there, you can find him working with one daughter at the stables, or being a “dance mom” for his youngest daughter.

Greyhaus Literary Agency is actively acquiring print romance and women’s fiction. The agency looks at both Single Title and Series romance. Scott Eagan opened Greyhaus Literary Agency in 2003 with three goals in mind:

  • To remain a small agency focusing only on Romance and Women’s Fiction
  • To provide educational opportunities for writers in these genres and to make efforts to enhance the romance and women’s fiction genres.
  • To assist with increasing communications between the professional publishing community and the writers.

Being a small agency as well as being focused on a small number of genres allows me the chance to work closer with my writers as well as staying up with the every-changing trends in romance and women’s fiction.

Scott is also interested in educating writings. With that in mind, Scott Eagan is available for workshops, speaking engagements, working with writing contests and so forth.

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PITCH CONTEST

Authors are invited to submit the below for consideration. Also feel free to post general questions, but please do so in a separate post from your pitch submission.

Today’s pitch contest is open to everyone – members or non-members. But we invite non-members to consider joining our chapter so you don’t miss out on other exciting events and opportunities!

The contest will be open for submissions for 1 24-hour day starting at 6am EST on 5/4/2015. Authors will be asked to submit as a comment on the blog post the following information:

  • Author’s Name
  • Book Title
  • Book Genre
  • Book Word Count (completed)
  • Blurb (maximum 200-word)

Works being pitched must be completed and ready for submission. Submissions won’t be considered if they don’t meet the guidelines. Winner(s) will be announced one week later in a separate blog post.

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  2. Author’s name–Stephanie Berget
    Title–Radio Rose
    Book Genre–Contemporary Western Romance
    Book Word Count–93,400 finished
    Blurb:As a DJ for a late night radio show in small, backwater town, Rose WajnowskiRadio Rose knows aliens Martians aren’t real, .

    But as a DJ for a late night talk show about aliens, but she’s not about to tell give her listeners her honest opinion. After all, she’s supposed to be the local expert on extra-terrestrial events. She’s happy withRose is content her solitary life, and her one quirky friend, Irwin, until the night she runsnearly crashes , literally, into a stranger and after whackingstranger, and after hitting her head, her head on the steering wheel, mistakes him for a real life ET.
    alien being.

    Adam Cameron was raisedRaised by his narcissistic, filthy rich grandfather, Simon Howell III, after his mother diedfor most of his childhood, Adam Cameron and madede his escape the day he turned eighteen. Ten years later, he’s forced to revisit his hometownreturn for the reading of his grandfather’s will, only to find grandpa’s power to control his life extends beyond the grave, and he’s about to be pulled into a contest with Simon’s secretary for a vast amount of money and the future of his small hometown.

    Although rRose knows Adam has scars of his own, so how can they pull together?

    In a town filled with new found friends, Rose has to decide how far she’s willing to go to trust the loner.

    Relationships aren’t one of Rose’s strong points. Hell, she mistook the hot stranger for an alien the first time they met, but Adam needs help and she’s the woman to help him–maybe.

  3. Author’s Name: Anne L. Parks
    Book Title: Of Demons and Stones
    Book Genre: Romantic Suspense
    Book Word Count (completed): 125,000
    Blurb (maximum 200-word):
    Kylie Tate is strong, determined, and has it all. Her career as a criminal defense attorney is highly successful, she is financially secure, and focused on her future. But no one sees the fear that consumes her. Ravaged by demons from her past that refuse to let go. Hampered by a childhood that left her distrustful of love.

    Alex Stone is denied nothing. Not in business – certainly not by the women he dates once and forgets. And he never gets romantically involved. Until beautiful, sexy, too damned independent Kylie comes into his life and frustrates the hell out of him. All he wants is to protect her – keep her safe from the one demon from her past that haunts her, and is complicating their relationship.

    Kylie’s abusive ex-boyfriend, respected attorney, John Sysco, begins to unravel the closer Kylie and Alex become. When Kylie refuses to heed John’s threats, she is thrust back into the abuse she thought she had escaped.

    Pushed to her limit and unwilling to be a victim any longer, Kylie takes control of her life. But is it too late to stop a madman’s quest for revenge? One that could ultimately lead to her death.

  4. Author: Becke Turner
    Title: Bad Medicine
    Genre: Contemporary Romance
    Word count: 90k
    Blurb:

    What would you do for someone you love? How far would you go? What boundaries would you test? In a city hospital oncology unit, love tests nurse Kendra Mason’s belief of truth at all costs. Love compels oncologist Jacob Toyle to confront his fear of poverty and place his patients before his career. Love denied twists brilliant, oncologist Carl Easley’s oath ‘to do no harm’ into ‘find the cure at any cost.’ When the three collide, each will have to face their deepest fear to save the people they love. But with all things, there’s always a price. In medicine the cost is life.

  5. Author’s Name: EmKay Connor

    Book Title: Just for the Weekend

    Book Genre: Contemporary Romance (Harlequin Blaze)

    Book Word Count: 51K

    Blurb (maximum 200-word:

    Willow Montgomery is a one-man kind of girl…or she will be one day. Until then, her monthly mutually beneficial hook-up with Zane Butler, an old pal from college, works just fine, giving Willow all the time and space she needs to climb the corporate ladder and enjoy life in the big city. But when Zane nixes their friends-with-benefits arrangement because he’s meet someone he wants a real relationship with—the night before Willow’s thirtieth birthday—she panics and convinces Zane he owes them a chance at something real first.

    When Willow’s coworker and secretly crushing guy friend Booker Branson finds out she intends to spend 48 hours without sex to determine her emotional compatibility with Zane, Booker demands his own weekend with Willow…and sex isn’t the only thing on his agenda.

  6. Author’s Name: Laurie Hoffman
    Book Title: Home Field
    Book Genre: Contemporary Romance
    Book Word Count: 75,000
    Blurb:

    One year after her husband was KIA, Julie Ellis is living back in her hometown. Looking for fresh start, her focus is on raising her son, while fighting to uncover the truth about John’s death in Afghanistan. So, when she attends a military appreciation banquet, Julie’s caught off guard by her attraction to Reagan Harrison – a cocky, charming pro-football linebacker. As she begins to fall for Reagan, there’s one big problem…she’s in love with someone else: her late husband.
    Reagan Harrison enjoys a successful profession football career. When he’s introduced to Julie Ellis, he finds every excuse in the book to spend time with her – along with her cute kid. His self imposed rules… avoiding commitment and never dating single a mother…get tossed out the window.
    As their relationship becomes more serious, Julie acknowledges that her feelings for her dead husband eclipse her love for Reagan. Because of his pride, Reagan walks away from not only Julie but from her son, the kid he’d grown to think of as his own. Julie’s left with a choice – continue to keep her heart closed off or fight for a future with Reagan.

  7. Author’s Name: Melissa Fragiadaki (w/a Melina Kantor)
    Book Title: Once Upon a Playlist
    Book Genre: Women’s Fiction (w/ strong romantic elements)
    Book Word Count (completed): 90,000
    Blurb (maximum 200-word):

    Evi, former host of the hit travel show Urban Nomad, understands the appeal of the whitewashed houses and blue shutters of the tiny Cretan seaside village where she grew up. The place is so authentic it’s got a resident village idiot.

    But one person’s paradise is another’s dusty, bug-infested recurring nightmare, which is why Evi hasn’t visited Myrtos in six years. When her beloved grandparents ask her to bring their granddaughter for a visit, Evi can’t say no. Especially since her grandparents announced they’re selling their café, a place Evi has always considered more of a home than her parents’ house.

    Returning to the traditional village with a daughter born out of wedlock isn’t easy. Before she leaves Brooklyn, Evi decides to give herself six weeks to find a way to buy the café, and then go back home.

    Everything changes once Evi finds out her grandparents have already sold the café to Mathaios, the village’s mysterious, geeky science teacher. She wants to hate him until she comes across a playlist on his computer, which leads to the discovery that there’s more to him than meets the eye.

    As Evi and Mathaios get to know each other, she finds out that their pasts are intertwined in ways she never could have imagined.

  8. Author’s Name – H.M. Shander
    Book Title – Run Away Charlotte
    Book Genre – New Adult Contemporary Romance (Completed)
    Book Word Count – 112,250
    Blurb –
    Trusting others never suited nineteen-year-old Charlotte, who believes she’s unworthy of a true happiness. Fiercely loyal to only one – her BFF Joe. Afterall, he’s knows everything about Charlotte and he’s sworn to protect her heart, and her deep dark secrets.

    Until Andrew walks into her life.

    Despite his attempts to court Charlotte, she pushes him away, believing he can’t handle her shadows. After a horrible accident, she learns to trust and depend on him. The more she shares, the harder he falls. Giving in to love, Charlotte falls hard, offering her heart to Andrew. While trying to be everything he can for Charlotte, he struggles to find the balance between family, school, love, and commitment.

    Their different definitions of unconditional love come to a head after Andrew spends a summer abroad and Charlotte crosses a line. His reaction sends a devastated Charlotte into the arms of Jack, an older man who can balance what Andrew failed to do. He puts Charlotte first, treating her like a princess while capitalizing on her vulnerability. He gives her everything her heart desires… except Andrew.

    When it comes to matters of the heart and mind, which direction do you follow? Love or Logic?

  9. Jaclyn V. Di Bona

    Jaclyn V. Di Bona
    May 4, 2015 at 11:43 am
    * Author’s name: Jaclyn V. Di Bona
    * Book Title: Autumn Love
    * Book Genre: Contemporary Romance
    * Book Word Count: 120,079 Completed
    * Blurb:

    Pit one stubborn west coast rancher against an equally stubborn east coast boutique owner and the situation collides in a fiery response.

    Sparks fly when feisty Boston boutique owner Jolie Marini delivers Nicholas Bianchini’s orphan grandchildren to his ranch in Santa Barbara. She does not intend to put up with any man who reminds her of her domineering late husband, but she finds herself so attracted to Nick that when he asks her to stay on until the children are settled, she agrees. Nick quickly realizes Jolie is his soul mate—in bed and out—and vows to marry her as soon as he can prove that he’s willing to do something he’s never done. Compromise.

  10. Jaclyn V. Di Bona

    * Author’s name: Jaclyn V. Di Bona
    * Book Title: Autumn Love
    * Book Genre: Contemporary Romance
    * Book Word Count: 120,079 Completed
    * Blurb:

    Pit one stubborn west coast rancher against an equally stubborn east coast boutique owner and the situation collides in a fiery response.

    Sparks fly when feisty Boston boutique owner Jolie Marini delivers Nicholas Bianchini’s orphan grandchildren to his ranch in Santa Barbara. She does not intend to put up with any man who reminds her of her domineering late husband, but she finds herself so attracted to Nick that when he asks her to stay on until the children are settled, she agrees. Nick quickly realizes Jolie is his soul mate—in bed and out—and vows to marry her as soon as he can prove that he’s willing to do something he’s never done. Compromise.

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