Posted on February 18, 2015
***Thrilled to receive this email in regard to a writing contest I entered upon the suggestion of my dear friend Michael Bowler. It is so gratifying to find success in what I love so much to do.
Dear Book Pipeline Entrants,
Semifinalists for the 2014 Book Pipeline Competition have now been selected and posted to the site. The full list is as follows:
A Bitter Veil (period drama/thriller) by Libby Fisher Hellmann
Auto-Erotica (drama) by Stacia Saint Owens
Beowulf: A Bloody Calculus (sci-fi/thriller) by Milo Behr
CarnEvil (horror) by Frank D’Angeli
Cerulean (futuristic drama/sci-fi) by Jason M. Vaughn
Hand Me Down (drama) by Melanie Thorne
Jane at the Fair (period drama) by David H. Stuart
Making Manna (drama) by Eric Lotke
Syncing Forward (sci-fi/thriller) by W. Lawrence
The Red Sheet (YA drama) by Mia Kerick
The Ringer (crime/drama) by Jenny Shank
Tunnel Visions (drama/mystery) by Kurt Kamm
Congratulations to those selected. We’re narrowing down this semifinalist list and choosing one winner and 3-5 finalists by March 1st. The 2015 season opens in March as well and will run until December of this year.
We mentioned before, but it’s worth repeating: we received 576 entries across most every genre imaginable, and were surprised (inspired, really) by the quality of submissions. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say every entry had a valid shot at advancing.
A large handful showcased competent writing and engaging characters or plots, but the determining factor between Great Book X and Great Book Y was “which has more potential as a film or TV series?” Unfortunately, many didn’t make the cut. Not due to subpar writing ability, and not due to an unmarketable or unappealing story, but due to the fact other books, in our eyes, had a better shot at garnering interest in the current media landscape.
Thankfully, trends change. And honestly, there’s no real science to it. What doesn’t work for a series or movie today certainly might in the future, and you can point to numerous examples over the past several decades. It’s all a process, and one that takes time. But like in any creative industry, originality and talent win–always–in the end. All the more reason to continue telling exceptional stories true to your own voice, your own style, and your own objective.
To everyone who entered, many thanks for allowing us to review your manuscript. We look forward to reading more of your work in the future and considering it for film and TV adaptation.
The Book Pipeline Team
HERE’S MORE- BEST OF 2014 CHOSEN BY:
**The Novel Approach- Tina
The Red Sheet-“ The Red Sheet is something I’ve not found very often. It is a story that I haven’t read. I couldn’t predict what was going to happen. I couldn’t figure out what had happened. But I couldn’t wait to find out. Mia Kerick unfolded Bryan and Scott’s story the same way one unfolds a new sheet fresh from the package. You open one fold at a time and use your hand to smooth out the line made from the sizing applied at the factory before it was packaged. In doing this, Mia re-emphasized the good and bad in all of us. She smoothed her hand over the belief that we have the power to overcome high hurdles, even if we are mere mortals. That smoothing reinforced the truth she was imparting.”
**My Fiction Nook’s Best of 2014
Sandra’ s Top Five- The Red Sheet by Mia Kerick
**Hearts on Fire
“Our Favorites!! The books we loved in 2014”
Diane Allan -Random Acts and The Red Sheet
**Love Bytes Reviewers Favorite Books of 2014
The Red Sheet by Mia Kerick
This book convinced me, the queen of holding grudges against fictional characters, that forgiveness is always possible. Plus there’s a flash mob – who doesn’t love a flash mob?
** Rainbow Awards 2014
3rd place- YA LGBT The Red Sheet
Other achievements of the red sheet are included on the image above.
When a book finds success, it makes an author wonder if he/she will ever find the same or more success with another book in the future. My goal is to try.
Posted on February 1, 2015
I started writing Inclination, under the working title of His Way, a full year ago in January. It is finally scheduled for release with CoolDudes Publishing’s YA imprint, YoungDudes Publishing, on February 25th of this year. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this book’s release. And if you want to read about my motivation for writing Inclination, you can find it in my interview with CoolDudes Publishing.
**Look at the bottom of this blog post for full interview- Mia with CoolDudes
I think I worked harder on Inclination than on any other book so far. I started last winter by doing a great deal of research. I read several books about gay Christianity from cover to cover, and many others I used for reference. I studied online gay Christian websites. I learned the Biblical arguments for and against the acceptance of homosexual behavior in Christian life. I learned a lot about Christianity in my effort to confirm my conviction that God dearly loves gay Christians.
It was important for me to read the specific arguments, the precise Biblical passages, and to search for the intention behind the words. I wanted to be fully convinced that my decision was not based only on my emotional belief that God’s main concern is that people love Him and each other, or my gut feeling that the Jesus I know would not judge a person based on who he/she loves. I wanted my conviction to also be grounded in rational fact; that scripture does not prove God opposes homosexual behavior. But more importantly, I realized that if any of Inclination‘s readers worried over specifics in the same way Anthony did, they also would want to be fully convinced that a same-sex relationship can be blessed by God.
After completing my scriptural research and reconfirming my conviction, I watched videos of real teens who were currently struggling with the dilemma of whether or not a gay Christian could be devout. And I read accounts of adults who struggled their entire lives to find where they fit with their religion, as LGBTQ people. I witnessed their pain and frustration and loneliness, and it was intolerable to me. That’s when I started to write.
At this point I was so incredibly moved by the plight of these people that I often cried while creating my main character’s painful journey. It is ironic that, as a romance author who uses angst as a tool to elicit emotion from my readers, the most angst I experienced while writing was when 16-year-old Anthony Del Vecchio left his church because he no longer felt worthy of God’s love. The scene was intense; Anthony (and I) were devastated.
Just after I submitted “the perfect YA manuscript” to a small publisher last summer, I went to a Writers Digest conference in New York City where I attended workshops on how to write “the perfect YA novel.” I promptly withdrew my manuscript from submission and rewrote Inclination, which was still called His Way, at that point. And I rewrote it again and again and again. For lots of different reasons. (In between two of those agains I renamed it Inclination.)
In fact, I continued to rework and reshape and (hopefully) improve Inclination throughout the entire editing process with a very PATIENT CoolDudes Publishing.
I am happy with my final result. I am thrilled that my beta readers and pre-reviewers love it. I am satisfied that I have accomplished what I set out to, and put a human face on this struggle.
Inclination is an important book. I hope many of you read it, review it, and get the word out about it so people who need a story of hope like this can find it.