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Marie Lamba, author

MP900227683Happy Monday, all!  February has almost bit the dust (kudos to the wise one who made it our shortest month). The birds are reemerging, everyone is itching to go to the store and buy pastel colored clothing for some reason, and this can only mean ONE thing: It’s Writer’s Conference Season!!!

Yup, something about springtime rolling around makes writers want to clutch paper cups of tepid coffee and sticky danishes wrapped in napkins and scurry for seating at an assortment of workshops and panels.  The appeal is clear: you get to see that, damn, you really aren’t the only nut who has been squirreled away for months on end lost in your head making up evil plots for a novel. And you also get to see that, hot damn!, there are, in fact, editors and agents out there who want to see what you’ve created.

It’s inspiring and seeing all…

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Top 10 Middle Grade Novel Agents

Check out this list!


My goal is to query each and every one of them by the summer of 2013.

It’s good to have goals.


News from the New Yorker Hotel – Tesla Memorial Conference 2013


This past weekend I attended the Tesla Memorial Conference including the Spirit Award Benefit and Reception.  For more information visit http://teslasciencefoundation.org/iTesla/index.php/en/.

I have also been asked by Nikola Lonchar, president of the Tesla Science Foundation, http://teslasciencefoundation.org/iTesla/index.php/en/home/meet-our-president, to be a board member at large for the Tesla Science Foundation.

While at the conference at the New Yorker Hotel in NYC, I met some wonderful people who are helping further the cause of bringing recognition to the vital accomplishments of Tesla.  I met the executive director of the Tesla Museum in Blegrade, Serbia, Vladimir Jelenković. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla_Museum.  He wants to stay in touch in hopes that I can sell my book there.

I also met Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/tesla.  Please also see his very successful campaign at http://theoatmeal.com/blog/tesla_museum where he successfully helped raise over a million dollars for the purchase of Tesla’s last lab at Wardenclyffe to turn the property into the first National Tesla Museum! 

Then, I met Jane Alcorn, President of the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tesla_Science_Center_at_Wardenclyffe.  She even knew who I was, took my card, and said they’ll need some books to sell in their gift shop once the museum is completed!

It was a terrific weekend! I just could not wait to share this with you.  Your support (kickstarter backers) really made it possible for me to take this important trip.  Thank you again for believing in this project and I will keep you posted!

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SCBWI Eastern PA Fall Critique Fest 2012 Success!

The annual Eastern PA SCBWI Fall Critique Fest in Lancaster, PA, at the Manheim Township Public Library was everything I’d hope it would be and more.  I met some terrific writers, editors, and agents.  The workshops were helpful and informative.

I thoroughly enjoyed Edie Hemingway’s workshops A Look at Setting Through the Eyes of Your Characters and Read as a Writer to Improve Your Own Writing.  Author Mara Rockliff shared some wonderful pointers in her workshop Finding the Story in History.  

My peer-to-peer critique partners on Saturday were amazing, offering some wonderful advice and suggestions!  I appreciated everything they had to say and I can’t wait to incorporate their ideas into my story.  They were obviously talented and I truly enjoyed reading their pieces.


Aubrey Poole, Shauna Rossano, Jennifer Laughran, Linda Rose, Marie Lamba, Brianna Johnson

One aspect of the event that I found very beneficial was the First Pages Session with Editors and Agents.  We witnessed the knowledgable critiques of submitted manuscripts with honest feedback of the texts.  As writers, we were able to hear firsthand exactly what agents are looking for in submissions.  We heard about what works, what makes a piece stand out, and what will send a manuscript straight to the slush pile.

Sandy Asher, author of twenty books for young readers and more than three dozen plays, critiqued my first ten pages.  It was an honor to speak with her and she offered sincere feedback of my work.

In addition, I was able to meet with Agent Jennifer Laughran of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, and Aubrey Poole, Associate Editor for Sourcebooks.  Both really liked the premise of my book, Emic Rizzle, Tinkerer, and offered some suggestions on how I could make it even better.  They each said they’d like for me to submit my MS to them in the coming months.

Big thanks to Marilyn Hershey and Francesca Amendolia of the SCBWI Eastern PA Chapter for organizing this fantastic event!

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Joel Levinson’s New Book, The Reluctant Hunter




It can be ordered through iUniverse, Amazon, or Barnes&Noble.

In addition to the information below, please visit


Click here to learn more about the book, The Reluctant Hunter by Joel Levinson.

More about the author as quoted from the dust jacket of his book:

“Levinson is a Philadelphia architect whose designs have been published nationally and internationally.  The Architectural Archives at Penn, his alma mater, is preserving his drawings for future study and will be publishing a book of his houses.  He writes a column on design for The Chestnut Hill Local newspaper and The Reluctant Hunter is his first novel.  It is based loosely on what his “adopted” Muslim daughter and her friends told him about the war in Bosnia.  Levinson is also the founder of SpaceGroup, a salon that discusses issues related to science and philosophy.”

Who is Joel Levinson? Read about him here.

He is an artist, writer, philosopher, architect, and really good human being.

To visit his new author’s website, visit joellevinsonauthor.com.

I am anxious to get my hands on a copy of his new book.  As soon as it is available on Amazon, I will post the link right here so stay tuned!


What is your view of the changing state of the publishing industry?  

Seems to be in quite a bit of turmoil.  I learned for instance that my publisher, iUniverse, was acquired by the Penguin Group, which in turn is owned by Pearson, one of the largest publishers in the world.  I’m not really a student of publishing, just picking up tidbits of info as I crash through the mystifying darkness of trying to publish and promote my novel.

Do you have plans on writing another novel, and if so, can you tell us anything about it?

There are several novels I plan to write, the most pressing is one called That Fire in His Eyes.  Your kid’s book about Tesla reminded me that I made a note to myself about a year ago to write a fictionalized account of the life of Tesla, but if you were planning on that, I’ll hold off.  But of course that one is low on my list of priorities.  I have a non-fiction work that I must finish called The Daring Diagonal – Architecture, Geometry, and the Impact of Revolutionary Thought.  I have several other non-fiction works as well I want to write and have already started.

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Writer’s Digest “Dear Lucky Agent Contest” LIVE for Writers of Middle Grade Novels!

Check out this terrific contest for authors of middle grade fiction!  I’m going to enter!  Are you?


to find out what you have to do to submit your work.

You only have until August 27th to enter this contest, so hurry!

Wish me luck, and I wish you luck, too!

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Illustrator Mark Mattson’s Post about my Emic Rizzle Kickstarter

by Illustrator Mark Mattson

Emic Rizzle

Check out Mark Mattson’s Blogspot!


I was a fan of Mark’s work long before I met him and now I am fortunate enough to have him as a part of this project.  We have a terrific character here and we want to share her with the world!