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Day 5 and half-way through our countdown! Urania Smith interviews her agent, Adria Goetz and Adria’s client Leisl Adams, who is the author of the graphic novel Batter Royale. Adria is giving away a query critique for one lucky winner. See below for details on how to enter.

Literary Agent Adria Goetz and Author Leisl Adams talk about Leisl’s graphic novel Batter Royale, of which she kindly shares her pitch packet with us:

Leisl Adams is a Director, Storyboard Artist and Illustrator in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She has been involved in film and TV for almost 20 years, working for amazing clients like Warner Bros, Disney Jr., Mattel, Teletoon and CBC.
On the illustration side, she has done work for Abrams Books, Simon and Shuster, Rubicon Publishing and her own online works, On The Edge, and Not My Show. She loves comedy, and helping people through the power of story!

Find Liesl’s books at:

Adria Goetz is a senior literary agent at P.S. Literary representing picture books, middle grade, adult fiction, and graphic novels. She specializes in picture books by author/illustrators. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in English with a Creative Writing emphasis, as well as the Columbia Publishing Course. She worked at Martin Literary & Media Management before joining the PSLA team. In 2019, she was selected as a Publishers Weekly Star Watch Honoree. Adria has eclectic taste but particularly enjoys projects that are tinged with magic, have so much heart you can practically hear their heartbeat, and have a compelling, commercial hook. She was recently proud to work on BATTER ROYALE by Leisl Adams, THE RUNAWAY’S DIARY which was illustrated by Valeria Wicker, and the upcoming graphic novel THE OTHER SIDE OF TOMORROW which was written by Tina Cho. Adria lives in an old Victorian farmhouse in Washington state with her husband and their two darling dust gray cats, Maple and Mulberry. You can find her detailed manuscript wishlist at and you can find her on Twitter at @adriamgoetz and on Instagram at @adriagoetz. 

For those of you entering the website pitch event, the comments section will be open on 8 a.m. Oct. 2 and will close for pitches at 11:59 Oct. 4. The Twitter event starts Oct. 5 at 8 a.m. and the website pitches will also be viewable then until Oct. 7. See here for more details.

#PBPitch, as mentioned in the video, has an upcoming Twitter event on Oct. 27:

To enter to win a query critique from Adria Goetz, please comment below with your name. To enter more than once, share this post on social media, then reply to your original comment with the link to where you shared the post. You can enter as many times as you share. This contest will close by the end of the day on Oct. 8, and the winner will be selected shortly after. THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED, AND THE WINNER IS LISA MAGGIORE. CONGRATS, LISA!

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