Friday, June 24, 2011

"An Agent's Inbox" Contest Alert


"An Agent's Inbox" is exactly what it sounds like--next week, I'm turning the blog into an agent's inbox, a public one. We'll get to see 20 queries along with their first pages, and we'll get to hear what a bona fide agent thinks of each one.

The queries and first pages will be yours, of course. I'll accept your entries this Monday, June 27, and then I'll post them next Wednesday, June 29. The entrants and anyone else who wishes to review them may comment on them until the following Tuesday, July 5, when I'll announce the winners. Those winners will be chosen by The Agent, who will remain nameless for now, and he or she will offer whatever prizes he or she wishes.

The Rules

1. To enter, your manuscript must meet two conditions: First, it must be COMPLETE, POLISHED, AND READY TO QUERY, and second, it must be in one of the genres The Agent represents (which are listed at the bottom of this post).

2. All entries must include A QUERY and THE FIRST 250 WORDS of your manuscript. You must paste these items IN THE BODY OF YOUR E-MAIL; otherwise, I'll disqualify it.

3. THE ENTRY WINDOW WILL OPEN AT 4:00 P.M. EDT (OR 1:00 P.M. PDT). Once the entry window opens, I'll accept the first 20 entries. I won't accept any entries sent before the entry window opens or after the first 20 slots fill up.

4. If your entry makes it in, I'll send you a confirmation e-mail with a post number. If your entry doesn't make it in, I'll still send you an e-mail, but it won't have a post number. (But never fear! I'm hosting another contest just like this one at the end of next month!)

5. If your entry makes it in, YOU MUST COMMENT ON AT LEAST 3 OTHER ENTRIES.

6. Oh, I'll probably think of more, but for now, let's stick with this:)

The Prizes The Agent will select both the winners and the prizes. The Agent might pick 20 winners, or he or she might only pick one. The Agent might offer full requests, or he or she might only ask to see another page. It all depends on how good the entries are.

I'm so excited for next week! I'm so excited to see what projects you enter! BUT DEFINITELY KEEP IN MIND THAT THIS CONTEST ISN'T FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. I've encouraged The Agent to treat the entries exactly as he or she would a normal batch of queries. Essentially, The Agent will be answering the question, "How much of the entry did you read, and if you didn't read it all, why did you stop?" I think this process will be instructive for all of us, but if you enter, you need to be prepared to hear exactly what The Agent thinks of your query and first page.

So get those queries and first pages polished up, then meet us back here on Monday, June 27, at 4:00 p.m. EDT! Can't wait!

The Genres

YA fiction (all subgenres)
Adult Paranormal Romance
Adult Urban Fantasy


Kayeleen Hamblin said...

So fun, Krista! I wish I had something ready to go, but I don't. Yet. Good luck everyone!

Jodi R. said...

Thanks for this Krista - what a wonderful opportunity! I hope it becomes a regular feature with different genres!

Thanks again for all you do for us!

Jodi R.

Myrna Foster said...

Cool. If this is becomes a monthly feature, I'll have something to enter in a couple of months. Thanks for the extra motivation!

I hope you've had a lovely week! *mwa*

Jennifer Pickrell said...

Very cool! I wish I had something ready, but alas...

I'll definitely spread the word, though.

Stina Lindenblatt said...


Too bad I'm not ready. :P

But I'll retweet the tweet I heard about this from.

Krista V. said...

Oh, I'm sorry you guys don't have anything ready to go! But thank you so much for spreading the word!

Leslie Rose said...

What a cool opportunity. I'm off to tweet you as well.

A.L. Sonnichsen said...

Krista, this is awesome! I'm going to see if I'm up at 4a.m. tomorrow morning (because I'm in Hong Kong at the moment, but I'm still jetlagged so I have that going for me) and if my parents' internet connection is working at that time. If it is - I'll enter! :) How exciting and terrifying all at once! But that's the fun part about this whole adventure-- the terror and the challenge!


Esther Vanderlaan said...

NO NO NO!!!! I don't have a fully complete manuscript! (And there's no way to finish it!!!!) Oh well- another time. :|

Beth said...


Just came across this post and have a manuscript ready. so excited. can you post the email address and if there is anything special that should go on subject line. thanks

Krista V. said...

Beth, I should have mentioned the e-mail address already! It's kvandolzer(at)gmail(dot)com. There is a mention of the e-mail address in the "Now Accepting Entries!" post that just went up, but I wish I'd mentioned it sooner!

Suzanne said...

I'm just slightly sick with envy for those who can participate...I'm out on query and have a manuscript ready to go, but it's got a pair of thirteen year olds protags and is middle grade. Best of luck to those who're entering, though!

Danielle said...


This contest is amazing - any chance of having one in a different genre. Say, narrative non-fiction?

Would so greatly appreciate it!

-Danielle Elliot