Monday, July 22, 2013

Now Accepting Entries

UPDATE: It's now 2:17 p.m. EDT, and I've responded to every e-mail I received. If you didn't get my reply, you might try checking your spam folder. The entries will go up first thing Wednesday morning!

I'm now accepting entries for July's round of "An Agent's Inbox"! Here's a quick refresher:

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. IF YOU PARTICIPATED IN APRIL'S ROUND OF “AN AGENT’S INBOX,” please DO NOT participate in this one UNLESS YOUR HAVE A NEW MANUSCRIPT that meets the criteria listed above. I have a pretty good memory, and I will disqualify previous entries. If the entry slots don’t fill up by Tuesday, July 23, I may allow previous participants to enter, but honestly, I don’t expect them to last that long.

3. 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.

4. THE ENTRY WINDOW OPENS AT 1:00 P.M. EDT (OR 10:00 A.M. PDT). Once the entry window opens, I'll accept the first 20 30 entries. I won't accept any entries sent before the entry window opens or after the first 20 30 slots fill up.

5. 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.

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

The Prizes The Agent, Bridget Smith* of Dunham Literary, Inc., will select both the winners and the prizes. The Agent might pick 20 30 winners, or she might only pick one. The Agent might offer full requests, or she might only ask to see another page. It all depends on how good the entries are.

Please keep in mind that THIS CONTEST ISN'T FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. I've encouraged The Agent to treat the entries exactly as 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.

The Genres

MG Fantasy
MG Science Fiction
MG Historical
MG Romance
MG Contemporary
YA Fantasy
YA Science Fiction
YA Historical
YA Romance
YA Contemporary
Adult Fantasy
Adult Science Fiction
Adult Historical
Literary Women's Fiction

For more information on the sorts of projects Ms. Smith is looking for, check out her agent bio on Dunham Literary's website.

To enter, please send an e-mail with YOUR QUERY and THE FIRST 250 WORDS of your manuscript to kvandolzer(at)gmail(dot)com. And please, please, please remember to PASTE THESE ITEMS IN THE BODY OF THE E-MAIL.

*I know this probably goes without saying, but if you’re thinking about entering, you should probably treat this round a little differently than you would if you didn’t already know The Agent’s identity. Feel free to do a little research and include personalization in your queries. Also, if Ms. Smith has already rejected your query, YOU PROBABLY DON’T WANT TO ENTER UNLESS YOU’VE MADE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO YOUR QUERY AND/OR MANUSCRIPT. I’m not going to say you can’t enter (mostly because I have no way to police it), but you--and she--are going to get a lot more out of this contest if you enter something The Agent hasn’t seen before.


Eric Steinberg said...

Thanks so much for running this contest and for the friendly email that made me feel good about entering.

louisaklein said...

hi, sorry, just sent 2 emails! One with a correction, since I found out there was a typo in my query letter! Let me know if that's a problem, thanks in advance

Rena said...

This is such a great opportunity. I didn't send in this week because my MS is not *quite* polished enough to send out, but I look forward to seeing a little of what interests Ms. Smith!

Krista Van Dolzer said...

No problem, Eric!

Louisaklein, I've now responded to every e-mail. Did you get my reply?

Rena, I've already scheduled August's round of "An Agent's Inbox," so I hope to see you there!

Karen Clayton said...

Thanks for the contest. Very cool!

Krista Van Dolzer said...

No problem, Karen. Thanks for playing along!