Friday, August 16, 2013

"An Agent's Inbox" Contest Alert

THIS IS NOT A CALL FOR ENTRIES! I'M JUST GIVING YOU A HEADS-UP. THE CONTEST OPENS NEXT MONDAY, AUGUST 19.

“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 25 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, August 19, and then I'll post them next Wednesday, August 21. The entrants and anyone else who wishes to review them may comment until the following Monday or Tuesday, August 26 or 27, when I'll announce the winners.

Those winners will be chosen by The Agent, and this month, The Agent is Sara Sciutoof Full Circle Literary!

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 EITHER OF THE PREVIOUS 2013 ROUNDS 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, August 20, 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 25 entries. I won't accept any entries sent before the entry window opens or after the first 25 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 will select both the winners and the prizes. The Agent might pick 25 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.

So get those queries and first pages polished up, then meet us back here on Monday, August 19, at 1:00 p.m. EDT! At that time, you may send your entries to kvandolzer(at)gmail(dot)com. Looking forward to it!

The Genres

Picture book fiction (all subgenres)
Chapter book fiction (all subgenres)
MG fiction (all subgenres)
YA fiction (all subgenres)

And of course, if you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below!

*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. Sciuto 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.

14 comments:

Natalie Aguirre said...

Sounds awesome! Sara sounds like a fantastic agent. I'm spreading the word for you.

Margaret G. said...

I would love to enter this but as a picture book writer, the first 250 words of my MS is over half my story. Is there anyway to post just the first 50-75 words for picture book writers?

Robyn Campbell said...

I'm in! :-)

Krista Van Dolzer said...

Thanks, Natalie! I appreciate your help.

Margaret, you're always welcome to submit less than 250 words. That rule exists for the people who want to submit more:)

Looking forward to receiving your entry, Robyn!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Thanks for the great opportunity!

Margaret G. said...

Sounds good, Krista. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

Jamie Krakover said...

Sounds like a great opportunity. Do you want anything specific in the email subject line?

Krista Van Dolzer said...

You're welcome, Sharon and Margaret!

Nope, Jamie, nothing specific in the subject line. I try to keep the instructions as simple as I can.

Karen Hallam said...

Sounds great, Krista. Thanks for doing this,
I plan on getting mine ready to send remotely. And with any luck. . . :D

Karen Hallam said...

One question, bio or no bio? Thanks!

Candice said...

So glad you're doing this contest again since I didn't make it in in time for the last one!
Thank you!

Krista Van Dolzer said...

Karen, that's totally up to you, so I'll let you decide whether or not to include a bio:)

Good luck, Candice!

Sarah Turnbull said...

Thank you for the contest opportunity, Krista!

Krista Van Dolzer said...

No problem, Sarah!