12/10 Zombie ‘Pitch’ Party, Editor Shop … Am I missing any?

Ran across this and wanted to share it. This is NOT a pitch opportunity (not sure why that’s in the title), however it’s a nice way to meet other authors, get some feed back, find CPs and keep on track. The ‘hop’ part starts today, 12/10,** NOTE THE DATE HAS CHANGED TO 12/21 –> go to Of A Writerly Sort’s Blog for more information.  Here’s a bit more information, be sure to go to the site(s) for full details!

 

Zombie Apocalyptic Pitch Party

 

The end of the world is coming! Are you prepared for the zombie apocalypse? No? Well, Julie Upshur and I are offering creating zombie apocalypse teams, ensuring that all of us survive imminent doom. So turn off your Christmas music and grab your AK-47s. We’re heading to the critiquing trenches.

Introducing… ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE CRIT PARTY!

All zombie slayers will get a FREE QUERY CRITIQUE and have the opportunity to win either a 3 chapter critique or a full manuscript critique from the world class zombie slayers Julie or myself. All participants will also get to meet lots of other amazing writers. To enter, just send your query letters to zappcontest(at)gmail(dot)com. The entry window will close at

THE APOCALYPSE TEAMS

The teams will be split by genre. Because there is a mix of MG, YA, and NA, the teams will be just subgenres, so here they are:

TEAM FANTASY/PARANORMAL: #ZAPPTeamFP

TEAM SCI FI: #ZAPPTeamSciFi

TEAM CONTEMPORARY/ROMANCE: #ZAPPTeamConRom;

TEAM MYSTERY/THRILLER/HISTORICAL: #ZAPPTeamMystHist

I realize those groupings are rather broad. If you have a mash-up, say, like my story, which is a Steampunk Fantasy, go with the one you’d consider your main genre (I’d pick Fantasy, personally. Up to you).

I’ve only run across one pitch opportunity coming up over the next week. Over at Muse Tracks, they’re having their Agent/Editor Shop on December 15:

I’m happy to say the awesome Rhonda Penders with The Wild Rose Press will be our first ever guest editor at Editor Shop, and I wish you all the best of luck on pitch day.

December 15th is pitch day, so mark your calendars!

IF you know of a contest I’ve missed, particularly a multi-agent/editor contest!, please leave me a message and I’ll be sure to add it to the list. I really appreciate all the help I get finding the contests and updating the information to keep everything current.

I posted this information a couple of times, and I still think it’s really relevant. Hmmm, maybe I should make a page/sticky and move it to its own special place. Next week, look for that. In the mean time, here is the information again:

Now we all want to think every agent and editor out there is legit and a majority of them are. But there are a few things you’ll want to consider as you enter contests (and NO, I do not mean you shouldn’t enter contests – just go in with eyes wide open :-) ) I’m pointing this out now, so *when* you get your offer (and I am saying when, since I’m pulling for you!)  you’ll have done  your due diligence and checked out the agent/press who has contacted you. One place to start is Sarah LaPolla’s blog post on ‘Shady Business’  where she talks about ‘new’ agents who have no experience as well as new (e)publishers . She has EXCELLENT advice on what to look for (and what to watch out for) as you look for an agent/at new e-pubs. Another blog with excellent advice is Writer Beware Blogs & Guest Blog Post: Mustering the Courage to Turn Down a Publishing Contract. Personally I’d suggest checking things out prior to entering any contests so if there’s a request for more information you can go in eyes wide open and not just respond in a heady rush. To be clear, I’m not saying there have been any publishers which are on any of the ‘beware’ lists, or anything of that nature, in any contest that I am aware of, just that it make sense to not automatically assume a publisher (or agent) is in ‘good standing’ because they are taking part in a contest. (and that was clear as mud, but hopefully you get the point)

12/3 Two big opportunities this week: #PitchWars through 12/5 & #Pitchmas 12/4-6, & more

First, the PitchWars submission window will close at 8 p.m.(note corrected time!) on Wednesday, December 5. If you haven’t entered yet, NOW is the time to do it! Be sure to read through ALL the mentors blogs who are looking for your category. AND follow the hashtag on twitter – lots of chatter and helpful information there! This is just a drop in the bucket of the information you wil need. Be sure to go to Brenda Drake’s blog for ALL the details! :

We’re extremely excited to announce an upcoming event where agented authors, industry interns, and editors team up with aspiring writers to shine up their manuscripts and pitches to present to some awesome agents.
Here’s the deets…
·        The teams will consist of 1 agented author or industry intern or editor (coaches) and 1 aspiring author.
·        November 26: The coaches (listed on the linky below) will post on their blogs what genre/category they want to coach. They’ll be very specific genres. Aspiring writers will hop around and decide which coaches best fit their manuscripts.
·       Between November 26- December 5: Aspiring writers will submit 3 “applications” to their top choices for coaches to the contest email (check site for parameters, formatting, etc!) That means, participants will send three separate emails to the contest email addressing each with one of their three top choices for coach.

AND here are the mentors!:

REMINDER: You can send an application for up to 3 coaches.

Lots of YA, but some NA and four Adult in there too. A great opportunity to get some feedback on your manuscript AND query and get it in front of an agent. :-) .

On December 4-6, Pitchmas, A Holiday Pitchfest (multi agent/editor) will be happening on Jessa Russo and FeakySnucker’s blogs. On December 4th Jessa will be hosting a pitch polishing workshop leading up to the first opportunity to pitch that evening on Tamara (FeakySnucker) Blog. PLUS a list of participating editors and agents is up for anyone who wants to peruse. Important dates, FULL DETAILS ON THE BLOG! (be sure you go there!):

Tuesday 12/4: 4am-9pm PST
PITCH-HONING WORKSHOP (Jessa’s Blog)
.
Tuesday 12/4: 11pm-2am EST
First PITCH SUBMISSION WINDOW (Tamara’s Blog)
.
Wednesday 12/5: 10AM EST-11AM EST
Second PITCH SUBMISSION WINDOW (Tamara’s Blog)
Comments on Tamara’s contest post will be open again, and she will take an additional 25 pitches only.
.
Wednesday 12/5: 11:30am-9:30pm EST
BLOG PITCH CONTEST (Tamara’s Blog)
.
Thursday 12/6: All day!
TWITTER PITCH PARTY! 
{140 Characters or Less – obviously}
 You may not pitch more than twice per hour. Please respect your fellow pitch fest contestants buy obeying this rule. It is unfair to clog the feed with your manuscript every two seconds.
We will notify you throughout the day if we see an agent or editor is lurking, so make sure you follow both Tamara and Jessa on Twitter.
***Follow along with the hashtag: #PitchMAS***
*You may only pitch completed and polished manuscripts.
*You may pitch more than one manuscript, but each pitch must be its own comment, or its own tweet. (Read: Do NOT pitch multiple manuscripts in ONE comment or ONE tweet.)
Over at Muse Tracks, they’re having their Agent/Editor Shop on December 15:

I’m happy to say the awesome Rhonda Penders with The Wild Rose Press will be our first ever guest editor at Editor Shop, and I wish you all the best of luck on pitch day.

December 15th is pitch day, so mark your calendars!

Now we all want to think every agent and editor out there is legit and a majority of them are. But there are a few things you’ll want to consider as you enter contests (and NO, I do not mean you shouldn’t enter contests – just go in with eyes wide open :-) ) I’m pointing this out now, so *when* you get your offer (and I am saying when, since I’m pulling for you!)  you’ll have done  your due diligence and checked out the agent/press who has contacted you. One place to start is Sarah LaPolla’s blog post on ‘Shady Business’  where she talks about ‘new’ agents who have no experience as well as new (e)publishers . She has EXCELLENT advice on what to look for (and what to watch out for) as you look for an agent/at new e-pubs. Another blog with excellent advice is Writer Beware Blogs & Guest Blog Post: Mustering the Courage to Turn Down a Publishing Contract. Personally I’d suggest checking things out prior to entering any contests so if there’s a request for more information you can go in eyes wide open and not just respond in a heady rush. To be clear, I’m not saying there have been any publishers which are on any of the ‘beware’ lists, or anything of that nature, in any contest that I am aware of, just that it make sense to not automatically assume a publisher (or agent) is in ‘good standing’ because they are taking part in a contest. (and that was clear as mud, but hopefully you get the point)

Getting Ready for #pitchwars on Monday, 11/26, Plus #pitchmas Coming Up

Okay, there’s been a lot of twitter chatter on this next contest, so I’m including a bit more detail than usual. However, you’ll still need to follow the links for the full details.

On Monday, 11/26 Brenda Drake and a team of authors will be hosting PitchWars.

We’re extremely excited to announce an upcoming event where agented authors, industry interns, and editors team up with aspiring writers to shine up their manuscripts and pitches to present to some awesome agents.
Here’s the deets…
·        The teams will consist of 1 agented author or industry intern or editor (coaches) and 1 aspiring author.
·        November 26: The coaches (listed on the linky below) will post on their blogs what genre/category they want to coach. They’ll be very specific genres. Aspiring writers will hop around and decide which coaches best fit their manuscripts.
·       Between November 26- December 5: Aspiring writers will submit 3 “applications” to their top choices for coaches to the contest email (check site for parameters, formatting, etc!) That means, participants will send three separate emails to the contest email addressing each with one of their three top choices for coach.

AND here are the mentors!:

REMINDER: You can send an application for up to 3 coaches.

Lots of YA, but some NA and four Adult in there too. A great opportunity to get some feedback on your manuscript AND query and get it in front of an agent. :-) .

On December 4-6, Pitchmas, A Holiday Pitchfest (multi agent/editor) will be happening on Jessa Russo and FeakySnucker’s blogs. On December 4th Jessa will be hosting a pitch polishing workshop leading up to the first opportunity to pitch that evening on Tamara (FeakySnucker) Blog. PLUS a list of participating editors and agents is up for anyone who wants to peruse:

This will be a three-day event (you will not have to participate in all three days if you don’t want to) where your peers will first help you hone your Twitter/Blog pitches and then you will have the chance to pitch your manuscript to your dream editor or literary agent!!!
*All manuscripts must be completed and polished.

With NaNoWriMo winding down I expect there may be a spate of other contests in mid-December, before the holiday lull. In the mean time, if you missed them last week, a bunch of sites have been posting some great writing advice:

Red Sofa Literary Agency, in honor of NaNoWriMo is posting writing and submission advice every day! Day #13 – Best time to Query is good, as is Day #10 – Revise, Revise and  Revise again. Heck all of them are good, go and take a look.

Lit Reactor had a good post recently about Eight Words to Seek and Destroy in your Manuscript. They always have interesting and informative articles as well – from editorials on the Sock Puppet incidents at Amazon (and Amazon’s reaction) to grammar tips to a discussion titled “Should Some Books Be Banned?” Not a bad place to check out or subscribe to the ‘feed’ for. (They also have classes and seminars, however I have no experience with them and cannot personally recommend them, so do your due diligence and ask around, read reviews, etc, before signing up)

Rachelle Gardner is on a roll with posts on What Does Your Online Activity Say About You?, ‘The Best Blogging Tip Ever’ and Writing a One Sentence Summary.

Finally one several of my friends (an myself as well!) can relate to: Writer Beware Blogs  Guest Blog Post: Mustering the Courage to Turn Down a Publishing Contract. While the hosts of all these contests I link to do their best to provide clear and unfettered access to publishers and agents, you still need to do your due diligence and check out each one. I’d suggest you do it prior to entering so if there’s a request for more information you can go in eyes wide open and not just in a heady rush. To be clear, I’m not saying there have been any publishers which are on any of the ‘beware’ lists, or anything of that nature, in any contest that I am aware of, just that it make sense to not automatically assume a publisher (or agent) is in ‘good standing’ because they are taking part in a contest. (and that was clear as mud, but hopefully you get the point)

JUST ran across this and had to add it too! Sarah LaPolla’s blog post on ‘Shady Business’ ties in well with the above post. She talks about ‘new’ agents who have no experience as well as new (e)publishers and has EXCELLENT advice on what to look for (and what to watch out for).

Happy reading, and to those people participating in NaNoWriMo, go, go go! Fingers crossed you make your goal.

(Making a note to myself, if I ever organize a pitch contest, I might want to run it the last week of November. People should be over their exhaustion from the explosion of  Fall contests. Maybe a ‘black friday’ one. Liking this idea! Something to mull over for next year).

11/13 Slow Pitch/Query Contest week… #MuseTracks this week #pitchwars #pitchmas coming up

Very slow week so I’ve included some links to some sites which have had great articles recently. First to the trickle of contests:

This Saturday  MuseTracks (link over there on the side) is having their Agent Editor Shop. This is a single agent contest. They’ll be holding it on Nov. 18th 2012 and featuring Melissa Jeglinski w/ The Knight Agency.

What’s  ‘Agent/Editor Shop’  you ask?
How many of us wish we could pitch to an industry professional? That is, without the frills? No parties, no travel, no conference costs, no hectic schedules? Don’t get me wrong, the conferences, promos, signings and parties have their place and time, but what about in between?
Here’s what we’re going to do.
This isn’t a contest… there aren’t any winners… just a chance to put your pitch in front of agent/editors(s) who are interested in shopping a bit. They’ll read the pitches and request more - IF – your pitch grabs their attention. What they request is up to them. We do not guarantee anything.

As always, just a little teaser of information, you’ll need to follow the link for the full details.

Staring after Thanksgiving Brenda Drake and a team of authors will be hosting PitchWars. Preliminary information is out now, more to come!

We’re extremely excited to announce an upcoming event where agented authors, industry interns, and editors team up with aspiring writers to shine up their manuscripts and pitches to present to some awesome agents.
Here’s the deets…
·        The teams will consist of 1 agented author or industry intern or editor (coaches) and 1 aspiring author.
·        November 26: The coaches (listed on the linky below) will post on their blogs what genre/category they want to coach. They’ll be very specific genres. Aspiring writers will hop around and decide which coaches best fit their manuscripts.
·        December 5: Aspiring writers will submit 3 “applications” to their top choices for coaches to the contest email (brendadrakecontests@gmail.com) during the allotted times (8AM to 8PM EST). That means, participants will send three separate emails to the contest email addressing each with one of their three top choices for coach.

AFTER NaNoWriMo, December 4-6, Pitchmas, A Holiday Pitchfest (multi agent/editor) will be happening on Jessa Russo and FeakySnucker’s blogs:

This will be a three-day event (you will not have to participate in all three days if you don’t want to) where your peers will first help you hone your Twitter/Blog pitches and then you will have the chance to pitch your manuscript to your dream editor or literary agent!!!
*All manuscripts must be completed and polished.

So, what to do if you’re NOT doing NaNoWriMo? Not contests, but I’ve found these blogs have had some really helpful ‘writer’ tips lately:

Red Sofa Literary Agency, in honor of NaNoWriMo is posting writing and submission advice every day! Day #13 – Best time to Query is good, as is Day #10 – Revise, Revise and  Revise again. Heck all of them are good, go and take a look.

Lit Reactor had a good post recently about Eight Words to Seek and Destroy in your Manuscript. They always have interesting and informative articles as well – from editorials on the Sock Puppet incidents at Amazon (and Amazon’s reaction) to grammar tips to a discussion titled “Should Some Books Be Banned?” Not a bad place to check out or subscribe to the ‘feed’ for. (They also have classes and seminars, however I have no experience with them and cannot personally recommend them, so do your due diligence and ask around, read reviews, etc, before signing up)

Rachelle Gardner is on a roll with posts on What Does Your Online Activity Say About You?, ‘The Best Blogging Tip Ever’ and Writing a One Sentence Summary.

Finally one several of my friends (an myself as well!) can relate to: Writer Beware Blogs  Guest Blog Post: Mustering the Courage to Turn Down a Publishing Contract. While the hosts of all these contests I link to do their best to provide clear and unfettered access to publishers and agents, you still need to do your due diligence and check out each one. I’d suggest you do it prior to entering so if there’s a request for more information you can go in eyes wide open and not just in a heady rush. To be clear, I’m not saying there have been any publishers which are on any of the ‘beware’ lists, or anything of that nature, in any contest that I am aware of, just that it make sense to not automatically assume a publisher (or agent) is in ‘good standing’ because they are taking part in a contest. (and that was clear as mud, but hopefully you get the point)

JUST ran across this and had to add it too! Sarah LaPolla’s blog post on ‘Shady Business’ ties in well with the above post. She talks about ‘new’ agents who have no experience as well as new (e)publishers and has EXCELLENT advice on what to look for (and what to watch out for).

Happy reading, and to those people participating in NaNoWriMo, go, go go! Fingers crossed you make your goal.

(Making a note to myself, if I ever organize a pitch contest, I might want to run it the last week of November. People should be over their exhaustion from the explosion of  Fall contests. Maybe a ‘black friday’ one. Liking this idea! Something to mull over for next year).

11/4 TWO NEW pitch opportunities, #AgentInk and #NAAlley plus updates on #BakersDozen2012 & more

I found two new pitch opportunities by reading through my paper.li feed (over there on the right). It’s true! Not sure what I did to make it work so well, but I’m happy with whatever it was!

Not that either of these are huge, well one has the potential, but as I said last week things (except Bakers Dozen) are definitely slowing down for November.  Not a bad thing given how many people are doing NaNoWriMo, or at least seem to be doing it from my twitter feed! If you’re just jumping in and haven’t done a query contest before, Sticking To The Story has a wonderful post on what to expect and how to get ready. Even if you’ve done them before there’s LOTS of helpful information there.

Short list right now. Here are the multi-agented contests:

First our newbie, multi-agent contest. Or at least it looks like it will be at the end. Ink in the Book is holding Operation Agent Ink which combines a workshop to help polish your manuscript followed by an opportunity to pitch your story to agents. DEADLINE TO ENTER IS NOVEMBER 7:

That’s right! This workshop will help aspiring authors get on the list of an agent’s WISH LIST! When the workshop is over, your manuscript will be ready to view by a group of AMAZING agents who are dying to see what you’ve written because it’s exactly what they wanted to read. In content anyway!

The workshop will consist of agent interviews describing in detail what they would like to see.
There will be daily tips, advice, mentoring and even writing exercises for those who may need them.
Target dates will be set for those who need the motivation.
Schedules will be made to help you get your novel finished and ready for an agent to view.
There will be writing assignments to help manage your WIP.

Followed by a chance to pitch, but you have to be in the workshop in order to pitch! AND there’s already a list of agent’s ‘wants’ so you can see right now if the manuscript you are working on is a good fit. Yes, that’s right, this is IDEAL if you’ve got a work-in-progress that you want help with finishing up and polishing, and oh, at the end, you’ll have agents to pitch it to!

We will have an inside peek at what the agents really want to represent, and then we’ll take your manuscript and WIP it into shape for the agents.

The workshop is open for sign ups now and will remain open until the 7th of November.

The agent pitch is scheduled for February 8th and 9th, just in time for some awesome valentines to land in your email from the perfect agent looking for a manuscript they are crazy in love with:)

Only those who sign up for the workshop will be eligible for the Pitch Opportunity. There will be a limited amount of spots available. This will be determined by how many agents sign up.

Would love some feedback from someone who enters to let me know how this works out. Sounds like a great concept!

On November 6  and November 8, Miss Snark’s First Vicitim (MSFV for short) will have the first entry windows for the YA/MG authors who want to try to get in to Baker’s Dozen.  Here are the windows for Bakers Dozen entries (be sure to go to the site for all the details!). Plus, with so many possibly not being able to enter due to power, etc, she is definitely toying with having an emergency third window (still no word on this). This is one place there is a cost to enter to offset the expenses of running such a large program.

 

ADULT ROUND 1: Tuesday, October 30 (100 entries)
ADULT ROUND 2: Thursday, November 1 (100 entries)
YA/MG ROUND 1: Tuesday, November 6 (150 entries)
YA/MG ROUND 2: Thursday, November 8 (150 entries)

AFTER NaNoWriMo, December 4-6, Pitchmas, A Holiday Pitchfest will be happening on Jessa Russo and FeakySnucker’s blogs:

This will be a three-day event (you will not have to participate in all three days if you don’t want to) where your peers will first help you hone your Twitter/Blog pitches and then you will have the chance to pitch your manuscript to your dream editor or literary agent!!!
*All manuscripts must be completed and polished.

I’m keeping an eye on  Cupid’s Literary Connection, I’m guessing they’ll have a contest announcement before the end of the month.

The other ‘new’ contest! I found a single agent contest occurring this week, category specific. NA Alley, ‘bridging the gap between young adult and adult fiction’ is having their Agent in the Alley contest this week.

We’ll host another Agent in the Alley on November 7th and agent Julia Weber (website | twitter) has agreed to be our judge!

You’ll need to go to the site (true for any contest listed here!!) for full details.

Later in the month, right before Thanksgiving for those of us in The States,  MuseTracks (link over there on the Left) is having their Agent Editor Shop. They’ll be holding it on Nov. 18th 2012 and featuring Melissa Jeglinski w/ The Knight Agency.

What’s  ‘Agent/Editor Shop’  you ask?

How many of us wish we could pitch to an industry professional? That is, without the frills? No parties, no travel, no conference costs, no hectic schedules? Don’t get me wrong, the conferences, promos, signings and parties have their place and time, but what about in between?

Here’s what we’re going to do.

This isn’t a contest… there aren’t any winners… just a chance to put your pitch in front of agent/editors(s) who are interested in shopping a bit. They’ll read the pitches and request more - IF – your pitch grabs their attention. What they request is up to them. We do not guarantee anything.

As always, just a little teaser of information, you’ll need to follow the link for the full details.

So, while I realize the paper.li feed I set up, Submit that Story Already, does have duplicate posts from day to day, new things are showing up! I set up the ‘online paper’ to pull contest, agent news and publishing opportunities and it does seem to be working Plus it’s easy to check and subscribe.  You’ll also find links to several blogs which host pitch and tagline type contests over on the side bar. Wishing every who enters the best of luck, whether entering contests or diving into NaNoWriMo!

10/30 Upcoming Multi-Agent Pitch/Query Contests: #bakersdozen2012 #pitchmas #passionateink

Before moving from New Jersey 18 months ago I did weather livecasting/monitoring for local community. When I started hearing about Sandy I checked back in and hung out and posted leading up to and through the storm. I was glad to help out, but it has left me a little behind. It’s also made me very thankful to be where I am, and not back in my old house which is likely without power and the kids bouncing off the walls from school being cancelled. I sincerely hope their power gets restored soon, but realistically know they have to fix a bunch of sub stations to provide power to the lines going to the area before they even begin to address the hundreds of blown transformers throughout the state.

Things (except Bakers Dozen) are definitely slowing down for November. Don’t know if its NaNoWriMo, burnout or simply a planned break, but it’s not a bad thing. Take this piece from Natalie M. Lakosil, on an agent’s perspective on the current frenzy of pitch and query opportunities and how some agents feel like they’ve seen a lot of the same things in multiple contests. This piece makes a point I hadn’t considered: keep track of which agents are participating in the contests so you’ll know who’s seen your work. I hadn’t been doing that, but I will be now.

If you’re just jumping in and haven’t done a query contest before, Sticking To The Story has a wonderful post on what to expect and how to get ready. Even if you’ve done them before there’s LOTS of helpful information there.

Short list right now. Here are the multi-agented contests:

On October 30 (today! and I posted late, sorry!) and November 1, Miss Snark’s First Vicitim (MSFV for short) will have the first entry windows for the ADULT authors who want to try to get in to Baker’s Dozen.  Here are the windows for Bakers Dozen entries (be sure to go to the site for all the details!). Plus, with so many possibly not being able to enter due to power, etc, she is definitely toying with having an emergency third window. This is one place there is a cost to enter to offset the expenses of running such a large program.

 

ADULT ROUND 1: Tuesday, October 30 (100 entries)
ADULT ROUND 2: Thursday, November 1 (100 entries)
YA/MG ROUND 1: Tuesday, November 6 (150 entries)
YA/MG ROUND 2: Thursday, November 8 (150 entries)

AFTER NaNoWriMo, December 4-6, Pitchmas, A Holiday Pitchfest will be happening on Jessa Russo and FeakySnucker’s blogs:

This will be a three-day event (you will not have to participate in all three days if you don’t want to) where your peers will first help you hone your Twitter/Blog pitches and then you will have the chance to pitch your manuscript to your dream editor or literary agent!!!
*All manuscripts must be completed and polished.

I’m keeping an eye on  Cupid’s Literary Connection, I’m guessing they’ll have a contest announcement before the end of the month.

I am unaware of any contests this next week that have only one agent or one publisher stopping by. I did run across this tweet for something mid-November:

Want to pitch to @kl_grady editor w/ @entangledpub ? She’s taking pitches @passionateink Nov16 Join to pitch http://www.passionateink.org/join/

However, as I’m not a member of Passionate Ink, I don’t have more details to share.

And MuseTracks (link over there on the Left) is having their Agent Editor Shop on Nov. 18th 2012  featuring Melissa Jeglinski w/ The Knight Agency.

What’s  ‘Agent/Editor Shop’  you ask?

How many of us wish we could pitch to an industry professional? That is, without the frills? No parties, no travel, no conference costs, no hectic schedules? Don’t get me wrong, the conferences, promos, signings and parties have their place and time, but what about in between?

Here’s what we’re going to do.

This isn’t a contest… there aren’t any winners… just a chance to put your pitch in front of agent/editors(s) who are interested in shopping a bit. They’ll read the pitches and request more - IF – your pitch grabs their attention. What they request is up to them. We do not guarantee anything.

As always, just a little teaser of information, you’ll need to follow the link for the full details.

While not a contest, with so many doing NaNoWriMo, Cupid’s Literary Connection is having a sign up for cheering, updates, camaraderie and that little push you sometimes need to keep going. Head on over to the site to sign up.

Not a bad time to look over at the link to a paper.li news article feed on my left sidebar. This ‘online paper’ pulls contest, agent news and publishing opportunities which I run across into one place. Easy to check and subscribe. There’s general publishing news too, but mostly about pitch contests and submission opportunities. AND I have links to several blogs which host contest, multi-agent at once, or multi-agent over time Wishing every who enters the best of luck, whether entering contests or diving into NaNoWriMo!

10/21 Upcoming Multi-Agent Pitch/Query Contests: #bakersdozen #agenttreat #pitchmas

With the new look of the blog, I’m trying to clean up my upcoming contest list. One thing I’ve noticed, there definitely seems to be some burnout right now. Mother.  Write. (Repeat.) cancelled her monthly “Agent Inbox” (where people have the opportunity to be chosen submit a query to be read by an agent who then blogs instant feedback on the query on the blog).

First off, an apology: Due to unforeseen circumstances, I’m cancelling this month’s round of “An Agent’s Inbox.” And because of the general contest weariness I’ve noticed around the blogosphere/Twitterverse of late, I’m holding off on scheduling another until after New Year’s. I’m so sorry to anyone who was counting on entering a round this year!

Plus, there’s this piece from Natalie M. Lakosil, on an agent’s perspective on the current frenzy of pitch and query opportunities and some agents feeling like they’ve seen a lot of the same things in multiple contests. I actually wasn’t going to enter a contest because there were only two agents and one had already seen my entry multiple times. In the end I decided to enter because I had revised the story and there was that other agent.  But the piece made a point I hadn’t considered: keep track of which agents are participating in the contests so you’ll know who’s seen your work. I hadn’t been doing that, but I will be now.

However, if you’re just jumping in and haven’t done a query contest before, Sticking To The Story has a wonderful post on what to expect and how to get ready. Even if you’ve done them before there’s LOTS of helpful information there.

Short list right now. Here are the multi-agented contests:

The ONLY multi-agent contest which has an entry this week (October 24), is Trick or Treat with Agents, so I’m going to put up the whole beautiful flyer they made up (it’s hosted by the wonderful Brenda Drake, Kimberly Chase and Deanna Romito.) You will need to go the the blogs for information on agents wish lists and more particulars! (plus Brenda has a teaser up for her next big contest, Pitch Wars, which opens 12/10).

The following week, on October 30 and November 1, Miss Snark’s First Vicitim (MSFV for short) will have the first entry windows for the ADULT authors who want to try to get in to Baker’s Dozen. (This week she’s having the secret agent contest, information in the single agent/publishing house section below). Here are the windows for Bakers Dozen entries (be sure to go to the site for all the details!)

 

ADULT ROUND 1: Tuesday, October 30 (100 entries)
ADULT ROUND 2: Thursday, November 1 (100 entries)
YA/MG ROUND 1: Tuesday, November 6 (150 entries)
YA/MG ROUND 2: Thursday, November 8 (150 entries)

AFTER NaNoWriMo, December 4-6, Pitchmas, A Holiday Pitchfest will be happening on Jessa Russo and FeakySnucker’s blogs:

This will be a three-day event (you will not have to participate in all three days if you don’t want to) where your peers will first help you hone your Twitter/Blog pitches and then you will have the chance to pitch your manuscript to your dream editor or literary agent!!!
*All manuscripts must be completed and polished.

I’m keeping an eye on  Cupid’s Literary Connection, I’m guessing they’ll have a contest announcement before the end of the month.

For this next week there’s only one contests which has ONE agent/agency or publisher stopping by (at least that I know about). Miss Snark’s First Victim wil host Secret Agent (who is looking for MG and YA). The entry window for the lottery is on 10/22, so be sure to hop over to her blog to find out the details. There are many blogs which host pitch contests for single agents, I don’t have a complete list by any means. One of the best ways to find contests is on Twitter, by following authors you see on the contests, and the hosts and agents as well, you’ll see information on new contests as the information hits the twitterverse.

Plus, if you look over on my left side bar, you’ll see a link to a paper.li news article feed which pulls contest, agent news and publishing opportunities which I run across into one place. Easy to check and subscribe. There’s general publishing news too, but mostly about pitch contests and submission opportunities. AND I have links to several blogs which host contest, multi-agent at once, or multi-agent over time (NEW LINK ADDED – Muse Tracks) Wishing every who enters the best of luck!

10/14 Upcoming Multi-Agent Pitch/Query Contests: #bakersdozen #agenttreat #pitchmas

Gearing up to Get an Agent is over, thanks to Deana Barnhart for all her hard work. Bummer that not all the small press editors made it over, but cool that those who did went to the ‘source’ blogs and made requests.

As for what’s coming down the pike, I’ve only copied little snips of information from each blog. Be sure to click through for full details!

Before you submit, if you’ve been doing a lot of contests you might want to read this piece from Natalie M. Lakosil, on an agent’s perspective on the current frenzy of pitch and query opportunities. 

PITCH EVENTS HAPPENING MID-OCTOBER AND BEYOND

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I’ve divided these into two categories. The first is events that have multiple agents/editors looking at entries, and at the bottom I’ll list some of the events which have single agents/publishers looking at entries. For this last category I can’t possibly list them all so I will be making judgement calls on which ones to list.

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THIS WEEK Miss Snark’s First Victim will be having the third ‘pre’ contest chance to get your logline polished before her very popular Baker’s Dozen Contest . This is one of the few opportunities which is running through November. Be aware there is a fee for everyone in the submission rounds. Information below:

We will have 3 critique rounds for those of you who would like feedback on your loglines prior to submitting. These rounds will be run as lotteries. Times TBA.

ROUND 1: Tuesday, September 25 (submissions on Monday, September 24)
ROUND 2: Tuesday, October 9 (submissions on Monday, October 8)
ROUND 3: Tuesday, October 16 (submissions on Monday, October 15)

SUBMISSION DATES FOR THE AUCTION

ADULT ROUND 1: Tuesday, October 30 (100 entries)
ADULT ROUND 2: Thursday, November 1 (100 entries)
YA/MG ROUND 1: Tuesday, November 6 (150 entries)
YA/MG ROUND 2: Thursday, November 8 (150 entries)

WINNER NOTIFICATION 

25 adult category winners notified via email: Monday, November 12
35 YA/MG category winners notified via email: Monday, November 19

60 WINNING ENTRIES POSTED: Friday, November 30

AUCTION GOES LIVE FOR AGENTS: Tuesday, December 4 (for 24 hours)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • There will be a $10 entry fee for this contest. Yes, that is $2 more than last year.  Blame it on Paypal fees.  (And no, I won’t be raising the fee every year just for the fun of it.  I feel like $10 is a fair entrance fee.)  To avoid confusion:  Yes, every entry must pay the fee.  This is the ONLY EVENT I charge for, simply because of the amount of work it takes to pull it off.
  • A maximum of 500 entries (200 adult, 300 YA/MG) will be accepted. Of these, 60 winners will be chosen (25 adult, 35 YA/MG). ++ (more information on site)

Brenda Drake is hosting TWO Pitch events in October. The first of which you can sign up for NOW. Be ready to put yourself out there! #PITCHLIVE is all about ‘live’, or in this case video, pitches. YOU MUST SIGN UP AND HAVE  YOUR PITCH ‘LIVE’ ON YOUR WEBSITE BY 8am MONDAY 10/15 TO ENTER THIS!

I’m so excited to announce PITCH LIVE! What is it, you ask? It’s a video of your best elevator pitch to an agent. I wanted to give you guys enough time to produce a video of an elevator pitch for your finished novels, so I’m posting this now. We already have a couple agents signed up to view the top 30 videos (if we get that many), but there will be more agents. I’ll announce the agents in a post soon. The contest is for AdultNew Adult, Young Adult, and Middle Grade fiction. The elevator pitch should be creative, as if you ran into an agent at a conference.

And, coming up soon she’ll have a special pre-halloween treat:

Announcing…Trick or Treat with Agents Contest

  Animated Holidays - Halloween

I’m thrilled to announce a very exciting and delicious contest that I was invited to co-host

with the extremely talented Kimberly Chase and Deanna Romito.

Submissions will open October 24th at 11 AM EDT with the

first 150 entries making it in (all rules must be followed correctly to advance).

AFTER NaNoWriMo, December 4-6, Pitchmas, A Holiday Pitchfest will be happening on Jessa Russo and FeakySnucker’s blogs:

This will be a three-day event (you will not have to participate in all three days if you don’t want to) where your peers will first help you hone your Twitter/Blog pitches and then you will have the chance to pitch your manuscript to your dream editor or literary agent!!!
*All manuscripts must be completed and polished..

 

I’m keeping an eye on  Cupid’s Literary Connection, I’m guessing they’ll have a contest announcement before the end of the month. For any of the blogs above I’d strongly suggest following them and/or subscribe to their feeds and you can be ‘in the know’ for when the next one comes up. 

Now for a couple of contests which have ONE agent/agency or publisher stopping by:

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GOING ON RIGHT NOW! (no idea how long it’ll be open) Pitch DIRECTLY to Deb Werksman at the Casablanca Authors Blog. You have to go to the site for formatting information, etc. (Not familiar with Sourcebooks Casablanca? Look here for information) A tease to tempt you:

It’s one of those months when I don’t want to read my own writing—I want to read YOURS! Voila—time for a pitch session!
These are the IRON-CLAD rules!
1)      ONLY single-title romance 85,000 to 100,000 words or commercial women’s fiction
2)      Erotic romance, paranormal, historical, romantic suspense, contemporary romance

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You have until Tuesday, October 16 to enter This Writers World‘s Spooktacular Pitch Event where the contestants in the final round will be bid on by two agents from the Corsiviero Literary Agency:

The Spooktacular Pitch Extravaganza will open for submissions on October 13 at 8am EDT and stay open until October 16 at 12am EDT. On October 17 I will pull 50 names and have you email me your pitches to a special contest email then. So make sure you check back on October 17! …. This contest is open to Adult, Young Adult, New Adult and Middle Grade fiction so bring it on!

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YAtopia and Down Under Wonderings are hosts for Pitchon. The OPPORTUNITY TO ENTER IS MONDAY, OCTOBER 15:

Commissioning and Managing Editor of Hardie Grant Egmont, Marisa Pintado, will be poised and ready to take your pitches both here on YAtopia and on Down Under Wonderings on October 15th.

Marisa is looking for YA in any genre and is accepting submissions from any where in the world. It’s your chance to skip the slush pile and put your pitch right under the nose of a fantastic editor. There’s even better news – there is no limit on how many requests Marisa will make from the contest.

Window submission times for October 15

Submission Window 1 
Down Under Wonderings:
New York: 12 am
London: 5am 
Brisbane: 2pm
Sydney: 3pm

Submission Window 2
YAtopia
October 15:
New York: 8 am
London: 1pm 
Brisbane: 10pm
Sydney: 11pm

Remember – there will only be 100 entries per blog.

If you want to enter your own pitch to the workshops then this post will tell you all about how to submit your pitch. It’s a good idea to do this if you’re planning to enter the competition.

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Plus, if you look over on my left side bar, you’ll see a link to a paper.li news article feed which pulls contest, agent news and publishing opportunities which I run across into one place. Easy to check and subscribe. There’s general publishing news too, but mostly about pitch contests and submission opportunities.

Entering any of these can help you get one step closer to becoming published. Wishing everyone luck! (me too!)

If you’ve never done a query contest Sticking To The Story has a wonderful post on what to expect and how to get ready. Even if you’ve done them before there’s LOTS of helpful information there.

p.s. There are many blogs which host pitch contests for single agents. For instance We Do Write has a monthly one (from their site: Our next Three-Two-One Pitch contest will be held November 15 + 16. Be sure to follow the blog and stay tuned for details!).

***Note: This post is duplicated on my other blog as well. I will be transferring this content there slowly.

The Power of Twitter & Pitch/Query Contests – Don’t Miss Out! #pitchlive #agenttreat #HLandS

I am entering #pitchlive and thought it’d be nice to make a twitter list of other participants. I was somewhat surprised at the number of people who *didn’t* have clear /any links to their twitter account on their blogs. I was more surprised that there seemed to be several who weren’t on twitter at all.

Which brings me to what I wanted to say today: IF YOU ARE IN A QUERY/PITCH CONTEST YOU REALLY NEED TO BE ON TWITTER. (IMO being on twitter should also be a requirement for anyone who is a ‘host’ for a pitch/query event but that’s another point entirely).

Why? Because most pitch query contests have developed a twitter hashtag (like #bakersdozen, #agenttreat #pitchlive). AND if you type the twitter hashtag – say #gutgaa – into the search box for twitter you’ll get a list of all the posts using that hashtag. The hashtag is an excellent way to follow what’s going on with a contest. Here’s an example of the types of posts you will see in a twitter feed for a contest:

In the earlier rounds of GUTGAA, when judges voted to see who got through there were many, many tweets on which judge had voted and the current tallies. Keep abreast of what is going on with a contest is one of the reasons I highly recommend being on twitter.

If you’re new at using the internet as a promotional tool, or even if you’re not you may not be aware that most tweeting for these type of contests is done via computers NOT phones. Because I can see a portion of you, and I admit for a long time I was one!, equating tweeting with phone messaging. Not at all the case. Most people who use twitter to chat about contests and their writing use one of two web-based programs: tweetdeck or hootsuite (for those true novices web-based means you need to go to their website and sign up to use them). THEY ARE BOTH FREE. Or at least have a very basic, highly useable free interface.

I use Hoot Suite. What I do is, for each of the contests I’m following I create a ‘stream’ with all the posts. How do I create a stream ?(a stream is a column within hootsuite so you can see all the tweets for a particular hashtag) In the upper right corner of the program there is a search function. I type in the hashtag and a popup window will show me the tweets with that hashtag. At the bottom of the popup window it will ask ‘do you want to save this as a stream? Click ‘yes’ and bam!, it’s done. I can have up to ten streams, which means I do have to choose what I will follow and delete ‘old’ contests once they are done.

Here’s a picture of how it looks on Hoot Suite, I’ve only pictured the feed, not the whole program:

But, aside from keeping on top of what is going on with a contest – which is a very valid reason for going on twitter! – one of the huge benefits of being on twitter is the camaraderie. Let’s face it, writing is something you do by yourself. Finding a place where you can comment and interact with other authors who are going through the same thing you are is wonderful. And, unlike a conference or event, you can go online and catch up on your time table.

So please. If you have a blog and are on twitter, be sure you have link on how to follow you on your blog. And if you’re not on twitter but planning to participate in any of the upcoming pitch/query events please join twitter and let us know who you are!  I love meeting other authors!

A side note on twitter names –  I suggest picking something close to your writing name. While HotPNRWriter might sound good now, what if you switch to contemporary? or historical with no fantasy elements? While you are trying to ‘brand’ yourself, remember part of your brand is your name, use it. Personally I have two twitter accounts, EllieWrites2 – which is the name for both my blogs and still has my ‘name’ in it, and EllieHeller. And for everyone’s sanity, if you are an avid tweeter think about making separate writing and personal accounts. Your writing account is your professional account, it’s a job, treat it like one. In my opinion it’s important to keep your views on life outside of writing (politics and current issues included!) off your author account.