1/27 Upcoming Pitch and Query Opportunities

The Blind Speed Dating Event, over at Cupid’s Literary Connection is still going on! There is a $10 entry fee, which in large part goes to a charity donation. Given the size of this contest ( 6 weeks & 60 entrants a week – and that’s just to start!) the time commitment is huge on Cupid‘s part. I have to say, this is one of my favorite contests too (although I do wish there were more adult category writers in the bouncers, but it is what it is). Wait, what? You want more info? Here ya go (I’m posting a little longer blurb than usual, but then this is a jumbo sized contest):

The contest consists of two parts: The preliminary round (Bouncer round) and the agent round (Honorary Cupid round). I am accepting a total of 360 entries into the Bouncer round. The Bouncers are all published or soon to be published authors and agent interns. As implied, they’re the Bouncers, and you must receive a “You’re in!” from one of them in the comments of your first-round entry to make it into the agent round. (They can, but are not required to comment more than this.)

So, 360 entries is a lot to read. That’s why I have 15 Bouncers lined up. I will accept 60 entries per submission window, so there will be 6 entry windows. Each window gets its own week on the blog (1/14-2/21). Each submission window is assigned 3 Bouncers. They will each read 20 entries and choose their 3 favorites to proceed. (So 9chosen a week, 54 total.) You will not know which of the 3 Bouncers will judge your entry as they will be using undercover Bouncer names. It is up to the Bouncer if they want to reveal their identity after the contest is over.

But that’s not all, she’s also arranging some one-on-one online meeting times with editors. Now these appointments aren’t free, but they are a heck of a lot cheaper than most conferences (you can bid on them but she’s put a top limit on the dollar amount for each conference). The first set of slots has already gone up for bids and closed, however she says there’ll be others so keep your eyes peeled if this appeals to you!
Writers Digest Guide to Literary Agent’s Blog Dear Lucky Agent contest is open until 1/31. Here’s what they’re looking for. If this interests you, head over to the site for all the details:
Welcome to the 13th (free!) “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest on the GLA blog. This is a recurring online contest with agent judges and super-cool prizes. Here’s the deal: With every contest, the details are essentially the same, but the niche itself changes—meaning each contest is focused around a specific category or two. So if you’re writing either a science fiction novel (adults or teens) or any kind of young adult novel, this 13th contest is for you! (The contest is live through January 31, 2013.)
Time to start talking about February contests!
February 8 We Do Write will host their 3-2-1 Contest. The tease on that:
Just a reminder to those who haven’t participated before, a Three-Two-One pitch contest goes like this:

THREE – Pitch your story in only three sentences.

TWO – Two days to enter: February 8th and 9th.

ONE – One agent will judge and pick a winner.

Doesn’t that sound great? Well then get those pitches ready!

Musetracks will hold their monthly agent/editor Feb. 17th 2013 . The agent is scheduled to be  Jessica Alvarez with BookEnds, LLC. Be sure to go to the site for full details, here’s just a taste. REMEMBER, as with all contests, formatting your submission exactly as the guidelines state is very important.
I’ll post the word “GO”on the HOME PAGE of the blog the day you can send your pitches in. Do not send until you see the word “GO” – if you do, I’ll delete your e-mail – no questions. I’ll put up the date and time as well shortly before starting, just as a reminder.
Miss Snark’s First Victim will have a Secret Agent Contest in February (typically the second week). Best bet is to subscribe to the blog as she posts information on the genres for the upcoming agent abut a week before the contest. She also has other contests and opportunities so it’s a good bet you’ll find out about something I don’t even have posted on here. Some info on Secret Agent Contests:
Our Secret Agent contests run once a month except for June and December.  Submission guidelines are posted one week before the opening of each contest.
Each contest includes a maximum of 50 entries, which will be posted on the opening day of the contest and critiqued by our blog community and a Secret Agent whose identity will not be revealed until the contest closes.
If you know of any contests I’ve missed, be sure to comment below and I’ll add them. Don’t forget to check out my page with popular contest hosting sites, as well as subscribe to my paper.li feed, which has links to industry and agent news.  And don’t forget to join/check out  CPSeek, it is a GREAT resource! They have a listing up there for a very fun one which’ll run from Feb-March, I’ll be listing soon, but if you want early info, join the site.

1/19 Pitch Events, ABNA, Twitter fun and More

 

Jess Schira commented last week that I ought to include the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. I so agree! (I had hoped to create a separate post just on the event, but as I was out with a nasty virus most of the week the post didn’t get written.) But it’s not too late! Here’s the link for the main page on what they’re looking for as well as links to FAQ and other information. The entry window is STILL open as of right now (last day to enter is 1/27 or when they’ve received 10, 000 entries which ever is first), so get over there and enter!

The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest has arrived. You won’t want to miss this incredible opportunity to win a publishing contract with Amazon Publishing. Now in its sixth year, this international contest promises to be the best yet. Here’s what’s new:

One Grand Prize winner will receive a publishing contract with an advance of $50,000, and four First Prize winners will each receive a publishing contract with an advance of $15,000. Visit the Prizes page for the full list of prizes and details.

We’ve expanded the categories to include five popular genres: General Fiction, Romance, Mystery/Thriller, Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror and Young Adult Fiction. And we’re accepting entries from more countries than ever before. For complete eligibility details, view the official contest rules, or read details on how to enter.

January 25, Brenda Drake will be coordinating a twitter pitch event (#pitmad!). Brenda has some of the best contests with some very nice (and helpful!) agents and editors. I expect this will be no different. Be sure to follow her blog and find out all the details as they become available. Her sneak peek from her blog :

TWITTER PITCH PARTY! For those of you who didn’t make it into Pitch Wars and just for everyone, there will be a twitter pitch party on the hashtag #PitMad on January 25 from 8AM to 8PM. We’ll announce more details as the event nears. So get your twitter pitches ready and make sure to include the hashtag in your 140 character count.

The Blind Speed Dating Event, over at Cupid’s Literary Connection is still going on! There is a $10 entry fee, which in large part goes to a charity donation. Given the size of this contest ( 6 weeks & 60 entrants a week – and that’s just to start!) the time commitment is huge on Cupid‘s part. I have to say, this is one of my favorite contests too (although I do wish there were more adult category writers in the bouncers, but it is what it is). Wait, what? You want more info? Here ya go (I’m posting a little longer blurb than usual, but then this is a jumbo sized contest):

The contest consists of two parts: The preliminary round (Bouncer round) and the agent round (Honorary Cupid round). I am accepting a total of 360 entries into the Bouncer round. The Bouncers are all published or soon to be published authors and agent interns. As implied, they’re the Bouncers, and you must receive a “You’re in!” from one of them in the comments of your first-round entry to make it into the agent round. (They can, but are not required to comment more than this.)

So, 360 entries is a lot to read. That’s why I have 15 Bouncers lined up. I will accept 60 entries per submission window, so there will be 6 entry windows. Each window gets its own week on the blog (1/14-2/21). Each submission window is assigned 3 Bouncers. They will each read 20 entries and choose their 3 favorites to proceed. (So 9chosen a week, 54 total.) You will not know which of the 3 Bouncers will judge your entry as they will be using undercover Bouncer names. It is up to the Bouncer if they want to reveal their identity after the contest is over.

But that’s not all, she’s also arranging some one-on-one online meeting times with editors. Now these appointments aren’t free, but they are a heck of a lot cheaper than most conferences (you can bid on them but she’s put a top limit on the dollar amount for each conference). The first set of slots has already gone up for bids and closed, however she says there’ll be others so keep your eyes peeled if this appeals to you!
A new contest (well new-to-me!) site: Writers Digest Guide to Literary Agent’s Blog. Really! They’re having a Dear Lucky Agent contest right now. Here’s what they’re looking for. If this interests you, head over to the site for all the details:
Welcome to the 13th (free!) “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest on the GLA blog. This is a recurring online contest with agent judges and super-cool prizes. Here’s the deal: With every contest, the details are essentially the same, but the niche itself changes—meaning each contest is focused around a specific category or two. So if you’re writing either a science fiction novel (adults or teens) or any kind of young adult novel, this 13th contest is for you! (The contest is live through January 31, 2013.)
I’ve leads on several contests in February, one of which it’s worth while to note now as there’ll be a bunch of prep needed by you AND your critique partner. Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire will be coordinating, with her critique partners, #PAPFest. *** They’ve added a list of agents, be sure to check it out!
In our model, writers will pitch their critique partner’s project, and our team will decide whose pitching abilities are so strong that we’re interested in seeingtheir own project. And of course, if the premise of the partner’s project is so enticing that we can’t help ourselves, we’re free to request material from them as well.
That sounds like a lot of fun and really hard! I look forward to seeing how it turns out.
Plus Operation Awesome has a mystery agent on the first of every month – so be sure to stop by their blog and check out who it is on February 1.
If you know of any contests I’ve missed, be sure to comment below and I’ll add them. Don’t forget to check out my page with popular contest hosting sites, as well as subscribe to my paper.li feed, which has links to industry and agent news.  And don’t forget to join/check out  CPSeek, it is a GREAT resource! They have a listing up there for a very fun one which’ll run from Feb-March, I’ll be listing soon, but if you want early info, join the site.

#Triberr, #Amazon & Other Things Ellie Wants to talk about.

Last week I joined Triberr. The web based site which helps people form ‘tribes’ of like minded bloggers – making it easier to find each other and promote each other. Thanks to D’Elen McClain I was able to join a great group: Steamy Sexy Sensual Romance.

For newbies, here is my suggestions on what to do when you first join:

– If you have more than one blog, you’ll need to select ONE of your blogs to link to your account, along with one of your twitter names. (again, some writers have multiple names/blogs)- After you’ve done the sign up, BEFORE you do anything else, go to the button on the top called ‘bonfires’. That’s where people post comments as well as listings asking for ‘tribe mates’.- The whole process centers around ‘tribes’ – groups of people with similar blog categories, who cross promote each other on twitter. The easiest thing to do is find an existing tribe which has people of similar interest, etc. To do that go to bonfires.

– Once you click on bonfires you’ll notice a category list on the side. The ‘looking for tribes’ list has both people looking for a tribe AND tribes who need people. Scroll through and see if there’s anyone who is looking who you’re a good fit for. Leave a message for tribes which look like a good fit.

– AFTER you join a tribe when you click on the ‘home’ button, the blog posts which are from members of your tribe will show up as a list.

– Before you start approving posts, etc, go to your settings, under your name. Once you are on the setting page, click on ‘content’ settings. There you will see an option on *HOW OFTEN* you want the tweets from your tribe sent out. Say there are 10 posts from your tribe, you might want to space them out so you have something posting every hour. Or there are 25 posts, you might want to space them out every 30 minutes. You’ll need to decide. The default is every 20 mins, which can also keep.

Okay, back to the home button.

– When you click home, after you’ve joined a tribe, there’s a box with four sub tabs. The default is TRIBAL STREAM, this is the blog posts you’ll then tweet about.

ONE: IGNORE THE SOCIAL BUTTONS ON THE BOTTOM.
TWO: Use the gear thing on the upper right corner if you need to change the title of a post, I put RT in front of all of mine, other people handle it in other ways. Some people have really *undescriptive* titles (Six Sentence Sunday #38!) which could be from anyone, including me!, so that’s why I do the RT thing.
THREE: once the title of the post is how you want it, THEN click approve to tweet it. Also hit the thumbs up button below that.

Each tribe will have rules about how often you have to retweet the posts. Do be sure to read them!!

There are many sites and even books which go into lots on how to get the most out of the medium, I’ve just posting what I’ve learned in my first week.
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Now on to Amazon.
GINNY’S CAPTURE IS NOW ON AMAZON!! 🙂
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Other news, my blog tour is over. Still waiting to hear from KGBabbles about who won, I’ll be sure to contact the poster as soon as I hear. I also did NOT receive an email from Cupids Literary Connections. Best of luck to all those who made it past the first round! I love the site and the hostess, I’ll definitely be back for another shot.