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.
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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.

1/12 Ready to start up again with Pitch Events? Here we go!

I’m still getting the hang of my weekly schedule now that I’m working two part time jobs (one is as a slush pile reader for an up-and-coming publisher, which I love!). I hope to be back on track with weekly contest postings soon.

So are you ready? Some awesome-sauce stuff coming up like, right now!

Musetracks will be having an Editor Shop with Jennifer Miller of Samhain on January 13 – with the window to submit your pitch on January 12 (have I mentioned I’d adore to be published by Samhain?! 🙂 ).  PLUS there’s a LOT of other GREAT stuff going on! REMEMBER TO FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES. Last time over half the entries were disqualified because they weren’t correct. This month’s event looks to be a blast, too! Here’s a tease:
As an added bonus to our Editor Shop, I’ve invited some Samhain authors to the blog to talk, answer questions and give-a-way some books to anyone who comments!
Comment to win on Jan 12th, 2013!
Miss Snark’s First Victim will be having a Secret Agent Contest on January 14, details are up on her blog with submission windows, etc.  Here’s what we know about this month’s agent:

This month’s contest will include the following genres:

Young Adult — all genres
Middle Grade — all genres

Cupid, Cupid, how did I miss you last time?! Good news is the Blind Speed Dating Event, over at Cupid’s Literary Connection is going on over several weeks. There is a $10 entry fee, which in 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.

In late January,the 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.

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.
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!

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)
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Tuesday 12/4: 11pm-2am EST
First PITCH SUBMISSION WINDOW (Tamara’s Blog)
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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.
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Wednesday 12/5: 11:30am-9:30pm EST
BLOG PITCH CONTEST (Tamara’s Blog)
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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!