UPDATE: Well, we filled 19 of our 50 slots right off the bat, but if you remember your second-grade math, that means we still have a lot of openings. I've responded to every e-mail sent before 10:45 a.m. EDT, so if you didn't receive a reply, check your spam folder. If you still can't find my reply, feel free to resend your entry.
I'm stepping away from the computer for a few hours and probably won't check my e-mail again until around 2:30 p.m. EDT. Feel free to keep sending entries; you just won't hear back from me until then.
I'm now accepting entries for September’s round of "An
Agent's Inbox"! Here's a quick refresher:
1. To enter, your manuscript must meet two conditions: First, it must be
COMPLETE, POLISHED, AND READY TO QUERY, and second, it must be in one of the
genres The Agent represents (which are listed at the bottom of this post).
2. IF YOU PARTICIPATED IN EITHER OF THE PREVIOUS ROUNDS OF “AN AGENT’S INBOX,” please
DO NOT participate in this one. I have a pretty good memory, and I will
disqualify previous entries. If the entry slots don’t fill up by Tuesday,
September 27, I will allow previous participants to enter, but you need to wait
until you see my Tuesday post to do so.
3. All entries must include A QUERY and THE FIRST 250 WORDS of your manuscript.
You must paste these items IN THE BODY OF YOUR E-MAIL; otherwise, I'll
4. THE ENTRY WINDOW OPENS AT 10:00 A.M. EDT (OR 7:00 A.M. PDT). Once the entry
window opens, I'll accept the first 50 entries. I won't accept any entries sent
before the entry window opens or after the first 50 slots fill up.
5. If your entry makes it in, I'll send you a confirmation e-mail with a post
number. If your entry doesn't make it in, I'll still send you an e-mail, but it
won't have a post number.
6. If your entry makes it in, YOU MUST COMMENT ON AT LEAST 3 OTHER ENTRIES.
The Prizes The Agent will select both the winners and the
prizes. The Agent might pick 50 winners, or he or she might only pick one. The
Agent might offer full requests, or he or she might only ask to see another
page. It all depends on how good the entries are.
Please keep in mind that THIS CONTEST ISN'T FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. I've
encouraged The Agent to treat the entries exactly as he or she would a normal
batch of queries. Essentially, The Agent will be answering the question,
"How much of the entry did you read, and if you didn't read it all, why
did you stop?" I think this process will be instructive for all of us, but
if you enter, you need to be prepared to hear exactly what The Agent thinks of
your query and first page.
YA (all subgenres, fiction or nonfiction)
MG (all subgenres, ficiton or nonfiction)
To enter, please send an e-mail with YOUR QUERY and THE FIRST 250 WORDS of your manuscript to kvandolzer(at)gmail(dot)com. And please, please, please remember to PASTE THESE ITEMS IN THE BODY OF THE E-MAIL.