UPDATE: And that's a wrap! We've got our 20 entries! Look for those to go up first thing Wednesday morning (or later Wednesday morning, if you live on the East Coast)!
I'm now accepting entries for October’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 ANY OF THE PREVIOUS ROUNDS OF “AN AGENT’S INBOX,”
please DO NOT participate in this one UNLESS YOU HAVE A NEW MANUSCRIPT that
meets the criteria listed above. I have a pretty good memory, and I will
disqualify previous entries. If the entry slots don’t fill up by Tuesday, October
18, I may allow previous participants to enter (but to be honest, I’ll be
surprised if we make it that far).
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 20 entries. I won't accept any entries sent
before the entry window opens or after the first 20 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, Kate Schafer Testerman* of kt literary,
will select both the winners and the prizes. She might pick 20 winners, or she
might only pick one. She might offer full requests, or she might only ask to
see another page. It all depends on how good the entries are.
Please keep in mind that THIS CONTEST ISN'T FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. I've
encouraged The Agent to treat the entries exactly as she would a normal batch
of queries. Essentially, she’ll 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
YA fiction (all subgenres)
MG fiction (all subgenres)
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.
*I know this probably goes without saying, but you should
probably treat this round a little differently because you already know who The
Agent is. Specifically, if Ms. Testerman has already rejected your query, YOU
PROBABLY DON’T WANT TO ENTER UNLESS YOU’VE MADE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO YOUR
QUERY AND/OR MANUSCRIPT. I’m not going to say you can’t enter (mostly because I
have no way to police it), but you--and she--are going to get a lot more out of
this contest if you enter something The Agent hasn’t seen before.