First off, let’s hear from Ms. Paquette!
I had a lot of fun judging this contest, and very much
enjoyed the wide variety of voices, genres, and subject matter. While I hope my
comments on the queries and sample pages were helpful, it’s important to note
that these are just one agent’s off-the-cuff opinions and reactions; others’
mileage may vary. This is above all things a subjective business, so I
encourage you to keep revising, keep polishing, and above all, stick with it.
A few other notes: Several of these queries and manuscripts
had been previously sent to me, so in those cases I had a wider familiarity
with the material, and I didn’t request projects I had already considered.
There were also cases where a project was not picked as a winner but did
intrigue me enough that I mentioned in my comment an interest in reading on
further, or reading additional work by this author. If I made such a comment on
your submission, please feel free to send me your query and first 5 pages via
the agency website form at emliterary.com.
I wish you all the best with your querying and journey
And now for Ms. Paquette’s winners and prizes.
First place: #44 HARBINGERS
HARBINGERS wins a request for the query and first 50 pages!
#8 TRUSTING TRINITY
#23 A SKETCH IN TIME
#27 CRY HAVOC
These entries all win a request for the query and first
Winners, please e-mail me at kvandolzer(at)gmail(dot)com for
instructions on how to submit your pages to Ms. Paquette! And for those of you
who aren’t in this list but got a comment from Ms. Paquette like “I would read
on” or “I’m interested in reading future work” and have questions you think I
might be able to answer, feel free to e-mail me as well.
This turned out to be an awesome round, with lots of energy
and wonderful feedback from Ms. Paquette and everyone else. Thank you so much for
entering, for critiquing, and for blogging, tweeting, and Facebook-ing about
the contest. I really appreciate the shout-outs and your participation.
October’s round of “An Agent’s Inbox” is just over the
horizon, so keep an eye out for that. In the meantime, I hope to have a few
more interviews and a bevy of hopefully interesting posts from yours truly to share.
Have a great Monday, everyone!