THIS IS NOT A CALL FOR ENTRIES! I'M JUST GIVING YOU A HEADS-UP. THE CONTEST OPENS NEXT MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14.
“An Agent's Inbox” is exactly what it sounds like--next week, I'm turning the
blog into an agent's inbox, a public one. We'll get to see 20 queries along
with their first pages, and we'll get to hear what a bona fide agent thinks of
The queries and first pages will be yours, of course. I'll accept your entries
this Monday, November 14, and then I'll post them next Wednesday, November 16.
The entrants and anyone else who wishes to review them may comment until the
following Tuesday, November 22, when I'll announce the winners.
Those winners will be chosen by The Agent, and this month,
The Agent is Taylor Martindale* of Full Circle Literary!
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, November
15, I may allow previous participants to enter, but I’m not going to make that
decision right now.
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. EST (OR 7:00 A.M. PST). 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 will select both the winners and the
prizes. The Agent might pick 20 winners, or she might only pick one. The Agent
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 first page.
So get those queries and first pages polished up, then meet us back here on
Monday, November 14, at 10:00 a.m. EST! At that time, you may send your entries
to kvandolzer(at)gmail(dot)com. Looking forward to it!
YA fiction (all subgenres)
MG fiction (all subgenres)
Women’s fiction (historical, multicultural, and book club)
If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below!
*I know this probably goes without saying, but if you’re
thinking about entering, you should probably treat this round a little
differently because you already know who The Agent is. Feel free to do a little
research and include personalization in your queries. Also, if Ms. Martindale 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.