UPDATE: We filled out last slot at 3:30 p.m. EST (or 12:30 p.m. PST). If you sent your entry before that, check your spam filter for my reply. If you think there might be a problem, feel free to e-mail me. Entries go up on Wednesday, so stay tuned!
I'm now accepting entries for November’s round of "An Agent's Inbox"! Here's a
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 disqualify it.
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
The Prizes The Agent, Taylor Martindale* of Full Circle 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 first page.
YA fiction (all subgenres)
MG fiction (all
Women's fiction (historical, multicultural, and book club)
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
*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. 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.