THIS IS NOT A CALL FOR ENTRIES! I’M JUST GIVING YOU A HEADS-UP. THE CONTEXT OPENS NEXT MONDAY, AUGUST 13.
It’s been a while since we did one of these, so here’s a
quick refresher. “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 each one.
The queries and first pages will be yours, of course. I'll accept your entries
this Monday, August 13, and then I'll post them next Wednesday, August 15. The
entrants and anyone else who wishes to review them may comment until the
following Tuesday, August 21, when I'll announce the winners. Those winners
will be chosen by The Agent, who will remain nameless for now, and he or she
will offer whatever prizes he or she wishes.
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 APRIL’S ROUND 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, August 14, I may
allow previous participants to enter, but I’m not going to make that decision
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 will select both the winners and the
prizes. The Agent might pick 20 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.
So get those queries and first pages polished up, then meet us back here on
Monday, August 13, at 10:00 a.m. EDT! At that time, you may send your entries
to kvandolzer(at)gmail(dot)com. Looking forward to it!
YA Fiction (all subgenres)
Adult Commercial Fiction
Adult Science Fiction
Adult Cozy Mysteries
If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the