THIS IS NOT A CALL FOR ENTRIES! I'M JUST GIVING YOU A HEADS-UP. THE CONTEST OPENS NEXT MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17.
“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, September 17, and then I'll post them next Wednesday, September 19.
The entrants and anyone else who wishes to review them may comment until the
following Monday, September 24, when I'll announce the winners.
Those winners will be chosen by The Agent, and this month, The Agent is Victoria Marini* of Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents, Inc!
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 EITHER OF THE PREVIOUS 2012 ROUNDS OF “AN AGENT’S INBOX,”
please DO NOT participate in this one UNLESS YOUR 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,
September 18, I may allow previous participants to enter, but honestly, I don’t
expect them to last that long.
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 1:00 P.M. EDT (OR 10:00 A.M. PDT). Please note that this is A DIFFERENT TIME
than normal, so plan accordingly! 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, 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, September 17, at 1:00 p.m. EDT! At that time, you may send your entries
to kvandolzer(at)gmail(dot)com. Looking forward to it!
MG fiction (all subgenres)
YA fiction (all subgenres)
Adult fiction (all subgenres except erotica)
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 than you would if you
didn’t already know The Agent’s identity. Feel free to do a little research and
include personalization in your queries. Also, if Ms. Marini 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.