Monday, December 19, 2011

Now Accepting Entries

Update: And that's a wrap! We have our 20 entries! I've responded to every e-mail sent before 3:00 p.m. EST, so if you didn't receive a reply, check your spam folder.

I'm now accepting entries for December’s round of "An Agent's Inbox"! Here's a quick refresher:

The Rules

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, December 20, 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 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.

The Genres

Commercial fiction
Speculative fiction (based in reality)
Thrillers
Urban Fantasy
MG fiction
Pretty much anything that’s not Paranormal Romance or Adult Romance

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 E-MAIL.

7 comments:

Juliana said...

I have a question.
Do you know if the agent doesn't want any paranormal romance now (because she is flooded with that genre at the moment), or ever?
Thanks =)

Marisa Hopkins said...

Awesome opportunity! Thank you!!!

Krista V. said...

Juliana, I believe The Agent isn't interested in paranormal romance, period.

You're welcome, Marisa!

Susan Fields said...

This really is a wonderful opportunity - thank you for hosting this!

Krista V. said...

You're so welcome, Susan! I'm looking forward to this round; we've got a good mix of entries.

Amy L. Sonnichsen said...

Go, Krista!

I hope you give yourself a break next month. ;)

Krista V. said...

Amy, I'm planning to take a blogging break after the baby's born, so I'll definitely be putting these contests on hold for a few months:)