I'm sure many of you have already entered the cool contests floating around the blogosphere, but here's a reminder about two great ones:
Agent Pitch Contest on Yatopia: Judged by agent Natalie Fischer, this is a two-sentence pitch that will close at 150 entries (there were already 80 or entries as of 7:00 am Monday morning) or April 21.
Agent Pitch and Page Contest on Ebysswriter: a 140-character pitch and your first 250 words. Contest ends April 17. The judge is the incredible agent Gina Panettieri of Talcott Notch!!! And this is a big plus for those of us still working on a WIP—your manuscript DOES NOT HAVE TO BE FINISHED for this contest! *NOW CLOSED*
OH, AND BY THE WAY~Ms.. Panettieri tweeted (ginapanettieri) this in reference to the contest, which already had several entries by mid-Tuesday: @ebyss That's great! This is really drawing some quality work and I know some editors will definitely be checking it out!
~ ~And now, here are some fun/informative Agent Tweets from the month of April so far:
SarahGreenhouse Sarah Davies
A tip for today. Avoid using major brand names in your ms. Trademarks tend to be guarded by very litigious attorneys; don't mess with them.
Natalie_Fischer Natalie M. Fischer
Seriously. ANSWER damn questions you start in a novel. >:( (knows I'm probably freaking ppl out, lol)
MoWritersGuild (tweeted by a rep of the MO Writers Guild Conference)
Agent Kristin Nelson loves great writing but she'd love a middle grade novel for boys. #MoWritersGuild**I'm sure that's not supposed to indicate that MG novels for boys aren't well-written, it was just kind of phrased that way :) **
tehawesomersace RT by ElanaRoth
Okay Twitter, looking for dystopian stories featuring people of color and not by Octavia Butler. Go!
StaciaDecker Stacia Decker
If you reference my age in your query letter, you've pretty much already pissed me off.
kate_mckean Kate McKean (this was retweeted by several agents too!)
You must resist all urges to turn your diaries into a novel.
MarleneStringer Marlene Stringer
Using "gonna" in your Q might not be the best word choice to demonstrate your writing skill.