Monday, February 14, 2011

Follower Love Month: Agent Query Critique CONTEST!!!

Happy Valentine's Day!! 

We here at Operation Awesome have so much love to spread, and we decided to give it to the fine folks who make this blog awesome: YOU! In honor of reaching 300+ followers, we're throwing yet another contest to celebrate. *fist pump*

Ladies and gents, welcome to our Query Critique Contest!

Not only are we going to offer critiques, but we found TWO AMAZING AGENTS to help us out. 

The amazing agents are...



Natalie M. Fischer is an Assistant Agent at the Bradford Literary Agency. An honors graduate of the University of San Diego, California, Natalie holds a B.A. in Literature/Writing. She started as an intern at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency in 2007, after which time she left to write author profiles and book reviews for the San Diego Union Tribune. Finding that journalism was just not for her, she returned to work full-time at the Dijkstra Agency in April 2009, and started building her own client list in September of that same year. She made her move to the Bradford Agency in February of 2011. Natalie's interests include talented, hard-working new authors with a fresh, unique voice and hook. Her specialty is commercial fiction, with an emphasis in children’s literature (from picture book-YA/Teen), romance (contemporary and historical), historical fiction, multi-cultural fiction, paranormal, sci-fi/fantasy in YA or romance only, fairy-tale/legend spin-offs, and “beautiful dark” novels. She will also consider select nonfiction (has to have a fantastic hook and an even more fantastic author platform) and that amazing project she never even knew she was looking for! She is always drawn to an open and positive attitude in an author, good grammar, and fantastical, engaging and sexy plots. 


and...


Josh Getzler of Russell & Volkening, Inc.!!! (remember our interview with Authoress Anon? Yep, he's her agent). From his Publishers Marketplace page: After almost three fascinating and productive years reacquainting myself with the world of publishing at Writers House, I joined Russell and Volkening, Inc. as a (mostly) fiction and young adult/middle grade agent and their director of Film/Television rights in November of 2009. I represent fiction and nonfiction (mostly fiction, more than half of which is crime-related (mystery, thriller, creepy...)), adult, and YA/middle grade (though not picture books).  I am particularly into foreign and historical thrillers and mysteries, so send me your ruthless doges and impious cardinals... and your farmhouse cozies! Give me atmosphere, let me learn something about another time or another place (or both), and kill off nasty Uncle Mortimer in the process--I'll be yours! I take middle grade or YA adventure series, but not so much fantasy, and definitely not picture books. (There are many others who specialize in these books). And please don't send religious fiction--I don't have contacts in the Christian book market. 


Both these amazing agents will critique one query each. AND us over here at OA will be offering the following prizes:

A first chapter critique by Kristal
A first chapter critique by Angie
A query critique by Lindsay
A query critique by Katrina
A query critique by Michelle
A query critique by Kelly
AND yet another query critique by me :)

The rules to enter the contest are:

1) Be a follower

and

2) Leave a comment on this post with your manuscript's genre (no one-line pitches necessary)


The nine (yes, nine!) winners will be chosen randomly and announced one week from today, so make sure you get your entry in before then. 

Thanks for all your incredible support, and we hope you have an awesome day!! 

106 comments:

  1. What a wonderful and amazing offer. I'm in, and will tweet about it. My novel is middle grade fantasy.

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  2. What an awesome contest! My manuscript is commercial women's fiction.

    Thanks,

    Tracey

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  3. What a great contests ladies! Good luck to everyone!

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  4. Yay, Happy Valentine's Day! My MS is YA Contemp thriller

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  5. Thank you for this contest! I have a completed YA paranormal manuscript.

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  6. Awesome! Mine is YA Contemporary.

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  7. What an amazing contest - thank you for hosting it ^_^ I'll make sure to spread the word.

    My manuscript is Urban Fantasy

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  8. This is such a cool contest :) Thanks for doing this! My novel is historical young adult.

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  9. Happy Valentine's Day!

    I've got a YA fantasy.

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  10. Awesome! Thanks for the contest.

    genre - Contemporary YA

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  11. Great contest. I've got a YA sci-fi.

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  12. Thanks for the contest!
    Genre: YA Contemporary

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  13. I'm in! :-) My novel is a YA Contemporary Romance.

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  14. Wow! Great contest!
    I have a humorous contemporary middle grade.

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  15. What a fantastic contest! My novel is literary fiction.

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  16. Great contest! My novel is women's fiction.

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  17. I don't want to be entered officially, because my query is in good shape, but I will play along, just because this is an awesome contest.

    My MS is a YA Rural Fantasy.

    Best of luck to all who enter!

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  18. Great contest! Please drop my name in the hat :) YA Urban Fantasy. Thanks!

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  19. Wow, how awesome! Genre: YA urban fantasy.

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  20. What a great contest! You guys are all so generous with your time! My manuscript is a completed YA fantasy.

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  21. I'm feeling the love. Thanks!

    Historical Romance

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  22. I'm in. Great stuff!

    YA Contemporary.

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  23. YAY for over 300 followers ladies!!! =)

    My young adult novel is urban fantasy.

    Happy Valentines Day!!!!

    ~Jessica

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  24. My novel isn't complete, but I do have a first chapter and a rough draft of a query so I'll enter.

    Genre: YA Supernatural

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  25. So great! I'm in too. My genre is YA Dystopia.

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  26. Awesome contest! My genre is YA Paranormal

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  27. Wow, thanks for having this contest! My genre is YA Dystopia.

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  28. Great contest! Mine is YA contemporary.

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  29. What a great opportunity! My genre is YA Contemporary.
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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  30. What an awesome contest. My MS is YA Urban Fantasy.

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  31. Woot! Great contest.

    My novel is a YA paranormal.

    Thanks, angie
    adktd2bks@yahoo.com

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  32. Great contest. My novel is YA contemp.

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  33. you guys RAWK! mine is a YA Dystopian :)

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  34. Thanks so much for this opportunity!

    Contemporary YA for me. :)

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  35. ::Fist Pump::

    Mine is YA contemporary

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  36. Awesome, thanks so much! Mine is YA (like Bamboo People).

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  37. Wow, thank you for this! My completed project is a Urban Fantasy (adult).

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  38. Fun, thanks for the contest! My genre is YA sci-fi.

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  39. What a great contest. I have a complete Chapter Book.

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  40. Better than a Valentine's Card!

    Middle grade adventure

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  41. Do you guys never stop? You're amazing! Or should I say "Awesome"? :)

    So my ms is Contemporary middle grade

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  42. Fantastic contest! I've been hanging out for this one as I missed out on the last one (Dang time zone differences between Australia and the US!)

    Mine: YA Science-Fiction with a paranormal feel (Like I Am Number Four and Virals).

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  43. Thanks for the contest! My book is YA Sci-fi.

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  44. I love contests!! Congrats on 300 followers!!

    My current completed ms is a Fantasy Children's Chapter Book. Certainly on the goofy side of fantasy though!

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  45. Hi. Congratulations on 340 followers!

    Wonderful contest. My manuscript is YA fantasy.

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  46. OMG, this is only 20 thousand kinds of awesome!

    My manuscript is YA contemporary.

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  47. What a super contest. I have a YA fantasy novel.

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  48. Great, great contest! My baby's New Adult Paranormal Romance (what a mouthful).

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  49. Wow awesome contest! Mine is a young adult fantasy :)

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  50. What a great contest! Oh, and I've shown up several times as "not a follower" on this blog, but I totally am. ;-)

    My manuscript is a YA Fantasy Thriller.

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  51. I'd like to participate as well.

    My genre is YA dystopian sci-fi.

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  52. I'll go with the YA fairy tale remix, as I'm in fairly good shape with my other query.

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  53. Wow, awesome prizes!

    My novel is a traditional fantasy.

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  54. wow - so generous!
    YA - realistic

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  55. Yay! Very exciting contest. My novel is adult urban fantasy.

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  56. this is terrific!!! My novel is adult urban fantasy.

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  57. You are all indeed awesome. YA Fantasy.

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  58. Cool contest. YA contemp. Does the book have to be finished yet?

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  59. So glad I found your blog! Mine is middle grade magic realism.

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  60. Super exciting contest! YA Science Fiction

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  61. Oh my gosh, this is awesome! Thank you so much! YA historical fantasy.

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  62. Yay! Mine is YA Contemporary, bordering on chick lit, if that even makes sense.:)

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  63. I so love the contests here. Operation Awesome is... well... awesome!

    YA urban/contemporary fantasy

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  64. Thanks for having another great contest! My novel is a YA Contemporary Romance.

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  65. If the book doesn't have to be finished (as in edited), I have Regency-set romance novella I'd like to enter.

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  66. Thanks, all,

    This is amazing. MY novel is M/G fantasy.

    Michael

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  67. Thanks! Mine is a middle grade fantasy. I'll tweet/facebook this as well. :D

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  68. You always have the greatest contests! My book is YA historical/paranormal.

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  69. Awesome sauce! My manuscript is a middle grade adventure.

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  70. Great opportunity! My novel is adult urban fantasy

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  71. Thank you! My novel is paranormal romance.

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  72. YA fantasy

    :) Thanks for the great opportunity, girls!

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  73. MG historical (with spec. elements)

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  74. Ah, thanks!! What a great opportunity. Hope I've got a little luck on my side this month ~ my MS is a YA contemp. fantasy.

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  75. Gah! I love the owls on this blog! :) So glad I found you through a post in my writer's group. Definitely following you from now on. :D

    Manuscript: Urban Fantasy

    (PS: I hope you see me. I'm following your blog through my Twitter ID, but they're only letting me post under my Google Account. -_- sigh)

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  76. Sounds amazing (plus the added benefit of finding a new blog :).

    MS: YA magical realism

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  77. Great contest! Mine is women's fiction.

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  78. What a fab-u contest, ladies - thanks so much for putting it together!
    My manuscript is YA.

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  79. Great contest! Mine is MG Mystery.

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  80. Terrific contest. My manuscript is YA Contemporary.

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  81. Thanks so much!
    My manuscript is a MG Historical Mystery.

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  82. Thanks for this contest!
    My manuscript is MG Contemporary.

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  83. Love it. Glad I skated in under the deadline.

    My manuscript is Urban Fantasy

    The Survival Mama

    new follower...thank goodness!!

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  84. Way cool! My ms. is a darkly comic contemporary Women's Fiction.

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  85. My ms is YA Contemporary. This contest is awesome! You don't even have to do anything to win!

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  86. Operation Awesome...

    Thanks for creating this great opportunity! My ms is YA Contemporary.

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  87. Yay for contests! My manuscript is paranormal romance. :D

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  88. What a great contest!

    I have a completed contemporary romantic suspense.

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  89. Great opportunity, and at the perfect time. I am currently crafting my thriller query, and will do so with Jeff in mind! Awesome!

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  90. Congratulations on 300+ followers! And thank you much for this contest. :)

    YA Sci-Fi

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  91. Truly an awesome blog--and what a great contest! My genre is middle grade paranormal.

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  92. What an amazing blog, no surprise you're doing so well!

    My genre is YA SF/F

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  94. Great contest, thanks for the opportunity! My novel is YA time travel

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