Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Details on April's Mystery Agent Contest


In case anyone was wondering, yes, we're having a Mystery Agent Contest on April 1st! So get your one-sentence pitches polished and ready to go. And this time around, our Mystery Agent will be considering 75 pitches, so more people will get a chance at a full manuscript request!
This month our mystery agent is looking for all genres of:

YA (Young Adult) Fiction
MG (Middle Grade) Fiction
And would specifically like to see:
  • Grounded YA, especially serious or darker or twisty contemporary YA
  • YA or MG fiction that touches on what it means to be a member of the LGBTQ today
  • Fantastic MG with heart and humor and fast pacing.
  • Mystery Agent is especially keen on MG at the moment, and loves stories about complicated family dynamics
See you all back here at 9 AM Central on April 1st for the Mystery Agent fun! 
And if you'd like to see examples of one-line pitches that got some attention, go check out the entries in Brenda Drake's Pitch Madness, going on now! 

9 comments:

  1. Sounds awesome. I'll spread the word on Facebook for you.

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  2. Can you pitch if your middle grade book is e-pubbed on Amazon Kindle right now? Just curious. Thanks.

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  3. Good question, marcyblesy! We haven't had that come up before, but we'll confer and add the answer to the contest post on the 1st. Thanks!

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  4. Do we pitch here on the comments?

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  5. Kathleen, not here on this post, but on April 1st, when the contest goes live, yes. You will be posting your entry along with your genre in the comments section of the official contest post.

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  6. Okay, thanks. I'm looking forward to it.

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  7. So we've updated the rules of the contest to read "for complete and unpublished manuscripts". Agents can't do much with a book that's already pubbed in some form, unless there are huge sales to catch a traditional publisher's eye.

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  8. Question. You say "one line pitch" does this mean 1 sentence? Is there a word limit? ( I participated in pitchmadness which was 35 words, but my pitch was 3 sentence. Is that okay?

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