Hey guys and gals!
You've asked your questions, set your creative juices on fire and tweaked your queries. What else is left to gear up for an agent, but delving into the heart of the matter?
The final week has finally arrived and we're going out with a bang! Come join us for the First 200 Word Novel Critique and Contest.
Here are the rules:
1)Post the first 200 words (please finish the sentence even if it is past 200 words) of your novel or picture book on your blog. (Any genre can join in the initial crit hop but only young adult, middle grade and picture book can be a part of the final contest. This is because agent Kathleen Rushall, who is also one of the judges of this contest is only looking for those types of books. So sorry everyone else.)
2)Once you post, sign up with the link of your post on the linky below.
3)Hop around other participants blogs and give them helpful advice on their first 200 words.
4)If you have a completed young adult, middle grade or picture book manuscript by Tuesday 3PM ET please email me the first 200 words at email@example.com for a shot at the contest. (This can be pasted into the body of the email. It doesn't have to be an attachment.
NOTE: When I say completed this is strictly a guideline. It is up to you whether or not you really do this. Just remember that Kathleen is an agent and if she loves your work she may very well ask for more from you.
5)The format for entries should look like this:
Title of book
First 200 words....6)Eight judges will choose 10 finalists by Wednesday 7/27/11
7)Agent Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency will first pick her winner, then writer with an agent, Monica B.W. will pick hers.
8)The winners will be chosen by Friday 7/29/11.
Kathleen's winner will win a query and first 30 page critique from her,
Monica's winner will win a first 10 page critique from her.
To get your excitement bubbling, here is part 1 of an interview I did with Kathleen a few weeks back (I will post a brand new part 2 Wednesday), and HERE is the interview I did with Monica.
So let's get this party started...and ended shall we?!