If you want to get in on the Gearing Up to Get an Agent Blogfest/Pitch Contests go HERE to sign up.
The schedule is HERE.
Badges are HERE.
Wanna yap about it on Twitter? #GUTGAA talk is HERE
I don't have a blog. May I still enter? YES! The only event you will actually need a blog for is the Meet and Greet (week 1) which is essentially a bloghop to get to know other writers. Even if you don't have a blog you're welcome to visit the participants and introduce yourself. The other events (pitch polish and pitch contests will be done on my blog and host blogs after entries are emailed to me. So if you have a way to email, you're good to go!
Can I enter more than one pitch? It depends. You can only enter one time per contest, but you are welcome to enter both the agent contest and small press contest with either the same or different pitches.
What is a pitch? Pitches vary per contest. In the GUTGAA contests, however, a pitch is a basic query (meaning no "Dear Agent, I wanted to query you because..." or your credentials...just the meat) and the first 150 words of your completed manuscript. If your manuscript ends in the middle of a sentence at 150 words, please finish the sentence.
Why are there so many sign up lists? GUTGAA is a six week blogfest with four different events taking place. I like to have a master list of all those participating in any part of the fun, but I also know that not everyone can join in everything. With over 200 writers signed up, it would be a hard job to sift through who is doing what on the master list and what blogs to visit when. By making separate lists, we know who is doing what. But please take note, if you want to be a part of the blogfest in any capacity, you MUST sign up on the master list. The link is listed above:)
What will the format be for entering the pitch polish and pitch contests? It will look like this:
TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT
First 150 Words....
When do I send in my contest entry? Please she the schedule HERE.
I have a WordPress blog and your badge isn't working on it. No problem:) You can just right click on the badge you like, save it to your pictures and post it as an image on your blog. That spreads the words just as well. And thanks for the love!
When will the small presses be announced? During the first week of GUTGAA, so stay tuned.
What does GUTGAA stand for? Gearing Up to Get an Agent. Last year it started out as a helpful blogfest for those with the goal of getting an agent. Since then I have realized there are so many routes for writers these days and I wanted to expand the GUTGAA horizons, which is why small presses have been invited to join in this year.
What genres are you accepting for the pitch contests? For the agents contest you can submit: adult, young adult, new adult, middle grade, and one agent (Tricia Lawrence) is looking for chapter books and picture books. For the small press contest: adult, new adult and young adult.
If you have a question you would like an answer to, please email me at deanabarnhart(at)gmail(dot).com