Michelle and Mike and Laura will make thirteen picks each, and those picks will go up on our blogs on October 31. Before this, there will be a mentor round to whip that entry into shape. We’ve already got amazing mentors lined up, so know that your entries will be polished for the agents.
We are accepting all age categories and genres, excluding picture books and erotica. The story does not have to be scary. But be sure to check our list of agents when it goes live to see if they represent your book’s genre.
If you plan on participating in the contest, you have to be following all our blogs (Michelle, Mike, Laura). If you can’t get the blog follow to work, just follow on twitter. You’ll want to be on twitter for the party anyway.
Here’s how it should be formatted (yes, include the bolded and everything!). Please use Times New Roman (or equivalent), 12 pt font, and put spaces between paragraphs. No indents or tabs – they mess up our formatting.
Subject Line: NoQS: TITLE, Age Category + Genre
(example: NoQS: GRUDGING, Adult Epic Fantasy)
INSIDE THE EMAIL:
Name: Laura Heffernan
Genre:Adult Romantic Comedy (Age category and genre. YA/MG is not a genre. Note #ownvoices here.)
My MC and MA (main antagonist) are dressed as:
Jen’s dressed as a great pun, something like Ruth Vader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court justice with a light saber. She’ll make the entire thing herself. Ariana’s looking to get noticed, so she’ll dress to impress: Sexy Supreme Court justice, anyone?
Here is my fantastic query! DO NOT INCLUDE BIO OR COMPS PARAGRAPH. Try to stay in the 250-300 word range. Please put spaces between paragraphs and don’t indent.
Please remember this is a query letter andNOT a pitch. Don’t send pitches.
First 250 words:
Here are the first 250 words of my manuscript, and I will not end in the middle of a sentence, even if I hit 255 words. Do not abuse and send 256. Keep it fair for all. Use Open Office/Word to determine your official word count.
And that’s it! Send in that email during the submission window and you’re ready to go. There will be a confirmation email.
Best of luck to everyone submitting today. Competition will be fierce.