Query Kombat Success: Rick Wheeler and Dear Mr. President

I’m so thrilled to be able to share this post with you. Rick was part of my first Query Kombat as host, after being involved as first a Kontestant, then a judge. And I saw right away how special this story was. Take a peek at the original entry here. My Long and Slow Journey […]

NoQS Success: Ash Van Otterloo

My favorite type of success story–one that came from our contests! Let this bit of inspiration follow you into Pitchwars and the fall contests. Here’s the story from Ash. I put the finishing touches on my MG fantasy manuscript CATTYWAMPUS in late May of 2016, spent July-Sept in rounds of revisions with notes from my […]

A Nightmare on Query Street Success story with Valerie Bodden

This story combines two things that are near and dear to my heart – writing contests and NaNoWriMo. I remember this entry, although it didn’t wind up on my team, and I can’t wait to see it on shelves someday! You know how there are always things you want to do someday? For me, that […]

A Query Kombat Success with Sarah Janian

 Many authors frame their origin story in childhood.  They describe epic novels scrawled in notebooks, or a sense of knowing they were predestined for the glorious (cough) work of authoring. Not so for me.  I was an avid reader, but I avoided creative writing at all costs, until I became an elementary school teacher and […]

Teresa Richards: A Query Kombat Success Story

Success stories are one of the best parts of hosting contests. Sure, the contests are fun and everyone learns, but it’s always helpful to see when that hard work pays off. I’m excited to present you with Teresa’s story. Hi everyone! I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve signed with agent Mallory Brown from TriadaUS, as […]

NoQS SUCCESS: Karen McManus: How I Got My Agent

As a long-time contest junkie, one of my favorite parts is hearing the success stories (after all, contests are fun, but at the end of the day, that’s why we do this). I’m thrilled to be able to share with you this success story from last year’s Nightmare on Query Street contest. Karen McManus: How […]