Monday, July 6, 2015

Announcement: ON THE BLOCK!

What better way to say "I'm back!" than to announce the details of our brand-new, super exciting contest!

ON THE BLOCK is an auction styled after our beloved and retired BAKER'S DOZEN.  Here are all the details:

1.  ON THE BLOCK will showcase 24 first pages.  All genres in all age levels (MG, YA, NA, adult) except erotica/erotic romance will be included.
2.  SUBMISSIONS will be held on Thursday, September 10 from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm EDT.  I will be reading the slush pile and will choose the 24 winners.
3.  There will be a $20 entry fee for this contest.  You may enter no more than 2 manuscripts.  A maximum of 250 entries will be accepted.
4.  The 24 winning entries will post on the blog on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6.
5.  Our PARTICIPATING AGENTS will then begin to read the entries and decide which ones they want to bid on.
6.  On TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, the bidding will begin! Each entry will be ON THE BLOCK for EXACTLY 10 MINUTES.  At the end of each 10-minute segment, bidding will close, and bidding on the next entry will commence.  THIS WILL BE FUN AND EASY, because everyone will only have to watch the bidding on ONE ITEM AT A TIME!
7.  Entries will go to the highest bidder (a full request).

Precise submission instructions will post closer to the submission date.  The basics are:  You will need A LOGLINE and YOUR FIRST 250 WORDS.

This is a NEW CONTEST, so EVERYONE may enter, regardless of which contests you've been in before!  You must be unagented, and your entry must be FINISHED and POLISHED.  (In other words, if you know you wouldn't let an agent read it right now, then please don't enter.)

We already have over a dozen agents who have said YES!  So the buzz has begun.

Questions?  Ask them below!  I'll do my best to work out all the kinks as quickly as possible.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Well, HALLELUIA!!!!

Here it is, the official day-before-vacation post, with 2 very big GUESS WHATS.

1.  GUESS WHAT?

You know that WIP-FROM-HELL I've been bellyaching about?  The one that I've been working on for NINE MONTHS NOW?

I just finished it!

As in, FINISHED!

As in, I just typed the word "FIN" in 96-point font at the end of the document.  Because THAT'S HOW GOOD IT FELT.  It was definitely a 96-point moment.

I can't thank you enough for your ongoing support.  YOU ARE ALL AMAZING.  I honestly don't think I could have done it without the collective cheering and encouragement from the writing community.

2.  GUESS WHAT AGAIN?

Remember that job interview you all cheered me through, and how I didn't get the job?  And remember how the gal who interviewed me said she was so impressed with me that she was recommending me for another position, if it ever became available?

IT JUST BECAME AVAILABLE.

The CEO emailed me yesterday and wants to do a phone interview.  Tiny hitch--I'm leaving early in the morning for vacation!  Which I told him.  But I also told him I'd be happy to squeeze it in later today, if he wants.  As of this writing, I haven't heard back yet.

HOLY BAD TIMING, BATMAN!

But I'm super excited about this.  It fell out of the heavens at my feet when I was least expecting it.  So we'll see how it goes!  It's not a done deal by any stretch, but it's a terribly exciting opportunity!

Oh, and have I mentioned that IT'S A WRITING POSITION?  As in, online content.  DUDES!  That's what I DO, right?

I'm pretty stinkin' excited over here.

I mean, okay.  I'd be EVEN MORE EXCITED if I were announcing a book deal right now.  But you know what?  I've stopped waiting for that to happen.  And don't you know, that's when life starts to happen.

Bring on the life!

Bring on the vacation!

Love you, and I'll update you on all the things when I get back after the Fourth.

Be good!  Write words!  And see you soon.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Friday Fricassee

Hello and happy Friday!

I'm looking forward to hearing the CP-of-my-dreams stories that I'm sure will be flowing my way over the next few months.  Thanks again for your patience with our broken system.

On that note, here's the skinny:  The bot is permanently broken.  I had a phone chat with Michael, our Bot Guru and Resident Superhero, yesterday, and he threw out several options on how to redo our system.  The short story:  it's a big job.  It's going to take him lots of time.  So here's what you need to know:

1.  We won't be having any major contests/critiques on the blog until the September Secret Agent Contest.
2.  We will do a few (very) small-scale critique things, as I will have to do them by hand, and I simply don't have the time to hand-post large quantities.
3.  Some time in August, we will have a Test Thing on the blog, to see how the new system is working.  (And also I'll be wanting your feedback!)
4.  The new system will work differently.  I'll need you to flex along with me!

That's the bot scoop.  Now here's the Authoress scoop:

I'm leaving for vacation one week from today.  (Hooray! Hooray!)  No week at the shore this year, but we are managing to sneak one night at our favorite beach anyway, in addition to all the family-and-friend-and-other-cool-stuff activities we have planned.  I'm looking forward to time with my parents (who are amazing), and I'm even planning to take a ballet class when we're there (which is terrifying, because I hate going to new places where I don't know anyone).

In short, this is good-bye!  I will be taking the critique partner posts down as planned, and I may pop in next week if I have something that's itching to be shared.  Otherwise, I will see you when I get back after the Fourth.

Authoress Edits clients:  I will resume my schedule when I return.  So if you know you're "next" or think you should be soon, it will be some little while yet.

Oh, and one final plea for all the collective YES-YOU-CAN-FINISH-THIS-WIP-BEFORE-YOU-LEAVE-AND-WE-ARE-ALL-VIRTUALLY-SLAPPING-YOU-UPSIDE-THE-HEAD-EVERY-TIME-YOU-GET-DISTRACTED you can spare.  I, like most of us, do so much better when I feel the energy of the collective.  (Borg, anyone?)

Hugs to all!  I'll come back with stories and photos, surely.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Our 4th Critique Partner Dating Service--FINALLY!

All 79 entries ARE FINALLY UP.  Thank you again for your forebearance!

Guidelines are as follow:
  1.  If you see an entry that looks like it might be a good fit, send an email to introduce yourself (this is not the time to send materials).
  2. If you are interested in an email-less entry, leave a comment requesting the email address.
  3. If you're not sure you want to send an email, leave a comment asking further questions.
  4. Entrants, PLEASE CHECK YOUR COMMENTS REGULARLY THROUGHOUT THE WEEK.
  5. This is a public list.  I am no longer the "middle man."  Please do not come to me with your dating woes.  (If you have a legitimate technical difficulty, I will always help you with that.)
  6. For security purposes, I will remove these entries from the blog one week from tomorrow.
Please post your questions below!  I will check the comments regularly and try to stay up to date with public questions.

Also:  If your entry looks wonky or is in any way unreadable, or if you've forgotten to include your email address or name or anything else, PLEASE EMAIL ME.  I am always happy to fix things.

Happy dating!

Update: Critique Partner Dating Service

Here's where we're at:

The first 44 posts are ready to roll, and will begin to post at 9:01 a.m.  The rest of the posts will go up as soon as possible, as Michael and I continue to work through this mess!

If this Blogger/bot mess had to happen, though, I'm glad it happened now, instead of during something highly time-sensitive like a Secret Agent Contest.  Right?  Looking for the lemonade!

Thank you for your patience.