The blog schedule is crammed full around here, so I want to stay on top of things on a regular basis. (Also, I considered writing this post in Pirate, but I'm not fluent enough. So a quick "Happy Speak-like-a-pirate Day" will have to do.)
1. September Secret Agent submissions TODAY.
2. Next week: Our first logline critique round (September 27). (Note: I'll be talking about loglines this week, making sure we're all on the same page with what's required.)
3. We're 4 weeks away from the first Baker's Dozen submission window (October 18).
Also, a clarification on the contest fee:
The $8 entry fee is being charged to everyone who enters the contest. The behind-the-scenes administrative work this contest entails is...well, gargantuan. Also, a percentage of the fee is going to Michael Extraordinaire, who has done literally thousands of dollars of work developing and perfecting our submission bot--for free.
Yeah. The guy has given me--has given all of us, really--a huge, non-repayable gift. So a percentage of the fee is earmarked for him. And it won't begin to scratch the surface of what he really deserves.
In addition, you may not realize that I pay a monthly hosting fee to Michael's company. It's not a huge amount, but it's an automated payment that comes out of my business account each month whether the money's in there or not. (Um, yeah. Overdrafted once this year.) So covering the cost of the hosting fee for the coming year in one fell swoop would take some pressure off, for sure.
And, yeah, I'm going to be donating a stack of YA/MG books to my local library, which is strangely bereft of any new releases in these genres. More on this later.
Oh, and how could I forget? I'm close to finalizing the agent list and will be posting it SOON! I'll also be announcing our guest editors (one for adult and one for YA/MG) and guest authors (one for adult and one for YA/MG), who will be critiquing the 60 winning entries.
All this, and I'm off coffee. (I mean, can you believe it?) It was time to de-caffeinate my life. So far, so good. The headaches were mild and only lasted two days.
(Yes, I'm rolling my eyes at myself.)