At any rate, it's the big MG/YA submission week for the Baker's Dozen, and I want to clear up a few muddly things that came up during the adult submissions.
- Once you have made your payment, YOUR ENTRY IS OFFICIAL. The automated email you receive will contain your entry number, and your receipt from Paypal will verify that your fee has been processed.
- Hotmail doesn't get along very well with my bot. If you use hotmail, you might consider a different email client for the contest. Like Gmail.
- You might want to add bot-no-reply(at)gmail.com to your address book, to avoid spam traps.
- PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO INCLUDE YOUR LOGLINE. (Yes, it happened more than once.)
- PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO INCLUDE YOUR EXCERPT. (Um, yeah.)
- YES, you may CUT AND PASTE in the web form. You may also add italics. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS ON THE WEB FORM.
- The total word count is 355 -- 100 for the logline, 250 for the excerpt, 5 to end a sentence.
- No, your entry doesn't have to EXACTLY FIT those parameters. It just needs to stay within the word count.
- We didn't use up all 200 slots for the adult submissions. If the YA/MG slots fill up really fast on Tuesday, I WILL ADD EXTRA SLOTS TO THE THURSDAY SUBMISSION WINDOW, up to the amount not used during the adult submissions.
- In short, please don't rush through your submission. I'm really trying to accommodate the admittedly larger number of MG/YA writers we have around here. I love you all!
If something's niggling at you, leave a comment today and I will answer your question as quickly as I can.
The agents have already started trash talking behind the scenes -- they're looking forward to this as much as we are! I've fine-tuned the bidding rules this year, in the hope that the bidding process will run smoothly and fairly (last year, several manuscripts got bids for fulls very quickly, which was frustrating for some of the agents who didn't get a chance to bid). I'll explain how it all works once we're closer to the actual auction.
Yay! It's going to be a fun week.