Wednesday, November 28, 2012

What To Expect From The Baker's Dozen Agent Auction

It's our third time around, but we've got lots of first-timers (*waves to the gaggle of new readers*), so here's a little taste of what's to come:
  • The entries will post on Friday morning, early Eastern time.  As soon as they're live, you may begin leaving critique.  (I will post critique guidelines tomorrow.)
  • Our participating agents are free to begin reading the entries on Friday, and continue over the weekend.  It's the reason I post them early--it gives the agents a chance to find their favorites and know ahead of time exactly which entries they want to bid on.
  • Critiques from our participating editors and authors may occur at any time, so keep your eye out.  The adult entries will be critiqued by editor Peter Senftleben and author Stephanie Thornton; the YA and MG entries will be critiqued by editor Alison Weiss and author Myra McEntire.
  • Bidding will open on Tuesday, December 4 at 11:00 am EST, sharp!  At this time, agents will bid on the entries they want to see.  Opening bids must be a minimum of 5 pages (that is, a request to see the first 5 pages).  Each entry will go to the highest bidder, with a full request being the obvious highest bid.  (No critiquing will occur on this day.)
  • Not every entry will receive bids.  This doesn't mean the un-bid-upon entries stink.  It just means that none of our participating agents were captivated.  (They are kaboodles of other fish in the sea, yes?)
  • Bidding will officially close on Wednesday, December 5 at 11:00, to complete a full 24-hour bidding window.  Most of the action, however, will be at the front end.
  • After the auction closes, I will hook the winners up with the agents who have *won* them.  And if history repeats itself (as I fully expect it will), several success story will officially be in the making.
And that's it!  If you have any questions not pertaining to the critiquing guidelines (which, as I said, I will post tomorrow), please post them below.  And remember to SPREAD THE WORD!  The auction is exhilarating to watch, even if you're not one of the 60 participants.  Let's share the fun, shall we?


  1. *new author waves back and grins*

    Looking forward to critiques/critiquing, and the auction. :)

  2. Nervous and excited!
    Do agents have to bid in certain increments? (I apologize if this has already been answered.)

  3. Good luck everyone chosen. Can't wait to see what happens. Waving back!! x

  4. I'm excited to read all the entries. I'll actually be on a train when it goes live, and away from my computer until Sunday night, but I will definitely be commenting when I get back from my trip. Good luck, everyone!

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  6. I was unable to finish my MS revision in time to take part in the Baker's Dozen, but it's still fun to watch from the sidelines. Looking forward to reading all those wonderful entries.

  7. This is going to be so exciting and fun even for those of us on the sidelines cheering you on! Good luck to all entrants!

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