Are you feeling that?
Anyway, I'm happy to report that Jodi and I have had three successful slush-reading fests, and have made our way through the adult entries. Winners will be emailed on November 15. (Please understand that I can't email everyone. If you don't receive an email from me--not the Bot, but me personally--then your entry was not chosen for this year's auction.)
There were just about a hundred entries, which is pretty normal for the adult category. Slightly fewer than last year, perhaps, but definitely in the ballpark. I will share Jodi's and my observations about submissions after we've read the YA and MG entries, too.
Just a few things for now:
- Loglines remain a problem. Too many of them simply don't mention THE STAKES, or even the conflict. (We always read past this; a bad logline doesn't mean that the excerpt is bad.) (Having said that: Agents might NOT read past a bad logline. So write a good one.)
- Sometimes there was NO logline. FOLLOW DIRECTIONS, PEOPLE!
- As always, we're seeing creative, where-did-you-come-up-with-this genres. Or genres that are too specific. (For instance, you're not going to find a section for "social science fiction" in the bookstore. Just call it SCIENCE FICTION.) Or a comparison to a known author, listed as a genre. KNOW YOUR GENRE.
A big thank you to all who entered--for believing in your work (so important!) and for entrusting it to Jodi's and my eyeballs for consideration. Submissions for YA and MG will be on November 5 and 7. And I'm extending the submission windows on both days: Submissions will be open at 8:00 am EDT. That's an extra four hours on the front end.
See you next week!