ARE YOU READY FOR THE ON THE BLOCK AUCTION?
Submissions for our first ON THE BLOCK are two weeks from tomorrow. Final submission instructions will post on Thursday, September 3. At that time, I will have a submission link for you. Right now, that link doesn't exist, because the fearless Michael, the developer of our wonderful automated system, is hard at work creating an entirely new bot. This is a labor of love for him--his way of continuing to give back to the writing community. If you have a moment, find him on Twitter and thank him!
For now, though, here are the basics, so that you can continue to prepare your entry:
HOW TO SUBMIT
Submissions will be via web form only (we are retiring the email option). Your entry will include a logline and the first 250 words of your completed manuscript. Loglines should be no more than 50 words long (up to 75 is allowable, but discouraged).
The submission window will open at 8:00 am EDT and will close at 10:00 pm EDT. (Note: I have changed the start time from 6:00 to 8:00, due to requests from folks on the west coast. So if you live in LA and you've already set an alarm on your phone for 3:00 am on September 10, you might want to change that!)
All categories (MG, YA, NA, Adult) and all genres except erotica and erotic romance will be included. Unlike the Baker's Dozen Auction, there will not be separate submissions dates for children and adult entries. It all goes into one big pot, and I will pick the 24 strongest entries from that pot.
The submission instruction post on September 3 will include the date that winners can be expected to be notified on, as well as any other needed information. Please remember that there is a $21 entry fee. It's set up via Paypal, but you do not have to have a Paypal account to enter. Paypal will prompt you to choose the "use a card" option. (Though, sometimes Paypal gets a little ornery. Let's be very nice to Paypal so that it doesn't do that.)
Remember that we've got FIFTEEN AMAZING AGENTS ready to bid! And three AWESOME EDITORS that will be lurking about.
HERE IS THE LINE-UP.
A common question I get is: "If I've queried some of these agents, can I still enter?" The answer is YES! It happens time and time again -- an agent who has rejected someone's query ends up requesting the material after reading the opening page here on the blog. JUST ENTER. You honestly never know what will happen.
If any new questions crop up, please post them below! Submission day will be here before you know it.