Monday, April 6, 2020

Secret Agent Contest Early Info

Please note: This is NOT the call for submissions! The contest will open next Monday, April 13.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (please read carefully):

*To enter, please use THE SUBMISSION FORM HERE.
*THIS WILL BE A LOTTERY: The submission window will be open from NOON to 6:00 PM EDT, after which the bot will randomly select 50 entries.
* PLEASE NOTE: You are responsible for figuring out your own time zone. "Time Zone differences" are NOT a reason for not getting your entry in.
* Submissions received before the contest opens will be rejected.
* Submissions are for COMPLETED MANUSCRIPTS ONLY. If you wouldn't want an agent to read the entire thing, DON'T SEND IT. If an "entire thing" doesn't exist, you shouldn't even be reading these rules.
* You may submit A DIFFERENT MANUSCRIPT if you've participated in any previous Secret Agent contests in the past year.
* Only ONE ENTRY per person per contest. If you send more than one, your subsequent entry(ies) will be rejected.
* Submissions are for THE FIRST 250 WORDS of your manuscript. Please do not stop in the middle of a

GO HERE to submit via our web form.

As always, there is no fee to enter the Secret Agent contest.

This month's contest will include the following genres:

ADULT
  • High-concept women's fiction
  • Rom-com
  • Mainstream with a hint of magic
YA
  • Fantasy
  • Magical Realism
  • Historical
  • Contemporary
  • Thriller
  • Mystery
MG
  • Contemporary
  • Mystery
  • Light fantasy
  • Light magical realism
Please ask your questions below, or hunt me down on Twitter!

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Secret Agent Contest Coming Up!

I'm so excited to announce that I've (finally) got another Secret Agent contest on the horizon for you!

MARK THE DATE: Submissions for the upcoming contest will be on Monday, April 13.

(Note: if you are new to this blog, please go HERE to read about Secret Agent contests.)

As always, I will post detailed submission instructions one week before submissions. For now, I'm THRILLED to let you know that our April Secret Agent will accept submissions in adult, YA, and MG! That's right--all 3 categories! Here's the specific break-down:

ADULT
  • High-concept women's fiction
  • Rom-com
  • Mainstream with a hint of magic
YA
  • Fantasy
  • Magical Realism
  • Historical
  • Contemporary
  • Thriller
  • Mystery
MG
  • Contemporary
  • Mystery
  • Light fantasy
  • Light magical realism
If you have any questions, please ask below, or flag me down on Twitter

Yay! 

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Kindle Deal!

Hey, there!

I've got a big CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT coming later this week, but for today I just want to let you know that STORMRISE is currently on sale in the Kindle Store for just $2.99.



I'm not sure how long this will last (it appeared a couple days ago and it's STILL on sale this morning, which is what prompted me to post this), but there you have it. If you've been meaning to pick up a copy of STORMRISE but haven't done so, now's your chance to grab a great deal!


Friday, February 14, 2020

Friday Fricassee: In Which I Profess That I Miss You


My dearest community of writers--

How I miss you!

It's just been, well, nigh impossible to keep this blog going. I'm still mulling over ideas, reminding myself that in-house critiques are vital and helpful and not that time-consuming to set up, but...here the blog sits.

I'm deep in revisions for THE STOLEN KINGDOM (out Spring 2021 from Tor Teen), which are due at the end of next month. That's the lion's proverbial share of my work time, naturally. I've also got 3 other stories in various stages of planning, which are all, of course, on the back burner right now (I was actually lying in bed this morning thinking up ideas for the third and newest of these ideas--and of course that happened right in the middle of revisions, the worst possible time!). In short, I'm doing the writer thing, as always. 

Still. I miss you, and I want to find a feasible way to bring this blog back to life, if only a little bit. Those of you who have read STORMRISE might've noticed that I collectively mentioned you in my acknowledgements. That how big your role has been in my journey, and I'm so grateful.

(As an aside, please know that if any of you who have purchased a copy of STORMRISE would like a signed bookmark, I'm happy to send you one! Just email your receipt to me at jillian@jillianboehme.com and let me know that you read my blog.)

The above graphic is from a recent virtual classroom visit I did for 200+ 8th-graders. It was so much fun! At the end, the teacher (a glorious, passionate woman who clearly loves these kids and books and authors) had the students leave words of thanks for me. They filled 2 screens with their messages and hearts, and I nearly exploded.

I absolutely LOVE talking with young readers and writers! And to know that I've inspired even one of them is immeasurably gratifying.

I'd also like to invite you to listen to this VERY FUN podcast with MG author Rob Kent, who is also a longtime reader and participator here at Miss Snark's First Victim, and whose support has been unwavering. Rob is gregarious, engaging, and so much fun. 


And thank you, Rob, for having me. It was an honor and a delight to spend time chatting with you!

So there you have it--my first post of 2020. Better late than never...? Thank you for reading. Thank you for being part of the writing community I love so dearly.

Have a joyous weekend, and I hope to see you again soon!