What a week! I can honestly say that blog traffic's never been higher.
A few questions that keep popping up concerning the agent auction:
1. Does "250 word" mean ANY 250 words?
ABSOLUTELY NOT. Contests are ALWAYS for the first 250 words--your first page. Why? Because THAT IS WHAT AGENTS WANT TO READ. For that matter, it's what anyone wants to read.
How many of you pick up a book that looks interesting and start reading in the middle to see whether or not it sucks you in?
Okay, maybe some of you do that. Rest assured you're in the minority.
2. Your word count restriction includes 100 extra words for the logline. If my logline is only 50 words, may I send a 300 excerpt?
Um, you can send it; the bot won't know the difference. BUT JODI AND I WILL. And we will be rejecting entries that are over 255 words. Period.
Seriously, please pay attention to this. It will KILL me to reject a strong entry because of word count. But with the kind of response we're expecting for this contest, we've got to have hard-and-fast rules. And word count is one of them.
100 words or less for your logline.
255 words or less for your excerpt.
3. What about memoirs? What about narrative non-fiction?
The genres for this contest ARE CLEARLY STATED IN THE CONTEST RULES. They do not include memoirs, narrative non-fiction, or how-to-fix-your-own-plumbing books. I'm sorry (truly!) if your genre isn't included. The genre list reflects the interests of our participating agents. I didn't pick them out of a hat.
Not even a red hat.
4. Are YOU, Authoress, entering the contest?
Of course not. Even if I had something I wanted these agents to see, I wouldn't enter my own contest. Especially a contest with a built-in slush pile. Sure, I'd love the feedback! I'm as hungry for it as the rest of you. But I'm perfectly happy to run the thing.
The administrative assistant in me is experiencing a regular squee-fest over it. Seriously.
5. Well then, what can we send you to make you happy? Chocolate truffles? Sonona Cutrer? Organic cashews? A huge gift certificate for soulflower.com?
All of the above.
Okay, I made that last question up. Things were feeling too serious.
If there's ANYTHING I missed, please post it in the comment box below. If you ask a question that's already been answered, I'm not answering.
No, really. Please refer to the links in yesterday's post to get ALL THE DETAILS. I know there are many. But I've tried to be as clear as possible.
BIG HUGS TO ALL! This is going to be so much fun.
Especially when my presents start arriving. *grin*