Monday, January 21, 2013

Secret Agent Winners Galore

Here's the post you've been waiting for:  Ms. Wiseman's impressive list of winners!


#3 - Locating the Lost Butt of Literal Land
#10 - Pink Fortune
#17 - Grey
#19 - K. Stoker
#33 - Defender of the Kingdom
#36 - Waking the Sleeping Giant
#46 - The Phoenix


Ms. Wiseman would like to see your query and the first 30 pages of your manuscript.


#1 - Portal
#16 - The Lovely Invisible
#48 - Becoming Jinn


Ms. Wiseman would like to see your query and full manuscript.

Congratulations, all!  Winners, please email me at facelesswords(at) for specific submission instructions.

To all 50 participants and everyone who took the time to leave critique: 

"I was impressed with the quality of the entries, and with the quality of the comments." -- Caryn Wiseman

Applause!  Applause!

Thanks, all, for a wonderful kick-off to 2013's Secret Agent line-up.


  1. Thanks to Authoress for hosting and to Ms. Wiseman for her time. The opportunity to get so much feedback from this great community is wonderful!

  2. I'm so thrilled to be a first prize winner! And, like Caryn, I also was super impressed by the quality of the entries and the feedback given by all. Thanks for the making this contest available, Authoress!

  3. It's such a pleasure reading the awesome entries in the Secret Agent contests every month, and reading what the SA has to say. I read almost all of them, but only commented on a few. I wish I'd had time to leave comments on everyone's work. You guys rock! Best of luck to all on finding representation. :)

  4. Oh goodness, so many winners! Congratulations, all you guys! A bit bummed not to have joined you, but Caryn, thanks for taking the time and effort to read through so many entries and pick so many winners. You rock. And authoress, you rock just for setting this up.

    Congrats again, winners! Good luck!


  5. A big thanks to Authoress and our wonderful secret agent. I may not have been in the top this time, but I will work on improving my comma usage. ;-)

    Your feedback is invaluable and truly appreciated.

  6. This was a great contest. I'm really glad #1 won first prize, I was rooting for it. I hope the rest of the manuscript lives up to the promise and I can read it some day.

  7. Definitely a good experience - this was my first time. I am glad so many were selected! I saw some things which made me worry, 1) SA said no anthropomorphic books about animals but to me these were my fave growing up and I still love them! and 2) cannot sell a book with a male protag....I found both of these unsettling means boy's are abandoned now as a reading public and Disney must be nuts. So, I guess I need some real world validation to show that these two things are true...because I see the opposite 1) kids continue to love anything with animals and 2) only girls will read books with a girl,,..I would appreciate some real-world advice.....should I automatically make my next MC a girl and forget the boys?

  8. Congratulations to the winners! :)

  9. Emma Mom - I think it was just mentioned that a boy protag is a harder sell, but from what I've heard at writing conferences, etc, the right story is going to shine through whether the MC is male or female. I'm trying to picture a world without Harry Potter and failing O_O

  10. Emma Mom, I think the rules you're referring to were for this SA round and specific to the preferences of this SA. Not all agents like the same things. Caryn may not want to represent books with anthropomorphic characters, but that's not to say no one is publishing them. Ditto with the boy MCs. These types of books are being published, but Caryn doesn't represent them. Authoress, please correct me if I'm wrong.

  11. I think you're right, Karen.

    (I'm thinking of Geoff Rodkey's DEADWEATHER AND SUNRISE, published last year, the second book of which will be coming out soon. MG adventure, boy protag.)

    I think that, in all cases, SA comments should be construed as coming specifically from the SA, not globally. Unless, of course, something obvious is stated, such as "the dystopian market is a complete glut." Which it is.

    Even still. Doesn't mean you should stop writing it. I haven't. ;)

  12. Thank you everyone. I think I will remember Harry Potter and go ahead with a boy protag in my book even if the SA says it is not a good bet. I think there is a disturbing thing of female author writing with female MC selling to a female agent who then sends it to a femake editor. Hmmmmm, no wonder boys are persona non grata!

  13. Wow! That's a good contest! I have a friend named Caryn. I have informed her she is not the only one who spells it that way.