Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Dear Lucky Agent Contest, Middle Grade and Young Adult

"Dear Lucky Agent" Contest:
Kids Novels (Middle Grade and Young Adult)

Welcome to the second "Dear Lucky Agent" Contest on the GLA blog. This will be a recurring online contest with agent judges and super-cool prizes. Here's the deal: With every contest, the details are essentially the same, but the niche itself changes--meaning each contest is focused around a specific category or two. So if you're writing a book-length kids novel, this second contest is for you!
HOW TO SUBMIT
E-mail entries to februaryagentcontest@gmail.com. Please paste everything. No attachments.
WHAT TO SUBMIT
The first 150-200 words of your unpublished, book-length work of middle grade or young adult fiction. You must include a contact e-mail address with your entry and use your real name. Also, submit the title of the work and a logline (one-sentence description of the work) with your entry.
Please note: To be eligible to submit, I ask that you do one of two things: 1) Mention and link to this contest twice through your social media-blogs, Twitter, Facebook; or 2) just mention this contest once and also add Guide to Literary Agents Blog (www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog) to your blogroll. Please provide link(s) so I can verify eligibility.

CONTEST DETAILS
1. This contest will be live for approximately fourteen days - from Feb. 7 through the end of Sunday, Feb. 21, EST. Winners notified by e-mail within seven days of end of contest. Winners announced on the blog thereafter.
2. To enter, submit the first 150-200 words of your book. Shorter or longer entries will not be considered. Keep it within word count range please.
3. This contest is solely for completed book-length works of middle grade and young adult fiction (kids novels).
4. You can submit as many times as you wish.
5. The contest is open to everyone of all ages, save those employees, officers and directors of GLA's publisher, F+W Media.
6. There are more rules (most of them dealing with legal stuff) that you can find in the comments section of this post.
7. By e-mailoing your entry, you are submitting an entry for consideration in this contest and thereby agreeing to the terms written here as well as the terms added by me at the beginning of the "Comments" section of this blog post.
PRIZES
First place: 1) A critique of 25 pages of your work, by your agent judge. 2) A query critique from your agent judge. 3) Two free books from Writer's Digest Books (I will give you several choices and you pick the books you want).
Runner-ups - second and third place: 1) A critique of 10 pages of your work, by your agent judge. 2) One free book from Writer's Digest Books (I will give you several choices and you pick the book you want).

MEET YOUR (AWESOME) JUDGE!

Jennifer Laughran is an agent with the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Books she's repped include:

The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z, by Kate Messner
Flash Burnout, by L K Madigan
I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It, by Adam Selzer
Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl, by Daniel Pinkwater

Monday, February 15, 2010

Another Ghost Story and a Blog Tour


I'm back, with another ghost story for you. Linda Joy Singleton's Dead Girl Walking introduces Amber Borden who has a near-death experience and ends up in the wrong body. How does she do that, you ask? Well, you'll have to read the book to find out, cause I'm not telling. You'll laugh, you'll sigh, you'll discover that people's lives are not always what they seem, and you'll know you have to read the next book in the series. Yep, the ending demands it, how else will I know what Amber does, and that's all I'm saying.

Don't you love the cover?







Now about the Blog Tour. When you have a spare minute (what's that?) stop by the Red River Writers Blog Tour where you'll find .... ta da! ... me, along with other writers telling you about ourselves and our writing. You're welcome to leave a comment, too. Thank you.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Merry, Merry Ghost

You know how I like ghost stories, and I've just read one I have to tell you about. From the cover, you can see that it's a Christmas story and a mystery, all the perfect ingrediants for a good book. Bailey Ruth Raeburn is a ghost. Wiggins and Heaven's Department of Good Intentions sends her on an assignment to protect a little boy whose grandmother has been murdered from a family that will do anything to get his inheritance, which amounts to a nice sum of money. All Bailey Ruth has to do is figure out which greedy person is the killer. The problem is, every family member has a good motive. Humor, mystery, and a delightful cast of characters kept me turning the pages. Learn more about the author at her site.

Monday, February 8, 2010

What's Happening in My World

Quote of the Week: Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try. From one of my favorites, Dr. Seuss

This week has started off super. One of my favorite things to do is enter contests for book giveaways. Now, I'm not usually a lucky person. I seldom win anything. Recently, however, I've been on a streak and have won some amazing books. I won't list all  of them, but hope to write reviews later, when I find a couple more hours to add to each day. I will mention the latest, however. Three authors with books just out or coming out had a Valentine's Day Contest. You had to finish the poem "Roses are red..." and post on their blogs. So many people entered I thought I had little chance of winning. But it was fun, so I did. Around noon today, I decided to see who won. AND MY NAME WAS LISTED. Woo hoo! Surprise. I also win handmade Valentines by the authors. How cool is that. No covers to show you, but here are the titles I'll be reading shortly:

The Espressologist   by Kristina Springer
Stupid Cupid  by Rhonda Stapleton
A Match Made in High School  by Kristin Walker

Thanks to the authors for their books. Just from the titles, I know I'll enjoy them.
Yay for contests.

The next thing on my agenda is new contracts. I've had a bit of luck (paired with lots of hard work and hair pulling out) and now have signed three contracts for future books.

September 2009:  Frankie's Perfect Home, PB, Guardian Angel Publishin
October 2009:  Scattered to the Winds, MG historical, Twilight Times Books
February 2010:  Life on Hold, YA contemporary, 4 RV Publishing LLC

That should keep me busy for a while.

Happy Reading and Writing, Everlyyone.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Muse 2010

Have you ever wanted to attend a conference, but none were close by your town, or they cost a fortune, or you have small children or pets you can't leave? If so, then The Muse Online Writers Conference is for you. Here's a little of what you'll experience when you sign up:

WORKSHOPS

1.  12 Stages of the Writer's Adventure with Beth Barany, based on The Hero's Journey.
2.  An introduction to Social Media, Jo Linsdell.
3.  Blog Your Way to Recognition, Joyce Anthony.
4.  Characters You Love to Hate: Creating Villainous Villains for Kids and Teens, Beverly Stowe McClure (That's me.
And so much more.

PITCHES

No, I'm not talking about baseball. Do you have a manuscript ready to submit, but aren't sure where to send it? Publishers and Agents will be ready to hear your pitches, so start working on them now. October will arrive before you know it.

CHATS

Do you like to talk with other people who understand about writing? Then you've come to the right place. You'll find plenty of opportuniteis to chat with publishers, agents, editors, authors, and readers.

Sounds good, huh? I haven't told you the best part yet. Ready? Okay.

THE CONFERENCE IS FREE. YES. FREE.

Donations are accepted, but not required.

So what are you waiting for. Set aside Oct. 11-17 for you. Then hop on over to The Muse Online Conference and sign up. You'll be glad you did. See you in October.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Good News!

Thought for the Week: Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined. Thoreau

A big, big thanks to everyone who voted for Just Breeze in the Preditors and Editors Readers' Poll. I'm excited to say she was second in Young Adult Novel, fifth in Cover Art (thanks to the talented Aidana WillowRaven), and eighth in Illustrated Art that I didn't know she was in until toward the end. You did it, friends. Just Breeze is excited. I am excited. See the lovely award.

I appreciate your support.