AGENT CONTEST: Your book as a one-liner

Hey, y’all–those of you who are good at summarizing your books or who have a book with a great High Concept–listen up.

The QueryTracker Blog will be holding a *one sentence* pitch contest judged by agent Joanna Stampfel-Volpe on Monday, April 13th. This is the agent who is actively looking for clients–the one who will be at that conference next weekend in East Texas, the NETWO conference at the old Baptist Encampment cabins on the lake with all the mosquitoes, but I digress. You might well get a request from her if your one-liner appeals to her!

And it’s NOT an open critique. No fear of queryfail here. These are privately sent to an e-mail address, and only the winners will be contacted. Win all around.

Don’t send anything until tomorrow, Monday. Elana Johnson’s e-mail address to send to is on the RH side of the page I’m linking to below.

Here’s the scoop:

I might send something–if I can find something she hasn’t already rejected and stomped thoroughly upon. You see, I’ve already sent her queries for LITTLE RITUALS, IN THE PUNDIT’S CORNER, and CAMILLE’S TRAVELS (which she rejected on the full), in hopes that we’d have something to talk about at the conference. I have an appointment with her. I could, of course, just ask general questions or whatnot instead of discussing my books when we meet.

*But!* I still don’t know whether there’s any point in my going to the conference when she really doesn’t seem at all interested in my style and my way of thinking. I’m not confident that I could stare into the sun and drive for three hours on the INTERSTATE to get all the way out to Mount Pleasant from D/FW, and I know hubby isn’t about to put himself out to drive me. We’d have to stay all day Saturday, and preferably we’d go on Friday afternoon to attend the welcome party and spend the night at a B&B. This would not be Hubby’s cuppa. And Mama isn’t well enough to go that far from a hospital/doctor (I mean with her COPD and asthma. She coughs something fierce and takes her nebulizer every six hours and sits with her oxygen on. Aaughh.) I’ve paid for the con, but it was only around a hundred dollars–I could consider that charity. I need to make up my mind SOON so that I can e-mail the organizer and let them give my Private Audience away. I think the Private Audience would be full of embarrassment for me, anyhow, and I really can’t handle much more of that for a while, so it might be best for me to just not go. In fact, it’s ridiculous that I even signed up for this. Aaughh. What was I thinking? (The usual dumb stuff, of course–rhetorical question.)

I know that it would be fun and stimulating to schmooze with the other authors, and that might be nice, but when it’s going to cost the family budget whatever MORE I’d spend on lodging and transportation, it really isn’t fair to the family. I have another couple of days to agonize about this, and I’m sure I will.

Meanwhile, rev those pitching engines. I can’t see any downside to your entering this one!


Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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