Yet another contest? Yes, I’m entering it. I’m also posting a link here so that y’all might consider entering, if you have a YA/MG novel with a strong opening. What the hell . . . nothing to lose but our minds.
A bit of background on the contest: Sponsored by Mary Kole of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, this contest is for young adult/middle grade novels. Send up to the first 500 words. The catch: you must mention her contest and blog on writers’ forums or your blog and send her the links to your posts, among other things. But it’s little enough to ask in order to get your work seen by an agent without the uncertainty of the query wars!
I posted here, on the WRITING2 mailing list, and on the site of the NorthEast Texas Writers’ Organization (NETWO) to be run in the next e-newsletter.
I’m too wiped out from all the real-life events around here to consider taking up the query wars again, so I’m taking a little break. Publishing is changing. The predictions from insiders include more emphasis on blockbusters (as if that’s new!) and less emphasis on any kind of variety or diversity, and a hundredfold increase in self-publishing in all forms. They’re still trying to figure out what the appeal of zombies can possibly be, although they’re going full tilt on all new zombie material. *grin*
I only *LOOK* like a zombie. Promise.