A Big Thank You
The QueryTracker blog's first contest was a resounding success and created quite a stir. Thanks to all the agents who tweeted about it, and to Galley Cat for posting an article. It has been an uplifting experience to work with our readers, and we here at the blog can't thank you enough for your entries and support. We also want to shout out a BIG thank you to Joanna Stampfel-Volpe. She has been absolutely amazing to work with. Winners and prizes will be announced on the blog this Monday.
Lauren McLeod joined the Strothman Agency. Ms. McLeod is drawn to highly polished literary fiction. Her specialties include young adult and middle-grade fiction and nonfiction of all types. You can also find her on Twitter.
Ethan Bassof has moved into agenting at Inkwell Management. He's looking for literary and commercial fiction, narrative nonfiction, science writing, pop culture, humor and religion books.
Congratulations to Meg Thompson for her promotion to agent at LJK Literary Management, where she has been working since its inception. She is interested in new media projects, narrative non-fiction, politics, and books on popular culture and humor.
After 18 years of experience in the publishing world, Lisa Leshne can be found at LJK Literary Management. Ms. Leshne is especially interested in non-fiction, memoirs, literary fiction and popular fiction, plus historical novels and business, political and popular culture topics.
Blooming Tree Press has announced its annual Bloom Award writing contest. This year's genre is middle Grade mystery, adventure, or who-done-it. The grand prize will include a book contract. Check out Cynthia Leitich Smith's blog for all the details.
Writer's Digest has opened its Annual Writing Competition. Entry details regarding genres, prizes, deadlines, etc., are available on their website. The grand prize winner gets $3000 and a trip to New York to meet with agents and editors.
The Knight Agency's Book in a Nutshell contest ends the 20th, so this is your last chance to enter!
Book Giveaway and Interview
Next week on the QueryTracker Blog, Carolyn Kaufman will be interviewing Steve Weber, author of Plug Your Book! Online Book Marketing for Authors, Book Publicity through Social Networking. Stay tuned for details about how to win your own copy!
Blogs of Interest
AmazonFail made waves on Twitter over the holiday weekend.
Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown Literary and Talent Agency weighs in on AgentFail. Check out her comments on Gretchen McNeil's blog.
Query Fail: How Not to Land an Agent sums up everything that makes an agent hit the eject button.
Jessica Faust of BookEnds sheds light on the recent Rise in Queries.
Have a fantastic weekend!