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Friday, April 30, 2010

Publishing Pulse 4/30/10 Prizes Announced!

Contest News

Thanks to all who made our contest with Chris Richman of Upstart Crow Literary a success. And thanks to Mr. Richman for so graciously judging entries. I've enjoyed working with him and can promise that anyone lucky enough to sign with him has hit agent gold.

And now about PRIZES! We all know that it can take a while for an agent to get to a query (or submission!) Mr. Richman has come up with quite an amazing prize - a Skip the Line Submission! For our winners, he has offered to make their submissions his first priority.

  • The Grand Prize Winner will be invited to submit a query plus the FULL MANUSCRIPT.
  • Runners-up will be invited to submit a query plus the first fifty pages.
Stay tuned to the blog, winners will be announced sometime in the near future.

For those of you who missed entering this contest, there will be other opportunities - several contests are in the works!

On the Net

Curious about how exactly an agent tackles the query pile? Elana Roth reveals her methods on the CJLA blog.

Agent Suzie Townsend has some great advice on how to pitch an agent at a conference. She also talks about why YA is not the only genre she is looking for.

Thinking of signing with a small press? Could an agent help you negotiate a better deal? Jessica Faust addresses this question on her blog.

A Word About Conferences

Speaking author to author here, conferences are a fantastic way to connect with writers and learn oodles about your craft. Plus you can meet industry professionals. Elana and I recently attended a local conference (Elana taught a fantastic class on queries!) and we were fortunate enough to meet some pretty amazing folks: Krista Marino of Delacorte Press (she edited Forest of Hands and Teeth!), Laura Rennert from Andrea Brown Literary, and Nephele Tempest of The Knight Agency. All were fabulous speakers and incredibly approachable. So find a conference in your area, or fly to one. I promise, it will be well worth it!

Success Stories

Kendra Highly signed with Shana Cohen at Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency for a YA Urban Fantasy/Adventure.

Diana Renn signed with Kirby Kim at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment for a YA contemporary mystery.

Renae Mercado signed with Bree Ogden at Martin Literary Management for a YA Paranormal Romance.

Congratulations, everyone! (And how interesting that they all signed for YA...)

Have a great weekend.

Suzette Saxton writes books for tots, teens, and in-betweens. She is represented by Suzie Townsend of FinePrint Literary.


Dorothy Dreyer said...

Thanks for the post - the prizes are super exciting!

And congrats to the talented writers who signed with agents. It's so inspiring to hear. :)

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Wow, that is a lot of YA. :D

Thanks for the great links!

Matthew Rush said...

What an awesome contest and what AMAZING prizes. Thanks Suzette for sharing but especially thanks to Chris.

Congrats to all these newly agented authors also!

Today's guest blogger is The Alliterative Allomorph!

Krista V. said...

Wow, great prizes! And congrats to all those QT success stories!

Suzette Saxton said...

Thanks for your comments! =)