If you haven't before entered Operation Awesome's "Mystery Agent Contest", you might want to check it out. This is one to watch for, because when they send out the call for one-line pitches - it's limited to 50 entries. And they go QUICK!! Like, that day. *And special note...if you do check out the next one and see 50 comments, don't lose heart - there's a good chance non-pitchy comments were made and they're really not to 50 yet.
Anyhow! I entered the one for December. I didn't win the Grand Prize (you get to sent the agent your FULL MS!) I didn't win one of the 4 honorable mentions that the agent picked, either. (partials, people!) HOWEVER - I did get a mention in the "Special Requests"!! And I quote:
"I’d be more than happy to see a query and the first ten pages from anyone who participated in the contest, but based on the pitches, I especially would like to hear from the authors of OUT OF MY BODY, THE IRON WOOD, ANGEL OUT OF THE WATERS, THREE PARTS DEAD, SIEGE OF THE HEART, PHANTOM FIRES, THE WHISPERING CITY, and THE CABIN AT LOST CREEK."
OK - you see that one on the end there? That's ME!!!!
Can you give me a WOOT WOOT!? *pauses to listen* Awww - thanks! :)
I'm pretty excited! (ya know, in case you couldn't tell or anything...) I may not have been THE winner, but I certainly feel like A winner. Why? Because this is all about validation. I'm in that top 26% of pitches that appealed to the agent, Weronika Janczuk. I pitched something that actually APPEALED to a bona fide, real-life, in-the-biz agent!! Whether she likes what I send her or not (of course, hoping she does!) the point is that I now know that I've got a story concept/pitch that is appealing. And I can SOOOO work with that!
I've been researching away - just a tad worried that I don't have the time to research Weronika the way I'd like to, or read some of the books she's agented or recommends - but, I'm assuming when you get a request like this the ideal thing is to get your query and pages to her lightening quick! So, that's what I'll be working on today. Wish me luck?
And I pose this question to all of you: HAVE YOU ENTERED ANY MYSTERY AGENT and/or PITCH CONTESTS LATELY?