Welcome! Today I’m kicking off my author blog with a fun contest and a little help from my fabulous agent, Nathan Bransford. I’m a debut author with Kensington Publishing, and my urban-fantasy, Deadworld, will be released April 5th, 2011. Beyond posting about my book and the writing life in general, I hope to build on something here that will keep folks interest and entertained. As my series has a strong paranormal element to it, I’m going to delve into the supernatural in both interesting and fun ways. I’ve also developed a few ideas for recurring blog posts geared toward readers. We’ll look at haunted places around the world, have guest bloggers, polls, the occasional contest, and hopefully build a place here where we can have fun talking books, writing, and the supernatural. I look forward to meeting you all and seeing you around the blog.
The Query Rant Contest:
Queryies are one of the more enjoyable aspects of the writing process…NOT! I loathe them myself. I don’t do them well. I was fortunate to have something in mine that piqued the interest of my editor and got him to read some pages. I had my share of rejections on querying of Deadworld. I actually queried it more than once (not really recommended) and probably totalled about 70 rejections in all. Most of these were of the form, “Thanks, but not right for me.” We all love these ambiguous, “wtf does that mean?” responses. Did they read the sample pages? How could my query not sound good? It’s perfect for today’s market! The list goes on and on. We cringe when we see those emails pop up in the inbox or the occasional one in the mailbox. We expect it to be a rejection (at least I did). We hope against hope that there will be some kind of feedback. Of course, agents have no responsibility or time for that matter to individualize their responses. We grumble, cry, mutter our expletives and move on (or should). But not today!
For a shot at having your query and first five pages critiqued by my illustrious agent, Nathan Bransford, you get to craft that snarky, witty reply back to the agent in response to their rejection of your query. I only ask that you keep this in the spirit of the fun and entertainment it is meant to be. I will delete any comments that are purposefully hateful or mean-spirited. While we may think that on occasion after the upteenth form rejection, you must craft that into something a tad more creative and fun here. While flat out death threats will be deleted, that’s not to say you can’t come up with a creative method of payback that won’t set off the “delete now” alarms. So, here are the official rules (subject to change of course):
- No more than 100 words (I have to read all of these, so let’s help maintain my sanity here).
- While expletives are allowed, remember the spirit in which this is being done. If your tone is clearly mean-spirited or spiteful, your post will be deleted.
- The contest will run through the weekend. On monday the 18th, I’ll post the top ten (if we get less than 50 responses to the contest, it’ll be top 5).
- You all will then have until 11 p.m. on the 20th to vote. Top vote wins the prize, announced on the 21st.
Good Luck! And have fun with this people. Here’s your chance to craft that perfect reply.
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