Thursday, March 19, 2009

Thank you Authoress!

We sent the most fabulous host of the now infamous Secret Agent contest a little thank you note this week because her contest made our first 250 words about 100 times better than they were originally. And we all know the first 250 words are THE most important part of your book when you're querying agents, submitting to editors and eventually trying to convince readers to buy your book. Face it, if your first page sucks, you're pretty much screwed.

Anyways, for all of you unagented authors out there, you should definitely consider participating in a Secret Agent contest. Authoress hosts one monthly on her blog, Miss Snark's First Victim. It's a little bit traumatic to have your work critiqued on a public forum, but it's definitely worth it. And for those of you who are curious about the contest, you're in luck because there's one going on right now, so pop on over to her blog and check it out. Read through the entries and if you have time, leave a comment for the author. Trust me when I say it's good karma!

For those of you visiting from Miss Snark's, you can read all about our (long) road to finding representation here, read our highly edited first 250 words here and see our original version along with all of the fantastic feedback here.

Thanks for stopping by!


Janet C. said...

I am visiting from MSFV's blog - had to come over and offer my congrats here, too. And, of course, re-read your first page to see what changes you had made from the Secret Agent's contest.

Well done, ladies. And best of luck as you move into your published author phase of writing )


T. Anne said...

Thank you for the link!
BTW, cute blog.

Tara Maya said...

I'm still all tickled that you found an agent just between the time I read your post and thought, "That sounds good" to the time I saw your announcement. It's so cool. It gives me hope that good writng, good hearts and perservence eventually triumph.

Lisa and Laura said...

Thanks so much guys! We're still a little shocked that we've made it this far and we know we still have a long, long way to go, but it's all very exciting. And it's been so much fun! We started writing because we wanted to do something that we loved, but that we'd find such an amazing community of writers in the process. We still can't believe how supportive everyone is.

sraasch said...

I squealed when I saw you on MSFV's blog -- you're famous!

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