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!