Monday, May 9, 2011


Every month, Miss Snark’s First Victim (Writers Digest winner “101 Best Websites for Writers”) runs a Secret Agent contest. Each contest includes a maximum of 50 entries, which will be posted on the opening day of the contest and critiqued by her blog community and a Secret Agent whose identity will not be revealed until the contest closes. Click here for rules and submission guidelines. This month’s contest will open next Monday and is for the first 250 words of your completed Young Adult or Middle Grade manuscript, including science fiction/fantasy. Like mine. But I haven’t decided to enter. My MS is not agent ready, but it’s close.
I hit a major milestone last week. After two years – yes, years – I finally condensed my monstrous 167,000-word (think roughly 800 pages) novel down to a more manageable 85,000. Now to smooth out the rough edges. This will be the last edit, for good or for ill. The good news is that with all the leftovers, the next two books are already half written J
Buena suerte to all who enter. And for the rest of us, ¡Buen Provecho!


  1. You go, girl!

    Personally, I think you should enter. You have until Monday. Focus on your first 250 words and you'll be ready in a week. SI SE PUEDE!

  2. Should check out this post by Kris Rusch (very informative about agents and what the business has become):

    The bottom line is: Just be careful when dealing with agents! Good luck though!

  3. Thanks, Defcon. It's scarier out there than I realized! Makes e-publishing very attractive...