Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Fricassee

Happy Friday!

We're getting CLOSE, folks!  So here are all the things:

  • Submissions for our third and final Logline Critique Round will be on Monday, October 20.  The submission window will be open from 9 to 5 EDT, and the entries will post on Tuesday morning.  (This round is for anyone who has NOT been in either of the first 2 rounds.)
  • Submissions for the ADULT CATEGORY of the Baker's Dozen Agent Auction will be on October 28 and 30.  Full submission guidelines will post before then.
  • Submissions for the YA/MG CATEGORY of the Baker's Dozen Agent Auction will be on November 4 and 6.  Full submission guidelines will post before then.
  • This year, the bidding is only going to be open for TWELVE HOURS instead of 24.  So the auction will close at the end of the day (9 pm EDT) instead of the next morning.
  • Our participating editors and authors are showcased HERE.
  • Our participating agents are listed HERE.
  • All other Baker's Dozen info is HERE.

If you still have questions, please ask them below!

Other things:
  1. I am playing with ideas on how to better broadcast what's happening on auction day.  The bids come in VERY fast during the first hour especially, and it's nearly impossible for blog readers to keep up.  I AM OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS.  Twitter would be a useful tool, but again, there will be 60 entries and my inbox will be exploding with bids from the agents.  If you have a brainstorm about how I can effectively communicate the bids so that everyone can watch the action, please let me know!  (If you'd rather email me instead of posting in the comment box, that's fine, too.)
  2. On a personal note:  I'm going to be hitting 20,000 words on my WIP today, which is about a quarter of the completed novel.  Again, I can't iterate enough what a big role you've played in my success at getting over whatever it was I needed to get over this summer.  I'm incredibly excited about this project (YA Fantasy! Yay! And my first-ever retelling.), and so many of you have have a voice in this part of my journey.  It feels incredibly good to be drafting.  (I can't believe I just said that. You all know I hate drafting.  Yet I'M LOVING THIS.)
That's all for now!  Have a glorious weekend.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

One More Premiere Critique Available (Before the Crazies Hit!)

Baker's Dozen submissions are the week after next, and that means SLUSH READING PARTIES WITH JODI MEADOWS.  (Have I ever mentioned how much fun we have?)

So this means that NOW is the time for me to take on one final Premiere Critique before the month-of-crazies hits.

Here's what you get:

  • detailed line edit of your first 75 pages
  • editorial letter
  • guaranteed 1-week turnaround
A Premiere Critique costs $260, with half payable up front.  First come, first served.

  • Regular 30-page critique, $95, 1- to 2-month turnaround
  • 3-page critique, $18, 1- to 4-week turnaround
Email me TODAY at authoress.edits(at) to get into the queue, or to ask specific questions.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Baker's Dozen Success Author: Danielle Jensen

Meet DANIELLE JENSEN, this week's Success Showcase Author!

I didn’t grow up imagining a future as a writer. Although I have always been an avid reader, after graduation, I decided to go to business school. I spent the next six years working in finance, but it was also during this time that a co-worker suggested writing a novel. After all, how hard could it be?

Really hard. But I persevered.

A couple years later, I was sending out my first query letters and discovering that while writing a book was challenging, getting it read was even tougher. At that point, I knew I wanted to be a writer, but it was also clear that writing wasn’t going to pay my bills, so I registered to go back to university to get an English degree.

For almost three years, I juggled going to university full-time, waitressing at night, and writing during my free time. I entered the 2012 Baker’s Dozen Contest and was won by my now-agent, Tamar Rydzinski (who I absolutely adore, btw). In 2013, she sold my YA fantasy trilogy to Strange Chemistry/Angry Robot, and my debut novel, STOLEN SONGBIRD, released on April 1 of 2014. The sequel, HIDDEN HUNTRESS, is set to release in the spring of 2015.


Read Danielle's MSFV Success Story HERE.

Read Danielle's blog HERE.

Follow Danielle on Twitter.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The 2014 Baker's Dozen All-Star AGENT LINE-UP!

We've got the best line-up ever this year!  21 agents -- count 'em! -- are ready to slit each other's throats offer bribes place their bids in what promises to be a frenzy of bidding when the gavel falls.


Whew!  This is quite a list, and I'm thrilled that each of these folks has joined us this year.  Some of them are here for the FIFTH TIME!  And some are joining us for the first time.  It's a great mix!

IMPORTANT:  If one or more of these agents already has your query or some requested material, ENTER THE AUCTION ANYWAY.  The only reasons not to enter are if a) you've promised an exclusive to any agent, on or off this list, and b) you've been offered representation or are already agented.

The submission guidelines will post next week.  In the meantime, if you have any niggling questions that you can't seem to find the answer for in a previous post, please ask it here!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday Fricassee

I was encouraged to see all the logline critique this week.  Thank you all for being so involved--so giving.

We've got one more logline critique round coming up on the 21st (submissions are on the 20th), and then BAKER'S DOZEN SUBMISSIONS START THE FOLLOWING WEEK.

How can this be?

Next week I will post our Terrific 21 Agents.  Seriously, this is going to be one heck of an auction.

All good things must come to an end, though, and this is likely our final Baker's Dozen.  (I know, I know.  Your manuscript isn't ready this year, and you were counting on next year.  This doesn't mean I don't love you.  Truly.)  It's just...well, the auction is time-consuming.  Entire-month-of-November-consuming.  And I want to end on a high note, and not keep slogging through until I'm burned out and nobody likes me anymore.  Who needs to read the rantings of a grumpy Authoress, right?

So, yeah.  There are plenty of other opportunities for writers out there--way more than there used to be, back when I started this blog (and later, when I launched the first Baker's Dozen).  And, too, I'm still of the mindset that, in the end, contests are fun and might open a door for you, but CRITIQUE PARTNERS and QUERIES are the the main way to clean up a manuscript and find an agent.

Yes, the queen of Secret Agent Contests stands by the traditional route.  So fear not, my loves.  The tried-and-true still works.

Anyway.  Let's go out with a bang!

And now I'm off to start my Friday (with ballet and contemporary classes!).  I'm 12,000 words into my new WIP (once you pass 10K, it suddenly feels real, yes?), and I'm looking forward to some writing-in-the-beautiful-autumn-weather this weekend.  May you find equal pleasure!