Lots of Sparkly Things Happening…

This post is going to be a little different because there are a few things happening around the interwebs that writers (and readers) might be interested in. I LOVE helping my peoples out when I can, so here you go!

1. There’s a new agent at my agency! *throws confetti*

Here are some deets:

Name: Rachel Ekstrom

Currently Seeking: young adult, women’s fiction, mysteries, thrillers, and romance…

Query email: rachel.queries(at)irenegoodman(dot)com

Query Guidelines: Please check out irenegoodman.com  for current submission guidelines.

Also, check out Rachel’s twitter feed for all your agent stalking goodness @EkstromRachel

2. My friend Ruth L. Steven is hosting a FABULOUS agent judged contest on her blog!

The details:

You’ll need your query letter and the first five pages to enter. 10 winners will be chosen by Ruth to advance to the agents. (Please note, your manuscript MUST be complete.)

RULES:

1. This is open to all fiction genres of YA and MG.

2. The contest itself will run on the 18th April. The submission window is 9am – 5pm EST.

3. In that window, you’ll need to send your query letter and the first five pages of the ms in the body of the email. The address to send to is lottiehumphries14@yahoo.co.uk

This competition is for Ruth’s followers, so you must be following her blog to enter.

For the FULL contest details and PRIZES click here.

Agents Judging the contest are Julia Churchill of Greenhouse Literary and Gemma Cooper of The Bright Literary Agency. (Contest is open to everyone.)

3. My agent is teaching a webinar TOMORROW! Wheeeeeeee!

The juicy details:

I already touched on this last week, but there are only a few spots left for people to attend. IT’S SO GOOD, GUYS.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

The essential elements of each subgenre within thriller/mystery in adult and young adult

Writing that “killer” query—one that reveals “the hook, the book, and the cook”

The components of a compelling hook within your book

Common themes and trends seen in successful crime books

How a familiar idea can still be unique—i.e., how to distinguish your own work from similar stories flooding the marketplace

The opportunities in both e-book and traditional publishing for thriller and mystery

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Writers who are actively querying agents and publishers in both adult and YA

Writers who feel they are hearing similar themes in rejection letters

Writers in the initial stages of writing who need to nail down what subgenre they are writing in and who would be most interested in their submission

Writers who will be pitching their concept at a conference

Writers who write for adults but are thinking of trying a YA novel in the mystery/thriller genre

To sign up CLICK HERE.

4. One of my best writing pals, Anita Grace Howard revealed her debut’s cover!!!!

It’s SO freaking awesome – have you seen it yet?! If not, here it is: SPLINTERED’s Cover Reveal (video)

SOOOOO PRETTY *pets screen*

Ahem. Back to the point… Anita is doing a HUGE giveaway on her blog to celebrate SPLINTERED’S amazing cover! There will be not one, or two, or even five, but TWELVE lucky winners!!!!!! SQUEEE!!!!

Get over to her blog immediately and enter as the contest is ending promptly at midnight on Friday. (THIS Friday, LIKE TWO DAYS FROM NOW Friday.)

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE PRIZES AND ENTER THE CONTEST

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Enter to win a copy of SHATTER ME, GLOW, CROSSED, & THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER!

**THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED**

Thanks to all who entered! The winners will be announced in the next few days on the blog. (I’ll also send out email notifications to the two people who win.) I’ll be hosting another contest REALLY soon, so if you don’t win this time FEAR NOT!

Happy Holidays!!!! <333

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The holiday season makes my wee little heart grow three MASSIVE sizes. It’s true. I get all misty-eyed and hug random people. Like the mail lady. That was a little weird…so maybe I’ll just stick to virtual hugs. They’re a lot less awkward for everyone.

Anywho I want to share a GINORMOUS holiday hug with all of you. And what better way to do that, than with gifts?! FREE GIFTS!! Yayayayayayayayayayayayayayay!

So what can you win? Some of the hottest new books that have recently* hit shelves!

BEHOLD THE SPARKLY PRIZES:

SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi

CROSSED by Ally Condie

THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin

 GLOW by Amy Kathleen Ryan

There are going to be not one, but TWO lucky winners. One winner for prize pack A, and one for prize pack B.

Prize pack A includes: SHATTER ME and GLOW

Prize pack B includes: CROSSED and THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER

The two lucky winners will be chosen using random.org. (The first person picked will receive prize pack A and the second will receive prize pack B.)

HOW TO ENTER:

Leave a comment in this post with a way for me to contact you. THAT’S IT!

Oh, oh, oh but it’s always fun to get EXTRA points, right?! So, here are some things you can do to add extra chances to win.

Tweet about the contest (and perhaps, follow me? I LOVE my tweet hearts.) ((I’m @ScribeQuotes))

Blog about it!

Follow my blog and I’ll SUPER love you. (It’s under “Wanna be friends?” on the right side of the tool bar.)

Post about the contest on Facebook, Tumblr, Google+ or anywhere else and leave the link with your comment.

Let’s just say if you follow my blog/twitter account, and let me know you did both we’re talking 10 BONUS POINTS!

That’s 10 extra chances to win. I sort of love those odds, don’t you? But seriously, you totes don’t have to do anything besides leave a comment if you prefer. I’ll still love you anyway.

The contest starts TODAY (11/14/11) and will end on 12:00am EST 11/25/11 The lucky winners will be announced on the blog within a week from the end of the contest. All entries received after the close of the contest will not be included in the drawing. It is open to the US & Canada ONLY. BUT I promise to hold an international contest VERY, VERY soon.
  • SHATTER ME will hit shelves DURING this contest – how excited are you?! I know I can’t wait to read it!

Happy Thanksgiving and good luck to all who enter!!! <3333333333