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!
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.)
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 email@example.com
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.
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*
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.)