Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Operation Agent Ink

UPDATE:
PLEASE FILL OUT THIS QUESTIONNAIRE AFTER YOU SIGN UP.

Have you ever wondered what agents were dying to find in their inbox/slush pile? There have been many times I entered a contest and not even received a comment, not even from one of the agents. Or maybe the agent was kind enough to leave a comment that simply said, "Sorry, this just isn't what I'm looking for, but I love the premise and your voice."

I always walk away feeling unsatisfied. If I had known exactly what the agent wanted beyond, "YA" or "Fantasy" I might not have even entered a contest I knew I wouldn't win! Even more, I wasted a very busy agents time!

Well, your time of guessing is up!

OPERATION AGENT INK to the rescue!



That's right! This workshop will help aspiring authors get on the list of an agent's WISH LIST! When the workshop is over, your manuscript will be ready to view by a group of AMAZING agents who are dying to see what you've written because it's exactly what they wanted to read. In content anyway!

The workshop will consist of agent interviews describing in detail what they would like to see.
There will be daily tips, advice, mentoring and even writing exercises for those who may need them.
Target dates will be set for those who need the motivation.
Schedules will be made to help you get your novel finished and ready for an agent to view.
There will be writing assignments to help manage your WIP.

There will be tons of examples!!

You will learn how to write your book in 30 or 60 days. And that will be followed by the editing process, with advice and suggestions for your edits.

The workshop is open to those who have begun a manuscript, but are still working to finish.

You can sign up if your manuscript is completed, but needs editing or minor work and repairs.

You can sign up even if all you have is an idea for a manuscript, but don't know where to start or how to get it outlined.

Once the manuscript is written, the edits will begin, until you masterpiece shines!

There will be "classes" on how to prepare your submissions, from query, to synopsis, to first 10 pages.

I don't think you want to miss this! This is huge, but it's small, too, because there will be a limited number of slots available.

If you are Nano-ing, you can use the workshop to encourage and guide you in your writing process.

We will have an inside peek at what the agents really want to represent, and then we'll take your manuscript and WIP it into shape for the agents.

The workshop is open for sign ups now and will remain open until the 7th of November.

The agent pitch is scheduled for February 8th and 9th, just in time for some awesome valentines to land in your email from the perfect agent looking for a manuscript they are crazy in love with:)

Only those who sign up for the workshop will be eligible for the Pitch Opportunity. There will be a limited amount of spots available. This will be determined by how many agents sign up.

The agents and their wish lists will be posted before sign ups close. I am still waiting on confirmation from a couple of agents before I post the completed list.
If you know an agent who might be interested in participating, please send them to the blog. I have an AWESOME group signed up so far, but there is plenty room for others.

There will be at least one agent, maybe THREE, who wants Inspirational fiction and nonfiction.
I have agents who rep YA and adult.
I am waiting on confirmation from an agent who reps MG and other children's lit. (Including picture books and chapter books..
Also, all kinds of nonfiction.

There will be no erotica or other adult content.

If you are interested, or have any questions, please comment below. I'll do my best to answer any concerns.

111 comments:

  1. Good luck with your workshop. It's a good idea. I am much too busy working on novel #3 right now, plus the blogs and making my doctor's rounds on other social media. lol Did I mention I also try to squeeze in a little sleep and food from time to time?

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    1. I know what you mean:) Life has a way of taking over our bodies, doesn't it:)

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  2. I'm interested ... but could I please have a broader definition on what would be classed as "other adult content".

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    1. "less broader" I mean.


      *mibble* should stop typing and eating at the same time ... -_-

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    2. Just nothing overly graphic in any content:)

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  3. I am interested. How do I sign up? And what about YA paranormal?

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    1. Thanks. I have a few ideas, but not sure which one to pitch.

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    1. I just saw you want genre - mark me as YA. :)

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    2. Great! YA fantasy? historical? sci fi???

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    3. Oops! Sorry, forgot that part :) YA fantasy (I think) maybe it'd qualify as urban fantasy. We'll see.

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  5. This is PERFECT timing for me! I'm definitely interested :)

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  6. Sounds amazing. Even if I don't enter, I can still learn a lot. I love contests that involve agents!
    ~Sarah Faulkner

    www.inklinedwriters.blogspot.com

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  7. That sounds great. Good luck! I agree - I don't like entering contests I don't have a chance of winning.

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    1. Hi Tonja! So, did you sign up, or just dropping by to hi?

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  8. This sounds incredibly useful! I'm always interested to hear more details about what agents are looking for, and how to make the best presentation possible in pitches. I love your workshop idea, and look forward to learning tons! :D

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  9. Please put me down. This is a GREAT idea! Thanks for putting it together.

    Where do I sign?.... =)

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  10. Hi Talynn, I'm interested. I have an MS in process of revision and think the information could be really helpful. It's women's lit though; I wonder if your agents would be interested in this category? Sounds like you've been busy and doing lots of behind-the-scenes work.

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  11. I am definitely interested. Thanks for emailing me the link. I write YA Fantasy. Is that good? I'd love to sign up. Can I get a bit more information on what I need to do, or if I need to do anything?

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    1. Okay, got you name down. YA Fantasy will be a perfect fit! (Is it inspirational?)

      For now, just keep updated here on the blog. I'll be posting two and three times a day with all the info you'll need:)

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    2. Well, I'm feeling inspired as I write it. :-) But I believe it is an inspirational type of fantasy.

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    3. By inspirational, does it have Christian values or ethics?

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    4. Ah. Yes. I'm Catholic, so I tend to have morals and ethics in my books. The only ones who wouldn't portray those ethics would be the villain(s).

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    5. Ouu, Kat. How cool you're here too.

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  12. Sign me up! Such a great idea, thanks for doing it. My manuscript is a ya urban fantasy.

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  13. I'd love to be a part of it! What a great idea. Mine is YA historical fantasy.

    ~Debbie

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    1. Yay! I have a YA historical fantasy, too and I'm writing another one!

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  14. I'm in! I write primarily write MG fantasy, and while I toil on my new WIP, I could use some guidance and H-O-P-E on my last book. It's completed (In terms of having the whole story down) but I can't seem to get it to saleable levels, I need help, and did I mention "Hope!" too?

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    1. I "hope" you get the "help" you need! hehe!

      You're in:)

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  15. I would like to sign up for this great opportunity. I am interested in middle grade and young teen inspirational...and I would also love some motivation and encouragement for a good idea I have for a read aloud book. Thanks for coordinating this project!

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  16. If you have room for another MG writer, I'd like to sign on. Thanks!

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    1. Perfect! There's still room fr MG.

      You're in:)

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    2. Meow, Kate. I'm coming on this journey too.

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  17. I's like to join as well! I am most interested in YA.

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    1. Hey! Glad to have you.

      You're in:)

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    2. Hi, Beth. Hey thanks for the heads up. This is neat-o.

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  18. I'm interested as well. I write YA paranormal.

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    1. Hi Ellen! Nice to have you join us!
      You're in!

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    2. Wow Ellen. You too? This is just getting better and better.

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  19. wow! like basic training for writers! thanks!!

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    1. Thanks Tara! Congratulations on your success!!

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  20. This sounds great. Please sign me up for YA Southern Fiction.

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    1. Hi Lanette!
      You're in and with a great new genre! Please be sure and fill out the questionnaire on the post entitled Preview #2

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    2. I hope you don't find me too difficult, but I've decided to stick with my completed novel, which is multicultural/women's fiction. Thanks.

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  21. Is this open if you have a full out? Or, can we use something different? I'm interested and have two completed MSs, but one has a full out. The other one is in the baby stages of editing/re-writing. Both are mainstream and the second one is LGBT.

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    1. You are welcome to sign up, but if you are already on submission with one, that manuscript would probably not benefit from the workshop because it sounds like you've already polished it.

      For LGBT, there are no agents requesting that genre. Do you have something else you'd like to work on during the workshop?

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    2. That's what I wondered. I'm mostly waiting to hear back if the agent wants the book or not (it was from a contest), but am hesitant to tweak it anymore.

      Other than the LGBT, I don't have anything else right now. But if I do get something, I'll be sure to hurry back =)

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  22. This sounds great! I am a MG, Chapter book and PB writer. Is there a place to sign up?

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    1. Check the post entitled "Sign up" or you can sign up here. Be sure to fill out the questionnaire under the post "Preview #2" also!

      Yes, MG and Chapter books are welcome. I am waiting on confirmation from a PB agent.

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    1. Sign up here, or at the post entitled "Sign up OAI Workshop"

      Also, fill out the questionnaire in the post "Preview #2" and let me know what category and genre you will use for the workshop:)

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  24. very interested! please sign me up! What location is this taking place in?

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  25. very interested! please sign me up! What location is this taking place in?

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    1. The workshop takes place online. Simply go to the post entitled "Preview #2" and also let me know which category and genre you will be working on during the workshop!

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    2. okay i will go and find "preview #2" now. I will be working to finshing up/edit my novel. My novel is an urban thriller, i think.

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  26. Ooh, this sounds perfect! I'm working on a YA sci-fi/fantasy, and this would be so helpful as I complete edits and get this ms trimmed and ready for submission! Please sign me up!

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  27. Sounds like a great opportunity to add a professional polish to my YA urban fantasy. Please sign me up!

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  28. This sounds simply scrumptious. Sign me up!
    My WIP is an MG action-adventure fantasy.

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    1. Cool, Shauna. How exciting you're doing this too.

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  29. This sounds great! Please sign me up. I'm not sure exactly how to categorize my WIP, though. It's definitely YA Paranormal and there is a lot of Romance in it. The romance is one of the main elements in the story but it's not the only element. There is also a lot of suspense and some action/adventure. Maybe it's a YA Paranormal Romance/Suspense hybrid. *shrugs* Is there such a thing?

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  30. What a great opportunity~ thanks so much for making this available!

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  31. I love this idea. I'm excited to join you on this adventure. sign me up please.
    Zeebs~~

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    1. Be sure and fill out the questionnaire on the "Preview #2" post and let me know your genre!

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    2. YA Contemporary with a side of Inspirational.

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  32. I'd like to participate if it's not too late. I write YA urban fantasy. I'd love to get my current novel in better shape.
    Kathleen S. Allen

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    1. Fill out the "Preview #2" post, and you're in!

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  33. Ooh, sign me up! Perfect timing! ^_^ Adult Fantasy is my genre (It's a retelling of a fairy tale-ish thing...wish I'm guessing would fall under fantasy...) Will go fill out the questionnaire now!

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  34. Hi, not sure if you got my sign-in request. Am definitely interested if this is open to/useful for people outside the US.
    It seems an amazing initiative - is it really free? I couldn't see anything about cost.
    I have a finished MS in need of an edit in woman's commercial and a couple of ideas I'd like to develop. Thanks! Sara

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    1. Hi Sara, yes, this workshop is free of charge, and you can still sign up. Please fill out the questionnaire on the post entitled Preview #2

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  35. Oh my goodness, this is amazing. I'd love to get in.

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  36. Hi i have a supernatural thriller I'm workin on. Can i sign up? Thanks. Usman

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    1. Yep! Just fill out the questionnaire on the post entitled Preview #2
      Thanks!

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  37. I looked through the agent's wish lists and didn't see any adult fantasy, however I see you do have someone signed up who has one. May I sign up if that's my current WIP which I'd like to work on?

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    1. Good news, Ellie! I haven't had the chance yet, but I've got to update the wish list...*hint*

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  38. I signed up on the sign up page and will go back and search for the questionnaire later, lunch is almost over and the munchkins will return! I feel like I could have written your post on sending a manuscript to an agent that wasn't into my genre. I have ya urban fantasy and na contemporary. :)

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  39. I signed up on the sign up page and will go back and search for the questionnaire later, lunch is almost over and the munchkins will return! I feel like I could have written your post on sending a manuscript to an agent that wasn't into my genre. I have ya urban fantasy and na contemporary. :)

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    1. Both those genres are on the agent wish list, so be sure and fill out the questionnaire!
      Welcome!

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  40. I am interested in finding out more about the workshop.

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  41. Please let me know if you have any questions. Most of the info is posted on the blog Check out the sidebar! If you have a personal question, you can contact me at

    workshop ink in the book at g mail dot com

    No spaces of course!

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  42. I know you said this was open only until November 7th, but I have a finished women's fiction book that I would love some critique/edits/help with? Can I still sign up and join? I understand if not--I just found this link through Agent Query Connect.

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    1. Hi Virginia! Yes, you can go ahead and sign up:) just fill out the questionnaire on the post entitled, preview #2 and you will be good to go!
      Thanks!!
      Talynn

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    2. Thanks Talynn! I've done that and now I have some catching up to do :)

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  43. I'm sure I'm seriously too late to sign up but, just in case... I'd love to be able to participate (maybe catch up by working extra)... let me know :). I can't seem to find where to sign up either... -Holly

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  44. I just found this! If I have a completed manuscript and I'm suffering with edits, can I participate?

    Katharine

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  45. I just saw this (on CPseek) and am SO sad I'm late. Any chance you'll still allow more participants? If so, where do I sign up?

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    1. No it's not too late! I had s cutoff date but changed it because many wanted to participate only next month:)

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    1. You can sign up here or on the right side bar is aink at the top of the list.

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  47. I swear I signed up yesterday, but I don't see my comment here. I'd like to sign up. I'm historical fantasy (adult).

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