Friday, February 8, 2013

Operation Agent Ink Agent Pitch Opportunity

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You guys! You beautiful guys and dolls! Operation Agent Ink Pitch Opportunity has finally arrived! It's here! And I am so excited about today and tomorrow!

The workshop has been going since November, with sign-ups beginning in in October. We've had so much fun, haven't we?

I had over 100 authors and writers sign up for the workshop. Can you believe that? I was surprised, but in a very happy surprise!

Now, I'm not exactly for sure WHY, but many participants (many, many) chose not to send in their entry for the pitch opportunity. And so, there are only a few entries for our agents to choose from. But, these entries are really great and I hope the agents find a manuscript they have been searching for and hoping to find for months!

I received one entry that contained only the query letter. I have emailed her and asked her to send me the first page. When she sends it to me, I will post. So if you see a new entry, don't be alarmed. She sent hers plenty in time for the contest. I just need her first page!

I have turned all comments off allowing only the agents to comment. After the pitch opportunity is over, I'll publish the comments for public viewing ONLY IF THE AUTHORS LET ME KNOW THEY WANT THE PUBLIC TO SEE THEIR COMMENTS. So, authors, please email me and let me know what you want me to do. If you do not send me an email telling me to publish the comments, I will not do so.

I will, however, post a blog post with the results of the entries, how many requests were made, and so forth.

One last thing: *I* was asked by a couple of the agents to post my manuscript for their viewing. I have agreed to do so at their request. Wouldn't you if an agent asked you do this? I mean, it would only be the right thing to do, right?

Mine is the last entry...entry #14

41 comments:

  1. Thanks for this exciting opportunity! And good luck to everyone!

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    1. Best wishes to you, Katie! I hope you find your perfect agent today or tomorrow!

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  2. Okay, okay, must remember to breathe -then- freak, breathe then ... feel vastly inferior ... yeah, that's a normal state to be at the beginning of a pitching opportunity, right? >_>

    I hope this goes well for everyone.

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    1. You and me both, Aldrea:) Best wishes today and tomorrow. I hope you are published soon so I can read this story you've teased me with bits and pieces with forever:)

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    2. I didn't say you can show comments on my entry, did I? Cause you totally can ... if there are any.

      I'm double-nervous now as a full from a different MS has been with a small publisher for 12 days now. So nervous ... >_<

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    3. Is it over? *peeks* What time are we going by?
      Honestly, the results are about what I expected. Really want to respond ... must refrain sarcastic urges ...


      But hey, a 50% request is all good. Congrats to those who got 'em. ^_^ Double for those who've gotten more than one.

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    4. There are still a couple of Agents who haven't visited yet and may still do so. *crosses fingers*

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  3. You are welcome to share comments I receive. :) I am currently going through my MS again with more betas looking for ways to improve because that's how I roll. Good enough is never good enough. SB could be published and I'd still be finding ways to improve because I am a perfectionist. This is why I am drafting the other two books in the trilogy, so that they fit together seamlessly, even though SB can stand alone.

    When will we know details?

    And you, Talynn, remember to breathe. :)

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    1. Breathe, breathe, breathe...
      You WILL find an agent soon. I just know it! Best wishes!!

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    2. Thanks. :) I'm trying not to worry since I am going to a conference in July and hope to pitch in person that weekend. :)

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    3. Well, I hope you get a request this weekend, then you can go in July and enjoy all the awesome workshops and classes and fun!

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    4. Thank you. It might not be that easy. Ha! What's easy about this stuff? :) I believe an agent-writer relationship needs to be a good fit in both directions. An agent may want to rep me, but I need to feel that the agent is a good fit for me in return. Chemistry, I guess you can say. It would be hard turning down an agent when it's tempting to take whoever comes along first, but I will if the fit's nit right. I hope agents will appreciate my desire to make sure the fit is a good one for both to help things be as smooth as possible for us both.

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  4. >.< <!~ hiding. *gulp*

    You can show any comments on mine, Talynn!

    Have I told you today the wonderful job you've done! I hope you are patting yourself on your back at least once an hour...

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    1. Thank you TJ. I hope you find your dream agent this weekend:)

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  5. Uh...ignore my comment. To early in the morning for me. I found my query and first page.. didn't scroll down far enough. And sure you can post comments for me. Thank you for all you've done for this blog hop. I think I will have to continue checking in even if we aren't doing anything. I will miss looking at your blog otherwise. :)

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    1. Yay! I'm so happy to hear that! There's another workshop starting soon. More agent opportunities, more classes, and more surprises!!!! So I', thrilled you are sticking around!!!

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  6. If others can't see the comments on my entry, I won't be able to either. So please show the comments on mine. Thank you and thank you for this workshop and opportunity.

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    1. Will do! Just as soon as agents finish their rounds:)

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  7. Thank you so much for this opportunity! You are welcome to share any comments I receive. Good luck to everyone!

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    1. Ok, I'll show them as soon as the agents have made thier way around.

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  8. Here's wishing everyone success here. Great idea. Great opportunity.

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    1. It's been fabulous! Just sensational actually:)

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  9. So excited for this event! I hope we all get lots of great requests from agents! *practices deep breathing*

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    1. Just breathe. Exciting news is coming soon...!!!!!

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  10. Talynn,

    You did a great job putting this together! Thanks for all your hard work!

    I'm one of the ones who signed up to pitch, but didn't submit a pitch so I apologize if that messes with your numbers at all. But, I can't submit because it just recently found a home :)

    *twirls with glee*

    Christi Corbett

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    1. This is one reason for not participating I can enjoy:) So much happiness from me to you coming your way!

      *throws confetti* and *twirls with you*

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    2. Congratulations, Christi! So happy you made your way out of the query trenches! You give the rest of us hope! I wish you well on your publishing journey...

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  11. Hello fellow pitchers! Is anyone else stalking this blog for results, or is it just me? *hits refresh again* Here's wishing there's some good news in our entry comments...
    Jenny (#2)

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    1. I'm waiting anxiously too! The tension is intense!

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    2. I'm totally stalking it too! All this refreshing going on is going to make Talynn's blog get some great numbers on visitor count!

      Christi Corbett

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    3. I know! It's midnight so I'm totally checking it again just to reach a new level of stalker lol

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  12. this is awesome! exciting yet scary. Thanks Talynn for all your hard work. And you can show the comments on mine...although I'm not sure if there will be any, but still, just in case.

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  13. Hi Talynn, You are welcome to share my comments, too. Thanks!

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  14. Oh this is very exciting! I haven't had much computer time this weekend so now I have to go catch up. You are welcom to share my comments and thanks for doing this!

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    1. Thanks for participating! I'm very excited for you!

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  15. Congrats on all the requests!
    Missed seeing #14 though. :-(

    I had to pull too since mine recently found a home too. :-) But this was a great workshop!

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    1. Thanks Ellie. #14 had too many ripples and wrinkles but I'm so glad you found a home for your book! Can't wait to read it:) Please keep us informed!

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