And they’re up!

>Wow, guys, I’m impressed!  These are some really great queries and stories.  Now remember, please critique a minimum of 5 entries.  And please, give more than just a “wow this is great” response.  Thanks.

You will have until next Tuesday at 8 am EST to get those critiques done and I’ll choose, with your help the 25 that will make it to round to and which ones will be seen by Secret Agent.

You may not be able to scroll down and see all the entries.  But if you go to the side bar, you’ll see a list of titles and their entry numbers.  Simply click on the ones that interest you and critique away.

ETA:  I’d like for every entry to have at least 5 different critiques, so please start critiquing the ones that have less than 5.  Once we get 5 on all posts we can go back and start critiquing any and all that you want.  As always thanks for all that you’ve done. 

Also, in case you’re wondering what happened to #34, she got some great news and asked to be removed from the contest.  Congrats to you, Dear Author.  And good luck with your big things.  πŸ˜€

Oh, and if you notice that there are a few comments on an entry, go to the next.  Let’s give every one a chance to get a critique. 

Good luck!


11 Responses to β€œAnd they’re up!”

  1. Ebyss says:

    >I left a comment earlier and I guess it didn't stick.

    I just wanted to thank you and the secret agent for hosting this event.

  2. jasouders says:

    >Thanks, Ebyss. I enjoyed the contests I joined when I was querying and hoped to be able to return the favor. I wish you good luck!

  3. Adventures in Children's Publishing says:

    >Wow! This is fantastic. We started doing a query critique page on our blog for just YA & MG because there didn't seem to be much out there, but you've gotten a phenomenal response. Is this going to be a regular thing here? Are you going to encourage ongoing query crits? If so, I'll just point our page to you! Or have you found another site that does YA/MG query help well? I'd love some suggestions.

    It's awesome that you are doing this!

  4. jasouders says:

    >Thanks and thank you for stopping by. Yes, I'll be doing the secret agent contest again. I'm planning on once a quarter or so and between contests I will be doing ongoing query and first page critiques. I'm trying to set up something. I'm open to ideas if you've got them. πŸ˜€

  5. Michelle says:

    >JA, just fyi, I'm the same "Michelle" without the photo in some of the other comments–I was having trouble with my Google account earlier.

    Thanks for this fabulous contest! Lots of great entries.

  6. jasouders says:

    >Thanks for letting me know, Michelle. I figured, but it's always good to know for sure. Thanks for commenting on all that you did. I'm sure every one is happy with them as well. πŸ™‚

  7. Libbie H. says:

    >I think I hit them all. I can be a little brutal in my honesty sometimes, I know, but I've been down the query road and I know that the best advice is sometimes the hardest to hear.

    Although I must say, I'm envious of those of you who're getting your opening words critiqued along with your queries!

    *My* "Secret Agent" rejected me the first time around after reading the full manuscript — she thought I could lose a huge amount of deadwood (and she was right, because she's a wiz.) Most of the deadwood I cut before I resubmitted it to her was from the opening of the novel. It's a miracle she signed me at all, methinks. πŸ˜‰ Getting feedback on your first page is quite a gift!

  8. Adventures in Children's Publishing says:

    >YAY! I'm so glad you are going to do the ongoing crits. I am going to add this to our various old query posts so people can find you easily. Plus I'll try to post a promo and tweet for you when you run the query contests. Hopefully I'll catch them on the blog reader, but if I don't please let me know! This is such a wonderful thing you are doing for kidlit and yalit writers! Thank you.

  9. Deborah says:

    >Thank you JA for taking on a big job and providing a great opportunity for the rest of us.


  10. Amanda says:

    >Blast! I missed it all πŸ™ That's what I get for having a life.

  11. ChristaCarol says:

    >I did too, Amanda πŸ™ Looking forward to the next one! Hopefully summer school won't kill me….