List of entries that made it to the next round


Today is the day.  And I mean THE day.  The one you’ve all been waiting for.  The ones that made it to the next round.  This was a really hard decision for me, but I’ve come up with a list, based on your choices and mine, of who was going to the next round.

I want to spend a little bit of time to tell you why I picked these entries over the others. I’ll start on how I narrowed down the list.  First I went through and read all the entries.  Even if I didn’t comment because I ran out of time, I did read all of them.  I checked marked each one I felt should go to the next round.  Which was a LOT.  LOL.  Then, I went through and marked down all the ones that people specifically told me should go to the next round.  So, I was now down a few  entries, but there were a ton left, so I went back over the list, picking entries that best fit what SA was looking for.  And of course, the biggest consideration was, was it ready?  The actual sample of course.  Of course, the query WAS a consideration, but I felt the biggest emphasis should be placed on the sample as the determining factor.  So you may notice that there are a few entries where you felt the query wasn’t really all that good, but the sample was kick @SS.  Some entries were removed before I could make a decision.

So now we’re down to 25.  SA has asked for me to give her until June 1 to let her go over these 25 and make a decision.  She may or may not give me a short list as she goes of which ones didn’t make the cut.

However, in the meantime, I’ll be doing query critiques.  So, if you’ve made it to the next round you can relax and cross those fingers!  If you didn’t, why don’t you take those suggestions that were given to you and fix those queries!  Send them back to me and I’ll critique them (I’ll try to do one a day) and then post them on the site to let the others do it as well. Rules for this will go up in another post. Similar to how Query Shark does it, only of course, I’m not an agent.  😀 Also, the SA contest will be ongoing.  I’m working on lining up another agent as we speak.  So just because you didn’t make it this time, doesn’t mean you won’t next time.  Same goes for the ones that don’t win this contest.  As long as you don’t place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd.  Please feel free to resubmit. 

And, please remember, just because you’re not on the list that went forward doesn’t mean your stuff wasn’t great, a lot of the decision just came from whether or not it was something I felt the agent would like to see more of.

Congratulations to the following(in no particular order)!

1) #5 Sublime

2) #4 Destined

3) #6 Lure

4) #7 Perfection

5) #8 Benches

6) #9 Broken


8) #13 PREYERS


10) #16 The Faithful

11) #17 TEMPEST


13) #20 Everything That Matters

14) #21 Confessions of the World’s Oldest Shotgun Bride




18) #28 LARCH

19) #30 The Beautiful People


21) #32 VITILIGO

22) #33 Secrets Revealed


24) #37 Dying to See You


28 Responses to “List of entries that made it to the next round”

  1. Annarkie says:

    >W0000T!!! I'm so glad I found your blog. This contest has been way helpful!!

  2. Michelle says:

    >What she said! Thanks for putting so much time and effort into helping other writers! Much appreciated.

  3. Deborah says:

    >I third the above. Your hard work is truly appreciated. 🙂

  4. Dorothy Dreyer says:

    >I fourth the above! 🙂 Thanks for this!

  5. L. T. Host says:

    >I won't break it up either. Sixth! But with, ya know, originality.


    No but really, thank you so much for hosting this. It's been fun!

  6. Adventures in Children's Publishing says:

    >Great entries! Congratulations to those advancing, and to everyone who entered. Getting published takes courage, dedication, and lots of submissions as well as a great story and solid writing. Keep up the great work!

  7. Rissa Watkins says:

    >Woo hoo! Thank you so much. This has been very helpful. I am so excited.

    Congrats to everyone who was brave enough to post your work! That in and of itself is a huge accomplishment.

  8. Ebyss says:

    >I accidentally deleted my post. Don't ask me why. I was on the phone.

    Anyway..I will stay with tradition and fifth it.

    Grats to all the winners.

  9. catehart says:

    >Thanks for all the hardwork! Secret Agent Contests are always fun and helpful! Congrats to all those who were chosen, and to those who gained great take-aways to help improve for hte next Secret Agent contest.

  10. EJ Fechenda says:

    >So basically, you rock and this Secret Agent idea is awesome! Thank you for the opportunity.I received great feedback and read many great queries (and beginnings).

  11. Jenn Wiliams says:

    >Thanks again for letting us enter this contest! The comments were definitely helpful to and it was a lot of fun to read the other entries. I really saw some great ones out there!

    Thanks to the secret agent and you for making this happen!

    Good luck to everyone else too!

  12. Jessie says:

    >I'm not sure what # we're on now, but I'll throw in my thanks for hosting this contest. And thank SA in advance for her time.

  13. Trish says:

    >What a fun contest, JA, thank you so much. The comments helped heaps. I'm so excited I got to the next round. I wasn’t expecting that. I even did my happy dance.

    Congratulations to everyone else that got to the next round and good luck in the next contest to all the others.

    Thanks everyone for the helpful comments.

  14. ThePreyers says:

    >Oh, awesome! Thanks for all your efforts, JA. I've gotten so much from this contest already; moving to the next round is just icing on the cake. Also thank you to all the writers who offered their input on my query and sample, and kudos to everyone who braved the review gauntlet. Bravo!

  15. Anonymous says:

    >You know what, I feel stupid. 25 out of 39 people made it. What is that, like 75%? Only 14 didn't. And I was one of the 14. How could I be that low with those odds. Great contest but makes me think I must really suck!

  16. jasouders says:

    >Thanks everyone for making this a success w/out you guys going above and beyond what I asked, there's no way I would've been able to pull this off as successfully!

    Anonymous: Please don't feel that way. There were SEVERAL that I wanted to go to the next round, but they just weren't what THIS SA was most looking for. I don't know which entry was yours, but if you want to email me, I'll be able to answer why yours didn't make it to the next round. Also, keep in mind that this agent's taste are going to be completely different from the next, so you may have a better chance of making it to the next round next time.

  17. Anonymous says:

    >Actually, I forgot a few dropped out. So only 12 didn't make it. And 25 did. But I understand. It's all good, a great site and a great contest! I just feel like the worst writer in the world with those odds, that's all. You had like a 3 out of 4 chance of getting through. But I understand. Thanks for your encouragement and support. You're awesome!

  18. jasouders says:

    >I just want to clarify somethings. First NONE and I do mean NONE of the entries I received were bad. Some need some more polish and work before they're ready, but I really enjoyed reading ALL the entries.

    For those that didn't make it, please take the information you were given and really make those entries shine. I WANT to see you here again for the next contest and the next, until you get where you want to be.

  19. Jordan Deen says:

    >Great list Jess- thank for hosting this and I've started going back and re-reading all the entries that made it and didn't. I think you were spot on! You've always been great at critiques though!

  20. Jordan Deen says:

    >Great list Jess- thank for hosting this and I've started going back and re-reading all the entries that made it and didn't. I think you were spot on! You've always been great at critiques though!

  21. Tiffany says:

    >wow. a little surprised. my query got ripped to shreds!I do want to say it has been through YALIT"S agent inbox and got passed through, but welcome the suggestions. It's always beyond helpful to have people help you see what you missed.

    Thanks for the great news. I got four partial requests and two fulls out right now and now this! Keeping the hope alive!!

  22. JayceeKaycee says:

    >Jess, thank you so much for organizing this contest. What a great selection of submissions! All the critiques I received were thoughtful and helpful, and I've already made revisions based on the comments. I'm honored to move on to the second round. Good luck to everyone! And good luck to you too, Secret Agent- you have some difficult decisions to make!

  23. ThePreyers says:

    >This is for Anonymous.
    Please don't get down on yourself and your writing.
    You have to remember what a subjective business publishing is. Even after you find that agent who LOVES your work, you'll endure another round of editors who reject it. Even after it becomes a bright, shiny book, you'll endure a round of reviewers and readers who dislike it.
    BUT you must believe there will be that one agent, that one editor, that one reader whose world is rocked by your words. Isn't it worth all the rejection to know that you touched another person? That you made someone smile or cry or think?
    I believe it is.
    So be your greatest fan, because you can always find plenty of critics.
    And don't stop writing or you'll never know how good you can be.

  24. J.S. Wood says:

    >Wow, what nice start to my Friday to find this.

    Congrats to the ones who made it!

    Thanks soooo much for doing this contest and giving us the opportunity! You rock 😀

  25. Willow Cross says:

    >Thanks so much for hosting this contest! Good luck to everyone who made it through!!! I'm rooting for all of you!!! : )

  26. Trish says:

    >A cheeky question. If we're on the list, are we allowed to add our new revised queries? Or are you sending the ones we entered?

    I learned a lot from this contest and my query is so much better now. I know, I know. I'm cheeky, and the answer is NO! Just thought I'd ask. 🙂

  27. EJ Fechenda says:

    >Ha ha Trish! You are not alone in wondering that! I too have changed my query letter. This whole experience has helped tremendously!

  28. Trish says:

    >Thanks for letting us post our revisions, JA, that's awesome of you. I'll read them all as soon as I can.