All the entries are up for the Blind Speed Dating Agent Round! Agents may be lurking to prepare. But the official contest doesn't start until next Monday. The entries are in the right hand column labeled "Blind Speed Dating #__ (Genre)".
NO PUBLIC COMMENTS PLEASE. Only agents are allowed to comment during this round.
If you see a Cupid error with your entry, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is for formatting errors made during the transfer from email to blog. Otherwise, THERE WILL BE NO UPDATING ENTRIES AT THIS POINT.
Here are the undercover Honorary Cupid names to watch for: (Keep in mind, not even the agents know each others HC names. :)
HC Pink Monkey Boots
HC Ninja Spy
HC Agent Extraordinaire
HC Agent Extraordinaire
HC Golden Arrow
How they play: (Check #AgentTTT on twitter for any Agent Twitter Trash Talk)
The agents play using their undercover Honorary Cupid names, and the agent round runs through next week. Feb. 25th - 28th
The agents will make requests using arrows. Yes, arrows! Agents will receive a total of 12 arrows. But not all at once...
They start with 4 arrows on Monday. Then 2 on Tuesday, 2 on Wednesday, and 4 on Thursday. Totaling 12. (Each day officially starts at 12:00 pm EST)
Each partial request (100 pages) is worth 1 of their arrows. (Each entry can only have 2 partial requests!) And fulls are worth 3 arrows. (Using a full steals any partials made on that entry and trumps their own partial, too)
But here's the thing... Fulls cannot be made until the last day, which is Thursday! And partials go up in cost on Wednesday to 2 arrows. (Again, each day officially starts at 12:00 pm noon EST)
On Friday everyone is revealed (except me:), winners are posted, and arrangements are made for requests.
**Material any agent wants to see but does not win will be available one week after the first agent(s) receive the material. Agents can make additional requests off the entries after the contest officially closes.**
The AGENTS and all their info:
Sarah LaPolla (Curtis Brown Ltd.)
Interests: “Sarah represents both adult and YA fiction. For adult books, she is looking for literary fiction, urban fantasy, magical realism, dark/psychological mystery, and literary horror. On the YA side, she welcomes all genres and is drawn to unique voices and strong, complex characters.”
Carly Watters (P.S. Literary Agency)
Interests: "Carly is actively looking for Literary and Commercial Fiction, World Literature, Women's Fiction, Literary Thrillers, high-concept YA."
Sara Sciuto (Full Circle Literary, LLC)
Interests: "Sara is very actively building her list with a focus on middle grade and young adult, in particular, dystopian, science fiction, fantasy, gothic/thriller/horror, historical, and unique paranormal. She also enjoys contemporary stories with a strong, authentic voice (but no chick-lit, please). She has a particular soft spot for gritty narratives, anything with international or regional locales, period settings, and anything with artistic themes."
Annie Bomke (Annie Bomke Literary Agency)
Interests: "...she is most passionate about character-driven literary fiction, [and] thrillers..."
Laura Bradford (Bradford Literary Agency)
Interests: "She continues to actively build her client list and is currently seeking work in the following genres: Romance (historical, romantic suspense, paranormal, category, contemporary, erotic), urban fantasy, women’s fiction, mystery, thrillers and young adult..."
Jessica Sinsheimer (Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency)
Interests: "Always on the lookout for new writers, she is most excited about finding literary, women’s, and Young Adult fiction" & "I do rep middle grade!" - Literary Rambles
Pam van Hylckama Vlieg (Larsen Pomada Literary Agents)
Interests: "High concept young adult in any genre. Middle grade in these genres: fantasy, science fiction, dystopian, paranormal, literary. Romance in these categories: historical, fantasy, and erotica. New genres: commercial science fiction, fantasy, and literary fiction. New Adult in all categories will be considered.
I am now open to submissions in upmarket women’s fiction and historical fiction. I’m looking for books with particularly well-developed characters and strong authorial voice. In historical fiction in particular I am particularly interested in books that bring the setting to life and that maintain balance between historical accuracy and strong plot choices. I am also very interested in mystery, fantasy, and occasionally romance approaches to these genres as well."
Gina Panettieri (Talcott Notch Literary Services, LLC)
Interests: "With fiction, I love quirky, edgy characters. Send me women's fiction, paranormal, urban fantasy, horror, science fiction, historical, mystery, thrillers and suspense."
Ali McDonald (The Rights Factory)
Interests: "Ali specializes in children's literature of all kinds...chapter books...to middle grade and young adult fiction."
Andrea Somberg (Harvey Klinger, Inc.)
Interests: "...literary, commercial, womens fiction, romance, thrillers, mystery, paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, young adult, middle grade."
Woohoo! Can't wati!!!!!
Thanks, everyone! And good luck!