Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Picture Book Party 2020 is Here

Mindy Alyse Weiss and I are so very happy to be back for our sixth year! We have fifteen agents and a few editors already signed up, and that number might grow. We will reveal the agents on March 2nd.

Please read all the information below carefully, and all the way to the end. We get lots of questions about this contest, most of which can be answered by reading everything. We are also including a FAQ below.






Picture Book Party (#PBParty) is a contest for writers and author/illustrators of chapter books and picture books. Unlike a twitter pitching event, your entries are sent to Mindy and Michelle (the two Ms) via Google form, and we pick a variety of genres for the agents/editors to read and hopefully request on Michelle's website

  
The day to submit your contest entry is Monday, March 9th at 3:30 pm Eastern time. New this year, You will submit by Google form. Please note we are not using email this year.

The submission window will stay open at least one hour until 4:30 pm Eastern time. That way no one has to rush. 

Mindy and I will go through the entries and pick our 20 favorites over the next few days, plus our favorite illustrations for the art showcase. (We just might add a few additional ones--the amazing submissions make it hard to narrow down our final choices!)


Agents and editors then read the selected entries on Michelle's website and make requests* Wednesday, March 18th - Friday, March 20th. The illustration showcase will start a day later and run Thursday, March 19 - Friday, March 20th with the same agents/editors. Repeat, agents/editors will be announce March 2nd. 


*You are not obligated to send requests to any individual agent/editor. Do your own research.

During the submission and before the agent showcase, we have an actual party on twitter (#PBParty). Here we celebrate our love of writing and picture books with a variety of topics. It's a place to get to know your fellow writers of children books. Topics change each day. Examples include: share your favorite picture book, share where you get your writing inspiration. And so on.

Hopefully, this makes the waiting easier and more fun.



The Rules:

Please follow this blog by clicking the "Follow" button in the left sidebar under the Followers app. Or if that is stubborn and won't work, you can subscribe to Michelle's newsletter or follow @Michelle4Laughs and @MindyAlyseWeiss on twitter. Or do all three options. We will be tweeting hints and advice as well as partying!

NEW THIS YEAR: You may send ONE entry and only one entry. We got so many entries last year (818!) that we need to scale down this year. Only one entry will be chosen per person, meaning if you are picked for the story part of the contest, you will not be picked for the art showcase. Any attempt to cheat will result in entries thrown out (and sadly it has happened in the past.) 

On March 9th at 3:30 pm Eastern the submission window opens and the Google form will go live for one hour. 

You should see a version of your entry when you hit submit as your confirmation.

1. This contest is for unagented writers and writer/illustrators with 
finished and polished manuscripts. They must be ready to submit if requested by an agent or editor. 


2. Also, if you have had an agent in the past, but no longer have one, you may enter. Or if you are traditionally published without an agent. 


3. If you have submissions, including fulls out, with other agents or editors, you may enter PB Party. But please let us know if you should get an offer during the contest time. This happened last year-we celebrated the great news and made room in the final round for a couple more dazzling entries!


4. If you have self-published other stories--but not this one--you may enter.


5. If a manuscript or illustration was featured in Picture Book Party or a previous contest showcase anywhere in the last year--congrats--but we'd rather not see it. Send us something agents haven't already seen in a contest. 




Things you need for the Google Form:


Your Title


Word Count (round to nearest ten, hundred for chapter books)

Genre Please include all genres for your manuscript—and be sure to let us know if it’s diverse or own voices. If you’re not sure about genre, maybe one of these will help: humor, character driven, metafiction, concept, STEM, STEAM, rhyming, lyrical, board book, fantasy, bedtime, historical fiction, contemporary.

If it’s non-fiction, what type of non-fiction (biography, narrative, etc.)  


Query

Your entire query letter. Include your comps, bio, greeting, closing. Please be sure to note diversity and ownvoices in the query as well. (You may use whatever you want for a greeting. Dear Agent. Dear Michelle and Mindy.)

Here is your chance to make your entry shine and make the agents fall in love with your words.

Remember this is a query and not a pitch. Don't worry about including personal information like names, as that will not be copied into the showcase. If you include links in your bio, we will assume those can be made public.


The google form scrubs out italics so use all caps for comps. 

(Here's a trick to keep your paragraph spacing: copy and paste your entry into the form and then put in the line spaces. They seem to get lost when you copy and paste. It may look right but sending scrambles the spacing. Or copy from a Google Doc. We will still read your entry if the form messes up the formatting.)

Sample/Excerpt

Include your first 50-60 words for a picture book, 100 words for chapter books. Do not stop in the middle of a sentence. 

Do not go over 60 words (100 chapter book). 
Single space and put spaces in between paragraphs. 
No indents needed, but you may center or tab if appropriate.

For shorter picture books, less than 50 words may be submitted. *Do NOT enter a PB if over half of it is in the sample—you don’t want that much of your work online, even for a few days.


Art notes count toward your 50 words.

Repeat, Art notes count toward your 50 words.  


Also Michelle will delete parts of entries after the contest ends, if requested on twitter. For those writers uncomfortable with their work being out there for all to see.


Name In case we need to contact you.

Email Address Also in case we need to contact you.

Illustrations:


New From Last Year: Author/Illustrators may upload two illustrations to the Google Form to show an example of your artwork. They should be from the same manuscript and must be illustrated by the author.


Important information: There will be a separate Google entry form just for author/illustrators. This is because uploading a file requires a Google account and we don't want to require everyone have a Google account. Make sure you are using the correct form.

We love artwork and can't wait to see yours! If you don't have artwork, don't worry, and don't upload anything. You will still be considered.

Mindy and I will pick our favorite illustrations to go into our Illustration showcase. This was a huge hit last year. This showcase will start one day later than the story showcase. 

Hopefully, these directions were clearer than mud, if not, read the FAQ below. Or you may leave questions in the comments or on Twitter. Please no DMs or emails. Don't forget the #PBParty hashtag. 

We can't wait to see all the heartwarming cuteness on March 9th! 




FAQ


When do I post my pitch?


You don't. This isn't an online Twitter pitch event. Picture Book Party requires a query and your first fifty-sixty words. Entries are sent to us by Google Form. See above for more details. Selected finalists will be posted into an agent showcase on Michelle's website during specific dates. Agents and editors will then make requests. You decide whether to send the requests so research the agents when we post the list on March 2nd. 


Writers can watch my blog on March 17th for a list of the finalists selected before the showcase.

But it's called Picture Book Party. Where the party?


The party is on twitter under #PBParty. But it isn't a pitching party. It's more of a get to know you party. We tweet daily topics-- it's a great way to get to know other writers and make friends. Agents/editors might stop by. It's a place to hang out and have fun while the hosts read the entries. 


Everyone is welcome to join the #PBParty conversation, whether you write PB or not.

So there's two showcases for editors and agents?


Yes. There's a showcase that includes queries and excerpts and another showcase that includes just illustrations. Each illustration will be assigned a number and agents will request by that number. With tons of amazing entries and so few spots in the final round for samples/pitches, we’re thrilled to highlight more of our favorite art in the Illustration Showcase.


If you’re chosen for the sample and query part of the contest—yay, that’s awesome! You won’t be eligible for the Illustration Showcase, but plenty of agents and editors will see your entire submission in our final round.

Oops! I sent my entry using the author/illustrator form by mistake. Resend?

No. We will still read your entry and consider it the same as all the others.    

Do I have to limit myself to 50 words for the excerpt; Can I go over or under? What if I have a chapter book?


You may post less than 50 words. Or you may go up to 60 words to finish a sentence. Entries can't be more than 60 words, unless you have a chapter book. Chapters books may include 100 words. Remember: Single spaced. Space between paragraphs. 12 point font. Times New Roman or equivalent. 


Do art notes count toward the 50-60 words?


Yes!


Can I send more than one entry?


No. This year we will only accept one entry per person, pen name, or giant octopus squid. All others will be disqualified. :-(


Can I send an illustration?


Yes! We encourage author/illustrators to do so, but it is not required. You may upload two illustrations per entry from the same manuscript to your Google form. Remember, there is a different Google form just for adding illustrations.


I just learned about PB Party and missed the window. Can I send my entry late?


No. The Google form will close in one hour and that's it. You may find a friend/relative to send your entry if you are unavailable.


I have submissions out with agents/editors, can I enter?

Yes. Please let us know if you receive an offer.


I self-published this story already, but took it down, can I enter?


No. Not with that story.


I used to have an agent, but now I don't, can I enter?


Yes.


I made a mistake--can I send my entry again?


No. Duplicate entries will disqualify you. We will read even with wonky formatting. Check and double check, then triple check before you hit submit.


Even though the Google form won’t be available ahead of time, you can create a file with everything you’ll need, then copy and paste it into the form. Now is the time to check every word, share with critique partners, and make sure it’s ready to dazzle. 

Will my name and twitter handle be up for everyone to see?


No. If selected, we will not include your name or twitter handle on the blog. That info is private for us only. Note: We do Not add you to our newsletters or give your info to anyone.  


Do I have to be on twitter to enter?


No. We do suggest it as great place to learn and where we will be tweeting out hints and tips. Also a great community to make friends because you need friends in this industry.


I didn't get a confirmation email. Should I resend?


Big no. Google forms will thank you for submitting to PBParty after you submit, so you know we have your entry and can’t wait to read it. 😊 


What greeting do I use in my query?


Whatever you want. Dear Michelle and Mindy. Hi gals. Dear Agents. Dear Beautiful Angels. Have fun with it. 


Should I include a closing?


You can include thanks, but no need to put your name, address, personal info. Those will be stripped out if posted to the showcase. If you want to include links to your illustrations or other identifying info in your query bio, that is up to you. We will assume you want us to leave any info in your bio. 


I don't see the email address for the contest. Where is it?


We switched to a Google form this year! It’s a great way to ensure everyone is able to enter and know it’s been received.  


Can we get feedback on our entry? 

We’re sorry, but we take a lot of time away from our own writing to run this contest and aren’t able to critique anything. But…during the #PBParty fun on Twitter, you can tweet that you’re looking for critique partners or a group and find some great matches! 

Since the sample word count is low, can I squish quotes from my manuscript into my query?


No. We're seeking samples and queries that look professional. When agents, editors, and other people look at the finalists, they should be great examples of eye-catching queries. Share an irresistible blurb with a great hook and awesome comps. DON'T try to make up for the short sample word count by sneaking chunks of your actual story into the blurb.

What's the hashtag again?

#PBPARTY 


How do I know this is a good contest? Do you have any proof?


We have had several successful agent-writer matches and at least two books published so far. There are several other books that will release this year or next, including two that were 2019 finalists!


Dance like a Leaf by A.J. Irving sold to Barefoot Books. 

Flap Your Hands by Steve Asbell sold to Lee and Low by Christy Ewers.

A Flood of Kindness by Ellen Leventhal sold to WorthyKids (Hachette Book Group) by Mary Cummings.



Here's a picture of the two books published so far from earlier contests, The Diamond and the Boy and Betty Builds It. Feel free to support these writers! 







Now, if you read this giant post all the way to the end and are excited, please comment with your favorite type of cookie. Then pretend that Michelle sent that cookie to you. Was it good?


Who is ready for PBParty to begin?

Saturday, April 27, 2019

No Query Kombat 2019

It's with a heavy heart that I share there will be no Query Kombat this year. This is the time we should be busy planning and inviting agents and judges. None of that has happened for several reasons. This year, I'm feeling drained from contests. Pitchwars went on much longer than ever before, and I've been doing contests for over six years now. I need a break. At least from the big contests.

In addition, many of you also know that one of my usual co-hosts for Query Kombat had a baby this time time last year. She just does not have the time to give to her family, her writing, and contests. On top of that, my other co-host has gotten more and more busy with his day job. He'd be unavailable to reach during the week days. That leaves just me. To do Query Kombat by myself or with completely new and unfamiliar co-hosts is just too much. Most of the load would still fall on me. 

I need some time for my own writing and family. So we've decided to put Query Kombat aside for this year. Hopefully, there will be changes that make it possible again next year.

But don't despair! Query Kombat is a huge contest with tons of judge and lots of scheduling. You might remember that between the reading of subs and the entries battling from 64 to the Grand champion, Query Kombat lasts a month and a half. It also involved over thirty judges and so many blog post. Really time consuming to plan and execute. I hope to fill the summer months with a smaller contest. I'm doing some brainstorming about that now and I'd like your help.

I'm asking you to think about a breezy summer contest and what that might look like. Comment with your suggestions below. I've been thinking of something interactive that lets the writers who enter actually vote on who reaches the agent round. Maybe with myself having a few host saves. Perhaps doing several rounds with the top vote getters moving forward. But share what you like in a contest, and I'll do my best to put something together! 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

PBParty 2019 Agent Round!

Once again I really enjoyed this contest. There were a few more challenges this year with the number of entries, my cold, and a new puppy, but I think it turned out better than ever before.




As always the entries blew all three of us away. They are beyond adorable, heart touching, hilarious, sweet and informative. And Picture Book authors are by far the kindest and most polite people! I don't know about Mindy and Sharon, but I felt like I was in the middle of a group love hug on twitter all week.

Commenting on entries is for agents only. If you'd like to cheer or rave about a favorite, please hop over to twitter at the hashtag #PBParty. The party continues there as we celebrate and support our fellow writers.


We are thrilled to have an illustrator's showcase this year. This is entirely thanks to Mindy--her idea and she put in the hard work to make it happen. I hope the agents love it. 


Again the entries will be seen on my website instead of my blog.


Here is the link to the 25 entries and our illustration showcase.



Notice once you get there, there is a link to the left in the sidebar (Picture Book Party Spring 2019) which will take you back to the entry start at any time.


Any entry with artwork will have (A) in the title to make them easier for the agents to find.  


Thanks to everyone who entered. Stay tuned to the blog or sign up for my newsletter for future contests. 


Note: I know of one entry that wished to be taken down after the agent round. I will also be taking down the illustration showcase. If you want your entry taken down after the agent round, please email us. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Picture Book Party Finalists for 2019

Can I just say how amazed and a little overwhelmed we were to go from 300+ entries of last year to 800+ entries this year. Incredible! Thanks for making this happen. Of course the numbers took us right down to the wire before the agent showcase.

Mindy, Sharon and I tried to give this much thought and pick a good variety of entries. We kept an eye out for diversity, but also for unique concepts or interesting methods. We found entries that made us laugh and those that made us cry. You, the writers, are amazing!

Even more so this year there were way more fantastic entries than there are spots. We had so much trouble narrowing down the field. In fact, we were making the last picks moments before this post went live.


Before the reveal, I just want to remind everyone that contests are for fun and meeting other writers, building contacts. In no way are they a reflection on a story. There are only 20 or so  picks out of 820 entries. Maybe people have entered contests and gotten no love, only to get an agent from the query slush--like me. For one thing, we are limited to the number of picks we can showcase, while an agent is not. So keep querying, keep writing those adorable picture and chapter books.




It's very tough. I know the disappointment. Hugs. Use it to keep going.


Please if your title is on the list, watch my blog early on Wednesday and check your entry for typos or formatting problems. Let me know as soon as possible what needs fixed in this post or on twitter. 





So here are the 25 picks, listed in no particular order and color coded like a rainbow just for fun.

The Little Pink Robot

Detective Jelly Donut Investigates: Vegetables Gone Bad
Jessie's Journey
Simon(e)
Ten Just Wants to Have Fun
Strong Hands: The Story of Young Potter Maria Povika Martinez
A Flood of Kindness
Delphine Denise and the Best Mardi Gras Ever
Bro vs. Peas... How to Feed a Sister
Down My Snowy Street
Sugar
I Voted!
Bert and Wert: We Do the Dirty Work
The Three Little Pigs Need Your Help
Ruth Bixer, Problem Fixer
Mako Brown and the Ghoul Dragons
The Robot that Could: The True Story of Mars Opportunity Rover
Keep on Truckin': The Story of the Red Ball Express
Flap Your Hands
Bad Pizza
Pauli's Key: How One Woman and Her Typewriter Changed the World
Including Alice: The Story of Alice Johnson and the First Soap Box Derby
A Flag Full of Suns
The Princess and the Key
Minha's Mission

It's not over! There's more!
Because we had so many agents interested in illustrations this year, we are doing something about that. There will be a special entry of just illustrations--each one labelled with a number. Agents can request by number which artist they would like to see more of. If you submitted an illustration, check for your artwork there tomorrow morning. (If I have time I'll get a list added to this post.)  


Congrats to the finalists! Hugs to those who will be watching! See you Wednesday for the agent round. It does last three days. Nobody is promised requests, but our fingers are crossed. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Picture Book Party Submission Day and Party Topics!



TODAY IS THE DAY!


Submission Day!!!! (4:00 pm EST)

excited new year GIF

The agent round will be March 27th- 29th. See the list of agents and editors here


Now for a quick review of the rules. I urge you to read ALL of this post so you don't make an easy mistake.

Please be a follower of this blog. You can click the "Follow" button in the right sidebar. Or if that is stubborn and won't work, you can subscribe to my newsletter or follow @Michelle4Laughs and @MindyAlyseWeiss on twitter. I imagine we will be tweeting hints as well as partying!

You may send two entries for different manuscripts in separate emails. That's two and only two, whether you have multiple pen names or multiple email addresses. Please be honest and not send more. Only one entry will be chosen per person. If you send two, still only one will be picked. Any attempt to cheat will result in entries thrown out (and sadly it has happened in the past.) 


You will receive a confirmation email for the first submission. Usually nothing will go out for the second submission. That's perfectly normal. Do not expect to get a confirmation email for your second submission. Yahoo just doesn't work that way. Have confidence that if the first got through, the second did also. 

On March 19 (today) at 4:00 pm EST the submission window opens. Do not send early or your entry will be deleted. You may resend at the correct time if this happens. We are recycling an email address as I already have too many. Please send your entry to SunversusSnow at yahoo dot com

You should receive a confirmation email. If you do not get a receipt for you FIRST submission, please contact me or Mindy on twitter before resending. (Please don't ask about second submissions. See above.) We want to get a good count of entries and duplicates make that harder. The window will stay open one hour until 5 pm EST. 

This contest is only for finished and polished manuscripts. It has to be ready to go out to agents.

The Format:

Subject Line of your Email: PBParty: Title

Example:  PBParty: Hot Tub Santa

Inside the email please bold where bolded in my example. Single space with spaces between paragraphs. No indents unless required by your style choice. Use Times New Roman or equivalent font and the size should be 12. 

(Here's a trick to keep your paragraph spacing: copy and paste your entry into your email and then put in the line spaces. They seem to get lost when you copy and paste. It may look right but sending scrambles the spacing.)

Name: Sharon Chriscoe
Twitter Handle: @extracleansanta (optional)


Title: HOT TUB SANTA
Genre: (Here please tell us what type of picture book this is) Example: Board Book, Bedtime Rhyme, Nonfiction, Biography, etc. or List Chapter Book If this is OWNVOICES, please say so here!
Word Count: xxx (round to nearest ten, hundred for chapter books)

Query:

Your entire query letter here. Include your comps, bio, greeting. Please be sure to note diversity and ownvoices in the query as well. (You may use whatever you want for a greeting. Dear Agent. Dear Michelle, Mindy, and Sharon.) You do not need to leave a closing--name and personal information will be removed. 

Here is your chance to make your entry shine and make the agent fall in love with your words. 

First 50 Words:

Include your first 50 words for a picture book, 100 words for chapter books. Do not stop in the middle of a sentence. You may go over by one or two words to finish a sentence but not more than five. Single space and put spaces in between paragraphs. You may center or tab if appropriate.

For short picture books, less than 50 words may be submitted. Any count under 50 is allowed.


Art notes do count toward the 50 words.


Also I will delete parts of entries after the contest ends, if requested. For those writers uncomfortable with their work being out there for all to see.  

Bonus: You may attach one illustration to your email to show an example of your artwork. If you don't have artwork, don't worry, that's okay too. We do have something special planned for illustrations this year. It's a surprise. 

Messed up formatting won't hurt you, but forgetting to include some part of the entry will. Double check before sending.


Now for the twitter party fun! Visit daily under the hashtag #PBParty to meet and greet and scout out slush hints. Here are the suggested topics for each day to get you going, but feel free to start your own on twitter. Just remember to be kind and be inclusive. 


book GIF


Tuesday, March 19th  PM: Tell us what genre you submitted and what other genres you write. All day: Great parties require great food! What’s your main character’s favorite dish or sweet treat? Even if it isn’t in your book--this can help you know your character better. Dig deep and share!  

Wednesday, March 20th  AM: Do you listen to music when your write? Have word count goals? Set aside BIC time (behiney in chair)? Share your daily writing routine. PM: Which authors and illustrators have influenced your manuscripts the most? Tag the authors to make others aware of these amazing books.

Thursday, March 21st     AM: How do you handle writer's block? How many drafts do you write before you consider a project finished? PM: Share your best tips and resources for writing picture books. What were you surprised to learn about the process?

Friday, March 22nd AM: Animal, vegetable, mineral. Tell us if your MC is human, animal or something else. All Day: Share you favorite picture book and chapter books, current and from childhood. Give us a list so all the genres are included: bedtime, rhyming, STEM, lyrical, humorous, nonfiction, bio, early readers, etc. Watch for our agents sharing theirs as well on the hashtag.

Saturday, March 23rd AM: Share a favorite line from a story you wrote. PM: How have contests helped you or your CPs?

Sunday, March 24th  AM: What picture book character would you like for a best friend?  PM: 
What are your top tips for getting that word count down and making your manuscript sing?


Monday, March 25th     AM: Are you the type to have a book spring into your head, write it down quickly and then take a long time editing your words?....or, do you spend a long time meticulously planning and drafting?  PM:Who has helped you through the writing and querying process? Time to share your thanks and spread the gratitude. 


Tuesday, March 26th All day: What do you do to take the sting out of rejection? 

Mindy, Sharon, and I are not sure when the picks will be announced, but it should be around Saturday. We are so excited for the fun to start. As you've probably noticed we have a great group of agents and editors. The most agents we've ever signed up for a PB contest.


If you're not on twitter, Mindy will be posting tips and hints on her facebook page

Time to have fun!

happy birthday good job GIF

Good luck everyone!  

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Frequently Asked Picture Party Contest Questions

We get a lot of questions. Here's a selection of the ones I see the most. They are in no particular order. 





When do I post my pitch?

You don't. This isn't an online twitter pitch event. Picture Book Party requires a query and your first fifty words. Entries are sent to us by email. See our announcement post for more details. Selected finalists will be posted into an agent showcase on my blog during specific dates. Agents and editors will then make requests. You decide whether to send the requests so research our agents and editors. Writers can watch my blog for a list of those finalists selected before the showcase.

But it's called Picture Book Party. Where the party?

The party is on twitter under #PBParty. But it isn't a pitching party. It's more of a get to know you party. We have daily topics to tweet about and get to know other writers and make friends. Maybe agents will be stopping by. It's a place to hang out and have fun while the hosts read the entries. 

Do I have to limit myself to 50 words; Can I go over or under? What if I have a chapter book?

You may post less than 50 words. You may go over by two or three words to finish a sentence only. Entries can't be more than 55 words. Chapters books may include 100 words. Single spaced. Space between paragraphs. 12 point font. Times New Roman or equivalent. 

Do art notes count toward the 50 words?

Yes.

Can I send more than one entry?

Yes, you can. Each person may send two different manuscripts in two separate emails. Do not send more than two. Pick your two favorites, the ones that are the most polished, the ones that are the most original, the ones you've queried the least--in other words, you decide. Only one entry will be picked per person. You do not have to send two. You can send one.

Can I send an illustration?

Yes! We encourage you to do so. You may attach one illustration per entry to your entry email. We have something special planned for illustrations this year.

I just learned about PB Party and missed the window. Can I send my entry late?

No. We stay open one hour and that's it. We have a feeling there will be a ton of entries this year. It wouldn't not be fair to those who followed the rules.

If you send early you will also be deleted, but you can resend at the proper time. 4:00 pm EST on March 19th.

My formatting messed up. Am I disqualified?

No. We will read even with wonky formatting. Now if you forgot your 50 words or sent a pitch instead of a query, you will probably not be selected. And we have too many entries to allow redos. Please send the correct info the first time. Check and double check your entry.

Will my name and twitter handle be up for everyone to see?

No. If selected, we will not include your name or twitter handle on the blog. That info is private for us only. Note: We do nothing with your info. Not add you to our newsletters or give your info to anyone.  

Do I have to be on twitter to enter?

No. I do suggest it as great place to learn and where we will be tweeting out hints and tips. Also a great community to make friends because you need friends in this industry.


I didn't get a confirmation email when I sent in my entry. Should I resend?

Big no. Check your spam folder. Then contact Mindy @MindyAlyseWeiss or myself @Michelle4Laughs on twitter with the title of your ms. We will check for you. We'd rather not read duplicate entries. Most of the time the entries are there. If you aren't on twitter then reply to the Submission day post with your title and name. 

I got a confirmation on my first entry but not on my second. Resend it?

Big no. Our vacation reminder/confirmation email will only go out once in most cases. If the first went through than the second one did.  

What greeting do I use in my query?

Whatever you want. Dear Michelle, Mindy, and Sharon. Hi gals. Dear Agents. Have fun with it. 

Should I include a closing?

You can include thanks, but no need to put your name, address, personal info. Those will be stripped out if posted to the showcase. If you want to include links to your illustrations or other identifying info in your query bio, that is up to you. We will assume you want us to leave any info in your bio. 


Those are some frequent questions off the top of my head. Feel free to post others in the comments.