Monday, December 9, 2013

Announcing Sun Versus Snow!

Here we go again! Fun! Fun! Fun! Another new, big query contest to brighten your winter!

We had such an strong response from the agents that we are able to bring you this announcement much soon then we expected! In fact we were overwhelmed with agent interest!

Sun versus Snow was born because I live in Indiana among the sparkling snow, and Amy Trueblood is in Arizona basking in the sunshine. Like Heat Miser and Snow Miser, we need to determine which winter weather is the best! 

Though obviously the bright and happy white flakes are what winter is all about!

Now to the details: 

Submissions will start on Saturday, January 18th at noon Eastern time and last until 8:00 pm Eastern time on Sunday, January 19th. Entries will include title, genre, word count, full query and first 250 words. There will also be a special question to be answered about Sun or Snow. (More details in the submission post to come in January.)

We will accept Adult, NA, YA, and Middle Grade genres.

Complete and Polished manuscripts only. Do not enter a NaNoWriMo project that is not ready for agents. You manuscript must be ready to send now.

Follow us on twitter and use the hashtag #sunvssnow To enter the contest you must be followers of our blogs. (Amy is here.)

Amy and I will make 15 picks each to post. A mentor round will start bright and early on January 23th and run for five days until the 27th. Mentors and entrants will provide feedback right on the blogs in the comments. So make sure your skin is thick! (Mentor bios post to come.)

We mean for this round to be a benefit to all the participants, helpful feedback is the name of the game. Entrants must critique at least five other entries.

Then the thirty entries will be give two days to make changes and resubmit by 8:00 pm Eastern on January 29th. Entries that don't make it on time will forfeit their spot.

Amy and I will hustle like crazy to format the entries and have them up for the agent round on February 1st. Which is why we must be strict about late entries.

Now to the much awaited topic--agents! So far we have THIRTEEN  FOURTEEN FIFTEEN scheduled. (You guessed it. More information to come in the upcoming agent bio post.) But this number has and could increase!

There you have it. Most of the information you'll need to get started. If you have questions, use the comments or tweet to us under #sunvssnow. Mark your calendars. Polish your queries, and we'll see you after the holidays.

Oh, and one more thing. Look for free pass opportunities coming soon. 


  1. I can't wait to hear about the agents!

  2. Ahha!!!
    That's so cool. I wasn't armed for NOQS, but I'd be armed and armored for this one.
    Bring it :) ;)

  3. Awesome. We have snow on the ground now (and bitter cold), but that's really unusual for southern CO. I might be dreaming of sun rather than snow if this doesn't go away soon! Looking forward to the fun. Thanks Michelle and Amy.

  4. Can't wait. It's funny, this happens to be my favorite Christmas cartoon.

    Thanks for doing this, Michelle and Amy!

  5. Sounds great. Congrats. Looking forward to it.

  6. This looks like fun! And cute puppy!

  7. I can't wait. I love snow! Lived in CT. for nine years after growing up in sunny So. California, and fell in love with the pristine white fluffy snow!

  8. Thanks for doing another contest for us!=-)
    <3<3<3 You are awesome!=)

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    1. I'm consulting with my co-host on PBs. Will let you know.

    2. Great! Looking forward to hearing about PB's being included!

  10. How do we follow your blog? Do you just mean to keep watching it, or do I need to click "like" somewhere or something? Forgive me for being technologically illiterate. :)

    1. No problem. I'm pretty tech challenged myself. That's what teenage children are for. :-)

      To follow my blog, look in the left sidebar. There's a box labelled "Followers." Click on the link called "Join this site." You'll need a Google account to join, but you need a Google account for many things anymore.

  11. Can self pubbed books enter this contest or is it only for unagented, unpublished manuscripts?

    1. It's for people looking for agents. I'm not sure if agents will have interest in something already self-published.