Here's her Simple Wish: In honor of #WeNeedDiverseBooks, I simply wish that my MS featuring POC be accepted as the commercial fiction it was written to be...and not lumped into the "African-American Fiction" category.
Yvonne, please put 'Free Pass Winner' in the subject line of your submission email on May 22nd along with your nickname and genre! Format the rest of your submission as normal.
Congrats you're my first pick for Round 1 of Query Kombat!
Before the free pass, how about a party?! The best thing about contests is they create a sense of fun community among writers. SC, Mike, and I are all about having fun! So we thought we give you a little something to do before and after the Query Kombat submissions are sent.
Twitter party! There will be topics and things to talk about on May 21 and during the wait time until the chosen entries are released on May 30th. We’ll start with naming your category/genre to help those who may not be so sure to finalize their answers.
Just tweet your answers under the hashtag #QueryKombat and have some fun meeting and talking with other Kombatants, judges, and your hosts.
May 21st Tweet your category and genre. Ask questions about genre if you’re unsure where your manuscript fits.
May 22-23rd Tweet what time you submitted your entry to our QK email. Nerves and jitters can be calmed by sharing with others. Also tweet out what you find the hardest about writing. Is it keeping out telling? Writing action scenes? What’s hard for you?
May 24th Tweet your main character’s name and a special tidbit about them. See what sorts of names are popular and if anyone else shares MC’s names with you.
May 25th Tweet your entry Nickname and why you choose it.
May 26th Tweet out those first lines.
May 27th Tweet the very last lines of your manuscript.
May 28th Tweet us your villain’s name and something evil about them.
May 29th Tweet the title of a soothing song that is helping you get through the day before the picks are revealed. Hold hands and sing Kumbaya lyrics like the band of friends you’ve become. (We’ll be running around like crazy gerbils getting everything ready.)
Now on to the Free Pass Opportunities!
One lucky winner times three! Mike, SC, and I are each setting up our own contests to find one Free Pass winner to go straight into the Query Kombat first round. (Find Mike's contest here and SC's here. You can enter all three, but you only have to win one!) **Free Pass does not guarantee a spot in the agent round, but will get you feedback from our fabulous judges.
What to do? What to do?
A Simple Wish
I was going to do the usual rafflecopter contest. Follow me here, like me there. Then I watched Saving Mr. Banks last night and had a new idea.
You see in that movie Walt Disney loved Mary Poppins so much he was ready to undergo whatever a rather difficult author, who didn't want to release control, required. And it touched me to think someone could love a story so much that they'd do anything to share it. We all have that simple wish for our stories.
So in honor of that sentiment, I want to hear your simple wishes for your stories or your writing career. Reach down to that secret corner of your heart where wishes hide and share just a little. I'll even go first.
My simple wish would be for the dystopian market to pick up again so one of the stories of my heart will have a chance.
Now your turn. Leave your simple wish as a comment. One comment per person. Be sure to include a twitter handle or email address so I can reach you.
On May 20th I'll use a random number generator to pull one winner.
May there be many agent/writer connections in Query Kombat!
And if you'd like to follow or like me, well, that would be nice. Here's my handy-dandy links:
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