Hey, so you know how we entered that Writer’s Voice contest last week? Well, first Kati and I were lucky enough to get through the random Rafflecopter, and then the real fun began – we posted our query and first 250 words and had to bite our nails and wait as the mentors went through, picking their teams.
Well, I’m happy to report that the waiting is over and MYSTIC COOKING was chosen by Krista Van Dolzer! Woot! Team Krista is going to kill in the next round, I can already tell! Actually, all the teams look really, really good – there were 149 entries and 4 mentors. Each mentor could choose 8 stories plus 1 alternate, and competition was fierce – so many unique, engaging story ideas, so many well-written first pages.
So, first of all we’d like to thank all of you cheering us on out there. We had so much support, people posting nice comments, crossing their fingers, toes, and in one exceptional case, kidneys for us, and it all paid off – we get to move onto the next round. We’re both super excited, and especially happy to be working with Krista. Not only did her team win last year, but also her debut novel is coming out in 2015.
And speaking of Krista, a huge shout out to all four mentors, Krista Van Dolzer, Brenda Drake, Monica Bustamante Wagner, and Cupid LC, as well as Kimberly Chase for her technical support. They all worked really hard getting this contest together, donating their time and effort so us unpublished writers could have this opportunity.
What happens next, you ask? Well, we get to work with our amazingly talented mentor to improve our query and first page, and then on May 20th each mentor will post the queries and first pages of all their teammates so about a dozen agents can come by and take a look. All of the agents participating in the contest are excellent, and all are looking for either YA or MG, so we’re hoping MYSTIC COOKING might catch someone’s eye – wish us luck! Agents will vote for their favorites on May 23rd and May 24th, those votes counting as partial or full manuscript requests, and where it goes from there is anyone’s guess. 😉
p.s. Missed our normal Fiction Friday installment? Don’t worry – Kati’s cooking up a review for you all for Monday, so stay tuned!