The other day while driving down the highway, I spotted a book lying on the side of the road. The pages flapped in the wind, taunting me with the secrets they held. The front cover remained elusive no matter how hard I squinted, and the need to pull over and snatch it up almost overwhelmed me. What kind of person is tempted to pull over on the highway to rescue a book? An obsessed one. I have so so many books at my house waiting for me to spend a moment of time with them, yet the lure of that strange, hitchhiking book still called out to me.
I love reading. I love writing. I love that every time I read a book, especially in my genre, I’m honing my craft and becoming a stronger writer.
Are you obsessed, too?
Author Shelley Watters is hosting an agent judged first page contest. Participants post the first 250 words of their YA, Middle Grade, memoir, pop-culture non-fiction, and women’s commercial fiction novel today, June 25, visit other blogs for critique on the 25th and 26th, and post the “final version” on her blog on the 27th.
The winner gets a full manuscript request from Victoria Marini of Gelfman Schneider Literary Agency!
Click over to Shelley Watters for specifics and to sign up for this contest. If my manuscript was agent ready right now, I’d be all over this one, but I need a little more time with it.
Either way, I wish you luck!
Anyone who has ever sent out a query can relate to this clip.
It’s exciting at first. Very few of us can escape the pain of rejection. None of us should ever give up!