Posted on Mar 23rd, 2012 | 25 comments
Many thanks to everyone who entered the St. Paddy’s Day haiku contest. The entries were lots of fun! Click here to read all the poems entered.
UPDATE: The votes are in and Ellen Weeren is the winner! Congrats Ellen. And thanks everyone for participating.
The Winning Haiku:
Why do I have to
Write a haiku to talk with
you? Can’t I just call?
The color of my
jealousy of the winner
of today’s contest
Ah, the writer’s life.
Type, backspace, think, FLASH, Yes! (Hours)
“Honey! Come to bed!”
It is not funny.
If you could not sleep.
Busy writing thoughts.
Dog sleeping upon my feet,
Poetry is lame
Posted on Mar 16th, 2012 | 250 comments
You remember pop quizzes in high school, right?
So today we’re having a pop contest.
St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow and some people celebrate with parades and green beer. Here on my blog, we’re going to celebrate by writing haiku.
Yep, you heard me. Haiku. You know, 3 lines:
Here’s the contest:
→ Write a haiku either about the writing life, or about St. Paddy’s Day. Or about whatever you want.
→ Submit your entry in the comments to THIS post.
→ ONE entry per person. UNLESS you make me laugh!
→ Deadline is this SUNDAY, March 18th, 11:59pm ET.
→ Books & Such clients can enter but are not eligible for the prize.
→ I’ll announce finalists next week. Maybe we’ll put the final winner to a vote.
Posted on Oct 23rd, 2011 | 24 comments
Here are a bunch of my favorite entries from my post on Friday.
How many agents does it take to screw in a light bulb?
From Nancy Kimball:
None. If the agent is having to change the lightbulbs, I need to be querying someone else.
From Julie Nilson:
The agent doesn’t *change* it. She gently suggests revisions to the light bulb.
From Kathryn Elliott:
Did you fire the interns?
None.The lightbulb got rejected.(At least it didn’t get screwed.)
From Michael Seese:
Only one. The problem is, the publisher asks her to change it again. And again. And again…
From Amanda Jeanette:
But it can take her months with all the different lightbulbs people dump on her desk on a daily basis: the incandescents she likes but lack a crucial component, the fluorescents...
Posted on Sep 29th, 2011 | 260 comments
Guest Blogger: Chuck Sambuchino
To celebrate the release of the brand-new 2012 Guide to Literary Agents, I am bringing back one of my most popular recurring contests: The “Worst Storyline Ever” Contest. Except this time, it’s hosted on Rachelle’s blog. So if you’re looking for an agent and want a big database, check out the book. And if you’ve got a horrible idea for a story, I want to hear about it. Welcome to the “Worst Storyline Ever” Contest—a competition that encourages terrible loglines.
“Worst Storyline Ever” Contest
A logline is a one-sentence line that explains what your story is about and shows the “hook” – the unique idea that makes people want to see more. You see loglines all the time on the back of DVD boxes. Here are some examples:
Posted on May 24th, 2011 | 27 comments
Thanks to the 100 people who contributed poems in Friday’s contest! They were all very entertaining and it was difficult to narrow it down. First, let’s start with some honorable mentions. In no particular order…
Best Concise Overview of Publishing:Glynis
No thank you, thank you no,We enjoyed the giggle,Now off you go.
Best Brief Rejection Letter:Amber Skye
The plot is pointless.And the writing is banal.Wish you success though!
Best Overview of Last Week’s Blog Posts:Chelsea L
Difficult Conversation Number Five
Your prose shows loads of promise, but it needs an overhaul.Checking out your website, I suspect the text’s too small.
Your characters impress me, but the structure’s off the mark.I’m not exactly sold, although I see a teeny spark.
Your writing is...