Yes folks, I've heard about some fantabulous contests! And these two are top-notch (I mean, I wouldn't be blogging about them if they weren't so awesome)! First up is the 500 followers contest being held by Suzette Saxton and Bethany Wiggins at Shooting Stars. Talk about some sweet prizes: book giveaways, Enstrom's Toffee (sounds wonderful), and a 40 page partial submission PLUS a critique of those pages by literary agent extraordinaire Suzie Townsend of FinePrintLit. Next, Elana Johnson is having a contest in honor of reaching 700 followers (yep, you read that right - 700). Not that I'm surprised or anything cause Elana's blog ROCKS! She's giving away 7 books that are a must read. Both contests end Sunday, March 14. So...what are you waiting for? Sign up today (if you haven't already).
Okay, on to today's subject: agent crushes. Yeah, I know I'm nowhere near the querying stage yet, but I do take the time to read agent blogs and I even follow some of them on Twitter. If you have not done so yet, I highly recommend it. Not only do you gather a lot of great writing tips from those agents, you can sometimes get a feel of their overall personality. That is valuable in it's own right because, for me anyway, when I finally do start to look for an agent, I want to look for those who I feel like would be a good match for me. I want my future agent to be someone who is easy to talk to, maybe shares some common interests, and I want them to be honest.
Now I'm not trying to put the cart before the horse, but I have started writing down a list of agents who I plan to query one day. All of them have excellent credentials and a proven track record, but there's one who I really, really, really want to be my future agent. (No, I'm not going to say who this person is....I don't want to jinx myself.) Anyhoo, this person has a very helpful blog, is fun to follow on Twitter, and I just have an overall positive vibe about him/her. So am I setting myself up for disappointment? I have no idea. I just know that I have to get my butt in gear and finish my book and then edit it until it's the best I can make it. Then we'll see:)
Do you have any agent crushes? If you do, are you planning to query that person first or will you query some other agents first to see how things turn out?