3 S.R. Johannes: Agent Pitch Contest Winners!!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Agent Pitch Contest Winners!!!

The winner of the lot of boy's books is.....Erika Lynn!

The winner of Personal Demons (one of Suzie's clients books) is Throuthehaze!

please email your address to sjohannes@bilaninc.com

Agent Pitch Winners

Couple notes:
  • Thanks to everyone who entered!
  • I did check every entry for instructions and character count.
  • To those who were over 140 characters or did not include all the information requested, I sent your entries to Suzie (highlighted in red) and let her make the decision to judge since it was her contest.
  • There are a few who did not win but Suzie wants to see your manuscripts. Mention this contest when you query her.
Suzie's Comments:
These were so hard to judge because so many of them were so good! The secret to an amazing pitch is balancing specifics with just enough interest to have readers going - wait, what happens next?!?!?! And what separates the good pitches from the greats? Same thing that separates good manuscripts from great ones - VOICE.

Third Place - a query critique
Second Place - a query critique + 5 pages

First Place - query critique + 10 pages
  • send query and winning pages for critique first or they can just send everything (but mention you are a winner of my contest and that you get a critique)

    The three manuscripts she wants to see - send Suzie the ms straight away, but include the query in the body of the email and mention the contest.


    Great Pitch (but too long):
    • CL with GIRL WITH A TAIL
    Honorable Mentions:
    • Jamie with EVER
    • Danyelle with SLIPPERS OF PEARL
    • Morgan Dempsey with RUNNER
    • writerhailey with DIARY (um, I want to see this ms!)
    Best MG
    Jared Larson with I'M HERE TO SAVE YOUR DAY

    Third Place: Win QUERY CRITIQUE
    Jemi Fraser with STEAMED UP (I would love love love to see this ms when it's ready :)

    Second Place: Win QUERY CRITIQUE + 5 pages
    L.J. Boldyrev with GREYSKIN (I would love love love to see this ms when it's ready :)

    Winner! query critique + 10 pages to first place
    Candyland with 9:59 REWIND

    (I must read this! Really, I might die if I don't know what happens after rewind!)

    Candyland - email me for instructions on how to submit your query to Suzie.

    "At 9:58, Thursday Night Scum singer, C.J. Greyson is shot on stage by the man that killer her father, but at 9:59, she presses rewind."

    Thanks everyone. If you didn't win or get chosen, don't worry - Mary Kole will be here in August for another pitch contest so perfect your pitches!! :)

    Here's a little something to make you (and your hubby's) laugh...(trust me this is worth clicking)



Candyland said...

OMG. Did I read that right?! And was that MY typo (killer should be killed!)?!! So excited!

Lacey J Edwards said...

Awesome! Congrats to everyone! Candyland, I am so not surprised. I remember reading some of 9:59 Rewind on Teen Fire and it's awesome. Congrats!

Thanks, Shelli and Suzie!

Lacey J Edwards said...

I assume we send to her regular agent query email?

Martina Boone said...

Congrats to all the winners. What an excellent opportunity!

Dorothy Dreyer said...

Congrats to the winners! I'm excited to see names in the winners list I'm familiar with. Hooray!

Jemi Fraser said...

Wow!! I'm so excited! Thank you so much :)

Congrats to the other winners.

PS - loved that video

Thanks again Shelli & Suzie!

Terri Tiffany said...

Congrats to the winners! Awesome!

Jessie Oliveros said...

That video was hilarious. I have to show it to my husband. I saw Candyland's pitch in another contest and was intrigued! Congratulations to all the winners.

Valerie Kemp said...

Woohoo! Two of my favorite people won 1st and 2nd place! What a great start to my morning! Congrats everyone!

Jamie Manning said...

Hey, I got an Honorable Mention! Does that mean Suzie wants to see mine? (Please say yes, please say yes, please say yes!)
Congrats to the winners!

Unknown said...

Congrats to the winners--Candyland and Lacey, I'm so excited for you! :)

Melissa said...

Congrats to the winners! Fantastic pitches!

Paula said...

Congrats to the winners. Rewind would've been my pic to win, too. Congrats. And thanks Shelli and Suzie for doing this.

Love the vid : )

Nicole Zoltack said...

Congrats to all the winners!

Renae said...

Congrats to the winners! Well deserved.

A Pen In Neverland: Angela Peña Dahle said...

Congrats to all! I didn't hear about this one in time but I look forward to August! Yippee!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats to the winners.

Kelly Polark said...

Shelli, you are awesome to have these contests and book giveaways!

Congrats to the winners!!!!

Anonymous said...

Cool pitch, Candyland!!

And great contest as always, Shelli!

Jared Larson said...

Wow! Best MG! Were there even any other MG's? Thanks a ton to Shelli and Suzie for the opportunity. Congrats to all the winners. Luckies!

Danyelle L. said...

Yay! Congrats to all the winners! Thanks Shelli and Suzie for the contest. :)

(If you're an honorable mention, do you just send a query mentioning this, or do you send pages or an attachment?)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to those of you who won. I'm always so impressed by people who can whip up an intriguing short pitch.

Riv Re said...

Congratulations! I've been thinking for a while how to rewrite my pitch to make it pull the reader in...

Morgan Dempsey said...

Congratulations to the winners!! And thanks for the honorable mention :)

CL said...

Thank you for this fun contest! I enjoyed reading all the great pitches!

storyqueen said...

Great contest, Shelli.

I loved reading the pitches!


Matthew MacNish said...

Candace is the best. Her story sounds awesome!

Janet Johnson said...

I'm slow on responding, but congrats to the winners! So Awesome. I saw Candace won a query contest for this book, too. Can't wait to read it!

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