Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Stella's in PEOPLE!!

There are key moments in a writing career that make you go "Holy S@#T, I think it's really happening."

I've been really blessed by a number of these this year. And here's today's....look down at the bottom of the page near the middle...if you're having trouble seeing it, just go pick up the July 4 issue of People Magazine! :)

And We Have a WINNER!!

Congratulations to Josin L. McQuein! ARCLIGHT, a YA sci-fi, is the winner of the manuscript review by Barbara Poelle! I will be working out the details with Josin via email, but I would like to congratulate her for a riveting first chapter. ARCLIGHT impressed both me and my guest judge with its pacing, intriguing premise, and voice.

I have winners for my raffle prizes, too!! I drew these at random from all the contest entrants:

The winner of the signed copy of A BAD DAY FOR PRETTY is Grace Topping.

The winner of the Stella Hardesty OPI nail polish sampler is Karen Duxbury.

Grace and Karen, please email me at sophie@sophielittlefield.com with your snail mail address so i can mail your prize to you!

Thank you all again for participating in my contest. Let me know if you found it fun and/or useful, and I'll see if I can talk Barbara into doing another one next year! Best wishes to everyone with your writing and querying this summer.

-Sophie

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Contest Closed...Semifinalists Announced!

...and so concludes Week Three of our contest, with lots more amazing entries! The judges had a hard time narrowing the choice down to a couple of finalists, and in the end were surprised to find that they chose two entries in the genre - YA Sci-Fi. They are:

Ellen Goodlet, ORIGINS, YA Sci-Fi
Kat, INSTINCT, YA Sci-Fi

Now it's time for the semi-finalists from all three weeks to send their chapters and, if they like, a query letter and/or synopsis. Please send to sophie @ sophielittlefield.com. These will all be read by me, and I reserve the right to get second opinions from my panel of judges :) - - but I must say I'm very much looking forward to reading these.

I will announce our winner next week, on Wednesday June 23rd. I'll announce the raffle winners then too - the winners of the Stella's favorite OPI as well as a copy of A BAD DAY FOR PRETTY (which, incidentally, is getting some very nice reviews - check my web site!)

I'd like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who entered. I sent out over 200 queries before signing with Barbara, so I know exactly what it's like to sweat over a query letter and fine-tune a first page until it feels like it's written on the back of your eyeballs. I salute your bravery, your perseverance, and your fortitude, and I lift a virtual glass in your honor.

- Sophie

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Contest Week Three

Week two is over and we had some incredible entries, and I'll get to our semifinalists in just a second, but first I just have to share some crazy good news: A BAD DAY FOR SORRY was nominated for an Anthony Award and a Macavity Award!

Also, my new book, A BAD DAY FOR PRETTY, was released yesterday. Happy dance!

I want to say a giant kudos to all of you who entered. We're all book people here, and we understand the joys and frustrations in getting the words polished and ready to send. There were many wonderful entries again this week.

Here are this week's semifinalists:

Gayle Feyrer, FLOATS THE DARK SHADOW (Historical Mystery)

B. Light, THE COLLECTED (YA Paranormal)

And now we're on to Week Three. If you did not final, you are welcome to enter again this week with a different manuscript. Semifinalists will be chosen next Wednesday, June 16. Submit your title, genre, and first five lines to be considered for a manuscript critique by agent Barbara Poelle. Complete rules, and other prizes, listed here.

Thank you so much for sharing your work!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Contest Week Two

Week One of the contest has come to an end, and here are the first two semifinalists:

Josin L. McQuein, ARCLIGHT (dark YA fantasy)

Pat Remick, MURDER MOST MUNICIPAL (Traditional/Cozy Mystery)

The semifinalists will be contacted individually on Wednesday, June 16 with instructions on how to send their pages to Sophie for final round judging.

There were so many wonderful entries! The judges would have loved to keep reading many of them. And Daisy, they said that if you have the synopsis/query/30 pages, they'd put you in the semifinals too - apparently you had them at "Larry didn't have tentacles"...

On to Week Two! If you did not final, you are welcome to enter again this week with a different manuscript. Otherwise, please continue to spread the word. The rules are exactly the same as week one. More semifinalists will be chosen next Wednesday, June 9. Just submit your title, genre, and first five lines to be considered for a manuscript critique by agent Barbara Poelle. Complete rules, and other prizes, listed here.

Thank you so much for sharing your work!