Baker’s Dozen Auction…again

This is not a Momming Around post. It was a toss-up: either write about what happened yesterday with the Baker’s Dozen Auction, or give a list of reasons why I should move into our bathroom (it’s actually a compelling list – you may see it posted in the future).

Yesterday, I was all set up to do multiple page refreshes and comment-feed checks. Like, for hours. I had no idea how the auction would play out, and frankly, not a lot of faith in myself or my writing at that point.

That’s not entirely true. I vacillated between, “I am the QUEEN WRITER and no one can eff me up!” and “Woe is me, my writing is horrible, and why did I ever listen to Kristen about entering this silly, silly contest where the agents will ridicule me in the comments section and tell me to get a job raising goats in a remote, cold country that has no computers or typewriters or notebooks.” Sadly, I was mostly in the second, insecure frame of mind.

So yesterday morning, I left home at 8 to drop Z off at school. When we arrived at school, I received a text message. It was Melissa, telling me I had a bid!

By the time I got home, I’d received numerous extra text messages from Melissa, each one spazzier than the last, culminating with the Big News: a full manuscript request. In all this time, I was trying to turn my laptop on and actually SEE the bids, because I was convinced that some jerk out there was pretending to be agents and making bids even though he was a jerk and not an agent, so that suckers like me would get all excited and squeal and dance and then find out, the lottery ticket was a total fake (see: joke my high schoolers played on me for my birthday) (I haven’t actually written about that and I never will, because it was a cruel, cruel trick and besides you get the idea anyway).

To my non-writing friends in the studio audience: no, this does not mean the book is being published, and no, it doesn’t even mean I have an agent. It means that the winning agent who has excellent taste (especially based on the other entries she bid on), will read my manuscript. That’s all. She will read it, and do one of (I think) three things: 1) offer representation, 2) suggest revisions and invite me to resubmit the manuscript, or 3) decide the project isn’t for her (boo) but hopefully give me a clue why (yay!).

The bids were exciting, and it was fun to watch the bidding on the other entries, as well. But I think the truly beautiful thing about the whole experience was being a part of that group, that community of writers who were cheering for each other and encouraging each other and giving just the best critique and feedback they had to offer.

Miss Snarks’ First Victim has secret agent contests on a nearly-monthly basis, and in-house critique sessions, in addition to the annual Baker’s Dozen Auction. If you write fiction, I strongly recommend joining in the fun, because you won’t be disappointed in the talented, warm-hearted people who frequent her blog.

ETA: the auction from an agent’s perspective: click here for Josh Getzler’s blog post.

The Baker’s Dozen Auction

Today, you can head on over to Miss Snark’s First Victim’s blog and see the 60 winning entries for her annual Baker’s Dozen contest. Why should you do this?

Because mine is one of the winning entries.

The entry is the log line for the story and the first 250 words. Which is really not a whole lot of words. You can say nice things about mine, and about the other winning entries. You can also offer (constructive) criticism and feedback.

This is the second year Miss Snark’s First Victim (also known as “Authoress”) has offered the contest. A very basic description is that after the entries are posted, agents can bid on them by number of pages they’d like to see, up to a full manuscript. Bids are not guaranteed, but it’s kind of cool (okay, fine, awesome) to be included and have even a chance at a bid. The bidding won’t start until Tuesday, December 6th, giving me plenty of time to stress and obsess and hyperventilate in the meantime.

Please distract me.

For my entry, you can click here. Then you can scroll ALLLLLLL the way down to the “archives” section of Authoress’s blog and see the other entries’ genres, titles, and links.

For a description of some of the logistics and a list of the participating agents,  editors, & authors, click here.

For distracting me in my time of need, click here for my contact page to send me jokes. Or tweet them, or email them, or waft them over with smoke signals.

By the way, I must also say that although I haven’t participated in the comments on Authoress’s blog yet, I have absolutely loved reading all the support given to winners and nonwinners alike, from the amazing community of people who frequent her blog.

Maggie over at Maggie Madly Writing has already given me a great little distractor by awarding me with the Liebster Blog Award, given to bloggers with fewer than 200 followers. Thanks, Maggie! If you’re in the “Blogs I Heart” category (see my home page for the list), and you have fewer than 200 followers, consider yourself nominated.