Back when I started my agent search, one of the blogs I hit a lot was Nathan Bransford‘s blog. Now I didn’t ever query him, wanted somebody that specialized more in romance, but I found a lot of useful advice there and I still visit because:
B)His readers are funny
C)It’s another way to procrastinate
Right now, he’s wrapping up a contest where his blog readers who happen to write post the first paragraph of their work in progress.
He’ll pick some winners, and the grand prize is(from his blog)
THE PRIZES: The grand prize super awesome winner of the SUFPCx2 will win their choice of a partial critique, query critique or 15 minute phone conversation in which we can discuss topics ranging from reality TV shows to, you know, publishing. Your choice. Runners up will receive query critiques and/or other agreed-upon prizes.
So for unpublished writers/unagented writers, this is pretty cool.
But I gotta wonder, do you think he had any idea what was coming?
He’s up to 1300 comments. Now I don’t know how many of those are actual entries into the contest, how many are just comments, but still…1300…