Friday, May 1, 2015

The Writer's Voice 2015-- THE DEETS!!



Guys!! It's going to be The Writer's Voice time again!! 

“The Writer’s Voice” is a multi-blog, multi-agent contest hosted by Brenda Drake, Mónica Bustamante Wagner, Elizabeth Briggs, and Krista Van Dolzer. We’re basing it on NBC’s singing reality show The Voice, so the four of us will serve as coaches and select projects for our teams based on their queries and first pages.

And this year I get to have a lovely guest coach! So she'll be helping me choose and polish the entries. Give a cyber applause to the awesome and talented: STEPHANIE GARBER!!

Here’s the timeline:

May 20
May 21
Everybody enters the Rafflecopter lottery
The lottery winners sign up on the widget
May 21 - June 4
We select our team members from “The Writer’s Voice” Blogfest
June 4-18
We coach our team members, helping them polish their entries
June 19
We post our team members’ entries on our blogs
June 23
Agents vote for their favorites

Submissions

To enter, your manuscript must meet two conditions: First, it must be COMPLETE, POLISHED, AND READY TO QUERY, and second, it must be in one of the following genres:

MG fiction (all genres)
YA fiction (all genres)
NA fiction (all genres except erotica)
Adult genre fiction (excluding erotica)
Adult literary fiction (including women’s fiction but excluding erotica)
Adult commercial fiction (including women’s fiction but excluding erotica)
 
In other words, we’re accepting pretty much everything this year. :)

To determine who gets to participate in the blogfest, we’ll hold a single-entry Rafflecopter lottery on Wednesday, May 20. The lottery will remain open for 12 hours, from 9:00 a.m. EDT to 9:00 p.m. EDT, at which point the Rafflecopter will select 200 random winners. Those winners will then sign up for the blogfest on one of Mister Linky’s Magical Widgets the next day, May 21. Once you sign up on the widget, you’ll post YOUR QUERY and THE FIRST 250 WORDS of your manuscript on your blog.

In summary, you must follow these three steps to enter:

1. Enter the Rafflecopter lottery on May 20 during the submission window listed above.
2. Sign up on the widget on May 21 if you win the lottery.
3. Post your query and the first 250 words of your manuscript on your blog.

Selections

We’re building our teams via “The Writer’s Voice” Blogfest, so YOU MUST HAVE A BLOG TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CONTEST. We don’t care if you’ve had it for five years or five minutes; we just want to be able to fight over you in public. :)

We coaches will review the entries and leave a comment on your post that says something like, “I want you!” If more than one of us wants you on her team, you’ll have to pick which coach you want to work with.

Coaching

We’ll select our 8 team members by June 4, then spend the next two weeks helping them put a final polish on their entries. You won’t have to take all of our suggestions, of course; we just want to help you make your entry the best that it can be before the agents get a look at it.

Voting

On June 19, we’ll post our team members’ queries and first pages on our blogs so that the agents can review them. Here are the awesome agents who’ll be voting on your entries: 
(psst, my agent is down there, and I'm proud that she'll be participating this year!)


The agents will vote for their favorites on June 23. Each vote will count as a partial or full request depending on how many votes the entry receives. If an entry receives 1 or 2 votes, those votes will count as partial requests. If an entry receives 3 or more votes, those votes will count as full requests.

Voting will stay open until 9:00 a.m. EDT on June 24, at which point we’ll determine which coach’s team received the most votes. That coach will win bragging rights for time immemorial, and everyone who received requests will be able to submit their materials to all the agents who voted for them. These votes represent serious interest in your project, so PLEASE DON’T ACCEPT AN OFFER OF REPRESENTATION BEFORE GIVING “THE WRITER’S VOICE” AGENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A COMPETING OFFER.

So get those queries and first pages polished up, then meet us back here on Wednesday, May 20, between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. EDT. We can’t wait to read your entries! (And of course, if you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below.)

Monday, March 16, 2015

FROSH!! I have a book deal!!

Guys!! I'm SO excited to announce that I have a three-book deal! *squeee!*

FROSH, my NA trilogy will be published by The Studio, the digital imprint at Paper Lantern Lit created by editor Lexa Hillyer and bestselling author Lauren Oliver.
FROSH will be out by the end of this year (2015)! And I'll be working with the amazing Rhoda Belleza, a dream editor.

Wanna know what the book is about? 
FROSH is pitched as FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS meets Jennifer Armentrout's WAIT FOR YOU. It twists together the story of a quarterback with a life-altering secret, an unlikely couple, and an ambitious college reporter, whose decision to break the rules for one steamy night lands her in the middle of her university's biggest scandal. 

Oh, and I just added it on Goodreads

Here's the announcement--it looks so pretty, doesn't it? =)


I am incredibly grateful to Rhoda Belleza and my agent Lauren Macleod for making this possible, and to all of my amazing CPs and friends and betas who have been holding my hand all the way. (Yes! I'm looking at you, Bearded Ladies, and Stephanie, and Krista, and Susan, and Elizabeth and so many other friends who always make my day).
<3
M

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Query tip! (Who to query)



Hey guys, so it’s been a while since I posted—it’s been summertime here, and it’s been hectic and fun! But I've missed my blog. =D Anyway! I have a few friends who are querying (or about to query) and one of them asked me if I had any advice on who to query.

One of the things I told her was: 

Spend a day or two reading old contest entries with many participating agents (like The Writer’s Voice, Pitch Wars, Baker’s Dozen, etc). And BEFORE going down to the comments to see which agents requested, ask yourself, “If I were an agent WOULD *I* REQUEST this entry?” Only THEN go down and look at the comments to see which agents have a similar taste. Do this over and over again. You’ll be surprised to find that some agents don’t have your same taste (even if their guidelines might imply otherwise). So of course, query agents who have a similar taste and I bet your request ratio will improve. This is particularly helpful when there are many agents in a single agency and you don’t know who to choose.

I did this when I was querying. And you know something that still blows my mind?? Whenever I go and take a look at the contests my agent is participating in, I almost always (like 99% of the times) LOVE the entries she requests. While there are other agents who usually don’t request the entries I love and instead request voices/premises/etc that aren’t up my alley.

Good luck with those queries!
And PS!! Looks like there will be a Writer’s Voice this year too! Stay tuned!

<3
M

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

If you’ve been considering my editorial services, you’re going to want to read this!



I’d been traveling for the past few weeks, and when I came back home (in Chile) I realized the U.S. dollar exchange rate has changed dramatically. A few months ago 1 dollar = 520 pesos. But now! 1 dollar = around 600 pesos.

So, since I earn in dollars but spend in pesos, it’s great for me. AND for you, too! That’s why, all this week and the next I’m going to give YOU all that benefit. And until Oct 12th 2014, my fees will be:

-First 30 Pages Edit: $95  $79
-Submission Package (query + first 10 pages): $65 $55
-Query Only: $25 $21
-Query + first 30 pages: $115 $97
-Full Manuscript: fees will vary depending on what the writer needs. (But obviously, with this exchange rate, it’s cheaper, too).
-Payments will be accepted via PayPal.

Also, if I happen to receive too many projects, I might have to pass at the opportunity. So hurry!
If you want more information about my editing services and read testimonials, go here.

<3
Mónica