Monday, January 14, 2013

Announcing Participating Agents for the 2013 PAPfest!

I won't sugar-coat it- pitching is hard. I'm a YA librarian, so I pitch other people's books all day long. When I knew that my critique partners MarcyKate Connolly and RC Lewis would be published in 2014, I was already mentally pitching their books to my students, and I thought... hey - EVERYONE should practice pitching by pitching other people's stuff! And so my contest idea was born.

Last month I announced an upcoming agent-judged contest here on Writer, Writer called the PAPfest (Pitch-A-Partner Festival). As always, the PAP is sneaking up on you quicker than you thought. MarcyKate and RC will be co-hosting the PAPfest on their blogs, because that's only fitting. 

In our model, writers will pitch their critique partner’s project, and our team will decide whose pitching abilities are so strong that we’re interested in seeing their own project

The blogging team will narrow the final hopefuls down to 30 entries, at which point we’ll ask our participating agents to cruise our blogs to bid on projects that catch their eye. 

What Are the Rules?
  • The PAPfest is open to completed MG & YA projects of any genre
  • Be sure to have your CP's permission before pitching them
  • If CP-X successfully pitches CP-Y, we will ask to see the query and first 5 pages of CP-X's ms to use in determining who moves on to agent judging
  • 100 initial entries accepted
  • 30 finalists move on to agent judging
  • Finalists will provide query & first 200 words for agent judging. Their partner CP-Y has the option of requesting a query critique from the PAP team of myself, MarcyKate and RC.

Are you confused? That's OK. We're here to walk you through this contest, hold your hands, wipe your brow, bring you ice chips and breathe right along with you. All kinds of fun things are in store to clarify your questions. I mean that. I intend to amuse the hell out of you while explaining this contest.

What's the Timeline?

There will be two windows for you to send your entry to PAPfest(at)gmail(dot)com 
The first window will open Wednesday, Jan 23 at 8 AM EST 
The second window will open Friday, Jan 25 at 6 PM EST
Each window will allow 50 email entries 

The PAP team of Myself, MarcyKate and RC Lewis will be reading the entries between Jan 29 - Feb 8. If you are one of the 30 finalists you will be notified by Feb 8 via email. If you are chosen you will provide your query & first 200 words for agent judging. If you are chosen, your CP who graciously allowed you to use their project as pitching material, will have the option of requesting a query critique from the PAP team.

February 14th from 9 AM EST to 9 PM EST (Hooray! V-DAY! The agents will be invited to browse the entries and make requests. The agents will vote for their favorites with a partial or full request. Voting will stay open for twelve hours (9AM EST to 9PM EST). Everyone who received requests will be able to submit their materials to all the agents who voted for them.

Can Guys Get a PAP?

Why yes, yes they can. In fact, we'd love to see that.

Who are the Agents?

Agents participating in the PAPfest are:

Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary
Jennifer Laughran of Andrea Brown Literary 
Pooja Menon of Kimberley Cameron
Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary
Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary
Tina Wexler of ICM

Isn't that spectacular? Aren't we so glad that we have them? Yes, we are. In fact, we're so glad that we commissioned some original art from Lynn Phillips to immortalize them. And it'll also help explain the contest. Enjoy!

If you have any questions at all about how to proceed feel free to email me at bigblackcat97(at)gmail(dot)com or contact me on Twitter - use the #PAPfest hashtag to get input from any of the three PAP team members - we'll be on alert for questions from now until contest time!


H. E. Griffin said...

Never thought I would be excited about a PAP.

Katherine Ernst said...

Oh Mindy. Your use of puns never stops making me giggle. So excited about this!

Elsie Chapman said...

PAPfest. Mindy, this is just one of many reasons why I love you.

Matt Sinclair said...

Wish I had a pitch to PAP.

J.R. Johansson said...

Hahaha...PAPfest. Color me amused. :)

Mindy McGinnis said...

Thank You all!! I'm so glad being mature is overrated.

Liz Fichera said...

Finally, a fun PAP! P.S. love those drawings too.

SC Author said...

Hehehe! I lovveeee the illustrations! If only my MS were ready.... Grrrr.

Anita Grace Howard said...

Haha! What H.E. said. A pap never looked so fun. This is such a great idea Mindy, and only you could've come up with that spectacular name for it. You are the Acronym queen. :) High fives to the three awesome author judges and the agents taking part! And good luck to everybody who participates!

Eric Steinberg said...

Looks like a strange and wonderful contest. Quick question. Did I miss the parameters of the pitch? How long can/should it be? One sentence, two, three, etc.? Thanks!

Rachel said...

Such a great idea. Now to ask my CP! :)

Mindy McGinnis said...

Eric - great question! RC's rather RCesque answer is "Whatever is most effective."

Honestly though, I would say 3 sentences max, and no run-ons! We want to give you some breathing room, but don't corner us in the elevator either :)

Rachel - Yes! Definitely ask. I'd hate to see you throttled.

Jemi Fraser said...

You ladies rock! Totally love this idea! Off to spread the word for you :)

Mindy McGinnis said...

Thank you Jemi!

Suzanne Payne said...

This is SO freakin' cute! I wish I was a YA author..;) You girls rock! Hope you find some good stuff. :)

TerryLynnJohnson said...

So much love for you, Mindy. Fantastic idea and really fun post. You rock.