Have you ever done something, spur of the moment, and thought nothing of it after? Well, that happened to me today.
I entered the Hook Us Contest a few weeks ago, sponsored by thefiverandoms , purely for educational reasons. The contest was for the hook (the blurb you use on the query letter, though mine was revamped and cut down for the purposes of this contest--my query letter is a little bit longer), and they were offering to critique the hooks. Any long-term follower of this blog should know how awful I am at writing queries, so I couldn't pass up the chance. I didn't expect to get any contest attention because most of the entries were for YA paranormal fantasy or something as equally not like my manuscript. And most of the group journal authors write YA paranormal fantasy or something equally not like my manuscript. The agent giving the prize for the winner is not someone I would have imagined liking my manuscript, so I figured it wouldn't get anywhere.
Imagine my surprise when I received an email letting me know I was one of the finalists!
Next week I go on to the First Page round. I can't say I'll win that either, but at least they will be seeing the same 250 words that helped me win the Secret Agent Contest. And honestly I'm just happy to get some attention-any attention-from people who really know what they are doing.
Check it out for yourself here!