Here we are at the top of my list of favorite things as a writer and I’ve saved the best for last.
As aspiring authors, few things are as precious as positive, helpful, honest-to-goodness genuine feedback on our work. Even rejections with a short, but helpful comment can keep a writer going. And in a business of busy people, getting thousands of query letters a year, feedback is often hard to come by.
Meet the awesome Amanda Lewis and enter below to win a query or first page critique!
From the agency website- AMANDA LEWIS handles primarily children’s books, including young adult and middle-grade fiction and non-fiction, picture books, and children’s reference. She especially loves a good adventure, mystery, or young adult love story with offbeat characters. Before coming to The Doe Coover Agency, Amanda was Director of Special Sales at Candlewick Press.
I queried Amanda early on in my search and she quickly requested and read my manuscript. The next day, she sent her thoughts, along with the option to revise and resubmit. I was so thrilled with her notes, which were spot on, that I dove into revisions right away. Everything fit smoothly, I loved the changes, and it was a much better manuscript for it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a fit for us, but I will always be grateful for her help along my road as a writer. (See my story here, if you’re so inclined.) Plus, she was super friendly, quick, and professional in all our communications. Ladies and gentlemen, this lady should be on your query list!
So, there you have it. My favorite “favorite thing” as a writer is the encouraging feedback that reminds us to believe in ourselves and inspires us to keep going. Agents and critique partners, we appreciate it more than you know.
CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS FOR ENTERING!
To enter . . .
Leave a comment below with your choice of a query or first page critique and your genre. It must be a genre she represents.
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Winner will be drawn by random.org.
Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, July 12, 2012.